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Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Brewing CompanyVictory Brewing Company
BA SCORE
96
world-class

413 Ratings
Ratings: 413
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 12.04%
Active Beers: 165
Beer Ratings: 50,960
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 SlidersAce814
3.54/5  rDev -18.1%

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 -10%

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 -0.9%

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 -14.8%

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 -4.9%

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 -7.2%

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 -41%

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 -41%

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 -14.8%

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 +7.9%

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 +6.5%

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 -6.3%

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 -2.1%

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 -3%

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
Photo of HamGlade10
4.58/5  rDev +6%

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 -15.5%

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
Photo of BHopp12
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

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
Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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
Photo of smxr88
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

From the outside it doesn't look like anything special, but once you get inside its a whole different story. I entered through the retail store door, which is in the back of the pub and doesn't give you a good view of the amount of space, so I wasn't impressed. I went to the retail store first and expected a little more, but it was pretty small and nothing really exciting in there that really caught my eye to buy as a souvenir.

Once I actually got into the pub and saw the enormous bar and space they had I really liked it. Huge bar, plenty of seating for dining. Pretty much every bar stool was taken even though it was only around noon. Lots of activity. One place that Victory was lacking was in the quality of the food. It was nothing special. I got rib sticks with hopdevil sauce, but they were very cheap ribs. The sauce would have been great if they didn't cheap out on the ribs.

Overall though, good experience and I would definitely go back again.

smxr88, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of mcslain
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

Victory re-designed its interior a few years back and at that time went from being a good brew pub to a great one. The inside is huge, clean, almost always bustling w activity, well staffed, and has a massive bar area (which I personally love, as I prefer the bar to a booth).

The beer of course is very high quality and there is always a huge amount of choices on tap as well as multiple offerings on cask. Growler fills are strongly encouraged and they actually have their own custom made growler machine, which cranks out quick perfect fills. That doesn't stop the line for growlers from backing up though, as Victory has really created a growler thirsty community of beer lovers with their inviting approach. Last time I was in I got a growler of Golden Monkey mashed up w Storm King Stout and it cost $10. Awesome. Huge thanks to Victory for keeping craft beer affordable w their growler pricing!

Food is very good with something for everyone, but it is not stupendous. It is not a gastro-pub in other words. I appreciate that though. Victory is a brewery, and the beer should be the center of the universe. If I want a real fancy $20-40 entree I can go elsewhere.

There is nice merch room in the back that sells all sorts of schwag as well as beer by the case and bomber. They do mix and match cases which is very nice, and the beer they sell here seems to always be very freshly capped - frequently within days.

Be sure to check out the cool table in the corner by the bar area made out of an old copper brewery tank. And also take note of the live monitor giving updates on the solar energy being generated by Victory's photovoltaic panels.

Overall this is simply just a great place with great beer. A real treasure for the Philly area.

mcslain, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Visited 10.01.11 with some friends who live in the area. This place is friggin huge! I had no idea!

We sat in the way back, left of the HUGE bar. Our server was very nice and attentive and let us sample a beer or two. The food was nice. We had the kettle chips, the cheese platter, nachos and soft pretzel as apps. I had the Wasabi Tuna wrap, very tasting and light.

They had a larger than normal selection of their own beers on-tap compared with other breweries/brewpubs. I was impressed with the number of hand-pulled offerings. I had a .3L Strangeways, .3L Festbier and then a .5L Strangeways cause it's so damn tasty. Sampled Victory Village and Harvest. I saw counter-pressure growlers being filled, but did not inquire after pricing.

We also visited the retail shop where we found lots of wearables and glassware, beer and root beer. Didn't know about the root beer until the shop, so I bought a sixer and a shirt.

I would love to visit this place again and would highly recommend it to friends, especially for a place to go with a large group.

SFLpunk, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

I have to admit, for not learning about this brewery while I lived in Philly (and on the Main Line); this is one of my favorite breweries. I am not sure that I have ever had a beer from here that I didn't like, so I thought that while I had the chance, might as well visit the brewpub.

Most here have described the place accurately. I visited on a Thursday night, so the place was pretty well packed. I sat at the bar and the bartenders did not have a moment to spare, filling growlers and pints faster than I have ever seen. Above the bar was a chalk board with the complete list of all the beers on tap and on cask. The service was pretty good for as busy as the place was and the food was perhaps a step above typical pub grub. The beer was excellent, fresh and served in the appropriate glassware. The only thing that could have made the experience better is if I could have taken a growler of beer with me. This is a great place and I highly recommend it for any BA.

PhillyStyle, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of jifigz
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

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 +1.9%

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 -9%

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
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
96 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.