Headwaters: The Beer, The Grant

The Beer

Headwaters artwork

Named to pay homage to the water with which it is brewed, Headwaters Pale Ale is not only a refreshing beer but also a vehicle for Victory

charity. A portion of every bottle sold is collected and distributed to environmental advocacy groups through the Headwaters Grant.

Released in celebration of our 15-year anniversary, we had many discussions about how to name the new beer and what would make it special. The choice was obvious. We reflected about our brewery home in Downingtown, Pa. and all that makes it a special place for us. We are blessed with fantastic community and incredible fans that we meet at our brewpub on a weekly basis. Even more important to our success is the pure water we receive from the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek that begins its journey to us just under 14 miles from where we brew with it. Hence, Headwaters was born.

Take a peek behind the scenes and learn how Headwaters Pale Ale is made.

The Grant

HeadwatersBeer is the product of four simple ingredients: water, hops, malt, and yeast. We have taken the water-reliant ingredient, hops, malt, and yeast and harmonized them with our great local water to produce Headwaters Pale Ale.

Our appreciation of great beer, coupled with our appreciation of clean water, inspired us to create the Headwaters Grant. The Grant is our way to give back to the groups that protect the delicate Brandywine Watershed.

Victory will donate 1 cent for every bottle of Headwaters sold. Headwaters is our fastest growing brand, and as the popularity of this unique beer increases, so will the size of the grants we award nationwide.

Headwaters in the News

If every lover of Victory beer realized just how utterly reliant the protection of this watershed is to assure the impeccable quality of that beautiful cold golden-amber flow from the tap to their glass, they would protect this watershed with life and limb. Beer loyalists are like this, you know.

Richard Whiteford, Daily Local News


Victory Brewing Company Champions Water Protection Through Headwaters Grant


Another Expansion Announced: Additional Recipient of Headwaters Grant for Environmental Stewardship


Beer Drinkers Should Unite


Headwaters Pale Does Good Things


Victory for the Environment: Beer Grant Champions Clean Water Initiative

European Tradition.


American Ingenuity.

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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