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Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Brewing CompanyVictory Brewing Company
BA SCORE
96
world-class

394 Ratings
Ratings: 394
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Active Beers: 162
Beer Ratings: 48,919
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: 20
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

420 Acorn Lane
Downingtown, Pennsylvania, 19335
United States
phone: (610) 873-0881

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @victorybeer

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Photo of ctg115
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%

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 -2.3%

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 +0.7%

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 -0.5%

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
Photo of Rainne
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

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
Photo of ljbrisson
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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
Photo of ajr24
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%

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
Photo of bheilman
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

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
Photo of treehugger02010
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

I've been here a couple of times now and I love it.
Atmosphere: Very friendly and jovial. Everybody is nice. The layout is spread out and not crowed. Super clean.
Quality: They have very high standards and everything is met.
Service: I have had the best service and above average service. Never have I had bad service, everyone takes pride in their work.
Selection: The always have a wide variety of beer, and their menu is not exactly expansive, but certainly not lacing.
Food: The burgers are outstanding. The best I have every had anywhere. If given the choice between one of their burgers and an expensive steak, I would take the burger every time.
Value: The value was very reasonable, especially for the quality.

treehugger02010, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of ezatnova
2.6/5  rDev -39.8%

*** NEW REVIEW as of 11/08 ***

Living right near Victory, I frequent the place quite a bit, i.e. weekly at least (or at least I used to...I have not been there in almost two months). I felt like I just had to come revisit my review and adjust it for the landslide that the place has taken since its remodeling.

Apparently, they not only were intent on remodeling the physical restaurant, but also remodeling what used to be quality food and great service in a REAL BREWERY atmosphere. All of that is gone now. Welcome to TGI Friday's of the beer world.

The physical remodeling has made the place boomingly loud (much moreso than even before), due to the removal of all of the carpet and the expansion in size to nearly double what it was. Tables are much more difficult to manuever and set up for impromptu large groups, meaning equal or longer waits than when the restaurant had 1/3 the seats that it does now.

More importantly, the food quality has simply plummeted. I used to like nothing more than a Victory oven fired pizza (Kennett or StockYard were the best). Well, along with the old kitchen's demolition went the great old Pepperidge Farm brick ovens. The new ones don't do the job. In addition, the topings are now super sparse and they always just taste bad and funny. We've tried to move to other sandwiches or appetizers, but all have been marginal at best. Thank God the pretzels haven't been ruined completely yet.

MOST importantly, the beer selection and quality has gone down the gutter. For WELL OVER A MONTH, around August/September, I think they were out of well over 60% of their beers, apparently due to "lag of kegs". COME ON, YOU ARE A BREWERY. On any given night, they would be out of: Hop Wallop, Saint Vic, Baltic Thunder, V12, Golden Monkey, and others. Unacceptable. Now in the past month or two, they have introduced around 6 news beers. 4 out of the 6 are downright forgettable, light and tasteless. 1 is downright disgusting (a new version of Scarlet...mmm, beef jerkey beer!), and one is half decent. A far cry from the days where almost every new beer introduced was outstanding.

Last, the service, as a result of the massive restructuring, has gone down the tubes. It's not that they aren't attentive, but the whole "feel" is just off. Waiters and waitresses now skip over and crouch at your table to take your order and make recommendations on some terrible beer that they obviously need to start selling (cough...Scarlet....cough), like it's a freaking Bennigans. Also, when trying a new beer, rather than plunging in for a pint, you can still get the little 2 oz sampler...FOR TWO DOLLARS. Unreal. Also gone are the days where the ultra-loyal customers like my friends and I could get the occasional "thanks for coming so often" round of beers, or free top off's here or there. Now it's a regime of waitresses and waiters not being allowed to fill or touch drinks behind the bar and ANYTHING and EVERYTHING must be entered onto the system by the bartender.

VBC has changed from a really incredible local place that appreciated regulars and was a brewery that just happened to be a place to grab amazingly good bar food and have some beers, to now being a copororate mainstream feeling place with no personality or outstanding qualities anymore.

---OLD REVIEW BELOW---
Victory! More like a Victory for us fortunate enough to live close by! I absolutely love this place. In fact, it is my favorite casual place to dine out on a Friday of Saturday (they are quite empty on Saturday nights!). Expect to wait on Friday night, but don't believe the time they tell you. I'm always told 45 minutes and I only ever wait 10 - 20. There are plenty of beers at the bar to keep you busy. Atmosphere is weird...certainly not formal, but it's kind of cool. The atmostphere says "beer first, frill second!" I love all of their beers, especially the Moonglow in season now. Best Fall beer I've ever had. All of the food is pretty good, but you need only oder the pizza. Somehome this brewery manages to have the best oven fired thin crust pizza in the world. They rotate them every once in a while too, but they are all phenomenal and inexpensive. One $8 pizza feeds two or three with an appetizer. Service is always excellent and quick. There are some glitches beyond their control sometimes...but it's a brewery first, restaurant second. What I love is they are always ready to make you happy if they mess up. If service is slow or a beer runs out, etc. they are quick to offer a round on the house. That makes for happy customers that want to come back. The high cielings help this place be much less smokey than it seems it should be. I hate smoke and am never bothered while there.

Favorite beers always there - Hopdevil, Workhorse Porter. Favorite there now - Moonglow

ezatnova, Nov 19, 2008
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
96 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.