Heya all you Beer Friends out there! Today we are featuring the Victory Brewing Company out of Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Victory was founded in 1996 by Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet. Before opening Victory Brewing Co., Coaleski and Barchet traveled to Europe to learn from the best brewers in Belgium and Germany. When they came back to the U.S. they brought with them century old brewing techniques heavily based in German traditions and combined it with their good ol’ American creativity to produce some of the best craft brew in the Northeast. The blogger Beerlass, writing for the website Philadelphia Restaurants, name Covaleski and Barchet the “Founding Fathers of Philly Beer.” A title they have definitely earned.
Victory is getting a special mention here with the Beer Friends due to their heavy involvement in New York City Good Beer Month. The Victory brewing team held several events here in the city including beer showcasing events at the Blind Tiger Ale House (Beer Friends recap of the night) and Sunswick 3535 and beer tastings hosted by the brewers at Jimmy’s No. 43. We love the cross-city craft brew cooperation!
Victory has several year-round flagship brews that are popularly imbibed throughout their 30-state distribution area. Let’s start with the Hop-Devil IPA. Using German Two-Row Malts and generous amounts of whole American hop flowers, the Hop Devil gives you a bitter, herbal punch in the face and then runs away with a malty smoothness. Very drinkable and definitely an eye-catcher on any menu. You can also find the “Wild Devil” that is a tarter version of the hop devil thanks to being brewed with wild yeast. (more…)