Victory 1337 Ale salutes legislation that legalized homebrewing

Victory 1337 Ale label

Press Release:

(Downingtown, PA) – Victory Brewing Company® (Victory) is pleased to announce a special beer release, 1337 Ale, to hit retail shelves along the East Coast in late-February 2014. Scheduled for release around Victory’s 18th anniversary, 1337 Ale is a salute to the legislation that legalized homebrewing with a throwback recipe from co-founders Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet’s early days as homebrewers.

Signed into law in 1979, H.R. 1337 made home-brewed beer for personal or family use exempt from taxation and ignited a movement that led to the birth of a now thriving craft beer industry. At that time, Bill and Ron were more focused on street hockey and Star Wars than hops. However, six years later, armed with a home brew kit, the pair developed a passion for the hobby that would lead them to abandon their corporate jobs to pursue the craft and eventually start Victory Brewing Company.

Now, as Victory continues its expansion into a second full-time production brewery in Parkesburg, Pa., this limited and commemorative ale, packaged in 22 oz. bottles and kegs, also celebrates the brewery’s future.

“Thankfully, 1337 Ale will have more maturity and complexity than we did as a 16-year olds,” laughs President and Brewmaster, Covaleski. “This was a fun beer to dream up; it took Ron and I on a nice walk down Memory Lane, while at the same time, celebrates the next phase of our journey as we head into our 18th year with two breweries and soon-to-be second brewpub under our belt. Hopefully our fans have enjoyed the ride as much as we have.”

About Victory Brewing Company
Victory Brewing Company is a privately held craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Founded by Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, childhood friends who met on a school bus in 1973, the brewery formally began operations in February of 1996. Victory, Pennsylvania’s widely acclaimed brewery and restaurant, now servesfans of fully flavored beers in 34 states with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. To learn moreabout Victory Brewing Company visit us on the web at

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