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Victory Brewing Company

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Based on:
148 Beers
59,099 Hads
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 239
Visits: 516
Avg: 4.26
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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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Reviews: 239 | Visits: 516
Reviews by ffejherb:
Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife and I visited Victory on 12/28/06 for a few afternoon beers before heading back up to Lancaster Brewing Co. for a birthday party.

When we pulled into the parking lot, it felt like we just entered a big industrial park. But I saw the big "V" on the building, so I knew we were in the right place. Found a parking spot right outside the brewpub. Inside, the first thing I noticed was the huge wrap-around bar. This place has a spacious, wide-open floor plan with probably 30-ft. high ceilings. We really liked the atmosphere, although it was a bit too loud given the number of patrons (probably due to the vast floor plan). We decided to sit at the bar since there was plenty of room and we weren't getting lunch. The barstools had backrests and were very comfortable.

The beer selection was very good. In addition to Victory's regular line-up (Hopdevil, Golden Monkey, Prima Pils and Lager), they also had Hop Wallop, Old Horizontal, Uncle Teddy's Bitter, Storm King Stout, Festbier, Mad King's Weiss and even root beer (which was awesome... we tried a sample). The only thing they were out of was their Rauchbier. Aside from their selections on draught, they also had the bitter and Hopdevil on cask. Finally, they also had bottle conditioned V-Twelve, Saison and Sunrise Weissbier.

I started with the cask conditioned bitter, which was good, and my wife opted for a sampler, which included the Golden Monkey, Festbier, Storm King and Mad King's Weiss. She liked all of the selections and wound up buying a growler and filling it with Golden Monkey (for consumption at our holiday party). I also got a cask conditioned Hopdevil, which was quite tasty and much better than from a bottle. We didn't really get any food, other than a German soft pretzel with beer mustard, which was tasty.

We received very prompt and courteous service, and our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about Victory's beers. We also had a nice conversation with a local patron. Before we left, I got a 5-oz. sampler glass of Hop Wallop. It wasn't bad, but it was a bit light and watery and too bitter (much like most West Coast IPAs). Plus I didn't even get charged for it.

Overall, it was a very nice experience and we will be returning soon.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Nomis
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Since I grew up just a half an hour from the brewery, I've visited this quaint little facility and have always had great food, great service and an overall enjoyable experience. As far as I know they only keep their beers on tap. And its always well kept as far as cleanliness. When in Downingtown, check it out.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Destination visit in Downington PA. Large bar area with tables in a hallway off to the side. I was there for lunch, so the din was low and attendance was building. Probably 15-20 beers on tap to choose from, with unstructured samplers competitively priced. Growler fills as well. Broad menu, pretty much what you'd expect with good variety. Nicely made sandwiches which feature the various beers in dipping sauces. The server was quite conversant on the beers and was interested in the tasting I was doing. Finish with a visit to the bottle shop and merch.

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Photo of Anker13
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of LTreezly
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of zhrike
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of racherwin
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Mongrel
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Tons of great brews on tap. Friendly, knowledgable staff. Absolutely massive facilities that still maintain a homey vibe. Great spot.

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Photo of chicagoish
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of vonmisian
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is absolutely the best! Always have a choice of 4 cask conditioned beers, 3 nitros and at least 15 draughts. The food is excellent and the service is top notch! Cask conditioned Hop Devil is truly liquid crack!!!

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Photo of greyghost86
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of RancidAggro
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of rjd722
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

The selection here is great, they have a wide variety on tap along with three Nitros and two Casks. The food is solid but nothing great and you can always count on them to have the Phils game on.

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Photo of jams1220
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Sellen
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

My wife and I headed to Downingtown on a lurch this past Sunday. We showed up around 2 PM for a late lunch. The bar area was incredibly crowded, but we were able to get a table in the long corridor leading to the gift shop without any wait.

24 taps, two of which were nitro-dispense. 3 hand-pumps. 6 lagers on, which is always a delight to see, as I think Victory might be the best lager brewery in the country. I had a Braumeister Pils, which was showcasing the Spalt Select hop that day, and a St. Boisterous maibock. Both were in good form and served in lovely Willibecker glasses. My wife had the milk stout on nitro, which was served in a nonic. She enjoyed it.

Victory always has seasonal selection of cheeses and charcuterie and we assembled a nice plate of Maytag Blue, a locally-sourced smoked cheddar, and an Italian truffled sheep's milk cheese, along with some sweet capicola. Nice accompaniments of mustard, baguette, apples, cornichons, and a ridiculously good fig compote. It was perhaps a tad pricey at $23, but the quality was sky high.

Our server was very attentive, in spite of the place being incredibly crowded.

I took the opportunity to have a growler filled with their Round Robin, a draft-only Franconian lager. Victory has beautiful swing-top growlers with metal handles. The glass was a reasonable $16 and the fill was an even more reasonable $8.25. We then strolled over to the adjacent gift shop, and I picked up a Prima Pils glass and one of those lovely Willibeckers.

Victory is a must try, especially if you love lager. It's about an hour drive for us, but it was worth every minute.

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Photo of bizzy401
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Freakin great, love getting kegs of this beer for my kegerator and showing off its potentcy to guests. Amazing taste and punch, love it. One of my favorites!!!

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Photo of VinceMig
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of McMatt7
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BearAdvokate
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of cjohns73
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of johnyb
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Lhlevan
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Mnteti
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25

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Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
95 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.