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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 beer, the Summer Love Ale.

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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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