Victory Brewing Company – Brewery Tour

by Her Happy Balance on May 27, 2014

One of my best friends had a birthday the other week, and what better way to celebrate than over brews?! Victory Brewing Company is fairly local to the Philadelphia area, and we decided that his birthday was the perfect push to make the short car ride upstate to visit it. The brewery tour was scheduled to begin at 2pm and we arrived right around 1:30. We killed some time perusing the gift shop and chatting 🙂

school bus

Look at our sweet ride! When’s the last time you were on a yellow school bus? I had not had the privilege of riding on the cheese bus for a very long time. It was a very nostalgic and bumpy experience.

We were loaded onto the bus right on time, and driven from the Downington brewery location to the Parkesburg brewing location where the tour would be held. Victory recently expanded shop to a second location due to a growing demand! Don’t quote me on this, but I believe our tour guide said Victory beers are available in 39 of the 50 states and 5 other countries besides the good ol’ US of A. Pretty impressive for a relatively new brewing company – they were established in 1996.

Victory in Parkesburg

Along the short ride {about 20 minutes} from one brewery to the next, our tour guide gave us a brief history of how the brewery was established, and included fun facts about the area we were driving through. I can’t give our tour guide enough props; she was super upbeat and made the whole touring experience super enjoyable. 

Swing Saison

Upon arrival, we were greeted with welcome beers – cheers to that! This was their Swing Session Saison – it was crisp and there was a hint of citrus to it. Basically, it was the perfect springtime beer. 

While sipping on some sizzurp beer, we were guided around the brewery floor and got a look into the in’s and out’s of the brewing process.

Brew house

Victory Beer

HopDevil

Me in the brewhouse

Like every good blogger, I couldn’t resist a selfie in the brewhouse.

Victory Tasting Station

Tasting station for the brewmasters.

Us in the brewhouse

Of course I insisted on a photo with our safety glasses on. We were looking quite attractive.

Fermentation Room

The fermentation Room.

Bottling line

Filling and bottling line. Please enjoy my reflection.

Hop cooler

Hop Cooler. Fun fact – did you know that hops are only harvested once a year? A brewery must buy all their hops for a year’s worth of beer and store them. 

After the tour, we were guided back to the catering hall where a chef from the brewpub had set up a buffet of beer-inspired treats. First up was a cheddar and beer soup which was amazing. I demolished it in about a minute or less, the pour thing {<– pun, get it?!} didn’t stand a chance. I’ll try to refrain from my bad drinking/beer humor for the rest of this post. But really, the soup. It was good. Reallllly good. But no picture because of said demolishing.

Victory tour food

The next course was a chicken and cabbage salad {in the cup} and a plate of crudities to dip in baba ganoush, homemade chips to slather in malt vinegar aoli, and keilbasa bites with spicy mustard. Zero complaints. 

Victory chocolate mousse

The chef also made mussels in a beer broth, skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, and salted chocolate mousse. I think there was stout beer in the mousse, but I’m not one hundred percent sure. But I am sure that there was magic fairy dust in there, because it was delicious and decadent without being overly sweet. I’m not even all that partial to chocolate and I really liked it. By the end of the day, I was ready to ask the chef to go home with me and be my special friend.  And by special friend I mean my personal chef who I pay in compliments, win-win right?!

We were also allowed to try as many beers as we wanted while dining. I tried their Summer Love Ale and it was a winner – a teeny bit hoppy but also light and refreshing. In addition to food, beer, and the tour, we also played corn hole and other games for a chance to win a 4 person dinner at their restaurant. I made it through the first round but got knocked out in the second. It was back to the school bus for me, but not before picking up my complimentary Victory Parkesburg  brewery glass and sticker 😉

Victory tour glass

I’ve toured breweries before, but this was the first time the beer was paired with a food tasting and it was a blast. The tour was small too; there were just under 20 people in it and we were encouraged to ask questions along the way. I highly recommend it. 

Thoughts??
Favorite type of beer? I like wheat beers and IPAs.
Have you ever toured a brewery before? Which one?

FTC: I was not compensated for this post in any way, I just wanted to share a cool experience.

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake May 27, 2014 at 6:32 am

This looks like a lot of fun! I’ll have to look into doing this; I’m sure my husband would love it!

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne May 27, 2014 at 10:01 am

I’m not into alcohol at all, but this looks like fun!! It would be soo cool to see the process of it being made. And I’m not sure why but it has always interested me haha 🙂

Caitlin May 27, 2014 at 10:56 am

Oh this looks awesome girl!! Joe and I would love to do something like this. We’ve been to Dogfish, which was cool, but they didn’t pair any of the beers with food. We had to go to the brew pub 40 minutes away for that and actually order food, which while good is not quite the same 😉 Definitely need to check it out!

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl May 27, 2014 at 11:53 am

How fun! I LOVE brewery tours! My boyfriend is really into craft beers so it is something fun for us to do together 🙂

Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie May 27, 2014 at 5:14 pm

I’m not a huge beer fan, but I would totally go on a brewery tour for the experience.

The Zen Kat May 27, 2014 at 11:21 pm

How cool that food came with your tour. I’ve been beer tasting with friends, but I actually don’t like beer, so I would occasionally try the “sweetest” beers, like berry or pumpkin flavor, but I enjoyed the process. Wine tasting is way more up my alley. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!!

Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit May 29, 2014 at 11:27 am

This looks so fun! My favorite beer is a cold Bud Light Lime on a hot Summer day, but I enjoy a good IPA, too!

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