Victory Brewing Company
Active Beers: 157
Beer Ratings: 45,241
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: 20 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by ithacabaron:
4.13/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I don't know why everyone always has such a hard time getting here -- it's not all that difficult. That being said, I can remember having to ask for directions when I first came, so I can sympathize.
Victory is within a small complex of office buildings, rent-a-spaces, and other less than permanent looking structures. There's plenty of parking.
Inside, I have to say, the atmosphere is lacking -- it's essentially a giant warehouse, with a long bar that curves to the left at the end (where you'll almost always find our own Senor Ruch). There are other single tables around after that, and a pool table or two. Behind the bar, there are windows into the brewhouse. It's not bad, but it's just so very blah. It's almost like they have so much space, they don't know what to do with it. Perhaps I'm just more of a dark, snug bar kind of guy, but this was too open, too slick, too antiseptic.
The good news is that the atmosphere's about the only deficiency this place has -- every other dimension of the brewery is excellent.
All of the beers are poured carefully and not too cold. Lines are very clean, and the consistency from batch to batch is almost flawless.
Service is very good as well, with friendly barkeeps who attentively take care of you.
Selection is great -- there are usually one or two engines going, and a wide variety of taps -- everything's solid, and I can't imagine anyone having a problem finding something they'd like. Additionally, everything's available for takeaway in growler form -- usually about seven dollars a fill, or 13 dollars if you want to buy a beautiful new german flip-top growler (and you do, believe me).
Food is pretty good, but nothing wowed me.
All in all, I still like to consider this a take-out place for myself, rather than somewhere I'd want to stay for a few pints. Prices, whether you stick around, or take away, are very reasonable -- for the person with a kegerator, or if you're throwing a party, sixtels are only 37 dollars, a fantastic deal.
So here's my advice -- come in, get a growler of something, buy a few 750s of Golden Monkey (for five dollars each, another great deal), buy a pint of Uncle Teddy's for yourself, and one for Ruch, and then hit the road.
Come for the beer -- but don't stay for the ambience.
03-11-2005 21:53:55 | More by ithacabaron
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