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Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Brewing CompanyVictory Brewing Company
BA SCORE
96
world-class

391 Ratings
Ratings: 391
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.6%
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 Hophead101
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%

this is (imho) one of the best overall breweries in the US. setting that aside, this review is for their establishment in Downingtown.

They recently remodeled their place and it is a great place to go against all facets. they have some of the best beer, but can be dissapointing at times as they often are out of some of their non staple beers.

the atmosphere is great, big and wide open, can sometimes get a little noisy. but very inviting. typically have a large number of beers on tap and usually carry a good amount in take out bottles as well.

service is ok - it seems like their servers aren't as beer knowledgable as they used to be. might be because they have more people now that the place is bigger.

food is great. can't go wrong with anything on the menu. pizza's are exceptionally delicious.

if you ever near the area of Philly/Downingtown, make a point to stop in and see Victory. It will be worth the effort.

Hophead101, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of gixxerman
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

Storm King Stout on cask - need I say more?!!!

I don't know what I can say that hasn't already been said about this place, but it is definitely a MUST VISIT.

I was lucky enough to snag one of the last available seats at the bar during happy hour - yeah and it was a Monday. I ordered up a cask Storm King and an order of wings. The draft was served at the perfect temperature and was superb.

I also had a Hop Wallop via the cask, another one of my favorite Victory beers.

The staff is very attentive and well versed. After talking to one of the bartenders I found that they just don't throw anyone behind the bar, you have to know your sh!t to work back there. A sure sign that they really care about the patrons and how they present their product. I wish more brewpubs (especially larger ones) would take this approach.

This will be a stop for me anytime I am in the area - no doubt!

gixxerman, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.18/5  rDev -3%

After over 100 visits, about time for a review.

The atmosphere improved here about 2 years ago when they went non-smoking, and even more so since the extensive renovations. The long bar is very nice, but even at 30 seats, it's tough to find a spot most of the time. The place is loud as hell, given the crowd and absence of any sound absorbing surfaces.

Victory makes some fine beers. The selection is quite large, with 20 taps available. While all taps were used when they first opened, it has (understandably) been hard to keep them all occupied since. Brewpubs around here don't do the guest tap thing; with all of the capacity they have here, it would be worth trying. Minor gripe as there is a fine assortment of standards along with an assortment of one-offs and pub-only beers. Current selections include a steam beer with a centennial IPA and a rauchweissbock (?) rumored to be on the way.

Service is largely collegiate but friendly and competent.

Food is just ok. Over the years, it has been good at times, but not at the moment.

Added entertainment is the automated growler filler. It's a must see if you are here.

HV

sholland119, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

With the recent renovation, the atmosphere and food are much improved. What used to be a spare industrial-looking dining room has been greatly transformed. The main dining room is still a bit industrial and cold, but there is a beautiful, homey wooden bar area and a much more intimate dining room in the back that can be closed off for events. The food went from merely adequate pub food up to pretty good pub food, though it still won't knock your socks off. The service is spotty - some waiters are excellent, some are poor, with little in between. But still, it's a friendly, reasonably priced, reasonably tasty place to eat.

But forget all that. Let's talk about beer. The Victory beers are just outstanding. The new bar promises 20 Victory beers on tap at all times, including several hand-pumped cask taps (Hop Wallop and Storm King Stout are breathtaking on the cask taps). To fill out all the taps, Victory has let it's brewers go wild to produce unusual variations of the superb Prima Pils, with a rotating selection of variants using a wide variety of hop combination that you will find nowhere else. Also often available is the Wild Devil, a variation of Hop Devil using brettomyces, giving it a distinctive Belgian style funk. The renovations and innovations at the bar have elevated Victory's restaurant from a nice adjunct to a world-class beer destination.

Seanibus, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of djeffbee
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%

Wow.

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..

Cheers!

djeffbee, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%

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!

NJpadreFan, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Kegatron, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

yemenmocha, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of davide169
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

davide169, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

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!

scoobybrew, Jun 21, 2008
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
96 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.