Finecooking Magazine: In Defense of Lager

When the American craft beer movement got its start in the late 1970s, the spotlight was on ales, not lagers. Those first craft brewers set out to be everything the country’s giant breweries were not. Since the big guys “owned” the production of golden lagers, which had become insipid, mass-produced “yellow beers,” the renegade brewers […]

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Metro Daily News – Saison du BUFF top 10 Beers of 2010 . . . so far

Dogfish Head/Victory/Stone Collaboration, Saison du BUFF (6.8 percent ABV) Delaware, Pennsylvania and California What happens when three of the country’s most successful breweries get together and brew a beer together? A saison brewed with a boatload of herbs. The Saison du BUFF is going to be a beer a lot of people may not like […]

Continue Reading · – Joe Sixpack: The good news about Philly & beer

Last week, the agency took an even bigger step by partnering with Victory Brewing to create the new With Love Philadelphia XOXO Victory Summer Love Ale. The agency and the brewery announced its release at an invitation-only New York press event featuring Victory brewmaster Bill Covaleski. They’ll continue the campaign by distributing thousands of branded […]

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Philadelphia Inquirer – A real beer-hall woman

The history of women in the making of beer, on the other hand, is another matter. Put out the call for a roundtable of women brewers hereabouts, and, well, all you’ll need is a small booth. If that. So in the mammoth beer hall of Downingtown’s Victory Brewing last week, it was refreshing to encounter […]

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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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