More Victory to Love

When Bill and Ron first met in 1973 as 5th graders, their biggest concern was finding a good spot to get into trouble after school. Over their 39 years of friendship (so far), those stresses changed: Who to take to the prom? Where to go to college? How to secure a real job? And then, in 1996 how to make their dream of brewery ownership a reality.

So far, the duo has managed all of life’s choices honorably and successfully. Beginning in 2011 and continuing into 2012, Bill and Ron faced yet another daunting conundrum – this time more significant than choosing a prom date. How should they solve the challenge of operating a brewery functioning at capacity in order to feed the needs of their devoted fans?

After many sleepless nights, countless hours of research, dozens of meetings with financial institutions and a few solid drinking sessions, Bill and Ron have decided to take another leap of faith, with their fingers crossed that the Victory name holds true. Victory Brewing Company is opening a second brewery!

We officially signed papers this week to take over an existing building in Parkesburg, PA to build our additional brewing facility. We now take on the task of turning that building into another Victory Brewing Company. It will take some serious growing pains to get the new facility up-and-running. But once we’re at that point (fingers crossed for Summer 2013), it will allow us endless opportunities to experiment with new flavors and re-create old favorites.

In keeping with our “locally brewed, locally loved” motto, the choice to expand was not made lightly. The Parkesburg location will allow Victory to produce even more locally brewed and locally loved beer.

We can’t imagine considering anywhere other than Downingtown as our home. And, while there’s no place like home, the new location was chosen because of its similarities to our Downingtown location. Just as our home brewery recycled an old Pepperidge Farm factory, the expansion brewery is being built within an existing complex in Parkesburg. And just like our Downingtown location is situated a mere 14 miles from the headwaters of the east branch of the Brandywine Creek, the new brewery will be just 17 miles from the headwaters of the west branch.

Environmental impact has always been of utmost importance to us, and it continues to be as we expand. Water quality was a major consideration for this expansion. Nearly eight months of water-quality research found that the mineral composition of the west branch water is nearly identical to the east branch. And just as we have awarded our Headwaters Grant to a watershed stewardship group who is protecting the east branch, we will be announcing our new recipient as an advocate for the west branch.

With this expansion will come plenty of other great news. Over the next five years, we expect to add more than 50 full time jobs to our workforce. As we increase our brewing capacity, we’ll be able to bring back some of our brands that went on a brief hiatus: Old Horizontal, St. Victorious and maybe even WildDevil. Ultimately, we plan to move most of our flagship brewing to Parkesburg, which will allow us to make the Downingtown brewery into a limited-edition draft brewery for more experimentation. By shuffling some of our brewing around, we will eventually be able to bring tours back to the public!

Making the choice to expand has been a big decision for Bill and Ron. But, just as they always have, they focus their commitment on the beer. Their mission has always been to create the highest quality products, and that will continue to be the heart of Victory Brewing Company. We believe that victory comes with dedication to flavor and that belief is propelling us to expand.

Two childhood friends are once again taking a risk together. By taking this bold move forward, Bill and Ron are looking forward to celebrating the next 16 years in business, and 16 years after that, and so on, as we continue to Taste VictoryTM together.

Cheers!

*You can follow us on our journey toward Victory in Parkesburg as we share photos, plans, news and more over the next few months at www.victorybeer.com/expansion.

- K.N.

34 Responses to More Victory to Love

  1. Andy March 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM #

    This is great news to counter-balance the sadness I felt by the hiatus of OH, SV and SB.

    Go Victory.

  2. Alex March 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM #

    WOOOOOO!

  3. Boto March 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM #

    I missed my Old Horizontal. Good luck with the new location!

  4. Rob Wishneski March 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM #

    Congratulations to all at Victory Brewing! I know I am looking forward to the new location and the oppertunities it will bring to our community! I can’t wait to sample the brew in (hopefully) your tasting room at the new facility.

  5. Jason March 20, 2012 at 2:40 PM #

    Does this mean they will have a brewpub in Parkesburg ???

    • Victory March 20, 2012 at 2:50 PM #

      That is part of the long-term plan, yes. We do not have an expected date for opening a brewpub there, but some day that dream will come true!

  6. C.J. March 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM #

    WOO-HOO!!!!! This is HUGE news! Congrats!

  7. KC Kulp March 20, 2012 at 7:59 PM #

    Where do I apply?

  8. Mark March 20, 2012 at 8:31 PM #

    You people are top notch and this should help my prediction come true, that the rest of the country will soon realize that you are an underappreciated jule of the east coast! Good decision!

  9. AJ March 20, 2012 at 10:36 PM #

    If no brewpub. Please consider a tasting room with growler fills!!!!!!

  10. Andrew March 21, 2012 at 10:21 AM #

    Would be nice if when this all shakes out if perhaps there is some floorspace freed up by offloading things to the new facility (which looks much bigger if that picture is an indication) to expand the restaurant in Downingtown. Often is pretty packed in there these days.

  11. ntsmarmy March 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM #

    There is an empty Acme store right off of Route 10 on Main St that is waiting for you to open a brewpub in it!!

  12. Ashley March 21, 2012 at 8:10 PM #

    How are you moving in to the new location, thats the headquarters to Ballymore co inc. they have most of the facility. There not going anywhere as fast as there growing. The only section thats open is just a small portion of the side where house

  13. trut March 22, 2012 at 2:19 PM #

    It is in West Sadsbury Township, not Parkesburg.

  14. Andrew March 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM #

    Isn’t the synergy obvious? Rolling ladders for reaching the tops of the fermenting vessels!

  15. sam March 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM #

    Ballymore is leaving the facility per this agreement.

  16. Brian Van Kempen March 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM #

    I lived in Downingtown for 9 years within walking distance on Chestnut St. Now I live in Parkesburg with the thought of another Victory in sight, God bless you two!!! CHEERS TO VICTORY!!!!

  17. Bolt March 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM #

    Ballymore recently signed a lease extention. Don’t think they’re going anywhere!

  18. Rob Lorah March 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM #

    If you need interesting brewing ideas, I just brewed a chocolate graham cracker brown ale this morning. Just an idea for ya!

  19. Mike March 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM #

    It would neat to try a barrel aged Victory. Bourbon, brandy, etc… Old ho, or Storm King would be good candidates.

  20. Jim March 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM #

    Victory isn’t welcome in west sadbury, and SAM a dumb a$$

    • Victory April 5, 2012 at 3:10 PM #

      We’re sorry to hear that and hope that we will be able to change your mind in the future.

  21. Bob S March 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM #

    Victory brewing , where in hell do you see brandy wine creek at near that place, just some cotton picken creeks, maybe that devil juice gone to your head

    • Victory April 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM #

      The headwaters of the west branch of the Brandywine Creek are just a few miles away from our new location. Streams like Little Buck Run are event closer. All of those creeks bring the fresh Brandywine Creek water to us, allowing us to brew our flavorful recipes. We look forward to doing a side-by-side taste-test event once beer is flowing from the Parkesburg brewery. We’d love to see if anyone will be able to note any differences between HopDevil brewed with west branch water vs. east branch water. It’ll be another terroir-type experiment.

  22. Bill C March 30, 2012 at 4:25 PM #

    For the record, our new friends and neighbors at Ballymore will be operating within the same building for years to come.

  23. dave zacherl April 16, 2012 at 9:12 PM #

    Hello Victory!!

    I was at the sixth annual Erie Brewfest and sampled a particular brew which i cannot remember what it was but i think it was a summer brew- it had a “herby” taste to it.
    I know you had hopdevil there which i have always enjoyed. Unfortunately the directory did not list your beers but only said TBA. If you could please let me know what brews you had there on 4-14-12 i would really appreciate it as i would love to consume more of that “tasty bud” beer.

    • Victory April 17, 2012 at 10:27 AM #

      Hi Dave! Glad you enjoyed some Victory at the festival. Our wholesaler out that way selected the beers for the event. Based on your description, we guess that it was likely Whirlwind Witbier. http://victorybeer.com/beers/whirlwind-witbier/

  24. Lori April 17, 2012 at 9:54 AM #

    Congratulations! Great to see business expanding and becoming even more successful. We love your beer and your story!

  25. Joe April 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM #

    My favorite comment – “…allow us to make the Downingtown brewery into a limited-edition draft brewery for more experimentation.”

    Rock On!!

  26. Mike April 17, 2012 at 8:55 PM #

    SWEET! I live in Oxford so you are a lot closer now! 2013 looks so promising already! Sign me up!

  27. Marv April 18, 2012 at 5:23 AM #

    You need to hire me. Its too far to walk and gas is expensive. Can I do quality control?

    I am a beer tasting prodigy

  28. Jim April 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM #

    Congratulations on the expansion idea. I also like that it’s just a little closer to Gettysburg, which will make for a shorter trip!

  29. Elise March 24, 2013 at 7:11 PM #

    I’m thrilled for this to get going and am very interested in employment opportunities. Any idea what kinds of jobs might be available and when? It would be a dream to work for a company I love so much!

    • Victory Brewing Company March 27, 2013 at 4:12 PM #

      Hey Elise,

      Thanks for reaching out. And for loving our beer! Stay up-to-date on the latest Victory Brewing Company employment opportunities at http://www.victorybeer.com/employment/.

      Cheers!

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