KENNETT SQUARE>>Victory Brewing Co. in Kennett Square will open sometime in April, a little more than two years after local officials created an ordinance specifically permitting brew pubs in town.
The lights are in, the ductwork is finished and all permits filed. Any day now, the pub will be bustling with activity. There are 190 seats inside and the outdoor patio at the front of the building can accommodate up to 70 people.
“It’s been a very, very long time coming,” said Matt Krueger, vice president of operations at Victory Brewing Co. “We anticipate opening in the month of April.”
There will be 30 beers on tap, and “two or three” of them will be Kennett specific beers, Krueger said. A growler machine at the counter can fill a bottle in 33 seconds. Growlers are two-liter bottles that are designed to keep out UV light from the sun. If the growler is tightly sealed and remains unopened and chilled, the beer can stay fresh for several days. Once opened, the beer stays fresh for 36 hours before going flat.
The seven-barrel system will feature rotating selections of Kennett-brewed beer — beer that is not offered elsewhere. Also offered will be wines, signature Victory root beer and homemade lemonade and iced tea.
Called Victory at Magnolia, it is located at West Cypress Street and Mill Road. Victory will occupy all 8,138 square feet of the bottom floor of a four-story, 33-unit luxury apartment building in Kennett Realty Group’s latest upscale residential community. Just behind the building, 79 townhomes are being constructed.
Beer will be brewed on site. There are three fermentation tanks, two serving tanks and an open fermenter. Patrons can even watch beer being made.
The wood around the serving area is virgin cypress, Krueger said. The rest is wainscoting, constructed from mushroom boards harvested from South Mill Mushroom Farm. It took workers a year of collecting, cleaning and recycling boards.
“It really looks great,” Krueger said.
The menu is diverse. The Kennett location is planning to offer hand-tossed pretzels for $5, a half-dozen chicken wings for $6, hummus $7, house salad $5, Carolina pork sandwich $7, hand-breaded chicken club sandwich for $8 and a Kennett mushroom sandwich for $7. There’s also the signature Kennett burger for $9, which features hormone and antibiotic-free certified Angus beef, pecan wood smoked bacon, sautéed cremini mushrooms, melted Danish bleu cheese, and toasted brioche.
A kids menu featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, baked mac and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches ranges in price from $4 to $5.
There will be about 30 different varieties of beer on tap at the Kennett Square location. Some of the custom craft beer offered will be Hop Devil, Headwaters Pale Ale, Golden Monkey, Victory Lager, Storm King Stout, V Twelve, Helios Saison, Baltic Thunder, Victory Festbier, Hop Wallon, Mad Kings, Summer Love, Wild Devil, Deep Cocoa and the newest, Anniversary 19.
Krueger said Victory is committed to its community.
“Kennett is such a great town and such a great community that has so many of the same values Victory Brewing Co. has,” Krueger said. “(Craft beer drinkers) tend to be more concerned with wellness, community, being outdoors and more concerned with fellowships.”
Krueger said is actively involved with Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and Waste oil recyclers in Modena. Each year, Victory workers help the community by cleaning the Brandywine. Last year, he said, two water heaters, a trampoline, guitars, 63 car tires and bicycles were pulled from the Brandywine from Modena to Northbrook.
Victory at Magnolia will be open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight and Sundays from 11 a.m. to midnight. The kitchen shuts down an hour before closing.
Victory is a privately-held craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown and serves fans of fully-flavored beers in 31 states.