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A ‘Victory’ for Courthouse Square in Leesburg

Victory Brewing’s brewpub in Downington, Pa. Victory has announced plans to open its fourth brewpub in Leesburg. Photo Courtesy/Victory Brewing
Courthouse Square, the forthcoming eat-work-play development in downtown Leesburg, has secured an intoxicating anchor tenant – craft beer powerhouse Victory Brewing will open a brewpub at the site in 2016.

Officials with both Victory and Courthouse Square plan to make the official announcement today.

Victory at Courthouse Square, set to be the brewery's fourth pub location, will feature a 300-seat restaurant, upper-level terraces overlooking the picturesque courthouse lawn and an extensive chef-inspired menu, according to an announcement from L4 Capital Partners, the developer of Courthouse Square, which will include 110,500 square feet of office, retail and restaurant space following renovations of the former Loudoun Times-Mirror building.

Ground is expected to break at Courthouse Square later this year.

“Our primary goal was to find a restaurant that served great food at a reasonable price, while also carrying on the legacy of this historic building and the community it served for so many years,” said Blair White, an L4 partner and co-founder. “What we got with Victory is so much more. After touring their facilities in Downingtown and Parkesburg, our eyes were opened to what a first class, family-oriented operation they’ve built there. We truly believe Victory is the perfect match for the Leesburg community.”

The pub will be Victory's first location outside its home state of Pennsylvania, and the on-site brewery will be equipped with a full-service “brew house to keep Victory's ales and lagers flowing,” the announcement states.

A major player in the craft beer world, Victory, which in recent years won several top billings at the U.S. Beer Tasting Championship, was founded in 1996 near Philadelphia by Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet. The two men have known each other since 1973, when they met on a school bus, according to the brewery's website.

With today's announcement, it's clear developers and restauranteurs see a robust demand for craft breweries and eateries in Leesburg. Victory will join the immensely-popular MacDowell Brew Kitchen in downtown proper and the recently-unveiled Beer Joint nearby as beer-focused hangouts. Other more dining-specific local restaurants, meanwhile, also offer carefully-crafted beer lists.

"Victory’s arrival in Leesburg strengthens our position as a prominent destination for craft beer and culinary tourism in the state of Virginia,” Marantha Edwards, economic development director for the Town of Leesburg, said in a prepared statement. “Our recent zoning ordinance changes along with the incredible growth of this industry has changed the vibe downtown. This is truly a game-changer for Leesburg.”

(Editor's Note: Peter Arundel, publisher of Virginia News Group, which produces the Times-Mirror, is the majority stakeholder of Courthouse Square LLC.)

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