Bill Covaleski is the Brewmaster and President of Victory
Brewing. He trained to make beer in Germany. Now, admission, I have been drinking Victory
for more than 15 years. It has gotten better and better in all those years, and
I have watched them go from a small Downingtown operation to a large scale
brewer at this point. I am a big fan! I remember my first time I was there, was Ed Theurkauf threw a party there. We drove from Freehold, NJ all the way there, me grumbling. By the time I left, I was a very happy man!
Current annual production: 93,196 barrels
Square footage of brewery: 100,000 square feet
Distribution: 29 states, Japan and Singapore.
Number of brewery and corporate employees: 60
Number of restaurant employees: 215
Restaurant: 300 seats, 60 foot-long-bar, 24 rotating taps
At Victory they believe that the very best ingredients are
necessary in order to brew the very best beer. At Victory, German malted
barley, a mix of European and American whole flower hops, 45 unique yeast
strains (for our wide variety of beers), and local water is blended to create their
As they are happy to tell you: “Victory is one of only a few
breweries in the country that uses whole flower hops. While almost all other
breweries used pelletized hops, Bill and Ron insist on using the whole-flower
varieties. This unprocessed form of hops imparts better flavor and aroma to
Victory Yakima Gold is a Dark India Pale Ale. I had it while
I was out one night in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with winemakers at the Eastern
Wineries Exposition. The Yakima Valley of eastern Washington State is something
of hallowed ground in American craft brewing as most new hop varieties have
flourished there along with the solid, traditional varieties. All four hops for
this brew have come to us from the Yakima Valley.
The malt is six imported 2 row malts. The hops: four
varieties of American whole flower hops. The finished beer is ABV: 8.7% This is
an impressive beer.
Under pinning this big, flavorful beer is a serious layer of
roasty, dark malt. Chewy and intense. Layer onto that a massive topping of
floral textures, bright and exotic. It
is an amazing experience. A big, beautiful floral, brawny beer.
I had it with a big, juicy bacon cheeseburger. It was