Victory Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev 0%
My wife and I visited Victory on 12/28/06 for a few afternoon beers before heading back up to Lancaster Brewing Co. for a birthday party.
When we pulled into the parking lot, it felt like we just entered a big industrial park. But I saw the big "V" on the building, so I knew we were in the right place. Found a parking spot right outside the brewpub. Inside, the first thing I noticed was the huge wrap-around bar. This place has a spacious, wide-open floor plan with probably 30-ft. high ceilings. We really liked the atmosphere, although it was a bit too loud given the number of patrons (probably due to the vast floor plan). We decided to sit at the bar since there was plenty of room and we weren't getting lunch. The barstools had backrests and were very comfortable.
The beer selection was very good. In addition to Victory's regular line-up (Hopdevil, Golden Monkey, Prima Pils and Lager), they also had Hop Wallop, Old Horizontal, Uncle Teddy's Bitter, Storm King Stout, Festbier, Mad King's Weiss and even root beer (which was awesome... we tried a sample). The only thing they were out of was their Rauchbier. Aside from their selections on draught, they also had the bitter and Hopdevil on cask. Finally, they also had bottle conditioned V-Twelve, Saison and Sunrise Weissbier.
I started with the cask conditioned bitter, which was good, and my wife opted for a sampler, which included the Golden Monkey, Festbier, Storm King and Mad King's Weiss. She liked all of the selections and wound up buying a growler and filling it with Golden Monkey (for consumption at our holiday party). I also got a cask conditioned Hopdevil, which was quite tasty and much better than from a bottle. We didn't really get any food, other than a German soft pretzel with beer mustard, which was tasty.
We received very prompt and courteous service, and our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about Victory's beers. We also had a nice conversation with a local patron. Before we left, I got a 5-oz. sampler glass of Hop Wallop. It wasn't bad, but it was a bit light and watery and too bitter (much like most West Coast IPAs). Plus I didn't even get charged for it.
Overall, it was a very nice experience and we will be returning soon.
01-03-2007 14:48:30 | More by ffejherb
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
First of all, let me just say that this review is pretty old, I visited this place some time in May(I think), and its now December. So keep that in mind
We showed up before they opened for the evening, waited around with some of the locals and, from talking to them, I got the impression that this was really a community hang out spot, a place where people from the area regularly go after work, bring their kids (the place was really kid friendly, by the way) and just relax with a few beers. Once my friends and I got in there, it seemed to be a really laid-back place with lots of wide-open space (almost had that high-school gym type openness to it) with a nice view of all the really beautiful stainless steel conditioning tanks right across from the bar. The mood was chill and all the staff were super friendly, providing some light but pleasant conversation (come to think of it, pretty much everyone we ran into in this part of PA was really friendly and unusually courteous). Anyway, they had a ton of great beers on tap, plus a couple of casks (Hop Devil on cask was a real treat). Their gift shop was pretty cool too with lots of neat stuff, no one in my little party of folks left without buying something (personally, I picked up this sweet St. Victorious/St. Boisterous half-liter mug). If I lived any closer, I probably head down there at least once a week. But, as it is, the drive from my house in northern VA to Downingtown, PA was between two and three hours. But you know what, it was worth it
12-18-2006 00:03:20 | More by arguemaniac
3.38/5 rDev -21.4%
I've stopped here many times to fill growlers, but never actually hung out and ate, until now.
The service was just awful, I drank a 14oz Prima Pils and had to wait 15 minutes for the waitress to come over and ask if I wanted another one. That really pissed me off, as I was eating some spicy food and was dying for another beer.
But on the whole, this place is good, not great, good. The prices for the take out beer are no cheaper than my local bars, which I find strange. The food is great, the beer is great, its just that everything doesn't come together to make that perfect experience. All in all, go there, and drink. You won't be dissapointed as long as you don't have high expectations.
12-11-2006 01:15:22 | More by leftmindedrighty
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
Located in a light industrial zone. Upon entering, you are greeted by a takeout cooler filled with all of the current Victory offerings behind a large "L" shaped bar. Very busy for lunch on a Saturday afternoon and despite that fact, was served within less than a minute of sitting at the bar. My main reason for going here is to get a taste of the beers I can't get elsewhere either in a six pack or on draft. In other words, Victory brewpub exclusives(or limited distribution). With this in mind, I ordered the Scarlet Fire Rauch along with a personal size shrimp lejon pizza with shrimp, bacon and scallions. The smokey scarlet fire was a perfect match with the bacon. The pizza arrived within minutes and was very tasty. Crisp crust and just the right amount of toppings. There is something for everyone on the menu. There are no mixed drinks or wine here. Only Victory beer and soft drinks. The homemade root beer is very good. Take out beer prices are excellent. 750's of golden monkey for $5 and the V series V-12 for $7. They will fill any growler as long as it is the proper size as well as their own regular ones along with the 68oz. German ceramic flip-topped ones that are available for $11+ the price of the fill ($7 - 11). If you are in the area, you must visit Victory for an ultra fresh beer and some great food.
11-13-2006 06:47:30 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.43/5 rDev +3%
I like to visit the victory brewery every few months. Its about an hour and a half drive from here and is located towards the back of an industrial park in downingtown. The outside has some nice colors and decor. When you walk in you are greeted with a very long bar and to youre right some video games and darts. If you turn left when you walk in that will take you down towards a few pool tables and right along side of them is the dining area. This is personally one of my favorite places to go, as i think the atmosphere is great and the beer even better. The bartenders are well versed in the art of beer,at least the ones ive had are. I have no complaints about the food, and im an extremely picky eater. I've had the wings,cheesesteak,the pizza,soup..its all very good. Its food you would expect from a brewpub.
One of the reasons i love coming here is the fact they brew Festbier year round here and have it on draught..however another bonus to coming here is being able to have some brews that arent bottled, such as the Uncle Teddy's Bitter,which is amazing. They also have just about every thing they brew thats in season, on tap. You really can't go wrong here.
Their gift shop is also great. Shirts,Hats,Pint Glasses,Bottle Openers and fresh cases of beer. It also seems like a family friendly place to be. Many times ive been in there and seen families with their children.The prices are what you expect i guess, nothing really cheap but nothing too expensive. I love this place and can't wait to go back.
Be sure to get hopdevil on cask!!!
11-07-2006 19:58:44 | More by countmeoutt
3.88/5 rDev -9.8%
A visit during the 2006 Fall Fest.
A: The main entrance drops you off at the end of the bar. From there, it is a long walk to the servers table. The room itself is huge with pool tables, a window into the kitchen and a large seating area.
Q: The food, beer selection and atmosphere were all well above normal.
Ser: Service left a bit to be desired. It looked like our waitress was having a rough day, but that is no excuse for shoddy service (at times). On the other hand, when she was on her game, the service was great.
Sel: Victory had 6 standard and 8 seasonal beers on tap, including the new Harvest Ale and Storm King 2006 (of which I got a growler). Very nice selection.
F: The food was surprisingly good. We all ordered pizzas and each was better than expected.
This place is a steal. Pre-tip, dinner for 3 adults and 1 child including several 1/2 pints and an appetizer and a growler of Storm King was only $51. That is crazy good, making it well worth the trip to Downingtown.
10-01-2006 23:44:38 | More by akorsak
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
We took a trip up to the brewery on a Saturday afternoon, planning to take the 4:00 tour.
There is no designated tour starting spot. The bartenders tell you to wait around the bar. It also doesn't start promplty at 4. They encourage you to take a beer on the tour.
The girl giving our tour must have been new to giving tours. She could have gone into more depth about the brewing process. She was a bit unsure of herself, which wasn't helped by the fact that two of the brew masters came along the tour. Overall, she was good, just learning.
The two brewmasters that came along our tour were very knowedgable. They answered every question possible.
The food was great and service was nice also. Of course beer is fresh and selection is good, but could have been better.
We would defiantely recommend the brewery for its' food, beer, and tour!
09-24-2006 14:06:40 | More by Jbino34
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Located in an old plant in an industrial park in Downingtown, Victory Brewing Company should be a trip that every beer lover should make. The building that houses Victory is huge, with a long bar that seats nearly 50 people. The bar is right to the left as entering the building and Victory's many fermenters are visible from the bar. There is also a large dining room as well. The decor of the place was industrial with the yellow wall and all wood bar. The dining room was full of families, so Victory is family friendly.
The beer, however, is the reason to visit Victory, because they have all of the bottled beers on draft (Hop Devil, Fest Beer, Prima Pils, Victory Lager, Strom King, and Golden Monkey, to name a few), as well as a few beers that are only made for the brewpub and limited distribution. At this visit those limited distribution beers included Mad King Weiss, and Braumeister Pils. There were also a few handpumps pouring Hop Devil. The Mad King Weiss and Braumeister Pils were both fresh and poured in authentic glassware. There were growlers and bottles for sale to go as well.
Overall, Victory is one of the finest breweries in the world, and it is worth a trip if ever near route 30. The service was great and very friendly and got the beers fast even if there were a lot of people at the bar. I did not have the food this time, but the menu-looked great.
08-31-2006 00:35:18 | More by cupbeerman
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
The inside of Victory is perfect for what it is, a sampling room with great food in the midst of a growing brewery operation! The long wrap around bar offers plenty of seating for the bar fly crowd while they still have a fair number of tables for families or large groups. The service was very fast, even with the large bar. The barkeeps were impressively knowledgeable about the Victory beer styles, both on tap and seasonals not currently available. The beer selection was good for a brewery with eight beers on tap that spanned a wide array of styles. The food was more than typical bar fare and was a good value for the price. The inside gift shop which allows you to mix and match a case of beer in six pack denominations is a big plus and gives the happy consumer something special to remember the trip by!
08-08-2006 01:19:09 | More by DevilDogBeer
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
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
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
95 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.