Meet Victory: Ron Barchet

If you have been following our blog for any amount of time, you have gotten to know a handful of the wonderful Victory staffers who are hard at work to make your beer enjoyment possible. Victory’s president and co-founder, Bill Covaleski keeps you posted about his latest endeavors and travels. You met Berry and heard about her Victory Over Cancer; you’ve read a little about Whitney Thompson, our creative woman brewer; and you’ve witnessed some of our employees try their hand at acting in our first-ever commercial.

While you have had a few glimpses into the lives of Victory employees, we want to introduce you to even more of the amazing people whose 9-5 duties (or 6am-2pm depending on shift) create A Victory for Your Taste.

Each month you will be introduced to a new member of the Victory team. For our very-first edition of Meet Victory, you get to know Ron Barchet. Ron is the CEO and co-founder of Victory Brewing Company. He and Bill met on a school bus in 1973. After working in pioneering microbreweries and studying in Germany, Ron and Bill founded Victory Brewing Company in 1996. The rest is history.

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Ron celebrates the expansion of Victory Brewing
Company with a beer in 2009.

A little more about Ron…

Q: What is the coolest thing about your job?
A: There are so many cool things. Making whatever beer I want to make when the feeling hits.

Q: How does your role at Victory affect a Victory beer drinker?
A: I get to decide what we’re going to offer.

Q: What is the worst job you ever had?
A: I was a pig farmer for a summer during college.

Q: Tell me something about yourself that no one would know just by looking at you.
A: I used to have lunch with Heather Locklear when I was at UCLA.  No, not a date, but she lived in the same dorm and was friendly enough to hang out with normal people back then.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I went through phases, but I did want to be the Secretary of Defense.

Q: Now that you’re older, what do you want to be when you grow up?
A: Retired. Or a brewpub brewer.

Q: If you won the lottery what would you do?
A: I would buy out all of my investors, and pay off all of the debts and brewery loans.

Q: Finish this sentence: Beer is . . .
A: The ultimate social lubricant.

Q: What is your favorite candy bar?
A: Peanut Chews.

Q: What is your favorite line to quote from a movie?
A: “You can’t handle the truth!”

Q: What is your perfect Victory food and beer pairing?
A: I’m going to have to go with the jerk grinder, my favorite sandwich on the menu in the restaurant. I like Festbier with it, but I also like HopDevil with it. Each one is a totally different experience, one brings sweetness, one brings bitterness. But that’s what pairing is about, choosing to either complement, or totally juxtapose the flavors.

Q: What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?
A: Star Trek.

Q: They’re making a movie about you, and it starts filming tomorrow. Who is cast as you, and who is cast as your love interest?
A: Vin Diesel and Sienna Miller.

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– K.H.

2 Responses to Meet Victory: Ron Barchet

  1. Christian Strohmaier June 10, 2011 at 10:59 PM #

    Would you consider making a gluten free beer for those of us who can no longer drink barley or wheat beers? Thank you, Chris

  2. Phil Hall August 20, 2012 at 2:28 PM #


    Great to see your success!
    I will be in Philadelphia area 8/23/12 a.m.
    It would be great to see your brewery again.

    Phil Hall
    Cablevey Conveyors

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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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