Years of Fine-Tuning, Depth of Flavor Make Victory Brewing’s Golden Monkey Stand Out

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Golden Monkey, a Belgian Tripel from Downingtown-based Victory Brewing Company, offers a special experience for both beer geeks and novices, writes Bryan Roth for Good Beer Hunting.

Golden Monkey does not have anything specific that makes it unique, but years of fine-tuning and depth of flavor truly make it stand out.

“I don’t see a huge chance of Tripel being the next IPA or anything along those lines; it’s a niche,” said Ron Barchet, Victory’s co-founder and the mastermind behind Golden Monkey.

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When Victory opened in 1996, Märzen was supposed to be its flagship beer. However, it did not take off as expected and the surprise success turned out to be HopDevil IPA.

“I recall at early samplings with the uninitiated I would proclaim HopDevil as ‘Bass Ale, with balls,’” said Bill Covaleski, Victory’s co-founder.

By 2014, Golden Monkey accounted for more than half of Victory’s sales and last year was nearly two-thirds of the brewery’s off-premise sales. It has been such a success that Victory spun off the brand last year by launching Sour Monkey in 12-ounce bottles and cans.

Read more about Victory Brewing Company from Good Beer Hunting here.

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