Victory Brewing Company
Active Beers: 160
Beer Ratings: 46,580
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: 20 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 349 | Reviews: 220 | Display Reviews Only:
4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Heading to Victory for the first time, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. After driving through a quiet neighbourhood, I found myself in their large parking lot in a small industrial/commercial complex. On my way in the front door I could see the kegs on the loading dock either waiting to be filled or waiting to head out. Inside, I was immediately confronted with one end of the gigantic bar. A couple of coolers filled with various Victory beers were available for sale here and the swag shop was off to the right. I followed the bar off to the left, taking note of the large fermentation vessels visible through glass. Impressive. The hostess was at the corner of the bar, just before the pool tables, and seated me right away. This is a big space, not just square-foot-wise, but with very high, warehouse ceilings. Not really much to see, but it's clean and spacious.
About a dozen beers were available on tap, plus a couple on hand pump. Cask HopDevil is divine. All the usual suspects are there, along with one or two beers that are for the brewpub only - a nice bonus for those that make the visit. St. Boisterous, Ten Years Alt, and Tripilsner were all on during my first couple of trips. Bottles are available as well, including specialty 750's. And everything (except for cask beer) is available for take-out either in bottles or in growlers for a very good price ($11 for a fill of Old Horizontal - I call that a good deal). They also list keg prices on the beer menu, for those who have kegerators.
The food is a notch above your standard pub fare in quality, with all the standards represented - burgers, wings, etc. Their salads are also quite good. Service was quick and the staff seems to be on top of the beers that are available. I was really looking forward to visiting the home of so many great beers. I sure wasn't disappointed!
07-14-2006 02:52:51 | More by DrJay
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I had been to the Victory brewpub on a few previous occasions but didn't have enough food or beer in any one siting to properly review until last night. My wife and I went there on a Wednesday night at about 7:30pm when it was really busy. The long bar when you walk in was very nearly filled but there was plenty of walking room. After having a drink at the bar, we got a table and ordered dinner. Wednesday night is 1/2 price wings. We got an order and they were excellent. Very large size wings,which is not normal, and the mild sauce was very good as well. A value at the 1/2 price of $3.50! We each ordered a person pizza as well. I got a Heartland which is buffalo chicken, blue cheese, cheddar, mozzarella, tomatoes and scallions. Excellent! I wish I had another right now. My wife had one that was covered in local mushrooms and she loved it.
The beers. Of course Victory makes top notch beers as well. During the night I had a Sunrise Weissbeer, Whirlwind wit, Golden Monkey and a Festbier, all on tap. Most bottles are available for take out and they fill growlers of most beers also. Worth a trip for sure!
07-13-2006 23:41:10 | More by ggaughan
4.22/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
very nice brewpub/brewery. its a bit of a drive from just about anywhere. place is a bit utilitarian inside. sort of reminds me of a poconos ski lodge but the bar area is nice. you can enjoy pleasing views of those big fermentation tanks right behind the bar. they tap a few beers here that arent available elsewhere and they also keep hopdevil on the handpump. service was great and the food was better than usual brewbub fare. the pizzas were damn good too. also, most of their non-seasoal beers are available for takeout.
06-27-2006 03:13:46 | More by ipa90
4.18/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Can be a little tricky to find if youre not a local. Its tucked back in an Industrial Park and isnt easily visible from the road.
The atmosphere is fairly utilitarian and shows the building original industrial roots. Theres a long bar on the left after you walk in that then opens up into the main dinning area. The dinning area also contains a couple of pool tables. I arrived around 5:30 on a Thursday. Most of crowd was after work bar crowd and a decent amount of families for early dinner. It does seem to be a pretty popular local hangout.
The beer is all Victory, 'natch. Including some of their fine draft only seasonals. Plus a chance to have Hop Devil on cask.
I sat at the bar and the service was capable, with the bartenders making sure to pair each beer with appropriate glassware.
Food menu consists of typical bar food, sandwiches and hearth cooked pizzas. The hamburger I had was pretty good. Prices were very reasonable,especially for the beer.
05-21-2006 19:01:55 | More by jasonm
4.7/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
I always try to get to Victory whenever I have a chance to come home from college for a while. The beer, of course, is awesome. I'd specifically recommend getting Hopdevil or, if they have it, Uncle Teddy's Bitter from the hand pump. Some of their other draught-only stuff is fantastic, too, and their prices on cases tend to be lower than most of the distributers in the area.
But that's not a big surprise. The really great thing is that you can get these beers and some extremely solid food for very reasonable prices. I always get the trice fries (which come with a very nice dipping sauce) and I love the drunken mussels, the ribs (which as of now come with a free beer on tuesdays) the pizzas, the wings, the jerk grinder, the burgers--pretty much everything I've tried. It's not cutting edge cuisine, but it is delicious by any measure. And you pay less for all of this than you'd pay for comparable (but probably not as tasty) menu items at the average casual dining restaurant.
Basically, consider checking it out if you ever find yourself in the area. And if you're always in the area, you have no excuse for not going.
03-29-2006 02:25:42 | More by Vibbly
4.95/5 rDev +15.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Downingtown may be more depressed in many ways than my own hometown of Weirton, WV. However they have something that West Virginia just isn't ready for, and that my friends is Victory Brewing Co. located in a former Pepperidge Farms facility pretty industrial area on 420 Acorn Lane. Once you see the Victory over hang you know your in the right place, drove out during the 10th Anniversary weekend and could not have been more happier to have made the pilgramage. Busy as all hell (which is great), celebratory folks mingling, drinking fine beers, and eating the good eats this brewpub has to offer. The only beers flowing that I had never had in bottles and drafts were the doppelalt sticke, Braumeister Pils, and that's it. However they also had some of my favorites flowing including Hop Devil (draft and cask), Prima Pils, Storm King, Old Ho, Mad King's Weisse, Dark and Helles Lagers, Golden Monkey, Festbier, V12 and VSaison bottles. Anyways that was the great selection all gems in their own right, no onto the Victory festivities enjoyed watching the female competitions but mainly I was graced with the presence of fellow BAs who couldn't have been warmer. After speaking to Bill and Ron and telling them about how my friends and I drove out to D-town for the festivities he asked us if we had eaten, of course with the 3 plus hour wait to be seated Ron insisted that we sit at an empty table near where we were standing and that servers would be with us to fill our glasses and take our orders. So thank you Bill and Ron for showing us the hospitality the food was all good ate a big ol' burger topped with gorgonzola, spinach, and roasted peppers...yum!!!
02-24-2006 22:31:06 | More by WVbeergeek
4.08/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Having the opportunity to drive 20 or so miles west of a visiting location, I took it upon myself to visit this Pennsylvania brewing outpost. Well worth the trip to be sure.
Finally wending around and making the turn into a large industrial parking lot I spy the Victory sign and the ramp up the the place. Its big. Formerly a Pepperidge Farm bread factory, it has evolved into a liquid bread factory.
As you enter, all along the wall to the right is the bar. Serving exclusively Victory beers did nothing to dampen the selection. Really, this brewery makes styles for everyone. The bartenders were quick if curt, and my beer was in very good condition as I received it. Pizza was also received in fine condition, very nicely done.
In conclusion, this is a remarkably interesting, if not altogether warm, conversion of a big bread factory into a brewpub that serves pizza and beer for the family.
02-20-2006 16:32:57 | More by ChowHound
3.7/5 rDev -13.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Have been meaning to go for a while, but got a chance to when home visiting my folks. Went with my brother and dad, recent converts. It's kinda hard to rate since I was expecting so much from this place beerwise and so little foodwise, so the beer didn't seem so great and the food was good overall. Altogether the 3 of us tried Uncle Teddy's, Hop Devil Cask, Golden Monkey, Mad King Weiss, Festbier, and Storm King. I had the first two and we shared the Storm King for dessert.
Anyway, we were hoping to do lunch, but they were not open, so showed up for dinner around 3:30 after a trip to Longwood Gardens. Kindof a strange place with a long, dark smoky bar to your left when you walk in, bathrooms to the right. You have to walk past the bar to get to the seating area, which is kinda cafeteria style--large, bright, and open. Colors and decor were pretty nice, but the walk to the bathroom was a bit of a hassle.
Everything was served in proper glasses, although my storm king was a bit cold.
Our waitress was highly attentive, knowledgable, and nice. The bartender got to us when he could to get us our beer to go.
The selection seemed a bit weak to me. I didn't particularly care for the bitter, and I wasn't in the mood for something real hoppy, and I didn't want to drink anything too alcoholic in the middle of the day, so it's probably my fault. The hop devil cask seemed watery and flat instead of creamy and full like most cask beers I've had (which isn't much). The Golden Monkey, which I don't remember liking, seemed fantastic on tap, but I wasn't really drinking it since my dad got it. The Hefe seemed good too. I probably just made poor selections and wasn't really in the mood to try much.
Food was ok overall but my pizza was crappy. It was way hotter than I expected and the cheese tasted like cardboard. Appetizers were good and what my family had was good.
Food was pretty cheap and so were the beers.
Overall, it's definitely worth the trip to check out Victory. I hope to go back and take the tour one of the next times I'm home. I wouldn't go for the food, and I wouldn't go if you're in too much of a hurry to enjoy their high alcohol and more bitter stuff. And I wouldn't order the Santa Fe pizza (I think it was called).
01-09-2006 19:57:54 | More by fromage
4.7/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I've heard so much about Victory's beer that I purposely didn't try much until I could try it on tap at the brewery, which turned out to be a great decision.
We arrived at around 2:30 p.m. on a Friday, planning to eat lunch and make the 4:00 tour. You are met with a long bar which wraps around the wall as soon as you walk in the door. I was that almost their entire selection of beer was available on tap, except some of the off season stuff. We ended up trying 9 different beers for the first time, before we left.
The service was excellent. Our waitress brought me the wrong beer with our first round, which she quickly corrected, leaving the incorrect pint for no cost. I always love those type of mistakes. This was the first free beer we received that day, though not the last. Our food came quickly and she kept our glasses full. The food was excellent. They have hearth baked pizza, which my friend tried, and a wide selection of sandwiches, burgers, and dinners. I had the beer barbecue pork sandwich which went quite well with the beer.
As 4:00 approached we asked our waitress where we meet for the tour, she showed us, we then asked if they provide any free beer on the tour. She said they do not, but then told us she would just give us each a pint for the walk... more free beer :) No complaints here, hence the 5.0 I gave their service.
The tour was only the second brewery tour I've been on, but it was head and shoulders beyond the first in terms of information, quality, and fun. We got to see pretty much everything, and even meet one of the brew-masters.
After the tour we had another beer at the bar, and I got two six packs to take home (which were notably cheaper than what their beer is sold for at my local purposely, plus it's ridiculously fresh). All in all a great trip, and a great place. I'll be back no doubt.
12-24-2005 15:08:39 | More by HugoGrim
4.53/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is one of my favorite places to spend an afternoon and drink great beer. Some people commented negatively about the atmosphere but that is one of my favorite things about Victory. Maybe it is different from other brewpubs (I have not been to many yet). The atmosphere is very laid back. The outside may not be terribly impressive but what you walk in you feel like you have found a secret garden. It is an amazing place with a long spacious bar behind which; is a view of the brewing equipment. The lighting is dim and comfortable. There are games, pool tables, and a dining section. Behind the pool tables is a window into the kitchen where you can watch your brick oven pizzas being made. Mostly you get the feeling that everybody there knows and respects beer and quality. If you ask a question, the staff all know what they are talking about.
The quality is truly top notch. The beers are what they say they are. My favorites are the Old Horizontal --American Barley Wine, the pitch black Storm King Stout --American Double Stout and the St. Boisterous --Maibock / Helles Bock. Excellent beers. They always have great beer on cask as well.
The service is more than satisfactory. The only time is was less than Very Good was when they were having a charity function. (I suggest if you are making a special trip call and see what they have going on that day). Other than that I have always been very pleased.
The selection of beers is amazing. They have a huge beer menu and most of it is available on tap. The only thing is; sometimes it is not completely clear what is available that day. Because they only serve the highest quality, most fresh, beer there are occasionally beers that haven't been brewed in a recent batch that arent available on tap or cask. In which case you may need to buy a bottle at the gift shop to take home. I do recommend you dont decide in advance which beer you want when you get there because the jinxed effect may work against you and that will be THE beer they dont have available that day.
The food is decent. It is clear there focus is on great beer but I have no complaints about the food. The pizzas are very good! They have an average menu that is very suitable good food.
I highly recommend stopping in, whether or not this will become a frequent stop, or a one-time thing for you. The tours are fantastic, often done by the owners. The beer is superior. It all makes for a very good experience.
One final note: They do hosts events quite often. If you like the loud crazy off the hook party scene check it out they can get pretty wild. If you prefer a quite relaxed experience check their website or call ahead to make sure they are not hosting a fund raiser or something the day you want to visit. My wife and I like Sunday afternoons because they are very quiet.
Hope this is helpful.
12-03-2005 06:10:13 | More by Phatz
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
95 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.