So what’s going on out at Victory Brewing’s new 212,000 square foot, 500,000 barrel a year brewery west of town?
What prompts the questions and reminds me I hadn’t posted an update on the Downingtown craft beer brewer’s new West Sadsbury plant is an article in Philadelphia Business Journal last week reporting that Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the country, behind California, Texas and New York, in craft beer production.
The money quote from the Journal article:
“The Keystone State ranks only behind three more populous states — California ($4.7 billion), Texas ($2.3 billion) and New York ($2.2 billion) — but ahead of Colorado ($1.6 billion), where the craft brewing industry has a major foothold, according to the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association.
“Pennsylvania had 20,867 people working in the craft-beer trade in 2012, earning $666.4 million in wages. Through 2012, it had 102 breweries, up from 93 the previous year. In craft-beer production, Pennsylvania is behind only California.
“Downingtown, Pa.-based Victory Brewing Co. is the state’s largest craft brewer. A “craft brewer,” as defined by the Brewers Association, produces fewer than 6 million barrels a year. (Pottsville-based D.G. Yuengling & Son is the state’s largest overall brewer.”
The entire Philadelphia Business Journal article can be read here.
Meanwhile out at the new brew house, Victory’s new plant and warehouse continues to take shape. Over the last several weeks the company moved their Downingtown bottle line out to their Parkesburg.
According to the company’s own blog, “Downingtown will continue to operate as a production brewery as well, in addition to housing the Victory’s kegging line.”
Check out the full deconstruction and reassembly story of Victory’s bottling line here.