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Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Brewing CompanyVictory Brewing Company
BA SCORE
96
world-class

419 Ratings
Ratings: 419
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 12.06%
Active Beers: 129
Beer Ratings: 49,379
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: 20
Bottles: 0
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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Photo of rydev24
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

rydev24, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of grimey68
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

grimey68, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of aengleman
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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!

aengleman, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of qcbrewer
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

qcbrewer, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of mikefuski17
4.61/5  rDev +7%

Victory is kind of my home town brewery. It is an awesome place for a get together. There is a great selection of their craft beers. The service is great and fast and the bar tenders are friendly. A great thing that they offer is combining some of their beers. The food is awesome and not too expensive. The atmosphere is fun and if you're a local, it's basically a reunion every night. Awesome place, check it out if you're in the area

mikefuski17, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Scary_Version
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Great Brew Pub. Only wish bar area was bigger. But overall super great place that the locals love and you can tell cause it is always crowded. Food is really good. Tre Fries is one of my favorite at any place I have been too. Staff knows their stuff and most have a passion for beer and food!!

Scary_Version, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of JakeEsterly
4.7/5  rDev +9%

Went there about a Month ago and was a great time! They had amazing selection of beer and some new ones ive never had before. Service was very friendly and didn't have to wait to get seated at all! Also food was excellent! Hope to go again soon! One thing I will tell you is that the place is somewhat hidden in an alley unless I went a different way then usual!

JakeEsterly, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of SlidersAce814
3.54/5  rDev -17.9%

A: Large layout, and much needed with the crowds that show up for the weekends. Nonetheless, meeting new people and striking up conversations comes easy, as most seem to be fairly content.

Q: Beer is pretty good... A night of entertainment, so say the least.

Ser: As said before, Victory gets pretty busy on the weekends, but the service does a great job at anticipating large crowds. Behind the bar, the bartenders are on the ball at keeping everyone's glasses full. Table-side, the service is just as good.

Sel: Strong selection... However, I have been disappointed a few times that certain beers are marketed, but not available.

F: Typical bar food, but good, nonetheless.

V: All and all, the prices are pretty reasonable.

SlidersAce814, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Casey3236
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%

Typical brewpub. Actually built in an old Pepperidge Farm bakery. Plenty of seating. Have been there many times and have never had to wait for a table. It can be noisy because of the very open, high-ceilinged room. Food is upscale bar food. The beer selection is strictly Victory beer. They don't sell anything they don't brew. That being said, they have twenty or so beers of different types on tap. All in all a good place for dinner or beers with friends.

Casey3236, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of chim52chim
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

This place has grow quite rapidly from it's humble beginnings. I guess that I am a little spoiled living within a 10 minute drive of one of the better breweries in the area. I've had some really great beers and some beers that I didn't really care for, but that's what makes this place amazing. They make so many different kinds of beers that you are bound to find something you like. The menu is good with fresh ideas and some old standbys. So if you are in the area I recommend you stop by and check it out.

chim52chim, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of emd
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%

I headed out here on a whim just to check the place out. The food was fairly average though good for the price. The beer selection was good, though oddly small given that the place is a brewery. I did appreciate the availability of hand pumped beers though.

There wasn't anything particularly remarkable about it. Everything seemed clean, the service was good but overall there was nothing particularly special about it that would bring me back.

emd, May 30, 2013
Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%

Space was large, open, well-lit. Reminiscent somewhat of a warehouse, but ample seating, and standing-room bar service available for those waiting for tables.

Overall beer quality was spectacular. Many beers sampled between four people all of which were above-average examples of their respective genres and some of which were definitive. Service was somewhat slow, but it was a Friday night, and server was receptive to numerous esoteric requests from the resident vegan (who was not me).

Incredible selection. A great mix of session ales and heavy-hitters with a great variety of styles from across North America, Britain and continental Europe. Four cask ales, including the Storm King and the flagship HopDevil were available, which exceeds any cask selection I've seen.

Food was tasty, nothing overly special. Pizzas were properly cooked, wings were generously proportioned, and I'm told fish&chips and sandwiches measured up well.

Good value for money. Highly recommended.

FirstBrewsoon, May 26, 2013
Photo of HarmonMW
4.01/5  rDev -7%

Only had the chance to visit the brewpub once while I was living in Philly. Very large brewpub area, but was still packed. Good quality and diverse beers available on tap. My friend and I each got a sampler and shared to hit pretty much everything on the list. Nothing disappointed and the majority were very solid brews. We both got pizzas, but neither one of us thought they were that good - both tasted like cheap frozen pizzas. Don't know about the rest of the menu though. Service was excellent when we were there despite it being busy. If I was ever back in the area, I would definitely stop by again.

HarmonMW, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of derekrick420
2.55/5  rDev -40.8%

The service was quite horrible. Since it was just myself my wife and daughter, we seemed very unimportant to her. She forgot or ignored our drink order, and I was forced to go to bar to get them myself. It was greatly disappointing. The potential here was great but overall I would pass when there are so many other great options in the area.

derekrick420, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of TimDuMont
2.55/5  rDev -40.8%

We were seated very quickly. Upon being led to our table, we were in a very large room with what I described to my dining partner as a "caffeteria feel". There was a very large party in the room (maybe 30 people) who were very loud. I had never been impressed with Victory's beer in the bottle at home, but I thought I'd give it another try since it had been a while. I got a sampler of 5 different beers. Honestly, I don't have much good to say about the beer. I did enjoy the Scarlet Fire Rauchbier, but only because I had paired the smokey, bacony flavor with my food just right. I wouldn't drink it by itself. The food was very good, but the selection was a little lacking.

Overall, I don't understand what all the hype over Victory is... I've read reviews and maybe I'm not drinking the same beer, but of the 5 breweries I visited in PA that weekend, this was by FAR the worst.

TimDuMont, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of jamiegrowler
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%

This is a great place to come on a Friday or Saturday night when you want to have a good beer with good friends and not have to deal with the people congestion at other larger establishments near by. I come for the beer not the food as should you unless youre looking for just bar food like a pretzel then it's fine. Now living on the West Coast I get very happy when I find a place that carries Victory beer.

jamiegrowler, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of PaleAlePat
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%

Classic brewery setup in the middle of a warehouse/industrial complex in Downingtown PA. Great beer and great people, the brewery gets constant traffic with beer lovers filing in and out to fill up growlers but also to enjoy a bite to eat; the food here is above average for a brewery. The bar tenders get creative if you visit, for instance serving up something called a "silver back" which is a combination of storm king stout and the brewery's famous Belgian style ale, golden monkey. Worth a visit.

PaleAlePat, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Flashy
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

Oh! why is this beer heaven five hours from my home? Tough place to find, some back streets then into an industrial park. Walking inside, if I squinted I could be in Germany. This place is large, with several rooms, or halls rather. We sat at a booth. Service was OK, food was good- but I came for neither (the only time bad service bothers me is when I can't get a first beer or am ignored by a server). With Hopdevil on cask and $10 growler fills of Storm King Stout I was in heaven. It was like meeting famous folks at home- I've admired Victory beer for years. I will be back, almost worth the five hour drive in itself.

Flashy, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -6%

Took a road trip here in mid July. I had heard great things about this brewpub and I figured that it was about time that I got down there to check it out. The pub was hopping pretty well even though it was after lunch time. The pub area is very spacious lots of neat banners and things to look at from anywhere in the place. The bar looked packed for a Saturday afternoon but seemed like it was the place to be. We took a table and ordered a few beers and some food. The service was very good and the wait time for the drinks and food was minimal. The beer selection was really quite good and it should be since they make all of them on the premises. The food was very good, cooked to our liking and very filling. The store was pretty nice too with some interesting merch available at a decent price. Overall it was a fun experience, it's not my favorite brewery but it was nice to finally get down there to check it out.

Knapp85, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%

Visited the brewpub recently. The selection is excellent with many of there beers on tap with three of them also available on hand pull. The area is spacious with a lot of bar space available. The menu seemed to have many options. The items myself and my friend had were both very good. The quality of the beers was decent. A few really strong selections with others made for the masses. Overall a great experience. No tours were available. The merchandise store was also well priced. Flights of whatever combination you want are available too.

kylehay2004, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of CowsCanBark
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%

My family members have a house about ten minutes away from here, so I stop by whenever I'm in the area. It would be a regular stop for me if I wasn't over an hour away, as I can't really get my beloved HopDevil Ale any fresher than this!

Atmosphere: Well, it's kind of weird. There are two doors that you can go into: a main door that leads to the restaurant/bar part, and a side door the leads to the beer store. However, the beer store door is confusing at first visit; you suddenly find yourself dumped into the back of the dining section and next to a small arcade. You then have to follow an annoyingly narrow hallway for twenty feet or so, and then the beer store is the last doorway on the left. It's a small store with clothes racks clogging up the center of the floor. They really need more space for the beer store. However, when you walk through the dining area and into the main hall, it really opens up. Also, the bar is pretty freaking big.

Quality: You can't get Victory brews much fresher than this; this is where the beer is created and awaits thirsty patrons by the case in the beer store, or by the growler full.

Service: I didn't eat there, so I can't say about the waiting staff or bar staff, but the guys at the register in the store were nice, and obviously knowledgeable, as they were having a conversation about how long one should allow an IPA to sit before it loses its freshness.

Selection: They have cases of their most popular brews in the beer store; other than that, I'm not sure, as I haven't eaten or drank there.

Value: The prices for cases are average, but their glasses in the beer store are crazy cheap. I believe it was about three bucks for a nice Victory pint glass, and seven bucks for a goblet.

Overall: A place that you need to stop at if you're in the area and like Victory brews. You can't get much fresher!

CowsCanBark, Mar 26, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +6.3%

I love Victory Brewery. Very good food and even better beer. I try to go down as much as I can for a bite to eat and some tasty beer. Its a big facility but can get packed quick. The merchandise shop is nice and reasonably priced. I like the selection of beer, always 10-15 beers on tap, stuff you cant get outside of the brewpub. Victory is my hometown brewery. Victory is one of the best brew pubs I've been to. I highly recommend stopping in, filliing a growler, enjoying some food and enjoying the company.

HamGlade10, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%

I went to Victory a few weeks ago with my girlfriend for dinner. They have a pretty diverse menu with pairing suggestions for most things. I had the tacos because it was taco night and they were 1/2 price. They weren't bad, but would not have been worth it at full price. My girlfriend had a white pizza and we both agreed it lacked flavor. The service was very good and the servers were knowledgeable of their beers.

The real reason I wanted to check it out was for the beer. I can get all Victory beers pretty easily at my local shops so I was hoping for some limited release type stuff. I checked online ahead of time to see what was on tap and got excited about two beers on-tap which are not available in bottles. Unfortunately I was told both beers had just run out (Ranch S IPA & Braumeister Pils). They had about 12 beers available and these were the only two they didn't have that were listed, but I was a bit disappointed because all of the rest of the beers are readily available to me all the time. Still, I did not leave dissatisfied because many of their beers are good (I recommend Yakima Glory!) and they were reasonably priced. Most are available in two sizes also which is nice. They also fill growlers for a good price.

The building is in a sort of weird shape and there are a few secluded restaurant areas which really don't offer much in terms of atmosphere. I recommend sitting at the bar or in the room where the bar is because it is much more lively and overall a better experience. Before you leave you can check out their gift shop which has nicely priced items sporting the logos of Victory and its beers ($2 logo pint glasses in several varieties). They also offer beer to go from the shop in bottles, six, and 12 packs, which is rare in Pennsylvania. I found the prices to be comparable if not a tiny bit cheaper than my local stores, but they do have everything that is in season.

Overall a decent place that I will probably return to, but I didn't have an overly impressive experience. I was happier with the gift shop and growler fill than I was with the food or restaurant portion.

NoLeafClover44, Feb 02, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

I have been to Victory several times for dinner or just a few beers and this place is fantastic. I live close to Victory and am very proud to have such a fantastic brewing company basically in my own back yard. The different events they hold are always fun to attend. The food is very good, the wings and pretzels being my favorite. Beers from Hop Wallop, Storm King, to the specials they may have on tap or nitro are all fantastic and great to try or take home in a growler. Which the growlers are very nice looking also.

Great place to eat, hang out, or pick up a few beers. Highly recommend if in the area

BHopp12, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

Amazing place, went for dark intrigue day, and had an absolutely amazing time. Very clean and nice food area, very nice bar with excellent selection, and the growler fillers were excellent. I went through the main bar and restaurant on my way to the retail store. Everyone there was really nice and helpful, and never hesitated in answering a question, even if we were asking them for the third time. I did not end up getting the dark intrigue (i didn't know it would be distributed once we found out we got out of line and decided to wait for it) Amazing beer, Amazing people.

vicsju1991, Nov 25, 2011
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
96 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.