Last week I was lucky enough to be was invited to tour Victory Brewing Co.’s new Parkesburg Brewery. The new facility is located about seventeen miles from the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub. The new brewery is more than 140,000 square feet on 42 acres in Chester County. The capacity in Parkesburg is 225,000 barrels annually, more than double that of Downingtown. In the future, the new plant will be able to output 500,000+ barrels per year. And it isn’t like Victory is exactly small now, The Brewers Association ranked Victory as the number 26 craft brewery in the United States in 2012 (the most recent numbers available and Victory grew by 10.4% in 2013) and with Parkesburg fully operational, significant growth is on the horizon.
In the ideas aimed targeted directly at me, it’s hard to beat Breakaway Bikes Saturday bike ride that combines a 40-mile bike ride with Shake Shack and Victory beer.
Be Well Philly has the details on the ride. If 40-miles seems to strenuous for a Saturday morning, Breakaway will be at Shake Shack at 20th and Sansom starting at 11 a.m. with free bike checks. There will also be Victory floats and a raffle basket filled with all sorts of goodies from Breakaway, Victory and Shake Shack.
To Do: Shake Shack’s 40-Mile Bike Ride This Weekend [Be Well Philly]
Victory Brewing Company is increasing its beer production and is going to be offering a greater variety of styles and brands. The first beer in this new initiative is Victory DirtWolf Double IPA. The double IPA is the culmination of Victory’s Double IPA series which you may have enjoyed around town as the Ranch Series. The beer is made with whole flower, American-grown Citra, Chinook, Simcoe and Mosaic hops. DirtWolf is balanced with two-row German malts and comes in at a robust 8.7% alcohol by volume.
The double IPA is described as having “a powerful citrus aroma and fruity flavors, with the piney, earthy and mildly floral characteristics.”
Victory DirtWolf is hitting store shelves this week and has already made its way onto some Philadelphia taps.
The Brewers Association, the non-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for the U.S. brewing industry released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on 2012 beer sales volume.
Locally, two Pennsylvania breweries and one from Delaware made the list:
#13 Dogfish Head Craft Brewing Co.
#26 Victory Brewing Co.
#50 Troegs Brewing Go.
Today, Aramark, the Phillies and Federal Donuts made it official, hot donuts and fried chicken will be available at Citizens Bank Park this year. Aramark employees are currently working at the two other Federal Donuts locations, making sure they have the twice-fried chicken down pat before opening day. As the Federal Donuts team said, they don’t want to dumb down the chicken for the ballpark. Three types of chicken, a glazed, naked and still to be finalized custom dry blend will be available at the Fednuts stand in left field. Hot donuts (no fancies) will also be on the menu. Expect some familiar flavors plus a unique taste, made exclusively for the ballpark. Steve Cook and company are confident they’ll be able to meet the demand.
Victory Brewing and Alla Spina have been coming up with collaborative brews since the bar opened earlier this year. And on Monday, Januay 7th, the North Broad bar will be debuting Victory Hundred Horse during a special Alla Spina Industry Night. Joining the Alla Spina crew will be Paul Kahan of One Off Hospitality group (he’s the chef/owner at Chicago’s Blackbird, Avec, Publican, Big Star Tacos, and Publican Quality Meats). Kahan will be joined by Publican chef de cuisine Brian Huston and beer director, Michael McAvena.
Hundred Horse is the collaboration of Alla Spina and the Publican team. It is a chestnut ale brewed with imported English & German malts and hops, and fermented with a German Kolsch yeast. Expect a nutty, light, malt-forward flavor.