“In Like A Monkey” A Trip To Victory Brewing

White_Monkey_Jan2013-300x178What happens when you take a Belgium triple, age it in white wine barrels and email thousands of fans?  You get a sophisticated ale with a side of bacon.

It never ceases to amaze me how I spend so much time following breweries, and receive countless newsletters and my blog partner always  locates the beer events before I do.

Her explanation is that she is just awesome.  Well in this case she really was. Don’t tell her I said that.  If you know anything about Victory beers you know that their Golden Monkey, a Belgium golden triple stands out as a leader among American triples.

A couple of days before I received my monthly Victory newsletter, Sarah sent me a link to a not to be missed release party.

“In like A monkey”

“In like a monkey”, a play on the saying “in like a lion” refers to a Victory Brewery release party starring the Golden Monkey aged in white wine barrels.

This party however was introduced breakfast style.  I know what you are thinking, beer for breakfast?  That’s an invitation for an intervention.  Actually beer breakfasts are all the rave.

862336_10100720517519100_285106383_nSarah asked me to meet her at Victory around 8:45 am.  Victory is about an hour from home so I got an early morning start.  I actually arrived a half hour early and just figured I would nap in the car before she arrived. What I failed to miss were beer fans  forming a line outside the brewery.  “Duh!” Not to worry, we were still close enough to get seated right away.  About 9:00 we were given a choice to enter the pub for breakfast or enter the store to purchase bottles sans breakfast.  Just ahead of us was a  lady and her crying child. I feel your pain kid, I want that monkey too.

Victory was smart and offered a choice of three different plates.

Stuffed Cornflake French Toast with Blackberry Compote, Butter and Maple Syrup

Quiche — Spinach, Mushroom and Feta

Scrambled Eggs – Bacon or Sausage, Home Fries, English Muffin862866_10100720517539060_729336734_n

Full beer menu was available including Primamosas, but Sarah and I were there for the White Monkey. Sarah ordered the french toast and I ordered the quiche.  Our beer came out after the food but what did we expect with as many monkeys they were serving.  Food was pretty good and we raised our glasses to the highly anticipated golden elixir.

We both really enjoyed the ale.  The brewers timed the aging perfectly.  White Monkey was drier than it’s older sibling and had a nice subtle oak flavor.  The citrus and spices were still there but less intense.   Certainly good enough to order a bottle to go. As a belated birthday present, Sarah added my White Monkey to her bill.  What a friend!

This was Sarah’s first visit to the brewery so she wanted to check out the retail store.  The small861832_10100720517534070_924247891_n store room was quite busy and packed with cases of Victory beer.  Sarah had her eyes on a t-shirt and stayed out of the way of screaming fans.  Well it wasn’t quite that bad.  Sarah pointed out that Victory just released a spring saison and I suggested we hit the bar for a sample first. I was quite impressed with the saison. Fruity and spicy with some obvious funk.  A bit to funky for Sarah.

While Sarah was purchasing her t-shirt, I decided to hit the road.  All in all, it was a successful event.  Props to Victory.862018_10100720517524090_1700253174_n

Do you have any beer release stories you want to share?


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