Victory Brewing Founders Named Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Finalists

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We know that Blogs are supposed to be more than just another outlet for traditional ‘push’ media. They’re supposed to be about conversation and transparency, etc. Well, yeah, we believe that to be true, but the problem is that we have this really cool Press Release about Bill and Ron that we had written up and we thought it would be silly not to at least give you the option of reading it 😉 So if you’re not too offended by this blatant breach of ‘social media’ etiquette, feel free to read our big news and let us know what you think:


Victory Brewing Company Founders
Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award Finalists in Greater Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA, May 27, 2009 – Victory Brewing Company today announced that company founders Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski are finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the Greater Philadelphia According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet were selected as finalists from nearly 40 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 18, 2009 at the Loews Hotel.

“This honor recognizes the dedicated commitment of our talented crew as much as it does Ron and I,” commented Victory President & Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski. To which CEO & Brewmaster, Ron Barchet adds, “We saw an opportunity to put quality and flavor into beers that could make a regional audience proud, and we are thrilled that our audience have embraced our award-winning brews so enthusiastically. Reaching this point is a victory as far as we are concerned.”

Victory Brewing Company has sustained wholesale beer sales growth averaging 20% for the last nine years. This growth, a testament to an expanding audience’s preference for full flavor beers of the highest quality, has caused the company’s founders to undertake ambitious expansions over the years including a new packaging line encompassing 20,000 sq. ft. and the start-up of an all new brewhouse in 2004. This year, four 400 bbl. fermenters are being added to a new space within the brewery. All told, these investments have topped $7.6 million.

The company maintains its commitment to environmental stewardship through its long-standing relationship with the Brandywine Valley Association, a watershed advocacy group with recent efforts undertaken to ensure the ongoing health of the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek, the brewery’s water source.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2009. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

One Response to Victory Brewing Founders Named Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Finalists

  1. Ryan June 17, 2009 at 5:37 PM #

    Victory Beer deserves this. Let’s go Victory!

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The Victory Brewing Story

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…
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