DOWNINGTOWN — Victory Brewing Co. increased its fermentation capacity by 33 percent this week with the installation of eight new tanks.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, eight large 440-barrel fermenters were delivered and installed at the craft brewer’s borough location, joining the four that were installed just 10½ months ago.
“Our audience is treating us good,” said Bill Covaleski, co-founder and co-brewmaster with his childhood friend, Ron Barchet. “America is eating more full flavored foods and drinking more full flavored beverages.”
While the economy is struggling overall, craft brewing is experiencing growth.
The Brewers Association of Boulder, Colo., reported that the craft brewing industry experienced 7.2 percent volume growth in 2009 on top of 5.9 percent growth in 2008.
Overall, U.S. beer sales closed 2009 down 2.2 percent with the import category down 9.8 percent.
This year craft beer sales are trending 7-to-9 percent over 2009, various industry sources report, while Victory’s wholesale shipments for 2010 currently stand at 24 percent over 2009.