Victory Brewing Company
From childhood best friends to home brewing rivals to business partners, the owners of Victory worked their way up through the ranks of the beer world getting a hell of an education along the way until 1996, when they opened their now-famous brewery. A year of education for one of them in Germany gives the brewery a distinctly German feel in many ways, including the overall strength of the Prima Pils, certainly one of the best American lagers. They haven’t limited themselves to the European tradition, however. They have several fantastic IPAs, including the Golden Monkey, which has risen to prominence in a saturated marketplace because of its strength and smoothness.