October 23, 2008
Oktoberfest Social / Brewery Tour
VICTORY BREWING COMPANY
…One of the Best Craft Breweries in America (right in our backyard!)
Victory Brewing is a privately-held craft brewery, located in Downingtown, Chester County, Pennsylvania. It developed from a partnership of two childhood friends begun on the back of a school bus in 1973.
Victory opened in 1996 in an old Pepperidge Farm factory, where it has grown to become one of the best craft breweries in America. Victory began to gain national recognition with their very first beer, Victory Hop Devil, a hoppy India pale ale. Ever since, Victory has been producing incredibly bold beers “for those who appreciate flavorful beer.”
The German-trained brewers at Victory now brew more than 20 varieties, according to season and demand. Recently, their Prima Pils claimed silver medals at two of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world: the Great American Beer Festival (October 2007 – Colorado, U.S.A.) and the European Beer Star Competition (November 2007 – Nurmberg, Germany). In 2005, both Men’s Journal and the New York Times rated the Prima Pils the best pilsner in the world. Their Golden Monkey Tripel won a silver medal in the 2004 International Beer Competition in London. Their popular Hop Devil Ale earned the title of “Champion American Beer” in the Great British Beer Festival in 2002.
These highly desirable, award-winning Victory beers are now marketed in 23 states. The brewery has increased its capacity from 1,750 to over 70,000 barrels a year through a series of expansions, including a Rolec 50 barrel brew house, additional fermentation tanks, and a state-of-the-art German bottling line.
Victory Brewing Company