First Look: Victory Parkesburg Brewpub Is Now Open

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The brewpub at the Victory Brewing Co. in Parkesburg | All photographs by Bradley Maule

The brewpub at the Victory Brewing Co. in Parkesburg | All photographs by Bradley Maule

Now that the owners of Victory Brewing have unveiled their newest brewery and restaurant[1] to the public (it opened today for lunch), beer fans can eat, drink and learn at the biggest and most eco-friendly of their two brewery and three brewpub locations. Two years after beginning to brew out of Parkesburg, in Chester County, visitors can finally tour the EPA-approved brewery and relax at the two-story pub part of the brewpub that captivates the eye with 350 seats and a whole lot of reclaimed wood.

The Parkesburg brewpub.

The Parkesburg brewpub.

But perhaps more impressive than the minimalist pub’s floor-to-ceiling windows, educated staff and 30 rotating taps of Victories behind the bar are the fun and thoughtful perks along the self-guided tour.

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Stay on the tour, don’t get “Wonka’d.”

Before you see or smell anything, you may hear a familiar sound: that of local beer and whiskey writer Lew Bryson’s voice. Byson, who’s famous for his booming tone and infectious hyena laugh, narrates the tour–laid out in videos and interactive stations along the main hallway of the second floor. Bite-sized reading panels explain the brewing process simply enough for a novice, but with enough detail to keep the old heads entertained. The highlight: a smelling station outside the hop storage room that blows the pleasant marijuana-like scent of fresh whole-flower hops straight into crouching visitors’ nostrils.

“As far as self-guided tours go, Tröegs really inspired us – they set the bar,” says co-owner Bill Covaleski.

Plans for guided tours are TBD. The current tour ends at the mezzanine bar, where patrons can order beers and bites from the bartender. For a sit-down meal, they have only to walk downstairs and plunk themselves down in the main dining room, where a 25-person bar and a 1,000 pound communal table fashioned from old barn wood dominate the visuals.

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Samples from the kitchen of the brewpub.

The kitchen sources what it can from local purveyors (and the onsite Victory Garden). Most dishes are made from scratch and include beer and brewery ingredients in dishes like a hand-tossed pretzel with Helles Lager beer mustard and jalapeño HopDevil cheese ($6.00); mussels steamed in shallots, parsley and Golden Monkey ($13.00); and spent-grain bread with compound butter and raspberry preserves ($5.00). Servers go through an extensive training and five tests before they qualify to explain the delicate nuances of food pairings with their customers.

“With this new location on the western edge of Chester County, we’re hoping we can benefit a little from Lancaster tourism. Would you rather be outlet shopping or drinking beer?” Covaleski jokes.

An opportunity to shop for beer and souvenirs.

An opportunity to shop for beer and souvenirs.

On the way out, visitors can also shop at the merch store for treats like beer ice cream or get growlers filled at a two-headed growler station. Hours are Monday through Saturday 11:00 am – Midnight and Sunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.

More Photos of Victory Parkesburg

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3127 Lower Valley Road, Parkesburg, PA

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Ron Barchet and BillCovaleski giving a tour of Parkesburg brewery.

Barchet can do the big arms thing too.

Barchet can do the big arms thing too.

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Barchet, Covaleski and the voice of the Victory tour, Lew Bryson.

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Victory logos abound.

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Cold cases and six-packs are available for sale.

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Inside the state-of-the-art brewery.

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Visitors can view the tour from a second floor walkway.

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The control room at Victory.

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This robot fills kegs with beer.

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Bottling line at Victory Parkesburg.

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Overseeing the brewing process from the control room.

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Pipe porn.

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What’s brewing? Whiteboard tells all, or at least some.

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A tour can work up a thirst. Luckily Victory has plenty of beer on hand.

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More dishes from the kitchen of the brewpub.

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More Victories than all of Philadelphia’s sports teams this fall.

Victory Brewery and Brewpub – Parkesburg[2] [Foobooz]

Extra reporting and photography contributed by Brad Maule.

Endnotes:
  1. heir newest brewery and restaurant: https://www.phillymag.com/restaurant/victory-brewing-parkesburg-brewpub/
  2. Victory Brewery and Brewpub – Parkesburg: https://www.phillymag.com/restaurant/victory-brewing-parkesburg-brewpub/

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