Metropolitan Bakery Teams With Victory Brewing to Create a Limited Reserve Handmade Popcorn

Metropolitan Bakery Teams With Victory Brewing
to Create a Limited Reserve Handmade Popcorn

Two Philly favorites debut Victory Donnybrook Stout Popcorn for the holidays

Philadelphia, Pa. (December 9, 2011) – Baker James Barrett and Brewmaster Bill Covaleski have a lot in common. At Metropolitan Bakery and Victory Brewing Company, both uphold artisan traditions, use only premium, all-natural ingredients, and bow nightly to the Great God Yeast. And now, in time for the holidays, the two have partnered to create Metropolitan Bakery Victory Donnybrook Stout Popcorn, a limited edition popcorn in reusable canister, available online and in shops for $9.95.

This new small-batch popcorn features the smoky, malty undertones of Victory’s Donnybrook Stout, a European style ale made with whole flower hops and roasted barley. Mixed with salty caramel and freshly popped popcorn, and then baked in thin layers for extra crispness, the result is an intense, not-too-sweet holiday treat, perfect for gift giving.

“Victory Brewing is really focused on the details and it shows,” says James Barrett, head baker and co-owner of Metropolitan Bakery. “Their Donnybrook is the perfect base for our popcorn… It’s the best ‘candy corn’ you’ll ever eat!” Like all Metropolitan Bakery products, the popcorn is made by hand in Metropolitan’s Fishtown bakery.

“It’s said that beer is liquid bread, so as you’d guess, we are big fans of Metropolitan’s delicious creativity,” said Bill Covaleski, president, brewmaster and co-founder of Victory Brewing Company.  “When we got their call to team up for a new flavor of popcorn, the answer was an immediate ‘yes’!”

In addition to the collaboration with Victory Brewing Company, Metropolitan Bakery offers several other popcorn flavors: Bourbon-Infused, Spiced Peanut Butter and Stout with Smoked Almonds ($6.95 each). All are available online and in Metropolitan Bakery shops. The Victory Donnybrook Stout popcorn can also be purchased at the Victory Brewing Company brewpub and retail store at 420 Acorn Lane in Downingtown, Pa. 19335.

Metropolitan Bakery For 18 years, passion for food is the core of Metropolitan Bakery. Known for their intense, earthy flavors, crackling crusts, and complex texture, Metropolitan Bakery breads are baked in over thirty varieties at a 10,000-foot Fishtown facility and then delivered to five neighborhood shops and to more than 90 of Philadelphia’s best restaurants and gourmet markets. And now, Metropolitan breads and specialty items—including the “best granola in the country”—are available nationwide.  Call 1.877.41.BREAD or visit

Victory Brewing Company is a privately held microbrewery located in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Started by Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, childhood friends who met on a school bus in 1973, the brewery formally began operations in February of 1996. Now, Victory beers can be found in 29 states. Victory’s full-flavored, innovative beers meld European ingredients and technology with American creativity. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company, visit

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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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