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Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Brewing CompanyVictory Brewing Company
BA SCORE
96
world-class

391 Ratings
Ratings: 391
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.6%
Active Beers: 162
Beer Ratings: 48,919
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 jifigz
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

Okay, so this is my favorite brewery and I have been there quite a few times. It isn't that close to my house but Victory churns out great beer and it is the brewery I have been to the most, probably why it's my favorite, I have a natural affinity to the place.

Okay, so the hall is big and open with lots of beers of tap, and if in season the particular and corresponding Victory seasonal brews are on tap. The tables are spread around and, as I said, it is more or less a big open space. If you are looking for privacy in sectioned off little corners or rooms, you won't really find it here. What you will find is great beer and some pretty good food to accompany that great brew. The gift shop is also stocked with cases of various Victory brews for sale along with glasses, shirts, books, etc, etc...

The service has always been great and they always took great care of me. Another nice sight I like to see is locals, who are more fortunate than me to live so close to an excellent brewery, constantly strolling in and filling up there growlers. I wish I lived close enough to regularly visit and leave with my growler filled to the top with some delicious Hop Devil, Prima Pils, or Moonglow. Anyways, great place. I highly recommend.

jifigz, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of BrittEBurke
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

I stopped by Victory for lunch a few weeks ago. The atmosphere (at 2p on a Thursday) was comfortable and laid back. The decorations are a bit sparse, but I don't know of many people who go to a brewery to stare at the walls. They have the top of a brew kettle hanging from the ceiling next to the bar. It looks great, but I imagine it could get obnoxious if you wanted to watch a sports game on TV and happened to have that fall within your sight lines.

We sat at the bar and were greeting with prompt, friendly service (I believe his name was Chuck). We chatted with him for a while and he helped us select the beers for our sampler. It was brought over quickly and thoroughly explained. As expected, all of the beers were excellent. My favorite was the Scarlet Fire, a well-balanced Rauchbier with notes of bacon. If you find yourself at the brewery, definitely give this one a try.

After the sampler we ordered the Berry Salad and, breaking my snobby I'm-from-Massachusetts-and-won't-eat-seafood-in-a-landlocked-state rule, the mussels. The salad was fresh and the mussels were delicious! They are steamed in beer and cooked with sausage. If you a fan of mussels, I highly recommend them. The paired very well with the Scarlet Fire. Throughout our stay our server was friendly and attentive.

After we finished our lunch, we decided to get a growler of the Scarlet Fire to bring back to Boston. Victory has the coolest and most elaborate growler filling process that I have ever seen. The growlers themselves are beautiful. They are placed in a machine that sanitizes them and then fills them using counter-pressure. Continuing with the theme of excellent service, the bartender explained how the machine works and then had us come over to watch the process. It is almost fully automated and keeps the beer fresh for at least two weeks.

If you find yourself in that part of Pennsylvania, definitely swing by Victory. Good food, good beer and friendly service make this place a must on any road trip.

BrittEBurke, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of hackomal
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%

The main reason to go to Victory Brewing company is as everyone knows; the beer. There is ussually at least a few beers on tap that they do not bottle, and some are brewery only exclusives. The place always has a good crowd which at times becomes overwhelming. The food here is usually hit or miss. I have never had a terrible meal, nor anything exceptional. There is a large amount of turnover with the waiters, which can lead to some sub par service. The bartenders seem to stick around longer, so I suggest going to the bar if there is room. Overall the place is a solid restraunt with some flaws, but the beer more than makes up for it

hackomal, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

This was my second trip to Victory, this time just to grab a few brews and a few six packs to go.

Walk in and its a rustic setting, seating on both sides and then the bar in the back with additional seating adjacent. There were some high tops around the bar and being it was busy, my cousin and I ordered at the bar and stood there until some people left at the bar.

The quality of all the beer is impeccable. World class pilsner beers and of course a stellar regular lineup and some mixed bag beers there too, everything being pretty good.

Service was decent. We had a few at the bar and the bartenders were pretty good about checking on us. We even wanted to buy six packs and some of their home made icecream to go after the store closed and they hooked us up.

Selection was good, at least 20 draught options, a solid food menu too with many options.

It may be unfair to grade the food here, as all I had my first trip to Victory was sweet potato fries (very good) and this time the Storm King Crunch ice cream was all I got, and it was easily some of the best ice cream I have ever eaten. Ive never done lunch or dinner there so take that for what it is.

I love Victory beers, and the brewery is just the mecca of such. I am lucky my cousin lives 10 minutes away, next time I'll try more of the food there.

Stinkypuss, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of bayougutter
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%

While on vacation in the area our group of four decided to visit Victory for lunch and to taste some of their beers. Convenient parking always a plus and as we walked in everything was clean and we were greeted right away and shown a table.

We ordered lunch and a flight of four or five beers, about six oz. apiece. They had about 20 beers to choose from. Flights were quickly brought out. Lunch was very good as well as the beers. I don't remember the bill but I remember it to be reasonable.

Would revisit if in the area again.

bayougutter, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of OldeBrickHouse
1.27/5  rDev -70.5%

Visited Victory on a beautiful June day. I went there along with my homebrew club. We had scheduled ahead of time a "brewers tour". We paid for this tour and we were very excited because earlier in the week they had announced no more tours. We showed up like a bunch of little kids on Christmas only to be met by ole Grinchy himself. From the moment we were "greeted" by the staff we were treated like trash. Our club has had many great experiences with breweries, brewpubs, and bars none like this one.

On our "brewers tour" our tour guide knew nothing of brewing and admittedly told us so. So much for getting what you pay for. I was hoping to gain some knowledge of the brewing process but was told bad information. When a plate of hops was passed around I asked what kind they were. The tour guides response "I don't know probably something they just swept off the floor".

After getting our samples on the tour, which happened to be the 3 most popular beers, we headed into the bar/restaurant area for lunch. We were given 1 server for our 30 or so people and only about 20 chairs. We were denied service at the bar because we had a server and were part of our group. At this point in the day the MANAGEMENT had sufficiently treated us like trash and the server apologized for it. I have never in any eatery had a waiter apologize for their boss.

Our day ended when one of our group was kicked out. The manager ripped a glass out of his hand with such force that a good portion of it spilled on the floor. She then screamed at him to leave. She said he was "visibly intoxicated". He was far from intoxicated and he left. There was at least 5 people that were visibly intoxicated standing with 15 feet of him when he was told to leave. When our club president asked for an explanation none was given.

Victory has really lost touch of what is important. The customer. The only thing that is of any importance to them is your money. They don't care about good beers, good times, or good food. Just to get your money. There is plenty of other breweries and brewpubs in the area that care about the customer that visiting Victory is not worth your time.

I will never buy or suggest their beer to anyone ever again. I have never in my life been treated with such disdain and disrespect. Which is quite incredible since I work with juvenile delinquents.

OldeBrickHouse, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of skiofpinsk
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%

Stopped by for dinner with the girlfriend, about 8:30 or so on a Friday and the place was pretty crowded. No wait for a table though, and we sere seated in the back room. Seemed kind of bare, and the large, open room with all the people in it made it kind of loud. Waitress came by shortly and asked us what were were drinking. About a dozen beers on tap, with a rotating selection on cask. Got a Hop Wallop from the cask while the girlfriend got a Summer Love. Turned our attention to the food menu, which had lots of delicious sounding dishes. Went with the eggplant fries to share, and the reuben meatballs w/handmade pasta while the gal got the root beer BBQ ribs. Everything was delicious, and the bill wasn't too bad.

Of course I'd return, where else can you get all those delicious Victory beers on tap? Food is quite good too, and if a brewpub has good food and beer, then what's to dislike? Layout of the room made it loud, but the main area of the brewpub might be somewhat quieter. Most likely not, with the bar there, so keep it in mind if you're looking for something quieter.

skiofpinsk, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of paulys55
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

Visited for the release of Headwaters. Really clean, big place with lots of space to move around. Tap list is displayed above the long bar and is updated immediately if something changes. Food was great. Took the tour which seemed fairly standard. When they took us into the room where they keep the hops, I felt like I was in the Willy Wonka movie...I wanted to wait for the rest of the tour to leave and hide in there and just dive into one of the big bags of hops, the smell is heaven. They had 3 or 4 beers on cask. I took a growler of Hop Wallop for the road which was filled on their high tech counter pressure station. If I lived a little closer, I could see myself hanging out here fairly often. Thanks Chris for the golden ticket.

paulys55, May 12, 2011
Photo of philly224
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

The atmosphere here is great and they have a pretty nice selection of beers. The food was pretty good too, I got a burger and onion rings both of which were great! I did not get to tour the brewery but I am planning on going back soon and taking advantage of that.

They offer decent size samples for about a $1.50 which I thought was great.

They have a nice gift shop with glassware and cases/6 packs you can buy. Its a little small but there is a decent selection of apparel and other beer related items. Pretty average value when compared with other similar places.

philly224, May 05, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%

A nice display for Victory, who always has a great spread of good-to-great beers available. The pub/restaurant is very spacious and not too intimate, but still nice. It contains a nice large bar, and there's usually a good amount of beer on tap to choose from. They're all Victory brews obviously, but they keep a good enough selection at all times to make this place a worthy stop on any beer enthusiasts journey, not to mention they occasionally serve beer here that isn't found elsewhere. Food menu is pretty diverse, and the food itself is tasty. Pizza! Staff is helpful and attentive for the most part. There's also a nice merch store in the back.

This isn't necessarily an uber beer destination, but it's still a good place with a line-up of always-solid brews, and if you are a big fan of Victory's beer, this place would probably be a paradise for you.

Rifugium, May 03, 2011
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
96 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.