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Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Brewing CompanyVictory Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 160
Beer Ratings: 46,485
Beer Avg: 3.85

Taps: 20 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
95
world-class

349 Ratings
Ratings: 349
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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barknee

New York

4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

What a great place to spend a few hours or an entire day. The brews are diverse and fresh as could be...The food is very decent, with a great range of chow to accommodate anyone. The service is super good, with two different servers during our stay going way out of the way to make our time enjoyable; it was greatly appreciated and rewarded. The feeling...to be one to occupy this place was like walking on hallowed ground...This is one brewery that deserves the rite to succeed and flourish! You’ll love it big time!! Additional kudos’ to Bill & Ron for their support of numerous organizations; from children's hospitals to local school districts..The list on Victory’s website of those fortunate to receive the support of this brewery is impressive. These two guys are a couple of mench's. EVERYTHING is good about this company!!

11-28-2005 01:39:33 | More by barknee
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DavidJ710

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I made my pilgrimage to Downington after visiting my girlfriend in Collegeville. I had to make the trip complete, a babe and some good beer. If you haven't been to Victory's Brewery and restaurant, I would certainly suggest that you make the trip.

I got there about 40 mins. before the restaurant opened, so I waited. The bar was clean and dimly lit. It was 3:00 in the afternoon, so I think my experience may be a bit skewed. I only had a Mad King's Weiss on tap, but the bartender did let me buy a case and a growler, something that you're not supposed to do in PA, I guess. Anyway, The beer was good. The restaurant wasn't overly crowded, although the crowd was pretty dense for 3 pm on a Monday. Great ambiance, and a wood-burning brick oven. What could be better?

10-24-2005 23:29:20 | More by DavidJ710
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

hit this joint as part of my 05 pa brew tour, around 3pm on a friday for the 4pm tour. you walk into a big warehouse room converted to a pub.. one large section full of cheap wooden tables and chairs, all under the glow of a red neon "V". section two is the open kitchen area with pizza ovens and pool tables. third is the long, looong bar area. bar starts where you walk in with a beer fridge and vintage video games. continues about 100 feet or so to the left with several tap heads and a nice view of some brewing equipment.

beer selection... well, who could ask for a better group of diverse, high quality beers? pretty much the entire victory line on tap, all available to go in growlers. the best selections were the ones not usually available, making the trip that much more valuable. braumeister pils was worth the trip alone. moonglow fresh is a completely religious banana experience. service with a smile, half pint options (which is nice) and cute barmaids.

the tour itself is a refreshing change from alot of brewery tours ive been on. here, you get to enter the heavenly smelling hop room and stick your greasy paw into a sack of fresh hops. you get to walk on the catwalk near the top of the brew kettles and look down into the tanks. nice touches. no free samples though, what the f is up with that?!?! guess the beer is that good.

gift shop is to the right when you walk in, all the way down to the end of the hallway. great selection of nerdy stuff you can take home.. all sorts of clothing.. corks, openers, bottles, hats, etc. decent prices. like that you can get the cheap $20 sweatshirt or the same design on a high-quality $60 champion.

i have been told the food is the only subpar thing here, which is why i didnt try it.

some people don't like the big, open, gloomy warehouse vibe. me, i dug it. it fits. what the pub atmosphere lacks is made up for by knowledgeable tour guides and staff. this is where locals go for happy hour, where beer geeks meet, where local offices have going-away parties. does victory proud and is a damn cool place to hang out.

10-24-2005 19:12:39 | More by goodbyeohio
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Made it to the Victory Brewery last weekend: home of my favorite beer.

In order to find the brewery itself, I’d skip “map quest” and go straight for the GPS. Yeah, I got lost. If you're coming in from Hwy 30, the street you end up turning on is rather small and its sign is obscured by a tree. No worries though, we eventually found it tucked into the corner of what seemed to be a light industrial parking lot.

The atmosphere of the places strongly suggests “renovated warehouse.” There is some lowered lighting to keep the place feeling a little more cozy but it is none the less a huge open warehouse with some tables thrown into it and a bar along one wall. A good deal of dinner conversation was devoted to the subject, “what could be done to make this place a little nicer.” The painted Victory logos on the walls are a nice touch and there are boxes of their latest seasonals stacked up in displays. Also, the staff was very friendly and helped us get on the brewery tour.

On their tour I had a unique experience I hope to emulate some day. At one point in the tour, the guide actually handed out handfuls of hops to every one. Being I had a HopDevil with me (drinking is encouraged on the tour) I had to nibble on a few fresh hops. That was intense, but followed with a sip of HopDevil? I almost converted to a HopHead on the spot! Amazing. Overall, the tour was fun (and free) and the guide was very knowledgeable.

Dinner was all right. Better than your standard bar food, but nothing to write home about. Hands down tasty but I doubt it will earn any special mention. Of course, I had been enjoying a few of Victory’s higher abv beers before then, so I may be a bit off.

Ended the evening with a fresh case of 2005 StormKing, an obligatory StormKing t-shirt and a growler of Golden Monkey. What this brewery lacks in insignificant shortcomings is drastically made up for in awesome beer.

10-04-2005 17:05:33 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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akajimmyd

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$

A buddy and I made the trip down from Bethlehem on a Friday afternoon. We arrived a few minutes late for the 4:00PM tour but had no problem joining part way through. (Grab a brew for the trip.)

We sat down to order an early dinner. I sampled the Storm King while we review the menu. We had the trice fries (very interesting, sweet potato and regular with veggies) while we waited for our sandwiches, which were ample but average.

We proceeded to sample an excellent selection of beers. (A taste is free.) Samples are a decent 6 oz. Any all beers come in either 12oz or 20oz glasses. The brews are potent so watch out. We caught the tail end of the summer seasonals. I was upset that we missed their Bitter, their cask offering du jour was the Midtown Mild which didn’t do it for me.

The main dining area is wide open and lacks the ambiance of a brew pub, however the bar seems to be a popular gathering place for locals.

Decent food, good service, great brews, a nice afternoon.

09-21-2005 04:28:44 | More by akajimmyd
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$$

Atmosphere - Victory is kind of in the middle of nowhere. Were it not for Victory's quality beer, this establishment would have gone under long ago due to location. We took the brewery tour, which was very nice. Whoever gave the tour was very knowlegdable and despite his inebriated demeanor could field any question presented. After the tour, we ate in the restaurant which was in the foot of the L-shaped room. The bar is in the shaft of the L and everything else is throughout the rest of the complex. I don't really like the traditional bar and Victory isn't like that at all. The whole place is very well ventilated so one can appreciate their beer and not a smoky haze. The fans also add some noise reduction so you don't have to listen to everyone in the room. All and all a nice atmosphere.

Quality - Victory is known for quality. Every facet presented was of quality.

Service - Mediocre at best. Our waiter didn't know what was available on tap. Our food was long awaited. Nothing was recently updated, so a lot was unavailable that we were led to believe otherwise.

Selection - Good beer selection. A few beers I had never had before. Although (not surprisingly) they only offer Victory beers.

Food - Oddly enough (considering it's Victory) the food was the best part of the trip. I split three different pizzas (Bruschetta, Amalfi and Heartland) with three of my friends. It was cheap and delicious.

Value - The food was very decently priced. I was pleased. The beer though was very expensive. I expected the cases and six packs to be substantially cheaper than what I am used to paying. It was not at all. I can get everything cheaper in Baltimore. The growlers were outrageous as well. Simply ridiculous. A 22 oz of their flagships was $4. Not too bad, but considering that it is all profit to them, a little high. As a bar, it is reasonable. But to buy something for the road (not literally of course) it is a rip off.

08-07-2005 20:31:23 | More by mrasskicktastic
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ChappyCubsFan

California

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Our thanks to the bartender at Iron Hill in West Chester for giving us perfect directions to the Victory Brewery. It may have been a struggle finding it if he was not so precise (even down to describing the big rock on the side of the road where we make a turn).

Upon arriving in their parking lot, you realize it's nestled in the corner of an industrial area. It does not seem like the place for a restaurant. As we enter the establishment, we're greated by a long bar with several patrons sitting enjoying a pint, or sampling several beers. The restaurant is around the corner on the far end of the bar, with a receptionist waiting to seat you.

We started out with their beer sampler. There must have been 10 beers in all. We tried everything on tap including Storm King, HopDevil, and Golden Monkey, Uncle Teddy's Bitter). We were hoping for a seasonal double IPA or something that resembled Hop Wallop, but that didn't happen. Oh well. The bartender was knowledable and enthusiastic about their beers, and even mixed a few beers as additional samplers. I think one mixture he gave us was an Uncle Teddy's Bitter with the Golden Monkey Tripel. It was vey good.

They had a collection of some good cigars for sale (Ashton, CAO, etc.), which made the stop all the more enjoyable. Our only disappointment was that we didn't have more time to spend here, as we were on our way to the Sly Fox Brewery in Phoenixville for dinner.

08-07-2005 17:45:06 | More by ChappyCubsFan
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $

As everybody knows, VICTORY is the former home of Pepperidge Farm Bakery. The place is a spacious L shaped customer area in a huge boxy building. The exterior and interior have some colorful items to brighten up the place. It gets a little smokey inside, sometimes depending upon when you go, but it's tempered by high ceilings. The little boys room is a bit of a dump. OK. Does it pass the "Could you bring your Mom here for a beer" test? On off peak hours, you'll be fine. It depends when you go, but it's not the MOST Mom friendly beer joint I've been to, but afterall...it's a BREWERY first. My inside contact tells me that as the day goes into night the crowd transforms from folks getting off work to the 30 & 20 somethings later on.

Quality is a tough one here because, again, it's a brewery. Buying their 750 mL bottles and filling growlers gives VICTORY a plus. And growlers rock so it's bette than good.

The service used to be always weak. I was a waiter for six years. Even when the place is dead, customers with empty glasses are ubiquitous. It has been better as of late.

On my last visit, I actually sampled one of each! There were 13 beers to try, not counting the two...yes, two cask conditioned beers. [Note: No cask-conditioned growler fills in case you were suicidal]

Food menu is pretty decent. Their pizza is recomended. I had the jerk chicken sandwich which was huge for $8. The french fries are always lame. This is th best beer drinker brewery I have ever been to.

Last swigs: A recent visit last week was a lot better with the service. Always fill a growler. It's $8-10.50 depending on the ABV. *** BEER BARGAIN ALERT *** VICTORY will always be a great place to get their great beer, but beyond that, you aren't missing much else if you forgo the visit. The Annual February chili cookoff rocks.

Beer is good. Happy brewery beering.

08-04-2005 02:58:20 | More by blitheringidiot
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Right after hitting Sly Fox we headed down to Victory ready to taste some of their new Saison. The location and general look of the inside reminded me a bit of Old Dominion. It’s in an industrial park and the brewpub looks like it was once an office or factory. Upon entering there was a long bar facing all the brewing equipment in the back. Then there is an area with 2 pool tables and a bunch of tables for dining. Not too much going on with the décor, its pretty bland overall. After waiting 15 minutes to be seated in a half empty restaurant we started with some onion rings which were decent. We split a pizza for dinner that was just excellent. The service overall was slow as hell especially considering they were not busy at all. The server seemed more interested in chatting then keeping our beer full at time. The beer though was awesome as expected 03 Old Ho was perfect as was the Uncle Teddy on cask. The new Saison and V-12 were great as well. There were a few other usual suspects drank there which were all as expected, good. Overall I think there were 12 different brews available. With the food and beer being so good I would definitely come back, though next time we will be sitting at the bar.

07-21-2005 12:33:14 | More by meathookjones
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pikemark

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Had a great time at Victory. It was a little hard to find because its in a small office compound but found it eventually. It seems the locals really enjoy this place especially with refills on Victory growlers. The atmosphere was more like a renovated basement rather than a bar with two pool tables.

It took a longtime to finally get a waitress, which I was upset about until she informed me that the first round was on the house. We tried about every selection they had except the "bitters"-US and UKPA's.

I looked up what they had on tap online and it was nice to have all that selection under one roof. I was very pleased with D-Town Brown as well as the cask-conditioned Hopdevil.

The wings were half off and the food was great. Good time was had by all.

07-06-2005 00:15:12 | More by pikemark
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
95 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.