Vagabond Brewing to Open New Salem-centric Beer Bar Victory Club

Victory Club Salem

Vagabond Brewing in Salem, Oregon is undertaking a project that will help rejuvenate Salem’s brewing heritage, bringing Salem craft beer, a beer garden, and live music to the space to be called Victory Club. Our state’s capital has not been known as the best beer city, though it has been getting much better thanks to breweries like Vagabond, Santiam Brewing, Salem Ale Works, and Gilgamesh, and it will soon be the home of two cideries. Salem actually does have quite a bit of brewing history; in 1866 Samuel Adolph founded “Pacific Brewery” that burned down three years later, but was rebuilt and renamed Salem Brewery. In 1885 the Salem Brewery was renamed “Capitol Brewing” after Adolph sold the brewery to two employees named Maurice Klinger and Seraphin Beck.

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Victory Club is going to be a 2,500 square foot taphouse featuring 35 taps of mostly Salem area beer and cider and some curated selections from the rest of Oregon. The space will also feature a full liquor and cocktail program centered around northwest spirits. The owners hope to bring more interesting beer and food pairing events to town, but will also show sports like Timbers games and UFC matches. There is also a private party space and back bar/lounge, as well as a stage for live music. Perhaps best of all is one of downtown Salem’s largest outdoor patios.

With Victory Club, Vagabond Brewing is helping lead the charge to rejuvenate locally made beer, cider and food in underserved areas like our state’s capitol in Salem. Soon we might even see Salem, Oregon, as a city worth traveling to for its local craftmanship rather than just a stodgy capitol building.

Victory Club is slated to open by March of 2016 in downtown Salem, Oregon at 155 Liberty St NE Salem, Oregon

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