Having met his future business partner on a school bus in 1973 as fifth graders, Bill Covaleski joined forces with boyhood friend Ron Barchet to create Victory Brewing Company, a company that serves its local market with a 300 seat restaurant and and a marketplace spanning 34 states and 4 countries with its highly awarded craft beer. Located in an abandoned baking facility, Victory Brewing Company has become the social center of a previously depressed community, now employing 245 citizens.
Following a career path from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Bill originally worked as an art director before securing a brewing apprenticeship under German trained Dutch brewmaster, Theo deGroen in 1990. In 1993 Bill earned a degree from the Doemens Institute of Munich Germany, having completed their International Course in Brewing Studies. Bill and Ron then leveraged their European brewing training in securing an SBA loan for startup capital in 1995 and opened the doors of Victory Brewing Company in February of 1996.
As co-Founder and co-Brewmaster at Victory, Bill has tasted the success of critical acclaim as Victory beers have won medals at both the Great American Festival and honors at the Great British Beer Festival. Melding European brewing traditions with American creativity, Bill & Ron have crafted successes like their Prima Pils, which has twice been chosen by the New York Times culinary staff as the “world’s best pilsner.”
Continually striving for excellence within his enterprise and his industries, Bill is also a community contributor, currently serving as President of the Brewers Of Pennsylvania trade association and as Vice President of the Brandywine Chapter of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association. Bill also maintains a board position with the Downingtown Main Street Association, a community revitalization initiative founded by Downingtown residential and corporate citizens.
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