Craft Beer of the Week: Victory Helles Lager by Victory Brewing Co. in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.
Story: Victory Brewing’s clean, crisp, easy-drinking Lager has been available in the Philadelphia region since the brewery’s founding in 1996. Now the beer, previously known as Brandywine Valley Lager, then Victory Lager, and now Victory Helles Lager, is available in Florida for the first time, year-round on draft and in bottles. It’s brewed in a traditional German style, although given an American twist with Victory’s water source and use of whole-flower hops.
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Food pairing: A well-made lager like this can really go with just about anything. I like it to cool down the heat of spicy food, like the braised oxtail at Blue Collar, 6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.
More info: Six-pack bottles of Victory Helles Lager are about $10 at Whole Foods, Total Wine & More and other retailers.