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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 yemenmocha
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

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 -8.6%

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 +2.5%

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
Photo of NolanGTI
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

Overall: the beer is so good don't worry about the food, service, etc...

UPDATED AFTER RELAUNCH OF RESTAURANT

Atmosphere: Wow, what a difference. Pretty solid for those who have never been to the 'old' Victory, to those that have, it is even more impactful. Clean, bright and full of dark wood off set by blonde hardwoods.

Beer: Truly exceptional. They have the greatest tap set up of anywhere I have been outside of Stone. An amazing growler filing station as well.

Service: Slightly below average. They still have way too many young girls that are in over their heads. My wife was recently told 'the Saison is just like the Quad only smoother'.

Price - the beer here is as cheap as you will find anywhere (in price that is, not quality)

This might be the best brewery on the east coast to enjoy a beer. Truly a gem of a place for Downingtown.

NolanGTI, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of roan22
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

update 10/30/08:
Victory's latest beer offerings have gone above and beyond so they deserve a 5 for selection. The new west-coast '132 cents' is my favorite beer they've brewed yet. I really dig this new small batch experimental stuff, Victory!! And the Braumeister Pils, especially the harvest version, continues to be a must-seek for me. Cheers! Plus the last 2 times I have been to Victory I have had great service from the same young, tall bartender..and had some great conversations with complete strangers sitting next to me at the bar.

Original review 6/5/08:
I have been to Victory many times although last night was my first time back since they re-opened. First off the new look of Victory's brewpub is much improved. Its drastically different looking. There are better seating options and better use of the space. The bar area is really nice. I was impressed by the new beer books Victory put together, and they must have triple the taps they used to. There are new white "walls" and contrasting dark wood. Eriq sumised they must have spent about half a million on the renovation..I told him I thought it was more along the lines of a couple million.

We were here for dinner, and we had to wait about 10-15 minutes for a table at 7:30pm on a Wednesday[!]. Once we got seated, service was fast and efficient. Our under 21-yr-old waitress, although not beer knowlegdeable, dutifully went to find someone when I had a specific question about the Braumeister Pils. She was a really nice person, in a genuine way. Service is vastly improved from the former Victory I must say!

Now the food. The only dim spot of the night. Some things were better..steamed veggies, crab cakes..but their BBQ half chicken needs work. The skin on it came out looking like snake, croc or armadillo skin, and I am not trying to be funny. The meat was fairly juicy but tasted bland...the Hopdevil sauce was awesome, and they should serve more of it with the chicken as it saved it...but the look of the skin on this chicken was off-putting and gross. There obviously was not much marinating done, or spices injecting into the meat to make this bird taste like authentic BBQ style chicken. At $18, I think the kitchen staff needs to work on their BBQ/smoker skills a little. This is just my amateur foodie opinion btw. Victory had a few surprising new side dishes like collard greens and cornbread, both were kind of good. The best thing Victory could do is to hire an Authentic Southern BBQ chef for their kitchen, as the food still needs work.

Everything else was pretty great.

roan22, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Kadonny, May 27, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.45/5  rDev +3%

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!!

Deuane, May 26, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

HopDerek, May 22, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

DIM, May 20, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

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 :/

SurlyDuff, May 18, 2008
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
96 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.