About

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, and a friendly rivalry grew between the two. The good-natured competition pushed Bill and Ron to become accomplished home brewers, and as they both grew disillusioned with their jobs in the corporate world they realized their combined skill and love of brewing could pave the path to successful careers as brewers.

Ron left his job as a financial analyst and started an apprenticeship at Baltimore Brewing Company (BBC), working under a Dutch-born and German-trained brewer named Theo DeGroen. After working there for nearly a year, Ron had the necessary prerequisites to move on to study at the Technical University of Munich at Weihenstephan.

Immediately upon Ron’s departure, Bill took over his emptied role in Baltimore. While Ron was enhancing his German brewing knowledge, Bill was expanding the line of beers produced at the BBC to include several German specialty beers, many of which went on to win multiple awards at the Great American Beer Festival. After his time at BBC, Bill completed his brewing studies by traveling to Munich, Germany to attend Doemens Institute.

After Ron’s year of education in Munich, he returned stateside and took a role at Old Dominion Brewing Company in Virginia. Over the course of four year as the brewmaster there, he helped to increase production from 1,500 barrels annually to nearly 15,000.

With knowledge, experience and a love of quality beer in place, Bill and Ron decided they were ready to open their own brewery near where they first met in Pennsylvania.

Victory Brewing Company opened its doors to the public on Feb. 15, 1996. What was once a Pepperidge Farm factory became home to a 144-seat restaurant, 70-foot-long bar and a full-scale brewery. In its first year, Victory Brewing Company brewed 1,725 barrels of beer.

Since then, Victory has increased the size of the restaurant to 300 seats. The brewery has also expanded, producing  125,713 barrels of beer in 2014. As loyal craft beer drinkers continue to show their dedication to flavorful, quality beer, Victory plans to continue its own growth. Onward to Victory!

Our Beers

Agave IPA

American IPA

Anniversary 20

American IPA

Cage Radler

Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Cream Ale

Cream Ale

DirtWolf Double IPA

American Double / Imperial IPA

Festbier

Märzen / Oktoberfest

Headwaters Pale Ale

American Pale Ale (APA)

Helios Ale

Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Helles Lager

Munich Helles Lager

Hop Ranch

American Double / Imperial IPA

HopDevil IPA

American IPA

Hoppy Quad

Quadrupel (Quad)

Java Cask

American Double / Imperial Stout

Old Horizontal

American Barleywine

Prima Pils

German Pilsener

Selene Saison

Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Sour Monkey

American Wild / Sour Ale

Storm King Stout

American Double / Imperial Stout

Summer Love Ale

American Blonde Ale

Tart Ten

American Wild / Sour Ale

V Twelve

Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Vital IPA

American IPA