DOWNINGTOWN, PA — Victory Brewing Company (Victory) announces the arrival of Harvest Ale, its first wet-hopped ale to be bottled. To brew this unique ale, Victory had a whopping six tons of fresh hops hauled in refrigerated trucks from Yakima Valley, WA to their breweries in Downingtown and Parkesburg, PA.
Fresh-off-the-vine hop cones are susceptible to mold and the spoiling effects of oxygen due to the full moisture content, requiring them to be added to the brewing process as quickly as possible. Fresh hops are also heavy and expensive to transport, therefore, very few East Coast breweries take on the wet-hopping process. Even fewer breweries control production to the sole use of gently dried, whole flower hops throughout the entire year, as Victory does. As a result, Victory is one of the only breweries on the East Coast that can bring the distinctive, fresh, top-line West Coast flavor to the East, now in a convenient 12 oz. bottle format.
Available for a limited-time only, Victory’s Harvest Ale is all about the hops. Infused with the resinous natural hop oils that give impressions of fresh fruit flavors like apricot, grapefruit, and citrus, this ale leads to a very juicy taste, while completing satisfaction with a sustained and bracing bitterness to the finish. Harvest Ale will be sold in 12 oz. bottles and on draft with an ABV of 6.5%.
Available at craft beer bars, bottle shops, beer distributors and major gourmet grocery stores including Whole Foods and Wegmans, throughout Victory’s 35 state distribution footprint. Harvest Ale’s suggested retail price for a 12 oz. 4 pack is approximately $9.99, but varies upon location. Use Victory’s Beerfinder to discover a nearby location, or download the free Victory Mobile app for Android or iPhone.
“We are thrilled to push new frontiers in our use of whole flower hops, now to create this conveniently packaged nectar of wet-hopped impact,” said Victory’s President and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski. “Despite the risks and unpredictability of this production process, the hard work and determination of our brewing team led to a Harvest Ale that is a direct reflection of our enduring commitment to quality.”
About Victory Brewing Company
Victory Brewing Company is a craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Founded by childhood friends, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, who met on a school bus in 1973, Victory officially opened its doors in February of 1996. In addition to the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub, Victory recently opened a second state-of-the-art brewery in Parkesburg, PA to expand production capabilities and serve fans of fully flavored beers in 35 states with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company visit us on the web at www.victorybeer.com.