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Victory Brewing Company

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Based on:
146 Beers
59,168 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
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been enjoying Victory beers for a few years now, and I finally got the chance to stay there for more than a few minutes this weekend. What a great place this is! It's appearance is nothing spectacular, but I like the very large and open feel it has. It's all very clean as well. Anyone that knows Victory knows that it's some of the best beer produced in this country. They always have their excellent standards on, and this weekend I was treated to Hop Wallop on cask and draft V-10, among pints of St. Victorious and Storm King. The food is certainly not gourmet, but it is very good and is brought by very attentive people who know their food and their beer, and are quite friendly.

The brewery tour was very good and quite informative, as it was delivered by Ron, one of the founders. They were also very happy to fill up my John Harvard's growler with Storm King. Whether you are a longtime fan of Victory beers, have never tried one...whatever the case may be, a trip to their brewpub is a must. I love Victory beers, I love this brewpub...I can't wait to go back.

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Photo of ark57
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Victory is located in what used to be a Pepperidge Farm bakery. There is nothing really interesting about the setup, but it is clean. The food is good and I suggest sharing nachos if you order them. It is great to have Victory beer on tap. It is even better to have it on cask. I've only had Hop Devil and Storm King on cask, but they are marvelous. Plus they have exclusive beers in the pub that are not bottled. Two greats that come to mind are their seasonal bocks, St Victorious (Doppelbock) and St Boisterous (Maibock). On a sad note, they used to have free pint glass giveaways on Tuesdays and Sundays. Buy a pint on those days and recieve a pint glass with artwork for one of their beers. I have heard that is no longer the case, and in fact, they are no longer selling pints. They have smaller glasses and larger glasses, but no pints.

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Photo of WesWes
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is located in some industrial plaza in the suburbs of Philly. Once inside you are greeted at the door with a cold cooler of beer and a huge wrap around bar with the brewery behind it. There is a large dining area also. I guess the food is good here, but I never had any.

The selection of beer is great. They have all their regular line up along with a few seasonals which are outstanding. I had a few pints and bought a mixed case to go.

The service was outstanding. I've been here twice. The first time I bought the mixed case. The next time the chef opened the door to me and my son before opening time and gave us a behind the scenes tour and some free beer. The did the full nine.

This place was quality through and through. I highly advise anyone to check it out. Great beer, great service, great quality; what else do you want?

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Photo of rdrummer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I made my first visit to Victory for a Friday after Christmas lunch. I was disappointed that there was only one other table full and an empty bar at noon, but the bar and half the tables filled up quickly. This is not a pretty place. It is in an old warehouse but it has been recently remodeled and painted and is very clean. The bar is large with great high-backed stools. The dining room is a warehouse-type place with blonde wood furniture. The ceiling is open to the pipes and ductwork. It's a look that works for a brewery.

They had 15 Victory beers on tap. All my favorites plus a number that are not bottled, available only here or in select local establishments. The wife and I tasted five different beers, and they were all excellent. An added attraction was the draft root beer for my son and daughter. They loved it. The service was quick, efficient, and friendly. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the beer and the food.

The food was great with a wide selection of wood-oven baked pizzas, German pretzels, pastas, big salads, sandwiches, and other entrees. We had a Victory pizza (great), a grilled salmon salad, a brat with onions and pepper, and the topper a 1/2 pound Victory burger with roasted pepper, carmelized onions, and cheddar. They also have a Belgian dipping sauce for their excellent fries. This one is worth many a return trip.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

are you a beer fan? (I would wager yes if you are reviewing this site) Then you must go here

I have been here several times before, but I am just now getting down to reviewing this place

it doesn't look like much on the outside, but who judges a book by it's cover?

Place is filled with great industrial art. Nice logos and WWII posters fill the place in a good way

waitstaff can be kinnda chancy, at times, but over all, usually cool.
The food is upscale casual, but it is still great. I love their nachos, their grilled portobella are amazing, the sandwhiches are some of the bets in the philly area (and that is going some) and their pizza are great. Lots of local home grown quality, just liek the beer they sell. I don't know why more reviews aren't written about this place, it really is a place to go to, regardless of where you are from

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Photo of Ianhockey91
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I love victory beers so the logical choice would be for mee to visit this heaven on earth. The atmosphere does need some work as it seems a little sterile. The service is always great, and all of the people are very friendly. Prices are good, and the food has improved but isnt quite "there" yet. I really enjoy this place every time i visit.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was very impressed by Victory's eating establishment. The food is actually quite good. Had their roast beef, which was good. Their pizza gets highs marks from one of my friends as well. It is very good "bar food."

Their selection of beers is great. Obviously, I didn't get to try them all. I had to drive. However, the amount of styles they had on tap was very impressive. Their Grand Cru looked very interesting.

The atmosphere was below average. It had a barn sort of feel. Very empty and cold (emotionally) with a high roof. The service was good and friendly.

A good experience and I would love to go back. Aesthetics are great. But service, drinks, and food are what matters.

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Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Located in a back corner of an industrial complex, it doesn't really look like much from the outside. Upon entering, you can see the interior is sterile and warehousey, exposed duct piping and the like amidst the high ceilings. They've got a long long long L shaped bar, behind which sits large glass windows that look upon several fermenters. The room opens at the end of the bar into a large space where lie a few pool tables and beyond that is the seating area for the brewpub. If you head the other way, there's a long hallway with the company store at the end, selling shirts and cheap growlers. Food. Yeah, they've got that. I'd say the best of the lot are the pizzas.
Victory. Beer. It's a very good thing. A dozen or so beers on tap, and a pair of casks, more likely than not you're going to find Storm King and/or the Hop Devil (Hop Devil on cask is beautiful like anybody thought otherwise). Some sensational offerings you won't find elsewhere. A great selection you can't touch with a stick. Check the big board and see what bottles are available as well.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Man do I wish I still lived in West Chester. My folks' house is 5 miles from Victory taking the back roads. Whenever I'm home I go often, usually on Sundays and Tuesdays, which are pint night. Buy one pint at regular price, each pint after that is $2.00! (excepting the barley wine and imperial stout). And then you get to keep the pint glass.

There food is pretty crappy really. Their burgers are decent, but that's about it. Nothing is very fresh. The wings are battered somehow, the pulled pork is dry, the tuna is stinky, the fajitas are crumbly etc. etc. But you don't go to Victory for the food! I'll definately reiterate that they have lots of beers not available off site, like the Doppelbock (I think) and of course the cask conditioned British line like the mild and Uncle Teddy's bitter. I love that bitter.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

The Victory Brewing Company "Brew Pub" is a great experience. The beer selection is great. Of course you will have the standard victory standout selections.. but what makes the selection incredible is the seasonal offerings that are only available there.. like their mild and other limited offerings. The tour I attended was great. The food however was just ok and the the feel of the place is slightly sterile due to the limited space in the dining area. So overall a must for the beer experience!!

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Photo of nomad
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Downingtown is a pain in my arse. Pretty place to visit, but way too damn far away from me. I'm so ornery because 64 oz. growler re-fills are only $6!!??!?!! I shat myself when I saw that. Too bad I only have one growler, and the drive, like I said, is like an hour from my place. Can't wait to revisit often because they have so many beers on tap that we'll never see in bottles, keg-only beers I can't find anywhere, even at the great beer bars of Philly. Anyways, huge place, pretty good brewpub food, and a dozen of the freshest beers. I wish every great micro had its own brewpub open every day of the week, and didn't contract brew to lesser their quality and availability. (Ahem, Brooklyn...)

I check their website monthly to time a growler run on their hard-to-find draught-only specials: Sunrise Weiss, ESB, Hop Wallop, Workhorse Porter - can't wait for the Bocks and Pils in the spring!

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere is rather drab a long bar with windows looking in to the Fermentation room then a rather plain looking dinning room I did like the bags of malt hanging from the ceilings though. There was a nice smell of bbq upon walking up and was even better in the dinning room. Nice and clean and the waitresses and servers were very friendly. Selection was excellent line up of Victory beers and bottles. Beer was nice and fresh as it was coming from the source. The food was very good and accented the food well I had wurst bake which was excellent and we shared the fried brie cheese with raspberry sauce which was the stand out of the visit. Picked up a case of the new helles style lager and prima pils along with a few bottles of grand cru all very reasonable. Every bit worth the drive.

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Photo of dmarch
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Not easy to find, but it's well worth it. The food by itself is just ok, but they serve dishes that really compliment the beer well. Yes that's right, the food compliments the beer. They have a wide variety of beers available at any time, many of which you can't find anywhere else. It's fun to make multiple trips there because the beer selection is constantly changing. A must visit if your in the Philly area.

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Photo of PopeDX
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Reason enough to go to Downingtown...
There's always a minimum of 10 beers on tap here, all Victory's own. Often between 13 and 16, with a couple of cask offerings. A large portion of the choice is seasonal too. The sampler is amazing, they give you a 7 oz.(!) glass of each beer without excluding anything. It alone may be enough for two people to share and call it a day, and particularly good for those just getting into beer, as you'll get a wide variety of styles hit pretty spot-on. Most of their beer is incredible and there's some that are hard or impossible to find anywhere else. They fill up growlers cheap too (most beers are $7, some are a bit more), and sell beautiful 2L German growlers at a great price (it's cheaper to buy one and get it filled there than it is to buy one most places). It's in an old Pepperidge Farm factory and still keeps the warehouse atmosphere, with large grain sacks hanging from the ceiling and huge windows allowing one to see the fermenting tanks. The food was very good, a nice mix of traditional pub fare and more unique dishes. The wings and fries were great, the pizza was good and the salmon-topped caesar salad (daily special, sadly) was amazing. The pulled pork sandwich and burgers are exceptional. Service ranges from amazingly good to slow and apathetic depending on who's working when you're there and how crowded it is. Overall a great place, something to plan a weekend around. Nearby are both Sly Foxes and the Drafting Room Exton. Oh and look for our very own Rotsaruch parked on a barstool right at the turn in the bar, probably enjoying something slow-poured.

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Photo of Spacegrass
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

After spending a few hours driving up here and having just come back from Munich a week earlier I was disapointed. If I am ever through the area again I will definitely stop back though. It's hard for me to talk about the beers because quite honestly (shhh...) I needed a little break from beer after being in Munich. But I've had their stuff and know that Victory is top notch so I'll rely partly on that in my recommendation. The service here is pretty bad, and all the locals seemed to know it. I waited over 2 hours just for a tuna wrap, when everyone around me ordered, received, and had already eaten their food. Eventually when I got it it was free along with a pint of the porter which I liked cold, it got a little icky after warming. We went on a Sunday afternoon and the atmosphere wasn't amazing when we went in. We basically just got stared down by a bunch of people. Eventually though as the place filled up it got better, maybe if I hadn't been worn out from driving I would have made more conversation with people I wasn't with. The place looks nice though, and they've got something on tap for everybody so I would still recommend going. I wouldn't recommend making a day trip out of it though, but that's just me.

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Photo of Edwin
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

After reading the reviews here at beeradvocate.com, my girlfriend and I decided to head out to Downingtown to see what this place was all about. Suffice to say I am glad we made that 75 minute trip.
As we pulled down Acorn Ln, we came across an industrial park that claimed to have the Victory Brewing Company located within. I said to her, "I think we may be in the wrong place." We drove around for a couple minutes and finally found Victory nestled in a back corner of the warehouses and offices. This is important to remember when going here because I was about to write it off as bad directions. Needless to say I was very excited to get inside and crawl into a few pints.

Atmosphere: Strange at first, but comfy soon thereafter. Walk in and you are immediately faced with a large bar located in pretty much a warehouse. We got there around 3 or 4 and there was not an empty seat at the bar. We waited it out for a few minutes and snagged a couple of seats right in the middle. The bartenders were very nice and so were the patrons. They had an 80's mix jamming out over the stereo which was pretty cool.

Quality: I have never been a huge fan of Victory's beers...until 4 days ago. For a measley $3 per pint you can sample any one of up to 15 different types of beer on tap. I don't know what it was but those beers tasted way better brewery fresh. The Festbier was awesome, and so was the Porter.

Service: Average to good. There were times I sat there with my glass empty for up to 5-10 minutes. I would have been more tolerant of this if they didn't have 5 bartenders behind the bar. Some of my displeasure comes from me being "in the zone" and not wanting to wait another second for my next beer. They were busy, so I can let them slide here.

Selection: Ridiculous. They have (I think) 15 beers available to try. 1/2, 1/4, 1/6 kegs, growlers, jugs, 6-packs, cases. You name it. If you can't find something you like here, try another pursuit. Even the gift shop had some really cool items available. Take money.

Food: Had a large lunch. I had the stuffed Portabello's as an appetizer and the Cajun Caesar wrap as the entree. I would say that both were good. Better than I expected anyways.

Overall, this place was a great find. Next time I am planning on spending more time there. If you're nearby or passing through, make sure to stop by and check Victory out. Enjoy!

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Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Okay, first of all, this place is something akin to a temple to beer. The number of brews that they have on-site is simply staggering. And, best of all, nearly each of them is simply world-class.

My wife is a huge fan of this brewery and wanted to go to it for her birthday....It's a bit of a drive from our area, but I'm always up for a nice brewery visit, so we worked it into a trip to the nearby Valley Forge National Park. On the whole we had a great day.

Since I promised to drive, I decided that rather than start on the pints, I'd just get a little sampler and keep things light. I wish the waitress had warned us that there were 15 (that's right FIFTEEN) beers in the Victory sampler. On top of that, the glasses are not the small 4-ouncers that you see at most brewpubs. Wow....we've got to come back here.

Again, nearly all the beers are outstanding. They had Hop Devil on Cask. I was seriously impressed with the smoothness of this beer, especially compared with the typical kegged version. Also, deserving serious accolades is the ESB....one amazing beer, I wish they had bottles of the stuff.

On the downside, the servers were slow and obviously inexperienced. The food was okay, but can best be described as sub-par, uninteresting pub food. Atmosphere was open, welcoming, and a little noisy. Actually, it's the perfect place to sit back and down a few. Nice store in the back with T-shrits and such...I only wish they had more varieties bottled beer on sale.

Of course REAL reason to go to this place is the beer. And they get an A+ on that category.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Hell yeah…This place is great and the beer selection is even better, they have the finest beers on draught, in bottles, cask-conditioned, and workhouse porter out of the firkin. Draft brews are only $3 bucks. All were served at great temperatures. The food is good, the brats and wings were great. You will see some impressive equipment if you take the tour. This is really a great establishment. The only complaint was with the gift shop, the prices for the golf shirts were a little high at $35 a pop…everything else is great though.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Amazing. We thought for sure we were in the wrong place. But we weren't. This place has some great attributes. The menu is excellent. Very eclectic. I am not normally one for wings, yet I love hot and spicy food. Their 4-Alarm wings ACTUALLY TASTE GOOD. As compared to most which merely try to peel the top 10 layers off of your tongue. Their in-house hearth-baked pretzels are also good. The Jerk Chicken Grinder was excellent. Slightly spicy, and very tasty.

The brews were amazing. Very German-oriented...thumbs up on that point.

We drove just over an hour to get there, and I have to tell you, I have driven alot further in the past for a while lot less. Well worth the trip.


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Photo of ElGuapo
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wow! This place is amazing. Great selection of their finest brews on draught, in bottles, cask-conditioned, and workhouse porter out of the firkin. All served at great temperatures by very friendly people.

The food was great. It was the PA BA Gathering, and we had a buffet lunch with pizza, wings, and bratwurst. All were excellent, and I would definitely be very happy with the same if I returned, although I will say that I would have to try some new stuff. After taking the tour, I was absolutely amazed at how large this place is. They have some very impressive equipment, and if you take the tour, they will tell you all about it. I will be back to this wonderful establishment.

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Photo of fes1
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was very impressed with my first visit to Victory. I had had their products at various brew fest and was looking forward to seeing the place first hand. And I was not disapointed. I especially enjoyed the Victory ESB, very flavorful and full bodied.

The food was fantastic, the pizza was crisp and tasty, the wings were very juicy, and the sausage and trimmings were a hit.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This is the beer place Period. The atmosphere is not conducive with low ceilings and tons of smoke especially in the bar area. The quality of beer is right on most of the time though I've had some bad bad tastes hence the 4.5. Service isgood and quick for ordering food, beer is another ballgame as you have to almost throw your glass at the taptender to get there attention at times, even when it is not busy. Selection of beer can't be beat anywhere for all different styles. The food is not the main attraction but is above average for some items get the fries and a pizza to be safe, the nachos are just to immense to finish and very filling.
Overall one of the best micropubs on the East coast, as I said it's all about the beer but the other qualities would bring the numbers up.

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Photo of thefireman
4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Other than the fact that this place has no atmosphere to speak of, don't let the appearance fool you. The service is great. The food is real good, and the beer is, well, Victory! The servers are well schooled in the various products served. Great pizza! Loved the look of the bar, but had to sit at a table since I took the family. (not unlike many of the other folks there) I can't wait to go back. One word of caution, though. Make sure you do a Mapquest or similar function if you've never been there before. (or rip off the top of the case and take along for directions) Can be real hard to find. Well worth the effort.

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Photo of jreitman
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Had a hard time finding the brewery due to the fact that it is off a small, uninteresting road that I missed while driving by. The brewpub is an interesting one to rate as it has a nice environment, but no matter what they due to the interior it still feels like a warehouse. Despite the cavernous qualites to the space, it does feel cozy and welcoming. A majority of the oub has a view of the brew facilities through large glass windows. The food selection was quite good and the quality of the entree I had (grilled brat sandwich) was very good as well. The beers speak for themselves so I won't get into them here. Overall, my first Victory experience was one I hope to repeat on future visits to the Philly area.

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Photo of Jarod
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Good selection of food, well listed and explained
Good service from the staff. Helpful and knowledgable of what they served. Both food and Beer.
The beer list was also very knowledgable, it explained it throughly and simply so that anyone, even those who don't know beer, could understand.
Good atmosphere very well open. Got a tour from rotsaruch of the behind the scenes and the wife and I were very impressed, I can now understand why they are one of the best breweries and create some of the best beers in the USA.

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