If you’re a Victory fan, chances are that you heard they were building a new brewery in Parkesburg. Well, they’ve finished construction, and on October 30th, they went with old favorite HopDevil IPA to take the brewery on a test drive. While there are still many steps to be taken before the facility becomes fully operational, this is a huge and exciting milestone.
Lauter tun in the new brewhouse
This is the room under the 1,000 barrel fermentation tanks that tower above the rest of the facility
When the Downingtown brewery was unable to keep up with the growing demand, Co-Founders Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet decided that they needed to expand, meaning they would need a whole new facility. In January 2012, they broke ground on their new 140,000-square-foot facility, which is capable of producing 225,000 barrels a year, over twice the capacity of the Downingtown location. That doesn’t mean Downingtown is out of a job, though. It will be the site for specialty brewing and testing.
Overlooking part of the packaging facility
While tours are not yet available at the new facility, it was built with the idea in mind that visitors would be able to see the heart of the plant. A new brewpub is to be built on site, but that may be a year or so off.
Co-Founder and Brewmaster Ron Barchet explaining the process on exclusive tour of the new brewery.
The new brewery isn’t the only thing going down at Victory, though. Last Friday, they broke ground on a new brewpub, Victory at Magnolia, in Kennett Square. Set to open in early 2014, the 250-seat restaurant will have space for outdoor dining and will serve as the base floor for a four-story apartment complex, Magnolia Place.
Additionally, they are adding yet another new brew to their lineup, Hop Ranch, an Imperial IPA set to debut in December and be available until February. This is the third new release from Victory this year alone. Hop Ranch is a reworking of their popular Liberty Bell Ringer, which was an exclusive at Philadelphia Beer Week this year. It’s a fruity brew with citrus character and mango and pineapple hints.