Victory Brewing Company
Active Beers: 160
Beer Ratings: 46,626
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: 20 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 350 | Reviews: 220 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
"No matter how you slice it", Victory is a great place to visit. Whether you're a regular, local, or visitor to the area, this place is a must. Victory has always been good, but since the expansion, they're especially good. I travel many states on business and I have to say that for brewery/restaurants, they're by far the biggest I've ever visited. My wife and I bring the kids here on a frequent basis because they're kid-friendly, which is great. We've never had a bad meal here, the service is good, the beer is always stellar, and the prices are not outrageous, by any means. Victory is usually very busy, which speaks volumes for the quality of their food, beer, and service. The weekends here can get pretty crowded in the evenings, but because the place is so big the wait isn't that long. A favorite thing of mine is watching their "growler station" fill a growler. It's an automated growler filling machine - pretty cool. The bartender sticks the growler in the machine behind a glass door, pushes a button for whatever beer the patron wants, and sit back and enjoy the show - this is a pretty cool device.
In all honesty, anyone who lives in the area who knows anything about beer, comes to Victory. That being said, you business travelers out there (like myself), if you're visiting the Philadelphia area, DO make the trip to Downingtown, you WON'T be dissapointed. Victory is one of our favorite craft brewers.
12-23-2009 02:35:58 | More by jzeilinger
5/5 rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
A truly unique experience albeit a rather difficult place to find. Your approach is through an industrial park to an old warehouse once used by Pepperidge Fram. Not sure what to expect as you walk through the doors, you are greeted by a beautiful microbrewery/brewpub with large brick ovens that are wood fired and used for cooking. Most of Victory's beers are available on tap and the staff is very knowledgeable and quite able to assist you. The food is to die for and very reasonable priced. Lots of entertainment and a fun place to visit or to hang out.
12-07-2009 20:38:26 | More by Katahdin
4.47/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Have been to Victory many, many times by now. Really like the new renovations they did to the place including the nice long bar. Great decorations. Service has been exceptional - never once did I have an issue. Atmosphere is nice: the fellow bar patrons are always friendly, bartenders jovial, and you can usually see Ron lurking around the bar area. Selection is always great, but I tend to start with whatever is on cask. Food could be improved- it's usually hit or miss with a number of the selections. Jerk chicken sandwich is great, although a little salty. Ribs are awesome with the Hop Devil sauce. Wings are a little too bready. Pizzas aren't all that. Prices are reasonable, although I always find myself eating, drinking, then hitting the retail shop for some take home. If you're not from the area, it's definitely worth a trip to stop by. Just get a DD...you can easily overdrink your limits....or plan on getting take out for later.
11-18-2009 23:09:50 | More by jwhancher
4.18/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
Well everyone has pretty much said everything that needs to be said to describe this place. What I can say is this is the place to be in this town. My wife and I arrived about 4:00 on a Saturday and the place was hoppin'. We did have a bad expierence when my wife bit into her potato salad and there was a piece of glass which cut her tongue. She bled a little and I told the waitress she was very appologetic and got her manager. The manager came over and said I am really sorry your meal will be free and is there anything I can do to help. I said well before I even said anything he said how about a case of beer. I said sure give me a alittle bit of everything and he did. The food besides that was a little skimpy in portion but the taste was excellent. I will rate the food low simply do to the glass but that doesn't mean it wasn't good besides that. So I walked away with a free meal, a case of beer and a few goodies ( golden monkey snifter,and a victory zip up for the wifey ). A hike up the turnpike but one day we will come back.
11-15-2009 18:21:27 | More by TheFightfan1
4.58/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This relationship is love... Victory + Me.
I need beer to live
HopDevil brewed yesterday
In my belly now
The service is just fine, but can take a nosedive when the beer-seeking masses descend upon this place. And tables are scarce on Friday/Saturday nights. Worth the potential annoyance? Yes. Excuse to drink more beer while jockeying for a table? Double yes. One warning... last time I was at the bar, my table buzzer was out of range, so my new plan is to periodically walk back towards the front desk and see if it lights up.
Once at the table, I usually end up getting a burger and more beer. Always a good decision.
11-06-2009 17:49:49 | More by Zaccone
4.65/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
made the 45 minute drive from Wilmington to Downingtown
open and spacious, the main dining room through the entry is reminiscent of a moderately sized beer hall, at the back and to the left is a long bar with rows of taps and a few plasmas, and further back another dining room that on the night of my visit featured a jazz band, Victory banners hang from the ceiling and beer photos adorn the walls at intervals, the decapitated tops of a couple brewing vessels make for an interesting if unneeded shelter, has a bit of a modified warehouse feel with exposed metal rafters, a surprisingly lively scene on this Tuesday evening
a selection of 16 taps and 3 cask ales really sets this place apart from nearly every other brewpub I've visited, with not a few of them seasonals or brewpub exclusives, and every single one tempting, I ended up choosing a cask Hop Wallop, Scarlet Fire rauch marzen, and Yakima Twilight dark dipa, glassware is appropriate and both 0.4 L and 0.5 L serving sizes are offered, all beers were perfectly fresh, I was pretty much in awe of the mechanized growler filling station - an obvious sign that they take quality very seriously
service was fine if nothing to gush over, the bartenders were nice enough and never left me in need of anything, and didn't hesitate in providing samples to ease decision making
the brisket was quality, not oversauced but not as smoky and juicy as others and the bun was a little cold, props for doing the smoking in-house, the fries were crisp and flavorful
absolutely a recommended stop, and worth going out of your way for, initial thoughts were "Victory? I can buy that at the grocery", but after reading other reviews and visiting myself, the brewpub has proven to be an outstanding experience in itself
09-16-2009 13:13:12 | More by blackie
4.65/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Somewhat difficult to find at first-somewhat stuck in the back corner of an industrial park.
Decent atmosphere-wide open seating areas can lead to a bit of a noise boom. I loved the "cut out" kettles over the ends of the bar. Nice display of what looked like mostly old PA breweries.
Everything here was top notch. 20 beers on tap how can you go wrong? Many brew pub exclusives as well. The service was good. Young guy that certainly seemed knowledgeable and eager to please-just used the word "man" too many times. Well it is the 40th anniversary of Woodstock right?
Like I said 20 beers-amazing selection of styles. Considering the recent posts about DFH being so "normal" in the choices this was just great. Food selections really covered a broad spectrum as well. I had a great jerked chicken over black beans and my wife had one of the biggest burgers I have seen in ages. Even well done it was still quite moist. Again top notch.
Prices were reasonable. If I had remebered my own growler I would have saved $15, Oh well.
What more can I say that others haven't already posted about? Great across the board and one of the most positive brew pub experiences I have had. Cheers!
08-28-2009 22:47:48 | More by lackenhauser
4.64/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
What a place. If you take SEPTA to Downington, walk 20 minutes east, navigate through the town and down several streets, and you're there. The parking lot was full when I showed up around 10pm on a Firday night, a good sign. Open the door, and you feel like you're in a beer hall. Several compartments to the restaurant/bar, beer banners hanging from the ceiling, Phillies on the tube, and the tops of brew kettles scattered around. Lots of room on the inside, and lots of space around the bar despite a good crowd on hand. This must be where Downington goes on a Firday night.
20 beers on-tap, all Victory brew, and...four casks! The regular lineup was on, along with harder to find stuff like Donnybrook Stout. Many styles were represented. Several pieces of glassware compliment the lineup, and two different sizes were available on certain beers.
Staff was young, plentiful, and helpful. No problems there.
Oh....and the prices kick ass too. I got an Imperial Pint of Donnybrook Stout for $4.50, and a 14 ounce size of St. Boisterous for $3.75! Hop Devil on cask went for $5 in the Imperial Pint. Man, I wish I had these prices in Southern California.
Needless to say...get here!
08-11-2009 02:40:48 | More by DoubleJ
4.03/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
the atmosphere of triuph's brewpub is fairly interesting, it certainly doesn't feel like a restaurant, rather like they built a restaurant in a brewery.. which is exactly what it is.. ther large beer selection is certainly the strongest point, as well as the availability of some notable victory beers on cask. I had a hopdevil on cask which was amazing and my girlfriend had a beer sampler. Another strong point here is that with their beer sampler they let you choose the 5 beers (out of anything on tap that day) that you want in it, which is pretty awesome and i've never been somewhere where they did that before. Food selection is decent, for a vegetarian there are only a few options but they are all good. The tapande pizza was a bit bland in flavor but the tomatillo bruschetta was pretty awesome and definitely the best thing we had. If its in your area or not too far away I'd say stop in, but if its 2 hours from home like it was for me it may fall a little short of thrilling.
07-27-2009 15:10:20 | More by BirdFlu
4.38/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located in a cross between a residential and an industrial district is where you'll find Victory Brewery. The 2 Victory entrances are located in the far right corner of this industrial district. The far right entrance (the old entrance) will place you in the back of the dinning room next to the arcade and the hallway that will take you back to the restrooms and gift shop. The left entrance (the new entrance) will place you right next to the register and the hostess stand. When you step in, you'll notice that Victory is a wide open restaurant with Victory beer banners hanging from the ceiling, wood tables in the middle, wood booths to the right and along the wall, and a large round table with a copper top over it in the large right hand corner. Walk pass all the happy families in the dinning room and you'll discover the bar area around the corner. The bar area contains one large wooden bar that can sit up to 30+ people with copper tops over it, a few wood booths along the wall, a wood stand between the two sections of booths, shadow boxes filled with beer memorabilia above the wood booths, 2 flat screen TVs over the bar, and a party room in the back. As you can tell from my description, it's a very large place.
The food menu looked bigger on the internet than what it actually was at the brewery. It's still a good sized menu filled with your usual family restaurant style of food. That means they had soups, burgers, appetizers, entrees, and wood oven pizzas. I was thinking about ordering one of their wood oven pizzas, but I decided against it and ordered the Smokehouse burger instead. This burger was topped with Victory's own Hop Devil BBQ sauce. That made for a nice little touch of the burger. The burger was cooked the way I wanted and the menu said that it came with cole slaw, but they gave me fries instead. I'm glad they gave me the fires because I really don't care much for cole slaw.
One of the first things I noticed about Victory was the service. This place was packed on a Saturday afternoon and every one of those servers busted their ass to keep every glass filled, every growler filled, and the food was on the table in a reasonable time. This place was damn packed that they started handing out those little red pagers for those waiting for a table. For those waiting for a table and there was a ton of those, they just hopped over to the bar to grab a quick drink. There were so many people in the bar area that the only way you got a seat at the bar was to scout people out. As soon as your person paid the bill and moved their ass more than one inch off the seat, you push them out of the way and grab their chair from them. How did I get me seat? Let's just say that I got lucky. Not more than 20 seconds after I got me seat, somebody asked me if I was only there for a growler refill and ready to give up my seat. What I should have said was "No, I'm here for my true Victory experience and if you want to put glass down somewhere, there's that bitch glass stand between the booths." Live and learn. Seriously, those servers and bartenders worked their asses off. Especially those bartenders. It seemed like everybody and their brother and sister walked in with 3 growlers and wanted them filled ASAP. Those bartenders were putting in those growlers into their automatic growler filler 2 at a time. It's a good thing they have that growler machine. If they didn't, you would not be able to get your glass refilled because they would too busy filling up growlers at the taps. If you please, a round of applause for the hard working servers at Victory.
They have a massive tap selection! They have an overwhelming 22 taps and 4 casks! The chalkboard above the bar is filled with their regular offerings like Prima Pils, Hop Wallop, Strom King and Golden Monkey as well as their seasonal offerings and one offs. They have everything from a light Lager to a wide range of hop bombs brewed with a variety of hops and even to a Smoked Porter. If you can't find anything you want to drink, then you don't belong at the Victory brewery.
I failed to mention that they offer free tours of the brewery every Friday and Saturday. It's a short tour, but it's still a worthwhile tour. Hell, it's free! What have you got to lose from that? If you want to relax at a very quaint, cozy, and quiet establishment, then you better go somewhere else. This isn't the place for that. Now, if you want a place that has a wide range of beers, a good sized menu, excellent service and you don't mind noise, then Victory Brewery is the place to be. For me, despite all the noise, I would still visit this place over and over again. It's hard to turn down a brewpub with 22 taps and 4 casks.
07-13-2009 04:07:59 | More by AltBock
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
95 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.