17 Years: Our Home in Downingtown

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  1. Androo February 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM #

    Cheers, Victory. We love you from afar.

  2. Carol Griese February 8, 2013 at 2:37 PM #

    We moved to our current house in WC on February 28, 1997. They left a welcome basket with a small local yellowpages phone book. The first time we had a hankering for pizza I looked up pizza places in the phone book and there you were. I think it said brewery as well. We drove into the strange parking lot and I kept asking my husband, “Do you think this place will be okay” as we had our 3yr old & 7 month old sons with us.That was the first of many wonderful visits. Happy Anniversary Victory!

  3. Jason M February 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM #

    I’m 28 now. 7 years ago after I turned 21 I made my first visit to Victory during the 2005 Christmas break from college (Shanahan ’03 grad!). Some friends and I got a sampler to try different beers like Hop Devil, Prima, Monkey, and played pool in the corner where the host-stand now is. My first taste of Golden Monkey was wonderful – it is still my favorite beer of all time. Will White Monkey change my mind??!! Thank you Bill (and Ron of course) for such a great experience. I love the Brew Pub as it is now and visit whenever I get the chance. Looking forward to Sunday!!
    – Jason M., Devon, PA

  4. Burt Benenson February 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM #

    Sometime in the ’90’s, not long after the brewery and restaurant opened, I must have read about it somewhere and decided to visit. I’d never been to Downingtown and, from my home in Northeast Phila., it took me about an hour to get to Market East, an hour and a quarter on the train to Downingtown, and about 25 minutes to walk to Victory. The first time there I wandered around the industrial park parking lot for 10 minutes or so until I could find the place tucked away in the corner. It wasn’t very crowded either, especially for a Sat. afternoon. Afterwards I thought how crazy it was to travel over 5 hours round trip just to have lunch and a couple of beers, but I’ve been making the trip four or five times a year ever since. You sure must be doing something right.

  5. Joe Bodary February 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM #

    Very nice recollection. It’s important to look back, recall past decisions and the basis that you made them on periodically. Thanks for sharing your vision and that of those who preceded you in the Downingtown location. I was only was there once with my brother, but enjoy your beer here in Michigan. Hopefully look forward to an increased supply/selection once the new Parkesburg facility is functional!

  6. esd February 10, 2013 at 9:59 PM #

    Agree with the above! Golden Monkey one of my all time favorites. Looking forward to testing this month in Charlotte.

  7. Jim Busch February 12, 2013 at 11:22 AM #

    When I think of the Downingtown brewery, I always flash back to the days before it opened and Bill Sr was high atop a hoist operating the power washing equipment to clean the years of dirt from the ceiling. Talk about a hands on dad! Then I think of the huge open spaces and the thoughts of “will they ever fill up this tank farm?” Yes, they sure did. Great memories indeed, well done! Onward, left turn signal on.

  8. andie b February 12, 2013 at 8:24 PM #

    i remember the many times that my husband and i tried to find the brew pub, but when we did, we became frequent fliers. now i am happy to say that i am one those 235 employees. thanks for 17 great years of fabulous craft beer. cheers to many more.

  9. David Anderson February 17, 2013 at 1:57 PM #

    Congratulations, Bill & Ron! I still remember that pre-opening party with the gang from Baltimore! And, I still enjoy my favorites, Hop Devil, Prima Pils, Headwaters and Summer Love down here in Port Richey, FL.

  10. Andy Schaum February 18, 2013 at 6:46 PM #

    Respecting what came before us is an important part of being involved in a community. And, Downingtown could not have asked for better community leaders than Bill and Ron. My wife and I have fond memories of Brick Oven Pizza from the original place, pre-expansion. Now, there is simply no place we would rather be on a Friday night. Great food, the best beer on the planet, and people working in a labor of love, all of whom we are proud to call our friends. Here’s to making some more incredible history in the years ahead…

  11. Bill Covaleski February 19, 2013 at 8:17 PM #

    Thank you all for adding such great memories to ours, here on this blog! And of course, for all the fun over the years. More to come. Heck, we haven’t even hit 21 yet…

  12. Mike Dysard February 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM #

    I’m one of the few lucky ones who knew Bill before the brewery was in production. Therefore, since in the Fall of ’96, I have many great memories growing up in the Downingtown – Victory Beer culture, which drastically changed my high school/college beer palette. One fond memory was the holiday week of 1999. A past employee Eileen O’Meacham came up with an idea to do a beer exchange at the brewery. We all agreed it would be great fun and there were about a dozen of us who participated. We were told there are no rules on what case of beer to bring but be damn sure it’s not Victory. So, of course I complied like the others in which I brought some crappy xmas ales from out west somewhere, thinking it was the greatest thing since slice bread. We all showed up on time except for one clown, the former T-shirt mogul, Scotty. All the cases were lined up against one of the old muralled walls toward the merch room and we began to trade. Each person was allowed to grab 2 beers per case…. All the sudden, Scotty shows up and throws his case down, marked ‘Victory’. No one was happy to see this but I venture into the cardboard case to find one of the greatest mixed case ever made. At this point I should tell you that Scotty was known for storing ancient bottles of victory in his basement cooler and what I was witnessing was a thing of pure beauty. He quickly rattled off something about just grabbing some junk from coolers but I wasn’t prepared for was I was about to witness. The mixed bag had a sixer of the original ’96 Old Hoe, a sixer of the original ’97 storm king and two sixers of the original ’98 golden monkey. To say at least, I ended up with my greatest Xmas gift since I was twelve years old. A six pack of pure ecstasy! Thanks again Bill and Ron for turning me into the beer nut that I am today. Cheers!

  13. Eric Jensen February 22, 2013 at 7:27 AM #

    I started going to Victory about a year after you opened. I had just moved to Downingtown and looked in the yellow pages for brew pubs in the area, and your name came up. It was really hard to find, and I’m glad I didn’t give up. The inside wasn’t much to talk about, but the food was great, and the beer even better! The best thing about Victory is how diverse the customers are. The love of great beer brings everyone together!

    Congratulations on your success!

  14. bob wayman July 10, 2013 at 4:22 PM #

    My wife and I are from Austin, Texas, Recently we were on a roadtrip to ohio\, New York, Virgina, North Carolina, La, and back to Texas. In Ohio we attended a festival and went to a pub and started ordering craft beers. Low and behold, we ran across Golden Monkey, “my new favorite beer”. So long story short we have been using your beer finder to locate your “Monkey Beer” in each of the places we stopped. However, in Clayton North Carolina, the beer finder located us a spot to purchase, but no Golden Monkey to be found. Luckily we had two left and leave in the morning for Lake Charles, La. and we will search again at the time. Love the Monkey!!!

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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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