Pennsylvania based brewery help conserve Brandywine Watershed

The owners of Pennsylvania based Victory Brewing were honored last week for their ongoing support to one of the area’s oldest watershed conservation organizations.

During the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance’s annual meeting last Thursday, Victory owners Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski received the nonprofit organization’s Clayton M. Hoff Award.

The Clayton M. Hoff Conservation Award was established by the then-named Brandywine Valley Association in 1987.

The award honors the memory of Clayton M. Hoff, first Executive Vice-President of BVA and the man generally acknowledged to be the founder of the small watershed movement in America.

Covaleski said that calling their reception of the reward an honor was an understatement.

“For us, it underscores the actions that education and interest can generate,” he said.

Covaleski said the award was recognition for what could be accomplished together by the greater community to help preserve and conserve the watershed.

He added that he and Barchet realized very early on in their business that there was an opportunity to talk to the beer-loving community about one of the brews’ primary ingredients.

“We have used that educational platform, we believe, for a very positive outcome – to get the greater community to care about the watershed that that nurtures us all.”

Victory has been a longtime supporter of the RCVA, providing both beer and volunteers for a variety of events.

The duo opened their first pub in Downingtown, Pa., in 1996; they have since expanded to several other locations, including brewing facilities in Parkesburg and nearby Kennett Square, Pa.

BRCA conservation director Bob Struble said that they chose Downingtown because of its proximity to the Brandywine Creek, which they saw as a primary ingredient to their brews.

“They’re one of the largest craft brewers in Pennsylvania, selling its beers in 37 states and Puerto Rico,” Struble said. “Because they realize the Brandywine is their lifeblood, Victory has developed strong programs supporting watershed conservation both upstream and down from Downingtown.”