Meet Victory: Scott Dietrich

Next week, Scott Dietrich, the Director of Brewery Operation here at Victory Brewing Company will be heading to Washington for the annual hop harvest. He’s going to be blogging about his trip, so we thought you might like to get to know him before he starts.

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Q: Your title at Victory is Director of Brewery Operation. What does that mean to the person who drinks Victory beer?
A: I don’t make the beer, but I set the guys up to make the beer. Anything to do with production, the product, the quality of the product, safety, equipment maintenance, I’m involved in all of that.

Q:  How long have you worked here at Victory?
A: About four years.

Q: What is the coolest thing about your job?
A: Cool is not a word I use a lot. I would say just being a part of a company that’s growing, and being challenged every year to make more beer without sacrificing quality

Q:  What was the worst job you ever had?
A: Selling kitchen knives. Cutco. I did that for less than one day.

Q: Tell me something about yourself that no one would know just by looking at you.
A: I like to collect used coffee cups on my desk.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: You mean after I wanted to be a fire truck or a tractor? Originally an architect, the first time I started thinking about it.

Q: Now that you’re a grownup, what do you want to be when you grow up?
A: Well, I am what I want to be for now. But maybe when I retire I wouldn’t mind working at a winery or a distillery, just for sh*** and giggles. I have this idea that a winery, because they only do one vintage a year, would be less hectic. That probably isn’t true, though.

Q: What would you do if you won the lottery?
A: Probably complete every household renovation I have been talking about, and then move on from there. I don’t think I would kick back on the beach and do nothing, but it sure as hell would be nice not to sweat it at the end of the month.

Q: Finish this sentence: Beer is . .
A: Life.

Q: What’s your favorite candy bar?
A: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Q: What is your favorite line to quote from a movie?
A: There are so many. “Fat Drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.” – Animal House

Q: What is your favorite Victory beer and food pairing?
A: I actually like Prima and any sort of seafood.

Q: What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?
A: I used to watch M*A*S*H a lot after school, on a 13 inch black and white TV.

Q: Someone is making a movie about your life, and it starts filming tomorrow. Who should be cast as you, and who should be cast as your love interest?
A: Harrison Ford, but American Graffiti or Indiana Jones Harrison Ford, and then Kate Winslet.

– 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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