Meet Victory: Kevin McGovern

Last month, in our first entry in the Meet Victory series, we all learned a little more about Ron Barchet, co-founder and CEO of Victory Brewing Company. Now we would like to introduce you to Kevin McGovern, the Senior Cellar Brewer here at Victory. If you’re drinking a Victory beer right now, Kevin had a part in brewing it. We sat down with Kevin over a beer in the brewpub, and here’s what he had to say.



Q: How long have you worked for Victory?
A: It will be four years in August.

Q: What is the coolest thing about your job?
A: Duh! [Takes big drink of beer]

Q: How does your role at Victory affect a Victory beer drinker?
A:  As the Senior Cellar Brewer, I am involved with the aspects of brewing once our wort leaves the brew kettle.  This includes, but is not limited to monitoring fermentation and maturation, separating and filtering and physical checks (read: drinking!) of clarity, flavor and aroma.  So, next time you hoist an aromatic, delicious, bright golden Prima, you can thank me.  Or, better yet, buy me one!

Q: What is the worst job you ever had?
A: I haven’t had too many bad ones. I worked at an oyster bar, and had to wash dishes and devein shrimp all day. But I also got to make myself plates of nachos, so that was cool.

Q: Tell me something about yourself that no one would know just by looking at you.
A: I’ve been on America’s Funniest Home Videos. A friend and I were tossing an empty keg back and forth and I tried to do a handstand on the keg and fell off. I see myself on reruns on ABC Family all the time.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: First I wanted to be a carpenter, which I still kind of want to be. Then I wanted to be an architect but I took my first drafting class and decided no. But now I think I could be an architect, because of the attention to detail.

Q: If you won the lottery, what would you do?
A: I would pay off my parents’ house, travel a lot, maybe buy a house. I probably wouldn’t quit my job though.

Q: Finish this sentence: Beer is . . .
A: Dericious. (Note: This is how Kevin said it.)

Q: What is your favorite candy bar?
A: Three Musketeers

Q: What is your favorite line to quote from a movie?
A: I don’t think you can print that.

Q: What is your perfect Victory food and beer pairing?
A: A tall frosted Prima with just about anything from a pig. If you want to get specific, pork chili verde.

Q: What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?
A: Boy Meets World. They play two episodes now at 7 a.m., so when I’m on night shift I come home, have a beer and watch it again.

Q: They’re making a movie about you, and it starts filming tomorrow. Who is cast as you? Who is cast as your love interest?
A: I get that I look like Keifer Sutherland when my hair is longer, so maybe him. I’ve always had a big crush on the mom from Married with Children, so I would cast Katy Segal.

– K.H.

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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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