Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA
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 and became friends and remained so, even as they grew up and went to college on opposite coasts. Just months out of college in 1985, Bill’s appreciation of good beer and access to his father’s home brewing equipment inspired him to explore the hobby. In that same year, Bill gave Ron a home brewing kit as a Christmas gift and with that, the pair started to develop a love of the craft. With knowledge, experience and a love of quality beer in place, Bill and Ron decided they were ready to open their own brewery in Pennsylvania. Victory Brewing Company opened its doors to the public on 15th February of 1996. What was once a Pepperidge Farm factory became home to a 144-seat restaurant, 70-foot-long bar and a full-scale brewery.