Become a Beer Nerd Fast: 3 Brew Myths Debunked on Bon Appetit

Myth #1: The less foam, the better. Foam is a good thing. Also called the head of the beer, it captures carbon dioxide to deliver aromatics so the drinker can fully smell and taste the beer’s hops, malt, and fermentation. “Foam is an expression of the beer,” says Bill Covaleski of Pennsylvania’s Victory Beer. “The […]

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Imbibe Magazine: Victory makes ’50 Best Seasonal Beers’ list.

With Munich’s famed Oktoberfest in full swing and fall officially beginning, we’re eager to join the seasonal festivities with copper-colored Oktoberfest (aka märzen) beers. A German-style lager traditionally brewed in March and laid to rest in cool cellars until fall, Oktoberfest beers are malty, medium-bodied and an ideal match to the rich flavors of the […]

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Emeril Kicks Off the 2010 NFL Season with Tailgate Foods and Great Beers to Pair with Them

The 2010 NFL season starts tonight, so Emeril kicked off his new season ofCooking with Emeril today by inviting Tribeca Grill Executive Chef Stephen Lewandowski and Birch&Barley/Churchkey Beer Director Greg Engert to talk about the best game day eats and the most interesting beers to pair with them. “Victory Brewing of Dowingtown, PA makes a Festbier amber lager whose medium […]

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Daily Local: Victory Brewing continues growth

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,” […]

Continue Reading · – Summer Beers

Nothing’s better under the scorching summer sun than a refreshing Pilsner, and no brewery in America makes a better Pilsner than Victory Brewery in Pennsylvania,” Mike tells us. “Victory’s Prima Pils is particularly crisp with some mild hop flavors and a bit of sweetness that fades away just in time for those bubbles to tickle your […]

Continue Reading · – Beer: Mowing down summer thirst

Summer Love (Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pa.): That’s Summer Love, not Summer of Love. This beer was commissioned by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, the same group that’s slapping its posters in Metro as part of its its “With Love, Philadelphia XOXO” campaign. This crisp golden ale premiered during Philly Beer Week in June, […]

Continue Reading · – City of Brotherly Suds

Last month, in conjunction with Philly Beer Week, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation moved its “With Love, Philadelphia XOXO” motto from billboards to bars. “To be totally legitimate, we might as well have our own beer,” says Bill Covaleski, the brewmaster at nearby Victory Brewing. He collaborated with the GPTMC to craft Philly’s flagship […]

Continue Reading · – The World Cup Drinking Game. Representing USA: Prima Pils

Chowhound is a popular online food discussion board founded by Jim Leff in 1997, known for its user base of food fanatics. In 2006 it merged with CHOW magazine and The FIFA World Cup runneth over. For the resourceful and curious drinker, this sporting event presents many wonderful opportunities. Think of it as a […]

Continue Reading · – Victory HopDevil Review

“I know that I have given the HopDevil a lot of praise, but that is only because I consider it a standard that I always use in my mind for measuring other IPAs. There are so many things done correctly with this beer that it is impossible to ignore. If you want to try a […]

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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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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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