To the Victory goes the spoils

By on October 4, 2017

 

 

Located just outside of Parkesburg, at 3127 Lower Valley Road, Victory Brewing Company is easily accessible from Route 30. (Photos by Michael Upton)

My brother-in-law, Ron Delvisco, makes it over to Chester County more often than I do. So, when he said Victory opened up a new location in Parkesburg (just a bit closer to Lancaster County than the original location in Downingtown) I had to run over with him and check it out. First off, if you thought the Downingtown location was big, then this place is gargantuan!

Located just outside of Parkesburg proper at 3127 Lower Valley Road, the brewing behemoth is slightly hidden in the sprawling suburban footprint, but is easily accessible from Route 30. Look for the hop vines growing out front. We visited on a particularly slow part of the day, but the sprawling bar was nearly full and several large tables were filled with families and groups of friends.

Evidently, the Parkesburg location has been open for almost two years. I’d always just made the trek to Downingtown. Taking a gander at the size of the space, which includes a second floor overlooking the main dining area, I had to ask the hostess how many people the place seated: “about 350.”

With 30 taps (23 actively pouring as of press time) and two hand pumps (now serving Uncle Teddy’s cask-conditioned bitter), Victory offers something for every palate. Hop heads can rejoice in a freshly tapped DirtWolf DIPA (8.7 percent ABV) while style chasers can relish the Kirsch Gose (4.7) or the Helios Ale Brett Saison (7.5). A selection of bottled beers allows fans to try some big brews like Jubilee Biere Brut (12.0) and Old Horizontal, an American Barleywine (11.0).

The new location will handle the production of Victory’s year-round brews with the Downingtown location pumping out seasonals and one-offs. The growing company hopes to begin selling in Massachusetts and Virginia soon. Way beyond their present needs, the Parkesburg location can produce up to 2,000 barrels of beer per day!

Victory Brewing Company has a vast selection bottled and on tap, including DirtWolf DIPA, Kirsch Gose, Helios Ale Brett Saison, Jubilee Biere Brut, Old Horizontal, and Vital IPA.

When you visit, take a self-guided tour of the brewery. Second floor observation stations show off the Victory brewing process, complete with an air duct funneling in scents from the hop storage room.

While we are talking breweries across the county line, news broke last week of big plans for Chatty Monks Brewing Company in Berks County. The tiny brewhouse founded on Trappist-style ales in West Reading has been attracting craft beer fans for several years. To keep up with demand, the brewery will soon start producing beer at a second location at 101 N. Carroll St., Reading.

But don’t put this place on your brewery day trip list yet. Co-owner Rob Metzger said the facility will be used only to increase Chatty Monk’s brewing capacity and will not feature a tap room, nor will it be open to the public…yet.

Looking ahead to next week’s column, the first ever Brew-chanan Fest beer festival takes place this Saturday at Buchanan Park in Lancaster’s West End. I’ll be there — in my old stomping grounds — to catch the vibe and check out what they’re pouring at the ESPN Radio 92.5 and 92.7-run event. Stay tuned.

Cheers and thanks for reading!

Michael C. Upton is a freelance writer specializing in arts and leisure. He welcomes comments at somepromcu@gmail.com and facebook.com/SomebodiesProductions.

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