Victory Brewing Company
Ratings: 376 | Reviews: 221 | Display Reviews Only:
4.88/5 rDev +13.5%
I have been to Victory about 50 times, but today was my first time since the renovations.
I loved it before and was skeptical that the renos were going to change the place, and they did - for the much better.
Before a dark, warehouse with a bar and some tables is now a very modern, yet classy layout complete with sexy wood trimmings and the feel of sitting inside a real copper brew kettle.
Food - wife and I split wings and a couple of the sandwiches - BBQ (Pastrami) and the Jerk chicken - wow. Usually wifey and I order a couple apps and beers, get the kids lunch and that's about it. The food was outstanding - to the point where we usually focus on the beer, but our focus was changed.
Service - ya know, I don't know where they recruit the young staff, but the way I look at it most Gen Y's (or Millennial's) don't want to work. I never see that here. Our waitress Amanda was fantastic.
Selection - reminded me of the real old days where you could walk into Victory and taste even some of the most obscure beers. 4 hand pumps, sample sizes available for $1- No complaints here.
Value? huh? I don't think there is anything really over $10-12 on the menu, along with the beers averaging $3.50 - $4.50. Our family of four walked out of there for less than $50 with a couple tall beers and multiple samples for each of the parents.
Entertainment - yep entertainment. Today was an open mike collaboration in the 'beer room'. A few acts showed up and they all were fabulous. The setting is unique, but very appealing.
All in all, a fantastic experience. Keep up the good work..
07-21-2008 01:32:58 | More by djeffbee
3.63/5 rDev -15.6%
Victory- Downingtown PA
Took about an hour to drive out here, across PA turnpike down 113 and another turn or 2. The new look is fantastic. Huge open dining area with a big bar, big standing area, billiard room, and a giant round booth in the corner. The service was quick and all the employees were friendly and talkative. I had the Uncle Teddys Bitter on cask to drink. To eat the bar pretzel was very good but my fish and chips were bland and covered with old bay, no flavor but tons of old bay!? My wife's chicken ceasar salad tasted crappy. Food was a huge letdown. Beer was good though. I'll return in the future but just for the beer.
Overall- I've been here before for the 10 year Alt party and had a good time. Probably not the best place to go with family for lunch but rather a good place to go with friends for drinks!
07-11-2008 01:55:48 | More by NJpadreFan
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
We had visited the "new & improved" Victory Brewing Company 2 days after its grand reopening last May but I wanted to get another visit there under our belts before I properly reviewed it. To say that the new place has a different look is an understatement. About the only thing that has stayed the same is the location of the bathrooms by the old entrance and the gift shop.
Everything else is brand new, bright looking, and much classier looking than its predecessors. Lots of wood and brass everywhere (including some cool looking brass kettle tops that adorn the bar and hang over some of the seating areas) impart a classic feel but the overall areas still retain open spaces and high ceilings that remind you that this used to be the packaging side of a brewery. Speaking of space, the new amount that they have to work with here is impressive. Between the 3 dining areas and the massive standing room that they now have in the bar area, they have now really opened up the number of people that they can fit in here at any given time (a real problem during peak hours under the old setup).
Speaking of the bar, it may not quite yet have the character of the old one but this new guy is spiffy, modern, and built to put out a lot of beer in a hurry. The new features include multiple beer engines (one set along the back looks like it's mostly going to be used for just filling flights) and a neat looking counter-pressure growler filler that looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. The beer selection here is now phenomenal! There were at least 13 on tap during our most recent visit, including some really unique styles that we haven't seen yet from Victory. And did I mention that they now have 4 beers at all times on cask? Fantastic!
The food menu looks a bit more streamlined than before (including a more simplified lunch menu) and like a lot of the new additions, seems built to accommodate a lot of volume. Thankfully, the quality seems to be unaffected. We split a red pizza on our latest visit and it was just as tasty as before. Service hasn't changed in the least with the same amount of courtesy and knowledge that I'm used to from the servers here. One of our favorite ways for the wife and I to kill a Saturday, was to sit here at the bar, split a pizza, and down a few pints at one of our favorite breweries. I'm happy to report that our routine has not only remains unaffected by these new renovations but is now greatly improved thanks to slick new vibe, improved beer selection and food menu, and overall increased space and capacity. It all amounts to a brewpub that is finally at the same level as the beers that are served there. I encourage everyone to come out and see what they have done here.
07-08-2008 19:48:32 | More by Kegatron
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
Large, spacious area for dining with a cute gift shop are nice here. Location is somewhat hard to find on the first visit - basically in a warehouse like area, not prime commercial retail location.
Beer quality and selection are hard to beat. The harder to find Victory ales are usually available, especially the seasonals. This place has quite a following, and the mood here is always upbeat and pleasant. Gift shop has decent selection with reasonable prices.
Wear your BA gear and you're gauranteed to find another BA come up to you and say hello.
07-04-2008 04:45:26 | More by yemenmocha
3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
I've been to Victory a handful of times before they remodeled. I've been a few times since the remodel now so some of this will related to the changes.
First of all for anyone who had been to the old Victory and haven't been to the new one, you really should make another trip. The change is fairly dramatic and shows the great professionalism that went into this remodel. Not to mention its the first time I have seen a brewery/brewpub finish construction on time.
The new entrance to the restaurant is now all the way to the left. This will dump you into the huge dining area. All the way the right you will see a row of booths were the old bar used to be. There is also a row of booths along the right side of the bar. The bar you will see directly in front of you. Once you are seated at the bar you will be amazed by the number of taps. I've never seen a brewpub with 21 of their own beers on tap. Plus there is the really neat automatic growler filler just to the left side of the bar.
There are still some problems I wish they would fix. The first is how they call people when their table is ready. They still seem to be using a intercom system. It is very loud and takes away from the atmosphere. The second is the open dining seating that is not a booth. Its just sort of out in the open and feels like you are sitting in a big gym. Not much you can do to fix this but I would never want to sit there. The third problem is the staff. Many them are not very well trained about the beer they are serving and just seem too young.
Other than that the beer is wonderful as always. There are tons of choices to wet your whistle. The food seems to have improved as well.
I'll have to agree with some previous statements that this is one of the nicest brewpubs you are going to see on the east coast.
06-27-2008 14:45:26 | More by davide169
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Wow - stopped here with the wife recently while on vacation. The new bar is impressive. The whole place had beautiful hardwood floors and wonderfully done wood paneling and bar. Copper brewkettle/mash tuns had been cut in half and hung as decorative awnings about the bar area. A large collection of beer 'antique' cans and paraphernalia decorate the walls. If anything though, the place was a little too bright and new - but this will change with a little time - at least the 'newness' of it all. The service was decent, but very young, most likely local college students working for the summer. Most of them seemed around 21 and didn't seem to have much beer savvy, but I suppose this is to be expected given their age. (For example, the wife wanted a Sunrise which wasn't available, but Mad King's Weiss would have been a very acceptable substitute, but wasn't suggested by the staff.) Nonetheless, we received prompt enough service. For a brewery/brewpub the selection was fantastic. There were approximately a dozen beers on tap - many varieties I'd never seen from Victory before - as well as four favorites on cask, including Hop Devil and Hop Wallop; both of which were absolutely wonderful. The food was also very good - I highly recommend getting something with the Hop Devil BBQ sauce.
Overall, I was very pleased with this visit to Victory and hope to return in the future. My wife had an old college friend nearby and we can visit anytime she wants if it means being able to stop here again!
06-21-2008 12:35:03 | More by scoobybrew
4.13/5 rDev -4%
Overall: the beer is so good don't worry about the food, service, etc...
UPDATED AFTER RELAUNCH OF RESTAURANT
Atmosphere: Wow, what a difference. Pretty solid for those who have never been to the 'old' Victory, to those that have, it is even more impactful. Clean, bright and full of dark wood off set by blonde hardwoods.
Beer: Truly exceptional. They have the greatest tap set up of anywhere I have been outside of Stone. An amazing growler filing station as well.
Service: Slightly below average. They still have way too many young girls that are in over their heads. My wife was recently told 'the Saison is just like the Quad only smoother'.
Price - the beer here is as cheap as you will find anywhere (in price that is, not quality)
This might be the best brewery on the east coast to enjoy a beer. Truly a gem of a place for Downingtown.
06-16-2008 13:59:13 | More by NolanGTI
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
Victory's latest beer offerings have gone above and beyond so they deserve a 5 for selection. The new west-coast '132 cents' is my favorite beer they've brewed yet. I really dig this new small batch experimental stuff, Victory!! And the Braumeister Pils, especially the harvest version, continues to be a must-seek for me. Cheers! Plus the last 2 times I have been to Victory I have had great service from the same young, tall bartender..and had some great conversations with complete strangers sitting next to me at the bar.
Original review 6/5/08:
I have been to Victory many times although last night was my first time back since they re-opened. First off the new look of Victory's brewpub is much improved. Its drastically different looking. There are better seating options and better use of the space. The bar area is really nice. I was impressed by the new beer books Victory put together, and they must have triple the taps they used to. There are new white "walls" and contrasting dark wood. Eriq sumised they must have spent about half a million on the renovation..I told him I thought it was more along the lines of a couple million.
We were here for dinner, and we had to wait about 10-15 minutes for a table at 7:30pm on a Wednesday[!]. Once we got seated, service was fast and efficient. Our under 21-yr-old waitress, although not beer knowlegdeable, dutifully went to find someone when I had a specific question about the Braumeister Pils. She was a really nice person, in a genuine way. Service is vastly improved from the former Victory I must say!
Now the food. The only dim spot of the night. Some things were better..steamed veggies, crab cakes..but their BBQ half chicken needs work. The skin on it came out looking like snake, croc or armadillo skin, and I am not trying to be funny. The meat was fairly juicy but tasted bland...the Hopdevil sauce was awesome, and they should serve more of it with the chicken as it saved it...but the look of the skin on this chicken was off-putting and gross. There obviously was not much marinating done, or spices injecting into the meat to make this bird taste like authentic BBQ style chicken. At $18, I think the kitchen staff needs to work on their BBQ/smoker skills a little. This is just my amateur foodie opinion btw. Victory had a few surprising new side dishes like collard greens and cornbread, both were kind of good. The best thing Victory could do is to hire an Authentic Southern BBQ chef for their kitchen, as the food still needs work.
Everything else was pretty great.
06-05-2008 20:05:10 | More by roan22
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
I had been to Victory before the renovation, but after visiting the new renovated pub I felt the need to review it.
Atmosphere: A new much larger area that has a nice long bar against the back wall. Nice table seating was available and the space seemed nice and roomy. Bright lights kept the room looking cheery even though it is still a warehouse with an open ceiling.
Quality: Everything Victory does is quality. Of course the beer is quality as is the food. The renovation just makes the place all that much nicer, but retains it's brew pub type feel.
Service: I sat at the bar and the bartender was very busy since it was re-opening day. Still he served my beers quickly and was ready for quick refills. The food came quickly and was piping hot. I had a great experience.
Selection: Outstanding beer selection with over 20 taps and 4 cask beers on tap every day. All I can say is wow, if you can't enjoy this tap lineup, will you ever? I was in for lunch, so I had the lunch menu but still it was a nice selection of pub food.
Food: Nice menu (lunch menu) and the new smoked pork sandwiches are excellent. Overall the food was pub food, but still it was very good.
Value: Not bad, but the sandwich I had was on the high side at $ 9.00, but I gave it a "reasonable" rating becasue the beer prices are excellent.
Overall a must visit, and even more so if you are a Victory fan. Just having the 3 cask beers flowing all the time is worth the trip alone, but don't go there for just that, make sure you experience the entire place. The new growler filling is cool and still very reasonable if you bring your own growlers. A fine place, I'll be back for sure.
05-27-2008 15:16:33 | More by Kadonny
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
A totally new review for the NEW revamped Victory.
Wow..what a revamp it is! Same building, totally different place. They knew the atmosphere was the weak link....and they took care of it in a BIG way!
I checked out the new and improved Victory 5 days after the grand re-opening with a visitng English friend. No more cement floor, dumb entrance away from everything else and that annoying, dull interior. The new place sits 240 vs 120 with the old set up.
Replacing the old enterance is a larger, two-door, meet the hostess right away entrance. An area to wait for a table, wooden floors, and a bigger, open to the eating area, kitchen.
The nice long bar is still in place....just moved. That area is now booth seating. The new bar is just about as big with VERY cool decor above in the form of two halves of an old-fashioned copper brew kettle! It is in the shape of a shallow U and must hold 20-25 people. An area along the wall across from the bar has tables and chairs that mustbe able to sit another 15-20 folks!
More than 20 different Victory beers, including multiple pub exclusives, and 4 hand pumps (ALWAYS Hop Devil and Storm King along with 2 rotating others!!) Selection is now unreal...if you cant find something here you want to drink simply get up and leave!
The coolest new addition has to be the simply awesome couter-pressure growler filler. Looking like something out of Star Trek this thing just ROCKS! No more worrying about how long I can keep that growler fresh...and for the staff no more tons of wasted beer going down the drain!
we sat at the new bar and the service was great despite the packed house and VERY busy vibe.
I have heard the new menu is improved...but I went with my old stand-by burger and it was as good as ever.
The new Victory is just amazing! I give them much credit for taking care of a problem that they knew has existed for years. They squashed the old, beat image flat dead! Kudos to Victory!!
05-26-2008 09:01:01 | More by Deuane
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
95 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.