How Victory, Dogfish Head, Yards, Flying Fish, and Iron Hill Breweries ignored common sense and changed Craft Beer.

Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing, Sam Calgione of Dogfish Head, Gene Muller of Flying Fish, Tom Kehoe of Yards, Mark Edelson of Iron Hill and Greg Koch of Stone brewing reminisce about the early days of Craft Brewing in the mid 90′s when there was no market, no distribution and no money. Thank god we were smart enough to get this historical reunion on tape! Like their beers they’ll make you laugh, they’ll make you cry, but rest-assured, you’ll always come back for more.

If you’re a fan of craft beer, brewing or just good old fashioned American entrepreneurism then you’ll want to save this in the archives and share it with all the other beer lovers you know.

Highlight: Keep an ear open for Sam’s only HR policy for the first decade of Dogfish Head’s existence (6:00).

Bonus:

Don’t miss the Class of ’96′s ‘If I we’re not a brewer’ sketch.

One Response to How Victory, Dogfish Head, Yards, Flying Fish, and Iron Hill Breweries ignored common sense and changed Craft Beer.

  1. Shane July 16, 2010 at 8:35 PM #

    Location, Location, Location. I moved down here from MA about 4 years ago. I did not move here for Victory, but now I’ll never leave because of 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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