Victory for the Headwaters

Taste Victory and support the Headwaters Grant!


Victory’s commitment to the environment runs deep. It was the nearly pristine water that led Bill and Ron to establish the first brewery in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. This water source, the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek, is a large part of the great flavor of Victory beer that our fans have come to love. When we outgrew the Downingtown brewery, it was a simple decision that our next location would need to have the same water source, which is why our state-of-the-art Parkesburg, Pennsylvania brewery is located just 17 miles away and receives its water from the West Branch of the Brandywine Creek. In order to continue delivering consistently delicious, flavorful beer, it is critical that we keep the water clean, not just in our local Chester County, but across the country.

Five years ago, Bill and Ron established the Headwaters Grant, named for the beer which pays homage to the importance of clean water. For every bottle of Headwaters purchased, a portion has been donated to the Grant. Victory has been able to donate nearly $58,000 to local water advocacy groups and make a great difference:

“The Headwaters grant has enabled the Guardians of the Brandywine to pursue their mission to protect and preserve the Upper East Branch of the Brandywine Creek. With Victory’s Headwaters funds, we have established a stream monitoring program at four sites along the Upper East Branch, have restored riparian buffers with tree plantings and have established a Headwaters scholarship for college students studying our watershed.”
– Guardians of the Brandywine

“With funding from Victory’s Headwaters Grant program, Brandywine Valley Association has been able to restore over one mile of Little Buck Run in Parkesburg and Sadsbury Township. This restoration will improve water quality, protect the stream and provide a model for future restorations.”
– Brandywine Valley Association

With your help, we can make an even larger impact. Please join us as we relaunch Headwaters Ale, now available in cans, and help protect the local water sources that are partly responsible for the great beer you enjoy.



Make a donation to the Victory Headwaters Grant HERE

Drink Headwaters, Save the Planet!


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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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