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Victory Brewing Company


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The story of Victory Brewing Company starts on a school bus in 1973 when fifth-graders Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski stepped aboard, on their way to a new school. The two became fast friends and remained so, even as they grew up and went to college on opposite coasts.

Just months out of college, Bill's appreciation of good beer and access to his father's home brewing equipment inspired him to explore the hobby. That same year (1985), Bill gave Ron a home brewing kit as a Christmas gift. With that, both Bill and Ron developed their love of the craft, and a friendly rivalry grew between the two. The good-natured competition pushed Bill and Ron to become accomplished home brewers, and as they both grew disillusioned with their jobs in the corporate world they realized their combined skill and love of brewing could pave the path to successful careers as brewers.

Ron left his job as a financial analyst and started an apprenticeship at Baltimore Brewing Company (BBC), working under a Dutch-born and German-trained brewer named Theo DeGroen. After working there for nearly a year, Ron had the necessary prerequisites to move on to study at the Technical University of Munich at Weihenstephan.

Immediately upon Ron's departure, Bill took over his emptied role in Baltimore. While Ron was enhancing his German brewing knowledge, Bill was expanding the line of beers produced at the BBC to include several German specialty beers, many of which went on to win multiple awards at the Great American Beer Festival. After his time at BBC, Bill completed his brewing studies by traveling to Munich, Germany to attend Doemens Institute.

After Ron's year of education in Munich, he returned stateside and took a role at Old Dominion Brewing Company in Virginia. Over the course of four year as the brewmaster there, he helped to increase production from 1,500 barrels annually to nearly 15,000.

With knowledge, experience and a love of quality beer in place, Bill and Ron decided they were ready to open their own brewery near where they first met in Pennsylvania.

Victory Brewing Company opened its doors to the public on Feb. 15, 1996. What was once a Pepperidge Farm factory became home to a 144-seat restaurant, 70-foot-long bar and a full-scale brewery. In its first year, Victory Brewing Company brewed 1,725 barrels of beer.

Since then, Victory has increased the size of the restaurant to 300 seats. The brewery has also expanded, producing  125,713 barrels of beer in 2014. As loyal craft beer drinkers continue to show their dedication to flavorful, quality beer, Victory plans to continue its own growth. Onward to Victory!


Tahina Reyes

Sunday, June 24, 2018
I knew the brewery was going to be good but honestly did not expect for the food to be equally amazing. The parmesan wing were mind blowing. Truly the best I ever had. Loved the tour. Tom the guide was great and super knowledgeable. If I wasn't 2 hours away I'd come here to eat more often.

Chris Mitchell

Monday, July 9, 2018
Was not busy, but waitress was not very attentive. Walked passed many times without checking in on us or even looking up. Also the new setup is not bar-friendly. They switched the bar area tables for waited only tables, so you can't just hang out at the bar with a medium size group and have a conversation without blocking the pathway through to the smaller dining section and bathroom. The is no more chalk board with current draft list. The list of all beers scrolls on the TV, but many are kicked. Bar staff was snotty when you have to keep asking which beers are kicked. They can't update the scrolling list because "it would look empty". You mean realistic? Edit: bar tables are back! I'll give you back 1 start.

Matthew Smith

Friday, June 8, 2018
BEST growler fills, revamped menu, family friendly, Philly sports, knowledgeable friendly staff, and of course the selection of beers both seasonal and perennial. Was here recently after they have renovated, further opening and brightening the seating area. Clean, modern and welcoming.

Graham Younger

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Usually stop after kayaking at Marsh Creek. Amazingly large and airy space, ideal for grabbing a cold one after a long day on the water. Large, tasty beer selection and solid bar food. Pictured in review fried cauliflower, cheese board, nachos, beer jerky

John Thompson

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Great food... great beer... great service... great atmosphere... what else can you ask for??? It is a Downingtown classic at this point! Thanks Amy for the great experience! The fried pickles were out of this world!

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