P.A. Short Distributing Company of Hollins has announced the introduction of a new craft beer line to the area their line-up. The brand is Victory Brewing Company of Downingtown, PA, which makes 11 different beers as well as a good number of seasonals. P.A. Short is carrying the entire line, including seasonals, and I’ll share with you the locations later in this blog entry.
I tried four of the beers last weekend: Golden Monkey, HopDevil Ale, Prima Pils and Storm King Stout.
Golden Monkey is made with German malts and whole flower European hops, with 9.5 percent alcohol by volume. It was my favorite, and seemed to have a slightly fruity flavor – apple-like, I would say, but I’m not an expert.
HopDevil is made with German malts and whole flower American hops, with 6.7 percent alcohol by volume. It is very hoppy, with a smooth finish.
Prima Pils was surprisingly hoppy, and I would say my personal least favorite just because I don’t get into that bitter aftertaste. But a lot of folks do, and this one’s also made with German malts and whole flower European hops at 5.3 percent alcohol by volume.
The last beer I tried was the Storm King Stout, an Imperial Russian Stout made with imported malts and whole flower American hops, 9.1 percent alcohol by volume (less than the Golden Monkey, which surprised me). It has really nice chocolatey/coffee-like flavors that I found very pleasurable.
Aden Short of P.A. Short told me Kroger is carrying the widest selection of bottled Victory beers, but the specific selection will depend on which Kroger you visit. The one on U.S. 221 as you head up to Bent Mountain probably has the widest selection, he said, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for at your Kroger, simply request that they carry it and there’s a good chance it will turn up.
Other than Kroger, you can find Victory in bottles at Wine Gourmet, Mr. Bill’s Wine Shop and Nature’s Outlet at Valley View, all in Roanoke. Also, according to their awesomely searchable website, it appears that Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg carries a few Victory beers.
As for draught:
Golden Monkey: Lucky and Blue 5 in Roanoke and Awful Arthur’s in Salem.
HopDevil: Macado’s and Mac ‘n’ Bob’s in Salem; Sharkey’s Wing and Rib Joint in Radford
Storm King Stout: Lucky and Blue 5 in Roanoke
Short said they’ll likely be adding customers, so we’ll try to keep you updated on where you can find this beer. If you’ve tried it, let me know what you thought of it. If you have questions, head to the P.A. Short Distributing Facebook page.