WDEL Blog: Rick Jensen's World Famous Thirsty Thursday Blog
Friday, October 11, 2013
Victory Brewing Company in the Studio!
What a great guest we had this week on Thirsty Thursday! This week we were joined by Matt Kreuger from Victory Brewing Company who was awesome. He brought character, charisma, Teddy Roosevelt... and beer.
Harvest Ale was just released this past week in Victory's brewpub. This is a limited edition/quanity beer whose hops come from the Pettison Farm in upstate New York. 24 hours after their harvest, the hops are in Victory's brew kettles, giving Harvest Ale a unique, yet satisfying flavor you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else. While the hops aren't overpowering in the Harvest Ale since they are wet-hopped, they definitely make themselves known, so hopheads like myself, Gene and Rick were big fans of this seasonal brew.
Matt used this lovely ale to teach us how to intake one's brew in the retronasal style. Follow the steps below to take your beer senses to higher level of excellence.
1. Close your eyes.
2. Breathe gently by your glass, careful not to breathe in other scents around you.
3. Take a sip.
4. Swallow with your mouth closed.
5. Exale through your nose.
After this technique, Matt picked up sublte hints of lavender and rosewater in the Harvest Ale. Laurie was the only one who picked up the lavender. Rick taught Gene that rosewater smells like your grandmother.
I think Gene nailed the description of the Harvest Ale. If you like hoppy beer, but don't like it so hoppy that your face scrunches up, then Harvest Ale is a delicious, seasonal, drikable beer for you. We gave it a 5 out of a 6-pack.
The next brew we tried was not for the faint of hop. Victory just released a double ipa called Dirt Wolf. This uses All American hops including mosaic, citra and chinook. Dirt Wolf not only slaps you in the face with these hops, but also in the head, coming in at a whopping 8.7%.
On the nose, Gina and I came to the conclusion that Dirt Wolf smells a little like a Phish concert, but Rick did point out that it smells more bitter than it tastes.
The boys loved Dirt Wolf. Rick and Gene loved the dry finish, and the hopptastic character of this woodsy, agressive beer.
Victories two brewers, Ron and Bill, started as friends in the 5th grade and became legends in the beer industry, both going to brewing school in Germany. Be sure to stop by the brewpub soon to try the limited edition Harvest Ale, on tap. (Bring your growlers!)
Gene's Wicked Ale Trivia:
Q: In what year was Victory Brewing Company founded?
Want to get involved in the show? Pick up the featured beers we tried and give us YOUR review on our "Brew Review" page at http://www.wdel.com/brew/
No, I don't think they did... They had a lot to cover with their new brews and a shortened time segment. They didn't even get to the soft drink sommelier ..... :(
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 2:02pm
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 2:08am
For those who stumble upon this later...
Here is the podcast. If you are a fan of either Victory or beer, I'd recommend parking this in a new tab and listening while you surf.
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