You Got Questions? We Got Answers!

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Q: I was lucky enough to find the HBC 369 or “Mosiac” DIPA. It was by far the best IPA I’ve ever had. Was that beer made exclusively with 369 or were other varieties used in the whirlpool or dry-hop?
A: Thanks for the compliment! That beer is made exclusively with 369. There is no dry hopping involved with that specific beer.

Q: I would like to challenge Victory to make a non-alcoholic beer that actually tastes good for the pregnant ladies who come in and have to drool over the beer, while they devour the awesome food!
A: This would be an extreme challenge for us at this time. Because alcohol is naturally produced in the brewing process, there is no efficient way (time, cost or energy) to get that natural alcohol out of the beer. Have you tried our root beer?

Q: When aging a corked bottle, is it better to keep it upright or lying down?
A: Here are the formal instructions straight from the bottle:

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Q: I’m sure this is a business and financial decision that holds plenty of water but it disheartens me nonetheless. I just keep thinking about how Yuengling leads tours of their Pottsville brewery all the time, through creeping stairways, open mash and no real safety measures of any sort with little to no issue. I understand that Victory is more artisanal than Yuengling, but the fact remains that touring a 100+ year old facility does not seem to be an issue for them.
A: We have the utmost respect for Yuengling’s brewing traditions and touring policy. Yuengling has deemed their brewery safe and capable of public tours. We cannot speak for other breweries, but we have determined that our brewery is not safe for public tours at this time. In order to maintain both

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safety and quality, we had to make the decision to discontinue tours. Read the full story here.

Q: Will you brew a year round dunkel?
A: We enjoy our dunkels here in the winter, when we do a single, draft-only batch. Sadly, our love of the style hasn’t translated to the masses. We bottled it for several years in the late nineties and early 2000s, but the sales couldn’t sustain the brand. With the ever-evolving tastes of craft beer consumers, we are hopeful that the demand and appreciation of the style will grow and someday allow for us to package it again. For now, look for it in our brewpub every winter.

9 Responses to You Got Questions? We Got Answers!

  1. Dave February 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM #

    where near Erie,Pa. can I purchase your beer,I would love to try it.

    • Victory February 7, 2013 at 9:02 AM #

      Hi Dave,
      According to our beerfinder (, it looks like the closest location to you would be Edinboro Beverage Wholesale. Looks like you should plan a road trip!

  2. Androo February 1, 2013 at 1:10 PM #

    Hey, that Dunkel question is a rerun. I want my money back. Or my hair.

    A better question might be, ,we will ever see Braumeister Pils in bottles?

  3. Terry McGrath February 3, 2013 at 1:51 AM #

    Do you sell your produt in the So. Cal. area? If you do, what stores should I look in for your beer?

    • Victory February 7, 2013 at 10:10 AM #

      Hey Terry,
      Yes, we sure do. We distribute to Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, CA.

  4. Ken Staber August 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM #

    I have a bottle of your V TEN ale, it was bottled on May 15, 04. Is it safe to drink or should I dump it out? Please reply. Thank You

    • Victory Brewing Company August 21, 2013 at 4:10 PM #

      Hey Ken!
      Great question! Please email our Quality Assurance department – They would be more than happy to help you out.

  5. PatFarrell March 15, 2015 at 8:47 PM #

    Hi, I live in the Downingtown, Pa area near Victory. Do you still sell kegs of you beer that I could buy and pick up from Victory directly? Do you sell Donnybrook Stout in kegs?

    • Madeline Rice March 16, 2015 at 2:59 PM #

      Hi Pat! Thanks for reaching out. Yes, we do sell kegs in our retail store in Downingtown. Donnybrook is a nitro stout, which means you would need to have the proper nitrogen gas and faucet for dispensing. If you have additional questions, please call retail at 610-514-7033. Cheers!

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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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