Victory opened in 1996.(Photo11: Provided)
What took ’em so long?
Victory has been in the same location since opening its doors Feb. 15, 1996 in a former Pepperidge Farm building.
Since its beginning, Victory has expanded and expanded at its 420 Acorn Lane site to where it now has a 300-seat restaurant featuring a 60-foot bar and 24 rotating taps. By the way, if you’re heading to Victory put its address in the GPS. Let’s just say you have to be going there to get there. You won’t stumble across it.
Victory offers 12 year-round beers and at least 12 seasonals. It distributes in 34 states. Last year, it produced over 102,000 barrels.
With its recent addition of a new state-0f-the-art brewing facility in Parkesburg, Pa., Victory will easily double it brewing capacity to more than 225,000 barrels.
What does this mean? According to the brewery, more experimentation and more variety of beers.
It’s latest seasonal is Summer Love, a 5.2 percent ABV that the brewery says promises the sublime, earthy familiarity of noble European hops, but with a surprising burst of lemony flavor perfect for those hot summer days. In other words, enjoy it lounging by the backyard pool (or a friend’s pool), sitting in the shade, or inside in the air conditioning smiling wryly while others bake outside.
The accolades are fine for the Downingtown site, but Victory never stands still. In late 2013, the brewery broke ground on a second brewpub to open in Kennett Square, Pa., in the middle of this year. It will be called Victory at Magnolia, and be located at the corner of Cypress and Mill streets. The restaurant there is scheduled to seat 250 people and be the bottom floor of a luxury apartment building.
While the Philadelphia area does have a brewery in the top 10, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. do not.
The other spots USA Today suggests visiting include:
Hops and Grain in Austin, Texas.
NoDa Brewing Company in Charlotte, N.C. NoDa recently won a gold medal in the American IPA category at this year’s World Beer Fest for its Hop, Drop ‘N Roll, infused with Poblano, Habanero and Tabasco peppers.
Goose Island in Chicago, which began operations at its Clybourne location in 1988.
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company, located in Warren just outside downtown Detroit, was founded in 1998 and brought home two gold medals from the World Beer Cup,
Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee is a small-batch distillery of hand-crafted, award-winning spirits made in limited quantities using old world methods and traditions. For beer in Wisconsin, there is Lakefront Brewery, founded by two home-brewing brothers in 1987,
If you get to Phoenix, take theArizona Brewery Tours, which will take visitors to any of 13 craft breweries in Greater Phoenix, including The Phoenix Ale, Mischief Brewing Company, Four Peaks and Arizona Wilderness.
Historic Wigle Whiskey was Pittsburgh’s first distillery after the Whiskey Prohibition.
Blue Bee Cider in Richmond is Virginia’s first and only urban cidery, named after one of Virginia’s native bees, osmia lignaria, or the blue orchard bee.
San Diego is home to the World Beer Cup’s 2014 Champion Brewery of the Year in the mid-sized brewery category: the family owned Coronado Brewing Company.