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Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Brewing CompanyVictory Brewing Company
BA SCORE
96
world-class

411 Ratings
Ratings: 411
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 12.06%
Active Beers: 164
Beer Ratings: 50,766
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 jzeilinger
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

"No matter how you slice it", Victory is a great place to visit. Whether you're a regular, local, or visitor to the area, this place is a must. Victory has always been good, but since the expansion, they're especially good. I travel many states on business and I have to say that for brewery/restaurants, they're by far the biggest I've ever visited. My wife and I bring the kids here on a frequent basis because they're kid-friendly, which is great. We've never had a bad meal here, the service is good, the beer is always stellar, and the prices are not outrageous, by any means. Victory is usually very busy, which speaks volumes for the quality of their food, beer, and service. The weekends here can get pretty crowded in the evenings, but because the place is so big the wait isn't that long. A favorite thing of mine is watching their "growler station" fill a growler. It's an automated growler filling machine - pretty cool. The bartender sticks the growler in the machine behind a glass door, pushes a button for whatever beer the patron wants, and sit back and enjoy the show - this is a pretty cool device.

In all honesty, anyone who lives in the area who knows anything about beer, comes to Victory. That being said, you business travelers out there (like myself), if you're visiting the Philadelphia area, DO make the trip to Downingtown, you WON'T be dissapointed. Victory is one of our favorite craft brewers.

jzeilinger, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Katahdin
5/5  rDev +16%

A truly unique experience albeit a rather difficult place to find. Your approach is through an industrial park to an old warehouse once used by Pepperidge Fram. Not sure what to expect as you walk through the doors, you are greeted by a beautiful microbrewery/brewpub with large brick ovens that are wood fired and used for cooking. Most of Victory's beers are available on tap and the staff is very knowledgeable and quite able to assist you. The food is to die for and very reasonable priced. Lots of entertainment and a fun place to visit or to hang out.

Katahdin, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of jwhancher
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%

Have been to Victory many, many times by now. Really like the new renovations they did to the place including the nice long bar. Great decorations. Service has been exceptional - never once did I have an issue. Atmosphere is nice: the fellow bar patrons are always friendly, bartenders jovial, and you can usually see Ron lurking around the bar area. Selection is always great, but I tend to start with whatever is on cask. Food could be improved- it's usually hit or miss with a number of the selections. Jerk chicken sandwich is great, although a little salty. Ribs are awesome with the Hop Devil sauce. Wings are a little too bready. Pizzas aren't all that. Prices are reasonable, although I always find myself eating, drinking, then hitting the retail shop for some take home. If you're not from the area, it's definitely worth a trip to stop by. Just get a DD...you can easily overdrink your limits....or plan on getting take out for later.

jwhancher, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.18/5  rDev -3%

Well everyone has pretty much said everything that needs to be said to describe this place. What I can say is this is the place to be in this town. My wife and I arrived about 4:00 on a Saturday and the place was hoppin'. We did have a bad expierence when my wife bit into her potato salad and there was a piece of glass which cut her tongue. She bled a little and I told the waitress she was very appologetic and got her manager. The manager came over and said I am really sorry your meal will be free and is there anything I can do to help. I said well before I even said anything he said how about a case of beer. I said sure give me a alittle bit of everything and he did. The food besides that was a little skimpy in portion but the taste was excellent. I will rate the food low simply do to the glass but that doesn't mean it wasn't good besides that. So I walked away with a free meal, a case of beer and a few goodies ( golden monkey snifter,and a victory zip up for the wifey ). A hike up the turnpike but one day we will come back.

TheFightfan1, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Zaccone
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%

This relationship is love... Victory + Me.

I need beer to live
HopDevil brewed yesterday
In my belly now

The service is just fine, but can take a nosedive when the beer-seeking masses descend upon this place. And tables are scarce on Friday/Saturday nights. Worth the potential annoyance? Yes. Excuse to drink more beer while jockeying for a table? Double yes. One warning... last time I was at the bar, my table buzzer was out of range, so my new plan is to periodically walk back towards the front desk and see if it lights up.

Once at the table, I usually end up getting a burger and more beer. Always a good decision.

Zaccone, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

made the 45 minute drive from Wilmington to Downingtown

open and spacious, the main dining room through the entry is reminiscent of a moderately sized beer hall, at the back and to the left is a long bar with rows of taps and a few plasmas, and further back another dining room that on the night of my visit featured a jazz band, Victory banners hang from the ceiling and beer photos adorn the walls at intervals, the decapitated tops of a couple brewing vessels make for an interesting if unneeded shelter, has a bit of a modified warehouse feel with exposed metal rafters, a surprisingly lively scene on this Tuesday evening

a selection of 16 taps and 3 cask ales really sets this place apart from nearly every other brewpub I've visited, with not a few of them seasonals or brewpub exclusives, and every single one tempting, I ended up choosing a cask Hop Wallop, Scarlet Fire rauch marzen, and Yakima Twilight dark dipa, glassware is appropriate and both 0.4 L and 0.5 L serving sizes are offered, all beers were perfectly fresh, I was pretty much in awe of the mechanized growler filling station - an obvious sign that they take quality very seriously

service was fine if nothing to gush over, the bartenders were nice enough and never left me in need of anything, and didn't hesitate in providing samples to ease decision making

the brisket was quality, not oversauced but not as smoky and juicy as others and the bun was a little cold, props for doing the smoking in-house, the fries were crisp and flavorful

absolutely a recommended stop, and worth going out of your way for, initial thoughts were "Victory? I can buy that at the grocery", but after reading other reviews and visiting myself, the brewpub has proven to be an outstanding experience in itself

blackie, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

Somewhat difficult to find at first-somewhat stuck in the back corner of an industrial park.

Decent atmosphere-wide open seating areas can lead to a bit of a noise boom. I loved the "cut out" kettles over the ends of the bar. Nice display of what looked like mostly old PA breweries.

Everything here was top notch. 20 beers on tap how can you go wrong? Many brew pub exclusives as well. The service was good. Young guy that certainly seemed knowledgeable and eager to please-just used the word "man" too many times. Well it is the 40th anniversary of Woodstock right?

Like I said 20 beers-amazing selection of styles. Considering the recent posts about DFH being so "normal" in the choices this was just great. Food selections really covered a broad spectrum as well. I had a great jerked chicken over black beans and my wife had one of the biggest burgers I have seen in ages. Even well done it was still quite moist. Again top notch.

Prices were reasonable. If I had remebered my own growler I would have saved $15, Oh well.

What more can I say that others haven't already posted about? Great across the board and one of the most positive brew pub experiences I have had. Cheers!

lackenhauser, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%

What a place. If you take SEPTA to Downington, walk 20 minutes east, navigate through the town and down several streets, and you're there. The parking lot was full when I showed up around 10pm on a Firday night, a good sign. Open the door, and you feel like you're in a beer hall. Several compartments to the restaurant/bar, beer banners hanging from the ceiling, Phillies on the tube, and the tops of brew kettles scattered around. Lots of room on the inside, and lots of space around the bar despite a good crowd on hand. This must be where Downington goes on a Firday night.

20 beers on-tap, all Victory brew, and...four casks! The regular lineup was on, along with harder to find stuff like Donnybrook Stout. Many styles were represented. Several pieces of glassware compliment the lineup, and two different sizes were available on certain beers.

Staff was young, plentiful, and helpful. No problems there.

Oh....and the prices kick ass too. I got an Imperial Pint of Donnybrook Stout for $4.50, and a 14 ounce size of St. Boisterous for $3.75! Hop Devil on cask went for $5 in the Imperial Pint. Man, I wish I had these prices in Southern California.

Needless to say...get here!

DoubleJ, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

the atmosphere of triuph's brewpub is fairly interesting, it certainly doesn't feel like a restaurant, rather like they built a restaurant in a brewery.. which is exactly what it is.. ther large beer selection is certainly the strongest point, as well as the availability of some notable victory beers on cask. I had a hopdevil on cask which was amazing and my girlfriend had a beer sampler. Another strong point here is that with their beer sampler they let you choose the 5 beers (out of anything on tap that day) that you want in it, which is pretty awesome and i've never been somewhere where they did that before. Food selection is decent, for a vegetarian there are only a few options but they are all good. The tapande pizza was a bit bland in flavor but the tomatillo bruschetta was pretty awesome and definitely the best thing we had. If its in your area or not too far away I'd say stop in, but if its 2 hours from home like it was for me it may fall a little short of thrilling.

BirdFlu, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of AltBock
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

Located in a cross between a residential and an industrial district is where you'll find Victory Brewery. The 2 Victory entrances are located in the far right corner of this industrial district. The far right entrance (the old entrance) will place you in the back of the dinning room next to the arcade and the hallway that will take you back to the restrooms and gift shop. The left entrance (the new entrance) will place you right next to the register and the hostess stand. When you step in, you'll notice that Victory is a wide open restaurant with Victory beer banners hanging from the ceiling, wood tables in the middle, wood booths to the right and along the wall, and a large round table with a copper top over it in the large right hand corner. Walk pass all the happy families in the dinning room and you'll discover the bar area around the corner. The bar area contains one large wooden bar that can sit up to 30+ people with copper tops over it, a few wood booths along the wall, a wood stand between the two sections of booths, shadow boxes filled with beer memorabilia above the wood booths, 2 flat screen TVs over the bar, and a party room in the back. As you can tell from my description, it's a very large place.

The food menu looked bigger on the internet than what it actually was at the brewery. It's still a good sized menu filled with your usual family restaurant style of food. That means they had soups, burgers, appetizers, entrees, and wood oven pizzas. I was thinking about ordering one of their wood oven pizzas, but I decided against it and ordered the Smokehouse burger instead. This burger was topped with Victory's own Hop Devil BBQ sauce. That made for a nice little touch of the burger. The burger was cooked the way I wanted and the menu said that it came with cole slaw, but they gave me fries instead. I'm glad they gave me the fires because I really don't care much for cole slaw.

One of the first things I noticed about Victory was the service. This place was packed on a Saturday afternoon and every one of those servers busted their ass to keep every glass filled, every growler filled, and the food was on the table in a reasonable time. This place was damn packed that they started handing out those little red pagers for those waiting for a table. For those waiting for a table and there was a ton of those, they just hopped over to the bar to grab a quick drink. There were so many people in the bar area that the only way you got a seat at the bar was to scout people out. As soon as your person paid the bill and moved their ass more than one inch off the seat, you push them out of the way and grab their chair from them. How did I get me seat? Let's just say that I got lucky. Not more than 20 seconds after I got me seat, somebody asked me if I was only there for a growler refill and ready to give up my seat. What I should have said was "No, I'm here for my true Victory experience and if you want to put glass down somewhere, there's that bitch glass stand between the booths." Live and learn. Seriously, those servers and bartenders worked their asses off. Especially those bartenders. It seemed like everybody and their brother and sister walked in with 3 growlers and wanted them filled ASAP. Those bartenders were putting in those growlers into their automatic growler filler 2 at a time. It's a good thing they have that growler machine. If they didn't, you would not be able to get your glass refilled because they would too busy filling up growlers at the taps. If you please, a round of applause for the hard working servers at Victory.

They have a massive tap selection! They have an overwhelming 22 taps and 4 casks! The chalkboard above the bar is filled with their regular offerings like Prima Pils, Hop Wallop, Strom King and Golden Monkey as well as their seasonal offerings and one offs. They have everything from a light Lager to a wide range of hop bombs brewed with a variety of hops and even to a Smoked Porter. If you can't find anything you want to drink, then you don't belong at the Victory brewery.

I failed to mention that they offer free tours of the brewery every Friday and Saturday. It's a short tour, but it's still a worthwhile tour. Hell, it's free! What have you got to lose from that? If you want to relax at a very quaint, cozy, and quiet establishment, then you better go somewhere else. This isn't the place for that. Now, if you want a place that has a wide range of beers, a good sized menu, excellent service and you don't mind noise, then Victory Brewery is the place to be. For me, despite all the noise, I would still visit this place over and over again. It's hard to turn down a brewpub with 22 taps and 4 casks.

AltBock, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of StonyB
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Join me on my afternoon at Victory...

12:00pm - I arrive. It's a bit confusing at first to find the building, it's in the rear right of an industrial mall. Two entrances, retail to the right, brewpub to the left. Clean, modern-looking architecture.

12:05 - Introduce myself to my bartender, Carey. He kindly offers me several tastes of their CBC (Craft Brewer Conference) series. We go with the Hallertau Pils - rich golden color, clean aroma, mildly bitter taste, refreshing finish. I settle in and start taking notes.

12:15 - Well I drove 2 hours to get here, so I might as well avail myself of the restroom. Clean, functional, no frills. It's a bathroom, not a lounge.

12:20 - I flip through the beer menu and check out the tap handles. The menu is very thorough, offering a full description of each brew, including style, ABV, flavor notes and even some recommended food pairings. Nice. Meanwhile, the 20 taps at the center of the long [-shaped bar are colorful and fun to stare at. There's 4 casks as well. The staples are there of course (Hop Devil, Hop Wallop, Storm King, etc.) but there's also the stuff you can't get anywhere else like the aforementioned CBC pilsners and Idyll Ale (a blonde). There's also some of the rarer ones, like Abbey 6, Baltic Thunder, St. Boisterous and Wild Devil. I pause to ask myself "How the hell am I going to choose from this selection?" I want one of everything, please...

12:30 - Figure it's time to check out my surroundings. That's when I realize this place is pretty darn big. By the entrance are 10 tables and 6 booths, as well as a large circular table underneath the head of a copper mash tun. No, I didn't make that up. Going to the right, you'll find a long row of booth seating, and even a couple of arcade games in a small room near the shop. To the left is the bar, and it's l o n g, seating about 22. 4 more booths and a standing area nearby. 2 flat screen TV's and the blackboard overhead. Very high ceilings. A semi-private party room at the far end with 17 tables. You can burn off that beer you're consuming by walking from one end of the building to the other...whew.

12:50 - Getting hungry. The laminated menu has the usual suspects; starters, soups, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, a few entrees, some BBQ. NOT listed are the 3 daily lunch specials. Make sure you ask your server about them because they're only $5 (woohoo!) I order the Italian Wrap, which is like an Italian sub in wrap form and comes with a small side of fries.

12:55 - Lunch arrives - that was quick! The wrap and fries are both tasty, and make for a satisfying if not overly filling meal. I also start chatting with Eric, the other bartender on duty. He drops some knowledge about other good beer places in the area, and offers a couple more samples without my asking. Not that I mind, of course...

1:25 - After my meal, I decide to go big malt and order the Baltic Thunder. It is thunderously delicious fresh. I chill with my Impy porter and read the newspaper. R.I.P. Michael Jackson (both of you).

2:10 - Wander over to the enclosed cases of old beer memorabilia. Iron City Beer, Olde Frothingslosh, Schmidt's...wow, there's a glass that says "Stoney's Beer". I want to proudly drink from it, but it's locked away from my desirous hands...

2:30 - The Baltic Thunder now finished, it's time for the cask-conditioned Hop Wallop. It looks stunning, and tastes even better. The usual bitterness is tempered, leaving a creamy and balanced goodness. Gazing around, the place is sparsely populated, but hey, it's 2:30 on a Wednesday. Carey acknowledges they can get crowded at night and on the weekends, and there can be a lengthy wait for a table.

3:10 - Nearing the end of my odyssey, I ask for the tab...Italian Wrap-$5, CBC Hallertau-$4.50, Baltic Thunder-$5. Hop Wallop on the house. That's lunch and 3 imperial pints of excellent beer for $14.80 (w/tax). Holy crap. I gladly fork over a $10 tip and thank Carey for the great service...

3:40 - Time to bounce, since I have a hot date with Capone's. But what a time I had. If I lived within a half hour of this place, I would be their Norm Peterson.

First class joint, first class beer. Check it out.

**Stony's Biscuit** - If you want to do the tour, they run them Thursday through Saturday at 4:00pm, sometimes on Sundays as well. It's a long one (like my review), almost an hour, so buy an imperial pint and bring it with you...

StonyB, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of runesead
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

Atmosphere: This place is nice a roomy without feeling like a dancehall. I have never gone in and felt crowded. The color scheme is nice and the lights and decorations made from copper tuns make a beer enthusiast smile.

Quality: From the beers on tap to the cleanliness of the facility to the well made food, this place can really lighten your day and make you enjoy the time you spend at Victory. I left ready to come by again.

Service: It can get busy at the bar and service is a little slow if this happens, but they are very good and treating the customers well. When I received a wrong order (partially my fault) they brought out the right food at no charge, gave me a beer on the house, and I got to keep the meal they brought me by mistake (which turned out real good anyway). Whatever short comings the duration of service has, it makes up with above average customer service.

Selection: If you drink Victory at home, you know about half of their beers. The beers on tap have that rare instance where they are as good, if not better than by bottle. They also have a wide selection of food.

Food: By far the best part of victory is thier beer and food pairings. These guys know the PERFECT food to go with your beer, and they make the food perfectly. Try their mini-pizzas!

Value: Sure, some of the food lurks into pricy territory, but the food is so amazing that you can forgive the extra dollar or two. The beer is also cheap, but that goes without saying.

They also have a brewery tour, which is pretty great. I went on a weekend when it wasn't in action, but I hear that it's better on weekdays. And even better, it's free!

runesead, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4.18/5  rDev -3%

After having visited a couple of years back during a business trip, I stopped in with my family while passing through the area. The interior has been upgraded since I was last there. It's got lots of space including a large bar, a wide expanse of tables and a private party area. It's an old industrial building that's been cleaned up nicely to provide a comfortable and unpretentious atmosphere. And it's got a great vibe with what seems like locals in a mix of singles, couples and families.

The beer selection is outstanding. They serve only their own with 24 on tap, four in the cask and three in the bottle. It includes all of their regulars as well as some specials including several they brewed for the Craft Brewer's Conference in April. I went with a Hop Devil cask and a CBC Hallertau Pils on tap. The Hop Devil was excellent and the Pilsner was interesting.

The menu is impressive but I thought the food was average. We had a couple of pizzas, nachos and a kid's mac & cheese. The pizzas were a bit airy and soggy and the nachos were pretty ordinary but the mac & cheese was good. I was hoping for more from the food but with a great atmosphere and outstanding beer, I got past it.

This place is well worth a visit if you like Victory beer. And don't forget to visit the shop for reasonably priced shirts, glasses, signs, stickers, etc.

GJ40, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of gciccarelli
4.7/5  rDev +9%

An excellent place - some of my favorite beers paired with some world-class pub food.

The place is a very clean and modern take on a German brauhaus - big ceiling, copper kettles, long tables, a huge long bar. Very cool atmosphere.

The quality of the brews are world-class - great Victory beers straight from the brewer. In addition, their growlers are incredibly nice - they sell them for $15 but I've seen them online for $30. German flip-top style.

The service is hit or miss - the bartenders are very good, but the servers are sometimes not so much. They are usually friendly but sometimes slow.

The selection is excellent. All of the Victory bottled beers are available on draft, and there are usually 10 or so more draft-only brews that may be rotating or one time. In addition, there are usually 3 or 4 brews on cask. Couldn't ask for more.

The food is all fantastic - I've had nearly every single appetizer at this point and can safely recommend them all, especially the pretzel. Their BBQ is great as well. Some of the best pub-style food I've had.

To top this all off, the prices are great - food is cheap, pints are cheap, and you can get your growler filled for between $7 to $10.

A world-class establishment at incredibly cheap prices - definitely worth visiting!

gciccarelli, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of TylerAddisonJ13
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%

Obviously, this place has a lot of hype that comes with the name. I was really excited to be able to visit, and so I had high expectations.

The building is really nice! Very clean, and well-maintained. It's a very very large brew pub, with a bar that can sit a LOT of people.

Me and my friends sat down at a table near the bar area, and ordered our appetizers. I got an order of hot wings. They were out very fast, and they were particularly good.

I got a Prima Pils Draft. Excellent when it's fresh from the source.

For my actual meal I got BBQ Beef Brisket sandwich with fries and cole slaw. All were good, but I couldn't finish it (the appetizer was a meal in itself!)

Next, beer sampling! Tried Donnybrook Stout, Hop Wallop, HopDevil, Uncle Teddy's Bitter, Festbier, CBC Tradition, and Whirlwind. Out of those my favorite was the Uncle Teddy's!

I came, I ate, I drank, and I went home happy. This place didn't just meet my high expectations, but it SURPASSED them. I was very impressed. Over 20 beers on tap, a good food menu, and good service. Victory is definitely deserving of all the hype.

TylerAddisonJ13, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.05/5  rDev -6%

My friends and I went to Victory to see a musician (Jeremy Saul) a couple weeks ago. We got there a little earlier, and we were the only ones in the back room where he was playing when the show started.

We ordered wings, and one of my friends got a salad. The wings were decent, but the hot sauce (called "Four Alarm", I think) tasted a lot like barbeque sauce, and wasn't as spicy as we would've liked. Tasty, but if the hot sauce isn't hot enough, it completely misses the point. My friend said she enjoyed the salad.

As for the beer, that was obviously the main draw. I had just tried WildDevil at a bar a couple nights before, so I started off with that. I also had a glass of Whirlwind and a glass of Idyll Ale. I'm glad I stuck with two of my favorites from Victory to begin with, because the Idyll Ale wasn't anything to write home about. My friends tried the Festbier (which I haven't), and they were both pleased.

Having checked out Jeremy Saul's MySpace before going, we requested one of his songs; it totally brightened his day. When he took his first break, he gave us CDs and coupons for a free beer.

Overall, I had an excellent time and would love to go back. I still haven't checked out the store.

IMincedTheKing, May 28, 2009
Photo of drtth
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%

With various combinations of family members I've been to the Brewery Restaurant and store a number of times, but we live far enough away that its a special trip.

I think that the atmosphere was warehouse modern before and that the renovations look nice but it is no easier to carry on a conversation with the poor acoustics. So no improvement there. (In fact there were some aspects of the old arrangements that I sort of liked. :-)

I have found the food is usually OK but basically average and not improved since the renovations.

The wait staff are generally pleasant enough but the service was spotty before the renovations and has continued to be after.

For us what justifies a visit to Victory is the beer. The selection is always great and there is always a chance to sample beers that have not been (and may never be) released outside of the brewery. I've never really been disappointed by any beer I've tried there. There were some took some getting used to but...

Also a visit to the store is obligory for me, no way to pass up making up my own variety case from the available sixers.

drtth, May 26, 2009
Photo of ctg115
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%

Ok, I'm new to this site and am just learning my way around so perhaps this is in bad form, but I was pretty shocked to see all the wonderful reviews of Victory (foodwise at least, the beers are great). I am new to the area, lived in WC for about a year, so I can't compare the new Victory to the old, but I've been going there at least once, if not twice a month since I moved here. When I first started going the food was hit or miss, now it seems like it's just miss. It's gotten to the point where I try to find the most classic, hard to mess up, dish on the menu.

It's not that the food is that terrible, it's just so stunningly average Applebeees/TGIF quality. It's really disappointing when paired with such excellent beer. The menu itself looks great and has a lot of potential, bison barbeque, crab and poblano pizza, jerk chcken grinders, trice fries, etc... but the execution is so dull and bland. Please Victory, get new executive chef in there who can bring the food quality closer to your outstanding beers!

I'll probably never stop going there as the beers are fantastic and I'll always have a soft spot for it as my wife and I had our rehearsal dinner there, but soon I'll just go for a beer or two before eating somewhere else if the quality doesn't improve.

Overall- the beer is great, the atmosphere ok, a little sterile for me, but it's not bad, and the food is not very good.

ctg115, May 22, 2009
Photo of lstokes
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%

Other people have commented on the big-boxy atmosphere, and I never expected to see so many families with kids in a brewpub, but it's worth it for the reasonably priced food and huge selection of great beers.

I had the ribs, which were made with a (delicious) HopDevil BBQ sauce and had generously cut fries along with it. A half-rack for $10 felt like a pretty fair deal to me.

As for beer--they have over twenty on tap! That's a lot better than your average brewery, and I felt completely spoiled by choice. Almost wish there had been fewer choices.

Even if the service is not super-knowledgeable about the beer, there's a menu with detailed descriptions of all the beers, both standards and one-off brews. I had a HopDevil and a CBC Herkules IPA and enjoyed both immensely.

lstokes, May 03, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Let me start by saying I loved the original bar - it was fantastic, dark, brick, not too big and not to small. The new place is huge, and kind of sterile. The bar itself is great, huge, 60 tap capacity and 4 beer engines. Usually running 20 taps and 3-4 casks at once, which allows for a lot more beers than the old days. Food menu si quite good, I have had most items and attended a few special occasion dinners - all well done. Service is good, but usually hurried. Honesty too many families and freakin little kids - when did that become acceptable? Seating for 200+ - outside the impressive bar, seating is generic and you could be anywhere, but service is still good. Overall, this place is really fun, and living 10 minutes away is awesome

mhatters, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of dmamiano
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

The place was huge once inside.kind of hard to find at first as we pulled into the lot, but not too bad.
Seated ourselves at the bar after being greated by the hostess.
Huge bar. very long with many seats. Mant taps/towers also adourned the place. Very good selection of all Victory has to offer and at reasonable prices. Food was also very good and service was great. Bartender was extremely friendly and helpful. Knowlegable too.Offered us many samples before ordering our beers. Also have two beers on hand pumps.
Love to visit again.

dmamiano, Apr 05, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

I really enjoyed this place and was glad I got to visit the couple of times I've been in the area to visit friends. Good atmosphere and at a place like this your really only hanging around people who appreciate real beer. Really huge wide open space too which my claustrophobic g/f appreciated too. The service was good. I was able to talk with my server about beer for a good long time the first time I was there. Sadly not the second because it was night time and much busyer. They were always quick though and very friendly. They brew some really nice beers and it's clear they know what there doing. They also make a special effort to pair veer with food the way it should be and the food is quite good. This is also very cheap. I got to take home a few growlers each time I went. One of the cheaper places to get a really high quality beer. Overall a great place. Go if your ever in the area.

Rainne, Mar 22, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Went here on a cold and blustery Saturday afternoon with my wife. Did not expect such a cavernous space when we walked in. We were seated immediately in a comfortable booth on the right. I don't know what I was expecting at 12:30 in the afternoon, but I was definitely expecting more noise and more traffic. The atmosphere was very laid back, and the only complaint was that it was very cold from the draft from the door. I ended up leaving my jacket on for the entire stay.

My purpose for the trip was to try some new Victory beers, to see the brewery, and order my first growler. Hopefully something sessionable to go with the NFC and AFC championship games the next day. The wife actually ordered a beer that was not a lambic, since she had recently discovered that she enjoys Vienna lagers. She ordered a 14oz. Almost Anton and I ordered a 14oz. Prima Pils. I ended up trying both... the Pils was, as usual, amazing, and the Vienna was marvelous on tap. I decided right there to get a growler of it since my wife loved it. Both beers went well with our jerk chicken nacho appetizer. I've had better, but they were decent, and my wife said it was the best she had ever tasted jerk-spiced chicken. I next tried the Victory Festbier. I was rather underwhelmed with this - however I am not a big fan of the style - and finished it quickly.

We both ordered a hickory bacon and cheddar burger for lunch, and I ordered an on-cask 14oz. Storm King to come out with the food. The waitress was very compliant and I was encouraged, as when I went to Iron Hill a while before, I tried to order my Bourbon Porter in sync with my barbecue burger but the waitress was quite busy, as she was alone during the lunch hour. This restaurant was no different even though I ordered the brew in advance. When our plates came I had to wait an additional few minutes before I could even start eating since my beer was not served with it. At any rate, eventually the beer did come, and it was delicious with the smoky, sweet BBQ burger.

Service was adequate. My wife and I are easy customers. Selection of beers was very good, with 3 cask beers (Storm Kind, Hop Devil, Old Horizontal), about 15 draughts and even some bottles available. I would have liked to try some Old Horizontal but I knew that would completely obliterate me and I didn't want that at 1pm in the afternoon. Food was exceptional, for what it was. Burgers were very good - my wife is a picky eater and her eyes lit up when she tasted hers.

The only disappointment was the gift shop. I was expecting much more emphasis on specialty brew availability and less emphasis on merchandise/clothing. Unfortunate.

Overall this was a great experience and I will definitely visit again to refill my growler and to stop by for a quick pint and bite to eat. Highly recommended.

ljbrisson, Jan 17, 2009
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4.9/5  rDev +13.7%

If the numbers I've jotted down above don't say anything then please allow my words to do so.

Victory beer has held a special place in my heart (and in my fridge!) for some time now. Visiting the brewery was like visiting Mecca for me. Over the summer I was in West Chester for my brother's wedding and I actually felt a magnetic pull from the brewery and luckily we had time to stop by. Upon entering I think I uttered the words "I'm home..."

Upon entering through the far left door you will immediately notice the ample space- tables and the jumbo bar. Each time I've gone they've had a different amount of people. Yesterday we went for the tour and stayed around after for some obvious beer drinking and a bite to eat. Friday afternoons really raked in a crowd. With all the people there sitting and standing the place really was not that loud. A decent and jovial atmosphere is easily maintained.

I don't know where the quaffs over poor service come from or maybe it's just cause I'm not the pickiest person over service. But that said, I have had some seriously outstanding service. The bartenders seem to be more knowledgeable than the waitstaff about the beer, but they also appear to be over 21 whereas the waitstaff appears to be underage. I sympathized deeply with our server Elizabeth the other day as she explained to our friends and I that she was allowed to smell their beers and then work off that information while serving. What a tease! Either way, each server I and friends have had has been exceptionally friendly and helpful.

As for their beer? Well, their brewers are honestly wizards. The beer from the brewery and beyond has been magical. Their German beer prowess is unmatched, and their English beer styles do not lurk in the shadows. Uncle Teddy's Bitter on cask for example. And their American beers are phenomenal... They use 33 different strains of yeast so you can taste the creativity in their beers pretty easily. Hop Wallop on cask and I jizzed in my pants. Lol you knew that was coming...

Now I can't claim to be an expert on their food but we did manage to knock down a chunk of their appetizer menu and the Wings of Victory with Honey BBQ sauce are pretty delish. Trice Fries with spicy mayo are also tasty. Their appetizers are also pretty substantial so easy to share with your friends.

It's bargain city here, lemme tell you... the price of pints is noticeably cheaper than you would pay at an outside place. The most apparent deal is their growlers. Just seeing their growler fill station is a treat in itself. But for about 25-26 dollars you will get a 64 oz German style growler and a fill. Obviously cheaper for those of you already with growlers so it would be around 9 for lower abv beers and 11 for bigger beers. Plus they serve their beer as proper as it can get- using imperial pint glasses (20 oz) that vary according to beer style. Also they offer smaller sizes.

Overall Victory Brewing Co. has been an enchanting and victorious experience! I recommend their beer, brewery and drinkery to all! Let's just say I could keep typing sweet words but I'll have to digress... VBC is an A plus.

ajr24, Jan 11, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

Great place if you are in the Philadelphia area. It's a big place with a really big bar. They will have at least 10 different beers on draft and two pump drafts. The beer is extremely fresh and I feel like their specialty is the pilsners and they like to vary the hops on those. It's great for trying to get an appreciation for the different flavors of styles of hops. They have some really great other beers too and they hit pretty much every style. The servers were pretty good and they are really willing with their samples, but I feel like any brewery/bar-into-beer will let you try samples. I was living in Philadelphia and would make the 30 minute drive out here because the beer and food is that good. Not all the time, but worth a visit once every 6 months or so.

bheilman, Nov 28, 2008
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
96 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.