Victory Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Decided to drive out here with some friends a couple years ago and have been trying to go as often as possible ever since. Huge place, kind of reminiscent of a German "biergarten". Decor is modern American but has a Bavarian feel to it which I love. Food is good and reasonably priced, though a few items are total duds. Deserts are really good and very cheap. But the focal point here is obviously the beer. There are about 15 taps on at any time, a lot of which are brewery-only offerings. Some of the hefeweizens and especially pilseners are fantastic, in fact the CBC pilseners were some of the best I've had ever. When CBC stuff comes on this place is essential. Probably my favorite bar in the states and the closest thing to the Weiss Brauhaus in Munich.
09-07-2010 02:53:16 | More by JAXSON
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
Went here after The Drafting Room, It's been about 9 years since I've been out this way.
This place is huge and with the expansion it's just crazy big. A oktoberfest in Germany kinda feel with the vast space within. A kinda open kitchen, a big dining area in pretty much all directions, and a brand spanking new bar that's long and inviting with a big chalkboard full of beer. Damn, I sound like a child.
Im assuming the quality is up there because I know Victory respects their beer and establishmet. I mean this stuff is brewed 100ft away from the bar area, it's gotta be fresh. Very clean place here and kinda dull looking all things considering. That's cool though, it's probably a big spot for locals to hang out, there was a lot of tail up in the place. Could use a much bigger bathroom though.
Service at the bar was nice, prompt and courteous. I ordered two of the same beers that had slightly different names but were off tap and cask and the tender pointed that out for me before he pulled the tap handle. My waitress on the other hand was a trainwreck. She was kinda speedy but it erked me that she did not offer small or big pours when it's clearly stated on the menu. I know you want to upsale, I understand that, but Im not trying trying to get drunk here, Im trying to drink beer.
A very nice collection of Victory beers on tap. At least 15 of their flagship beers with a few one offs and five things on cask except for storm king, bummer. I have heard of more crazy lists than these though, I was surprised that not as much crazy stuff was on the list. And for a brewery with a lot of German offerings, not to have a Kolsh on in the summer is beyond me.
I had a pulled pork sandwich that was pretty good. I remembered it being more juicy in the past. A weird thing though the two times I ate this sandwich, I always get crazy stomach pains, weird. Generous portions except for those bullshit ass fried potato chips, who wants that stuff, stop this insanity.
I like this place and will come back.
09-04-2010 18:24:14 | More by BARFLYB
3.75/5 rDev -12.8%
I visit Victory at least monthly with friends or family. Once you walk in, it looks like your typical restaurant, but the beer is what keeps bringing me back. It is family friendly but is also a great place to watch the game with your friends with a pint of Hop Wallop.
The service has seen a decline since the remodeling, but the relax atmosphere helps you not to notice it. However, you may want to order your next drink when you just passed the halfway point on your glass if you are not at the bar.
I have yet to get a beer that I've been disappointed with, I just wished they offered at least one or two that won't appear in bottles to reward me for dropping in. With that being said, always remember to bring your growler with you. You'll feel like a kid in a candy store when you walk in with a growler.
The food is better than what you'd get from a chain restaurant, but not anything to go out of your way for. The menu does recommend a beer to go with your meal, which is helpful if you don't know which of their many great beers to order.
08-23-2010 01:44:53 | More by PABeerHiker
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
Visited the brewery this weekend and, as usual, the beer and service was great. The food, however, was a bit underwhelming. I had the ribs and was not impressed. They were bland and the sauce they drowned it in to hide their lack of flavor was not very good. Maybe I should stick to the sandwiches next time. Needless to say, the beer saved the day. Had a cask Hop Wallop and an Old Horizontal. Both were great. Beer always seems to taste better at the brewery. Service was friendly and the atmosphere is always lively. Overall, a must visit if your a fan of good beer.
08-16-2010 00:41:11 | More by JunkYardJake
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
Well worth a trip if you live anywhere within two hours drive. The tour was great as far as mid-atlantic breweries go, very detailed and we got to see a lot of the brewery including the bottling line in operation which was pretty cool.
The brewpub itself is great as well. There was about fifteen beers on tap plus, I think, four on cask. The value was exceptional with pints being what looked like twenty ounces and averaging about five dollars. You good also get five or ten beer sample flights. I think the samples were about four ounces and they were a dollar fifty to two fifty depending on the beer. The inside decor is pretty bland but who really cares.
The food was reasonably priced, pretty good, not great but much better than lets say the dogfish head brewpub. The service was super fast and very attentive.
Lastly and awesomely on a Friday night the place was packed with locals.
Also make sure to stop by longwood gardens and baldwin's book barn if you are in the area.
08-14-2010 02:09:39 | More by bpfishback
3.88/5 rDev -9.8%
I would have ranked Victory BC higher in atmosphere and quality, but the brewpub is separated into two parts of unequal quality. The main room where the dining area is near the entrance with the bar near the back is dimly lit and well decorated with display cases filled with vintage local beer cans and booths with mash tun onion tops. There there is what appears to be a later addition--a weirdly yellow lit high ceiling room reminiscent of a German beer hall. The room was too bright with posters and a TV projector that did not fit in with the theme and feel of the rest of the restaurant. I could see how this room would be useful for banquets and large events, but it was just uninviting and too yellow.
The beers, about 20 on tap were an interesting selection and it was nice to try some brewery only and limited beers. My dining companion and I tried Summer Love, Pursuit of Pale, CBC Hallertau BPA, among others. Most beers were about $5/pint, which seems a bit pricey for the suburbs, but I'm happy to pay my money to support Victory. And watching them fill growlers on their fancy new machine is super cool.
The food was relatively inexpensive, especially the pizzas, but neither entree we had was particularly good. The German pretzel was fantastic, arriving at the table dangerously hot, covered in butter and salt with delicious cheese and mustard dipping sauces. But the Margherite pizza and turkey pot pie we had were not impressive. The pizza had a crust that was too thick and ingredients that did not seem like top grade, however, for a personal pizza it was only $7. The turkey pot pie was not a pie at all, but turkey ala king with a bit of lattice puff pastry placed on top. A pot pie should be a casserole with a pastry pie crust baked on top, not what I had.
The service staff were courteous and they were very nice to let us know and accurate wait time (they were within 5 minutes of what they told us). They were attentive, not annoying, and offered recommendations on food as well as beer.
I think that it would be nice to have some guest taps though, especially since victory is collaborating with DFH and Stone on Saison duBuff. I think this would help shake it up for the more frequent visitor.
I would definitely go again, but maybe choose something like a burger or salad, which I can be pretty certain of what I am going to get. Although I will say other peoples pizzas did look much better than the one we had, however, there should not be anything on the menu that they will not make well.
07-11-2010 03:16:01 | More by Soonami
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
Finally stopped for my first visit since the renovation.
I really like the way they've opened up and expanded the dining and taproom area. There is still a warehouse fell to the place, but everything is done up nicely in wood and the place has a very relaxed vibe. The bar area (where I parked myself) is in the back to the left, and is really good size. The bar has to hold at least 20 people, and then there is a back area bar and couple of booths as well. While it's definitely a no frills operation, the pub area is a great place to hang out, watch a sporting event (they have several flat screen TV's over the bar), and enjoy a beer.
The quality of Victory beers has always been high, and that's what my score reflects. They had some 19 beers on tap the day I was there, including 4 beers on the hand pump. Victory beers are pretty readily available here in Baltimore, so I went with beers we generally don't get down here (CBC beers - this day consisting of 3 Belgian pale ales and one Bavarian pale ale). I feel as if I just happned to come on an off day, as I can't say I was hugely impressed with any of the CBC offerings (IMHO, making Belgian style stuff just doesn't seem to be their forte, despite the excellent helios). It being summer, I was hoping and expecting they might have a variety of pils on tap (have yet to have a Victory pils that wasn't exceptional), but no such luck (just the prima pils). In any event, suffice it to say that the selection of Victory beers was solid (hop wallop, whirlwind, storm king, hop devil.. all the usual suspects and then some), even if on this particular day I wouldn't call it mind blowing.
Service was fine. They employ a good number of young men and women, and everyone was friendly and quick. While no one struck me as super knowledgeable, that wasn't required, and Victory has a beer bible that provide the specs on all their beers. So no complaints about the service.
Food was fine. I was here during "international" week, and ordered the paella. You have to give Victory kudos for offering something like a paella, even if they didn't quite pull it off (my Spanish paella was essentially rice, cubed chicken and spicy sausage). Nevertheless, it was tasty and filling, which is all I was hoping for.
Victory is an exceptional brewery, though I'm not sure the brewpub is worth a special visit. It's a great place to hang out, or to stop by for a growler fill (must have seen close to 30 people drop by to get a growler or three filled during my hour long stop), but only if you happen to live in the area (IMHO).
07-05-2010 18:58:49 | More by John_M
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Great place in Downingtown around 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia.
They have got a nice brewpub located within their brewery. The restaurant is a pretty big open space with high ceilings. There is a decent sized back room with a big projection screen TV, good for watchings sports events.
The bar itself is not that huge compared to the rest of the place, but definitely very accomodating. There is also a place to stand behind the bar with a place to set your mugs, and glasses down. The bar keeps a good selections of their brews on tap, and always has a couple on the beer engine.
The food is good, although, it used to be better. I visited Victory about 4 years ago, when the brewpub was still relatively new. The place wasn't that big, and the menu wasn't that large. But, what they made was very good. Now, the menu is a little too big, and they are trying to get too fancy. I think they should have stuck with the more simple, but very good items.
Service is good, alot of friendly people. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and do a good job. Since the restaurant is so big, sometimes you get some servers who don't know an awful lot about the beer. Oh well, the beer is awesome, so you can't go wrong.
All and all, I liked the more low key place when they first opened, but, Victory is awesome, and is absolutely a must stop for beer lovers in the Philly area.
07-03-2010 02:12:03 | More by sbw138
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
This is a fun place! Everyone is very friendly and knowledgeable and the mix of different kinds of people who were visiting added a lot to how nice it felt. I heard service was not as good at the tables, so I sat at the bar. Bartenders were not annoyed at my asking for samples. I LOVE the crazy growler fill! Food was surprisingly good, esp the mussels. Selection of beers was nice, showcasing a variety of the beers. All-in-all a kinda' perfect example of what brewery can offer to showcase its wares.
06-17-2010 00:10:26 | More by regspeir
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Ah what a great place. My friend and I went there in the late afternoon during the week so it was fairly slow. They had probably about 10 taps and 4 casks, give or take. What I really liked was a book that described all the beers on tap. I ordered Hop Wallop (cask), Hop Devil, and two others that I can't remember but were all fantastic and fresh.
The bartenders were really cool. We talked to one guy for awhile about Victory, DFH, Stone and other leading breweries in the country. He was knowledgeable and very tolerable of my slurred speech by that time.
Get a growler while your there! They have an amazing growler filler that's completely automated.
05-14-2010 03:10:55 | More by scottyb88
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
95 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.