• Saturday , 24 February 2018

Victory Beer Reigns Victorious with School Bus Tours, Brewpubs in Kennett Square, Parkesburg

by Cassie Hepler

What’s better than beer? More beer!

That’s pretty much the Victory beer tour in a nutshell at the new Parkesburg brewery. Then there was the Kennett Square location that opened last year. And let’s not forget the mothership. Where is that you ask? The Downingtown meetup, where the school bus tour leaves from, is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 33 miles west of Philadelphia (aka not that far of a drive, especially for craft beer!)

First drink some beer at the mothership bar/brewpub in Downington, then board the school bus and don’t buckle in (because you can’t, remember? Just hold on for dear life!) When you arrive, they will give you more beer. Then you’re able to go behind the brewing scenes and learn about Victory’s beer goggle vision (with goggles on) and brewing philosophy first hand. Learning is good too! Listen (while you drink) about how malted barley, hops, yeast and water can come together to make such a delicious beverage. Stare in awe at German engineering and American ingenuity that go into making the Victory beers Philly knows and loves!

The outside of the new, state of the art brewery.

The outside of the new, state of the art brewery.

Inside the brewing factory.

Inside the brewing factory.

Inside the brewing factory.

Inside the brewing factory.

Lots of Victory's Dirt Wolf beer ready to drink! Mmmmm...

Lots of Victory’s Dirt Wolf beer ready to drink! Mmmmm…

Bottles ready to be filled inside the brewing factory.

Bottles ready to be filled inside the brewing factory.

Cases come down a spiral staircase.

Cases come down a spiral staircase.

Six packs flying through the factory.

Six packs flying through the factory.

Bottles before they are ready to be filled inside the brewing factory.

Bottles before they are ready to be filled inside the brewing factory.

Boxes ready to be filled inside the brewing factory.

Boxes ready to be filled inside the brewing factory.

Golden Monkey cases that maybe you already enjoyed!

Golden Monkey cases that maybe you already enjoyed!

The shiny new factory.

The shiny new factory.

Filling beer glasses always brings a smile to anyone's face.

Filling beer glasses always brings a smile to anyone’s face.

Tasting glasses in a "V" for victory.

Tasting glasses in a “V” for victory.

Sealed and ready to go cases of beer.

Sealed and ready to go cases of beer.

A tour group gets schooled in the fine art of brewing.

A tour group gets schooled in the fine art of brewing.

Smells like beer in here!

Smells like beer in here!

Don't mess with these chemicals!

Don’t mess with these chemicals!

Not even sure...

Not even sure…

So many pipes!

So many pipes!

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The control table with a lovely view or all your favorite beer.

The control table with a lovely view or all your favorite beer.

A little bit of a mini greenhouse.

A little bit of a mini greenhouse.

Imagine all the beer!

Imagine all the beer!

Yes, we all had to wear dorky safety glasses.

Yes, we all had to wear dorky safety glasses.

V for tasting purposes.

V for tasting purposes.

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An orchid hangs out by the windows.

An orchid hangs out by the windows.

It was pretty cool seeing down into the beer depths.

It was pretty cool seeing down into the beer depths.

It was pretty cool seeing down into the beer depths.

It was pretty cool seeing down into the beer depths.

One of the finished delicious products.

One of the finished delicious products.

And shrimp and just delicious. Period.

And shrimp and just delicious. Period.

Food is always good to soak up some beer.

Food is always good to soak up some beer.

Some lucky souls live in a new nearby housing complex behind this brewpub and can walk every day to Victory at Magnolia, the second brewpub for Victory, located at 650 West Cypress Street in Kennett Square, Pa. While using locally sourced ingredients, providing local jobs and maintaining green initiatives, the seven-barrel brewery with a custom hop back and open fermentation will serve a rotating selection of Kennett Square-brewed beer on draft.

With outdoor seating the obvious option this summer and fall, seating up to 220 guests for a la carte dining is a breeze. And before you head out the door, make sure to grab a growler with a cozy (or snuggie) and a six-pack or two to go at the retail store. Beer infused cheese and ice cream are also ready to devour at home (or on the way home).

Lots of seating available in the new brewpub.

Lots of seating available in the new brewpub.

 blazing Victory logo spans the 49 foot-long bar.

blazing Victory logo spans the 49 foot-long bar.

Victory growler heaven.

Victory growler heaven.

Steps from the trailhead to Red Clay Creek, the scenic surroundings are highlighted in large factory-style windows, which usher in natural light through out the 8,134 square foot brewpub.

Steps from the trailhead to Red Clay Creek, the scenic surroundings are highlighted in large factory-style windows, which usher in natural light through out the 8,134 square foot brewpub.

Need a growler snuggie... I mean cozie?

Need a growler snuggie… I mean cozie?

Over 800 reclaimed mushroom boards were incorporated throughout the design of Victory at Magnolia as wainscoting and the custom designed bar that weighs in at 2500 lbs.

Over 800 reclaimed mushroom boards were incorporated throughout the design of Victory at Magnolia as wainscoting and the custom designed bar that weighs in at 2500 lbs.

Beer to go is always a good idea.

Beer to go is always a good idea.

We were born ready to eat dinner with beer pairings!

We were born ready to eat dinner with beer pairings!

A sample of the draft menu that day.

A sample of the draft menu that day.

Such a beautiful color in the sunlight.

Such a beautiful color in the sunlight.

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Chef Owen Kolva explains his inspiration behind the beer pairing plates.

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Chef shares a laugh while being introduced during dinner.

This was one mighty tasty hummus.

This was one mighty tasty hummus.

Things to dip in the hummus ... or spoons!

Things to dip in the hummus … or spoons!

Signature Victory items found on the chef-inspired menu include a hand-tossed Brewery pretzel served with spicy HopDevil beer cheese and Düsseldorf mustard ($5.00).

Signature Victory items found on the chef-inspired menu include a hand-tossed Brewery pretzel served with spicy HopDevil beer cheese and Düsseldorf mustard ($5.00) which disappeared quickly.

A salad always makes you feel like you're eating healthy.

A salad always makes you feel like you’re eating healthy.

Burgers galore were on the menu and each one better than the last.

Burgers galore were on the menu and each one better than the last.

Would you like a beer flight with your food?

Would you like a beer flight with your food?

The Kennett Burger - hormone and antibiotic-free certified Angus beef, pecan wood-smoked bacon, sautéed cremini mushrooms and melted Danish bleu cheese on toasted brioche ($7.00)

The Kennett Burger – hormone and antibiotic-free certified Angus beef, pecan wood-smoked bacon, sautéed cremini mushrooms and melted Danish bleu cheese on toasted brioche ($7.00)

Kennett Square-inspired menu items include the Kennett Mushroom Sandwich - roasted portobello, spiced eggplant, tomato chutney, Boursin cheese and fresh sprouts on toasted ciabatta ($7.00) was a fan favorite.

Kennett Square-inspired menu items include the Kennett Mushroom Sandwich – roasted portobello, spiced eggplant, tomato chutney, Boursin cheese and fresh sprouts on toasted ciabatta ($7.00) was a fan favorite.

Who knew perfectly roasted cauliflower could taste like heaven?

Who knew perfectly roasted cauliflower could taste like heaven?

Daily menu additions highlighting local, organic and seasonal ingredients will also be available.

Daily menu additions highlighting local, organic and seasonal ingredients will also be available.

Victory beer infused ice cream samples were there to clear the palate.

Victory beer infused ice cream samples were there to clear the palate.

This thai chicken dish was to die for!

This thai chicken dish was to die for!

And finally, the new digs at Parkesburg with self-guided tours. The third brewpub for the Philadelphia-based national craft brewer located at 3127 Lower Valley Road in Parkesburg, PA, features self-guided tours of the EPA-Green Power Partnership accredited 160,000 square foot facility with a rotating selection of 30 Victory beers on draft, a double-headed growler machine, a crowler (custom can filling) machine and a menu inspired by local ingredients. It seats 348, including a 1,000 pound authentic German stammtisch table.

Victory Parkesburg Interior aerial view looks like a boozy cafeteria.

Victory Parkesburg Interior aerial view looks like a boozy cafeteria.

Victory Parkesburg Interior of both floors with no customers looks like a place to party... or have a beer themed wedding perhaps?

Victory Parkesburg Interior of both floors with no customers looks like a place to party… or have a beer themed wedding perhaps?

Victory Parkesburg view of both floors is a pretty impressive space. Oh, to have space to grow outside of the city!

Victory Parkesburg view of both floors is a pretty impressive space. Oh, to have space to grow outside of the city!

The second floor mezzanine boasts a relaxed self-service ordering process with high top tables made of reclaimed white oak. The menu will to continue to offer signature menu items, including hand tossed pretzel with Helles Lager beer mustard and jalapeño HopDevil cheese ($6.00) and mussels steamed in shallots, parsley and Golden Monkey with enough crusty bread to respect it ($13.00). There will also be a lentil and chickpea vegetarian burger ($9.00) and shortrib and chuck Brewery Burger ($11.00) and brewpub-centric dishes like the spent grain bread with compound butter and raspberry preserves ($5.00). The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Victory Parkesburg Retail store can get you all the beer swag you want.

Victory Parkesburg Retail store can get you all the beer swag you want.

The multimedia, self-guided tours of the Parkesburg brewery are an explorative journey showcasing Victory’s top quality brewing process. Visitors will witness the step-by-step brewing process and experience Victory’s vision and philosophy in action. Located on the mezzanine level, craft beer fans are directed to viewing stations showcasing the equipment and ingredients that constantly produce beloved Victory brands. Next, viewers are drawn to the mesmerizing fluid action of the bottling and canning lines where Victory brews are readied for their journey to the shelves. Glimpses of the whole flower hop freezer and cutting rooms, and quality control labs are additional highlights of the tour, which ends at the newly opened brewpub for thirst quenching beer and a delicious meal. The retail store, found adjacent to the brewpub, offers a wide selection of year round and seasonal Victory brews. 

If Victory keeps up this expansion pace, they will rule the world. But right now, they’ve got the Philly suburbs down. Keep reigning victorious, our Victory beer friends.

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