Victory is Brewing in Parkesburg
Progress at our new and state-of-the-art Parkesburg brewery, located just 17 miles from our home in Downingtown, is moving along at an exciting pace!
Once fully operational this fall, Victory’s Parkesburg plant will be able to produce 225,000 barrels per year—more than doubling our current production capacity. This will allow us to create new and innovative beers while continuing to deliver the same world-class ales and lagers that our fans know and love.
Our thirsty fans have been asking us for more. In order to give them what they want, we need more space to make it happen.” - Bill Covaleski, President & Co-Brewmaster
The plant is expected to begin test brews in mid-September, running continuously by October. The additional production capabilities of Parkesburg means exciting things are in store for the now 26th largest craft brewery in the country, with roots that run deep in Chester County, Pa. All bottling should shift to Parkesburg some time in November, freeing up the Downingtown location for the development and testing of new and specialty ideas and recipes.
Looking toward the future, Parkesburg also allows Victory plenty of room to grow our national distribution footprint, as well as offer local fans a unique brewery experience. Combining a state-of-the-art brewery with our knowledge, experience and passion for crafting quality full-flavored beer, we will move onward to Victory together!
- 212,000 square foot building on 42 acres in West Sadsbury Township
- German-built Rolec brewhouse with initial production of approximately 225,000 bbls per year; Brewhouse production is 10 brews per day at 200 bbls per brew (2,000 bbls/day)
- Total capacity of up to 200 bbl (6,200 gallon) batch, and 500,000+ bbls per year
- Excellent and reliable water source from a reservoir fed by the West Branch of the Brandywine (similar chemistry to our current source, the East Branch)
- Best-in-class brewing systems and installations, with efficient use of energy and maximal hygiene throughout the process
- State of the art yeast handling system for ultimate flexibility in yeast growing and handling
- Full bottling line production, shifted from Downingtown, with some upgrades; kegging will remain in Downingtown until 2014-2015
Our brewhouse and production space is equipped with top-of-the-line brewery technology and tools, and will enable our brewmasters to craft a greater variety—and more—of our delicious beer.
- New and improved proprietary hop separator
- Best-in-class and hygienically designed yeast room, featuring three tanks for storing and growing yeast, and fully automated yeast propagation
- Fermentation cellar, hard piped, with state-of-the-art design and materials, featuring (16) 1,000 bbl fermenters
- Biological Acidification system to allow our brewmasters to naturally optimize pH values throughout the brewing process, yielding cleaner and fresher tasting beer
Built with an emphasis on environmental responsibility, Parkesburg will include many green building and operational features.
- Re-purposed an existing building, instead of building new
- Upgraded insulation throughout
- Multiple skylights to allow for minimal use of artificial lighting during daytime hours; high efficiency lighting installed throughout
- State-of-the-art cooling systems for climate control and process chilling requiring less than half the energy used by standard systems
- Wort boiling energy recovery: condensed wort boiling vapor will be used to create hot water; this hot water will be used throughout the plant to pasteurize and sanitize pipelines, packaging lines, tanks and accessories without the use of chemicals
- Process and sanitary plumbing systems are separated and designed for future ability to treat our process wastewater
Stay tuned for more information on our Parkesburg expansion.
Victory Brewing Announces Expansion Plans
Second brewing facility will create more beer and more jobs
We are opening a second brewery in Chester County, Pa., which will allow us to continue to create new, innovative beers and additional employment opportunities.
In 2012, our current brewery in Downingtown, Pa. will reach capacity. In order to keep up with your demand for full-flavored, high quality beer, we’re forging ahead with expansion plans.
“Our thirsty fans have been asking us for more,” said Bill Covaleski, President and Co-Brewmaster of Victory Brewing Company. “In order to give them what they want, we need more space to make it happen.”
The new brewery location was chosen because of its similarities to our home in Downingtown. Just as the Downingtown brewery recycled an old Pepperidge Farm factory, the expansion brewery is being built within an existing complex in Parkesburg, Pa. Our home brewery is situated a mere 14 miles from the headwaters of the east branch of the Brandywine Creek and the Parkesburg brewery will be just 17 miles from the headwaters of the west branch.
Environmental impact and water quality were major considerations 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.
In keeping with our “locally brewed, locally loved” motto, the choice to expand was not made lightly. The Parkesburg location will allow us to produce even more locally brewed and locally loved beer.
“Growing in to a new facility will have some growing pains,” said Ron Barchet, CEO and Co-Brewmaster of Victory Brewing Company. “But once we are up and running, it will allow us endless opportunities to experiment with new flavors and re-create old favorites.”