Victory Brewing Company
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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
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
After waiting a few weeks until after things got settled in a little bit, I finally decided to check out the new and improved Victory. Though the location is still the same and may seem a little confusing to first timers, inside is entirely different. Gone is the cement floor, claustrophobic entrance due to the bar being right there, and somewhat limited seating. Replacing it is a nice larger entrance, room to wait for a table, lots of open space, wood floors, lots more tables as well as booths, a closed in game room, a separate room for pool and special events, more bathrooms, and a bigger kitchen.
The thing I worried about losing for all these improvements was the nice long bar, but that thankfully is still there (just in the back of the restaurant), and more impressive than ever. Holding more than 20 people, there's also some booths by the bar and a standing room bar that will hold about 12-14 comfortably. The only thing that is gone is the coat hooks by the bar. Now capable of holding over 20 different Victory beers, some of them being brewpub exclusive, and 5 hand pumps for casks, you'd be hard pressed to not find a beer you'll enjoy. If you find yourself in a drinking debacle, most beers come in 2 slightly different sizes, and there is a sampler. But best of all is their state of the art growler filling machine that must be witnessed in action.
I sat at the bar, so my service was great with a very attentive trio of bartenders, but the rest of the wait staff seemed to be busting their behinds and seem to be adjusting to the new environment.
The food selection has grown and features some great barbequed items, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, pizzas, salads, and appetizers all at very reasonable prices for the portions.
As cool and pub-like as the old Victory was, the new one is a whole lot better and feels more like a restaurant, but still keeps its charm and makes you remember that you're at a brewery with all the beer parafanalia decorating the place.
05-22-2008 21:20:37 | More by HopDerek
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
I recently made my first visit to the newly revamped Victory. The floor plan changed but the industrial feel is the same. I'm pretty sure they are smoke free now, which is very welcome. The beer selection is, of course spectacular. They have at least three brews on cask at all times including Storm King, which is a real treat. They appeared to be short on servers. Ours was okay but lacked beer knowledge. The expanded menu looked great, I thouroughly enjoyed my beef brisket. It's a bit of a drive for me, but I'll certainly be back.
Oh, I should mention growlers. They fill any growler, but they no longer sell screwtops. Plain flip-tops are $15 and flip-tops with ornate handles are $20, plus the cost of the fill.
This place is well worth seeking out, I'm sure that the staffing issues will be temporary.
05-20-2008 20:20:10 | More by DIM
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
Big spacious warehouse of a restaurant, in a fairly commercial/industrial district in Downingtown. High ceilings and massive decommissioned fermenting tanks artfully line the walls and tower over the bar.
Great selection of a dozen brews, plus cask, nitro, etc.
Samples are the way to go when there are this many options. Once you find something that catches you, then switch to a pint!
bombers, sixers, growlers, and victory merchandise are available at a little attached store past the bathrooms. Some pool tables and games are available too.
Food menu is above normal for brewpubs. Prices are resonable. Service wasn't the greatest. The bartender we had was pretty useless, slow, and seemed awkward. Maybe it was his first day? Another waiter at the end of the bar impressed us and was chatting it up with patrons and had opinions about the beers. Damn, we should've sat down on the other end :/
05-18-2008 20:12:32 | More by SurlyDuff
4.34/5 rDev +0.9%
I made a stop at Victory around 4 pm on a Tuesday evening during some wicked February weather. I mention this because Victory is under massive renovation and the plastic walls kept patrons at the bar bundled up. At this point, most the patrons seemed to be employees or those involved in the construction of the renovation. On Tuesday Victory has $1.00 chili dogs and a guy next to me got one. A nice portion and it sure smelled good. I did two rounds of the sampler and tried to pick pours I've not yet had from them. The beers were all excellent and I especially enjoyed the Golden Monkey which is a Belgian Tripple that I've avoided because the label was kinda weird. I also went out of my way for two malty German beers - Fest and Dopplebock and I was rewarded with excellent representations of these styles. I think I may have been ruined by all the bad examples of these types of beers by contract brewers run by marketing people. If you find yourself in the area, it's worth a visit to Victory and I can only predict that their remodeling efforts will pay off with a great new space. The only drawback is they are located in a drab office park (but so is Three Floyd's) and the server/crowd were a bit too local and uninterested in spontaneous conversation.
02-14-2008 04:09:23 | More by Yetiman420
3.85/5 rDev -10.5%
Over-all, Victory is a nice place to visit. Their selection of beers is always very good. Even though I'm not the biggest Victory fan in the world, I can find a a couple beers that I really enjoy there. Atmosphere is only ok, like many have said it's kind of a factory/cafeteria atmosphere which is a little strange. It does have a huge bar though, which is awesome. The food was OK, no complaints but nothing to write home about. The service was pretty good and they seemed attentive to what you wanted. Again the beer selection is very good, and we got samples of a ton of beers. One thing to remember though, as the building itself is a little hard to find. It is in a kind of indestrial park--and it is tucked back a bit. Eventuallu you find it though. If you are a victory fan, you gotta go there.
01-27-2008 16:34:47 | More by wtrbeer
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
I do so enjoy this place and I wish I lived closer. The atmoshpere is great. A nice open establishment with lots of room between tables. The longest bar I have ever seen. The service has always been pleasesant and the staff very knowledgable. I have never had to wait any unreasonable period of time for my drinks or food regardless of the crowd size.
The selection has always been impressive. At times, I have been there and 10-12 beers have been on draft with an additional 2-4 more in bottles.
The food, especially the pizza, has always been top-notch and very reasonably priced.
A solid place for a great time.
01-22-2008 17:45:45 | More by mymrnngjckt
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
I had a bit of trouble spotting the place. Its kind of crowded into an odd shaped industrial park located around a mostly residential area, but once we got there it was all smooth sailing. We entered into a long hallway that had a tremendously long bar on one side that wrapped around in an L shape. The hall opened up into one very large main room. It kind of reminded me of an old warehouse of a machine shop with high ceilings and large old windows positioned near the roof. We were visiting around lunch so there was a great deal of natural light shining in. There were many long table and a few four tops as well. A couple of pool tables seemed a bit out of place near the bar but are always welcome I suppose. A very large Christmas tree was propped up near the bar as well. The interior as a whole was a bit drafty but pleasant. Of course the quality was exceptional, we're talking about Victory here. Great selections on-tap; probably 14 plus including Hop Devil on cask and a couple in bottles. The food was pretty good too, I had the chili and a big pretzel and my girlfriend had a salad. Everything was very tasty. The best parts, besides the Storm King, was the service (very prompt and friendly) and the prices. The sampler glasses were only a buck a piece so we sampled quite a few selections and didn't spend much. Also the retail shop was surprisingly cheap. From what I've learned from other breweries, the merchandise usually costs an arm and a leg. But to our surprise the pint glasses were only $2 and most of the t-shirts were right around $10, not too shabby. Of course I picked one up. Overall I would say the experience was excellent. Great service, selection, prices, etc. I wish I could have stayed longer. Definitely stop by if you're in the area. Plus I don't know too many people who can turn down Storm King on-tap and/or Hop Devil on cask.
12-23-2007 01:30:51 | More by letsgopens
4.8/5 rDev +11.6%
I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Victory Brewing recently. Similar to other reviewers, I found the atmosphere a bit underwhelming. However, since the beer is the most important thing, the surroundings were easily overcome by their quality product.
I chose Victory as my destination to try their Hop Devil on cask. I was not disappointed - it lived up to my memory and expectation. However, I was completely blown away by their seasonal beer, Hop Wallop. They offered this beer both on draught and on cask. To say the least, I have a new favorite beer! Wow, I just can't say enough about this beer...
Regarding the food, I had a pizza and thought it was quite good. Additionally, my service was excellent - maybe a product of sitting at the bar and arriving before the rush.
If you ever find yourself in Philly, make the trip to Downingtown. You'll be happy you did. And I'll be envious...
11-15-2007 02:55:42 | More by Idaho99
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
95 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.