Meet Victory: The Dirty Firkins

Meet The Dirty Firkins, Victory’s very own brewery band!

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Q: How long has Victory Brewing Company had a band?
A: About 6 years now. We originally went by the Victory Brewer’s Blues.

Q: How did you come up with the name Dirty Firkins?
A: Jimmy Breeding saw a sign that labeled a pallet of firkins as “dirty,” and he thought that would be a great band name.

Q: Who is in the band?
A: John Bair, Safety and Training Manager: Guitar & Vocals
Jimmy Breeding, Warehouse Lead: Guitar
Matt Couch, Brewer: Guitar
John Fusco, Equipment Maintenance Mechanic: Percussion
Jeff Goodno, Brewer: Guitar
Clay Jenkins, Fermentation Manager: Drums
Kevin McGovern, Senior Brewer: Bass

Q: Who has been playing the longest?
A: John Bair – playing for 34 years, longer than the rest of the band has been alive. Well, not really.

Q: What were the first instruments you played?
A: John B: Trumpet
Jimmy: Guitar
Matt: I remember having a kazoo and a harmonica when I was like four years old. Then I moved on to piano but didn’t stick with it. I think I was pretty awesome at the kazoo.
Jeff: Guitar
Clay: Saxophone
Kevin: Bass Guitar

Q: If you could be any rock star, who would you be?
A: John B: I would wish to be no one else but me.
Jimmy: Pete Townshend
Matt: Jimmy Page
Jeff: Floyd Pepper from The Muppets
Clay: Keith Moon
Kevin: Phil Collins

Q: How do you feel about more cowbell?
A: For it.

Q: Favorite band to cover?

Q: Favorite beer to drink while rocking out?
A: Any beer that is in our hands.

Q: Do you play weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and other private engagements?
A: No. Charity only.

Q: How high do your amps go?
A: These go to 11.

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Q: What gives your band the winning edge?
A: Whole flower hops.

Q: How would you describe your sound?
A: Hopeful and/or aspirational.

Q: Who are your major influences?
A: CCR, Zeppelin, Jimmy Page and Hendrix.

Q: What are the perks of being in the band?
A: Having Rob Pine as a groupie is a perk. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Q: If you could witness any concert/festival past, present or future, what would it be?
A: Woodstock or the last Zeppelin tour.

Q: If you could invent a musical instrument, what would it be?
A: A keyboard set up with cats on it. When you pull their tails, they each make a different note.

Q: What is the diet and workout regimen for Battle of the Brewery Bands?
A: Drinking lots of beer. Watching Clay play the drums makes you feel like you’re getting a workout.

Q: Finish this sentence: Music is________.
A: Freedom.

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One Response to Meet Victory: The Dirty Firkins

  1. Doug January 31, 2013 at 6:52 PM #

    Yins are a riot. Your beer is great too.

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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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