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Victory Brewing Company

Victory Brewing CompanyVictory Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 140
Beer Ratings: 39,745
Beer Avg: 3.87

Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
95
world-class

290 Ratings
Ratings: 290
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

420 Acorn Lane
Downingtown, Pennsylvania, 19335
United States
phone: (610) 873-0881

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @victorybeer

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big789J

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$

Not much in the way of limited release stuff, was kind of expecting a little more. The food was standard bar fare, again I was expecting a little more. The beers they do have a very good, not great but very good. Just fell a little short of expectations.

04-03-2014 12:42:14 | More by big789J
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ppvora

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$

This microbrewery is in my town....I guess my review isn't completely unbiased. We moved to Downingtown in 1997. Victory Brewing wasn't quite as famous then as it is now. In fact, it took us a while to "discover" it. They didn't even have a brew pub when I first found out about it. Just two beer lovers who made a good beer (Prima Pils), won awards, and....the rest is history.

Over the last few years, we've been going to the brew pub. It's nice to have a place with a lot of local flavor which doesn't close until late. Most places in Downingtown are quiet after 10:00 pm but not Victory's brew pub. Always has a lot of people. Families. Couples. Young professionals. College kids. A good mix.

The service is decent and the food is excellent. We are vegetarian and we always find something here that pleases the whole family including the kids. The best part of course is the selection of Victory's beers. The beers are fresh and taste a little better than what's sold in bottles at the store. Plus the brewery usually has something on tap that they're not selling in bottles. You can also try their sampler -- I've loved it in the past, although I know my tastes better now and stick to mostly the tried and tested or --- if the description is really attractive --- might try something new once in a rare while.

A *must* visit on your beer tour...and try the Prima Pils here -- it's fresh and compare it to how you remember it from a bottle.

02-20-2014 02:19:53 | More by ppvora
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Shandycan

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$

I'm fortunate enough to live nearby to the brewpub (and new brewery location as well!) and have seen it undergo several transformations over the years. However, regardless the look, the quality is a constant. Although the Downingtown location is a bit tricky to find and the parking can be a nightmare (it shares the location with several companies), it's well worth visiting!

Always a great taplist with brewpub only treats, and the growler filling system is pressurized and second to none! From the food perspective, you can never go wrong with the following:
Taco Mondays, trice fries, the wings, fish and chips, the jerk grinder, or the Heartland pizza (assumes they'll stay on the menu, always take a peek though!)

What more can I say? You should probably visit here when you're in the area...

02-07-2014 21:48:07 | More by Shandycan
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JandJMD

Maryland

3.36/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Made a stop here on a Friday afternoon/evening after hitting Troegs and Stoudts.

A nice bar and a good selection of Victory beers, but I got the feel more of a chain restaurant that happens to carry exclusively Victory beers than a brewery with a bar/restaurant attached. It felt a lot like the satellite Dogfish brewpubs. The bar service was good, but nothing great. A lot like any bar on a Friday evening. Beers are good and you'll get more Victory than you'll normally find in most places obviously. Nothing in the place led you to believe you were at the brewery and the gift shop was pretty small. Enjoyed it, but wouldn't go out of the way to get back.

01-19-2014 19:35:30 | More by JandJMD
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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I had an incredible afternoon and evening at Victory. Very busy, but the staff is very attentive and helpful. The tap selection is incredibly diverse with firstrate beer, and offers something for everyone's taste.
I enjoyed the food I was served (Fish and Chips), and ogled what others at the bar ordered. It all looked and smelled delicious.
A large, spacious old building, well converted to new use for the brewery and pub. A very pleasant atmosphere. A small store space, but well stocked.
I can't wait to go back again soon. Victory does it right.

12-29-2013 22:37:17 | More by ChipMurray
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d_gaff

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$

Pros-

Since moving to the area, this has been a go-to place for me and my family. The atmosphere is perfect, especially for those with young ones looking to have a night out without the worry of bothering the table next/across from you. The food is great but, the beer is better.

Cons-

Attempting to go on a Saturday evening can result in quite the crowded and long wait for a table. The bar will certainly be crowded and can be difficult to order a beer for your wait. The parking lot also reaches its maximum capacity fairly quickly. Although these are inconveniences, I do like that the business is doing well.

12-29-2013 16:19:36 | More by d_gaff
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racingkenny14

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

stopping by on a Saturday afternoon might not be a best idea to do. found seats at the beer. waiting a while to get served

Atmosphere- was good but being that busy they need more staff. a few wet floors from spill beer.
quality was also good

service could of been better. They need one bartender to pour drinks for the dinning area so they would not ignore the people sitting at the bar.

Selection was great. most of been 20 or more beers on Tap. not sure if all were available

Food was your Average bar pub food Had better food else where

Value was reasonable.

I would like to try to get back here , but not on a Saturday Afternoon.

12-22-2013 14:11:20 | More by racingkenny14
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grimey68

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$

One of my favorite breweries around. Great food and an even better selection of brews on tap. For a brewery, the quality of the food is amazing, which is why it's such a good draw for me. Some of their scratch beers are amazing as well. Try the Ranch R Double IPA if it's in, amazing stuff, it's definitely better than the 90 score it has received on here.

09-25-2013 19:07:21 | More by grimey68
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aengleman

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Excellent standing menu and great daily specials.

The brew pub seems to always keep a great crowd.

Servers are really responsive and the beer is a fresh as can be.

Nice selection of merchandise from the attached gift shop.

It never gets old watching the Growler box and an endless stream of people coming in to get their Growlers filled for the weekend!

09-19-2013 11:43:11 | More by aengleman
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

About an hour outside of Philly, so a little bit of a drive (and I'd time it to not get stuck in traffic - Philly traffic is everywhere though). Honestly, I thought it was a bit hard to locate the main entrance at night. The building itself is huge and hard to miss, but the main door is tucked back in a corner 9\(you may need to drive around the block once is all I'm saying).

Inside is huge. There is a hallway style of seats to your right when you first walk in, otherwise the main dining area is quite large, which then bends to the left to bar and yet another dinning area. The long bar has roughly 21 seats, a dark wood back splash, and mirrors behind. However, the coolest aspect to the bar area are the huge cooper kettle cut outs. Basically, they have either purchased old kettles, or fabricated new ones, cut the tops off, and the cut the tops in half to create overhangs for the bar. They even have structural supports coming down as the sides that help make the rest of the bar. One of the coolest bar features I've seen to date. Next to the bar there is a large circular table using an entire top cut of a kettle for a canopy that I think is equally as cool. There are a flags hanging from the rafters, a few pieces of breweriana and some antique posters/signs promoting Victory (mainly WW1 and WW2 posters), and also a few tvs hung up in the bar area as well. There is a small, but very well stocked, merch store tucked away down a hallway.

As for the beer, it's always solid from Victory. The time I was there (earlier this year) they had 17 beers on tap, with some rarities, standards, and one offs. Overall, regardless of your tastes they'll have something for you, and likely more than one options of each style.

I would, and will, come back here often. It's a great establishment and produces some really fantastic beers.

08-16-2013 18:46:26 | More by qcbrewer
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Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
95 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.