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Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Brewing CompanyVictory Brewing Company
BA SCORE
96
world-class

413 Ratings
Ratings: 413
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 12.04%
Active Beers: 146
Beer Ratings: 50,264
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 slander
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

Located in a back corner of an industrial complex, it doesn't really look like much from the outside. Upon entering, you can see the interior is sterile and warehousey, exposed duct piping and the like amidst the high ceilings. They've got a long long long L shaped bar, behind which sits large glass windows that look upon several fermenters. The room opens at the end of the bar into a large space where lie a few pool tables and beyond that is the seating area for the brewpub. If you head the other way, there's a long hallway with the company store at the end, selling shirts and cheap growlers. Food. Yeah, they've got that. I'd say the best of the lot are the pizzas.
Victory. Beer. It's a very good thing. A dozen or so beers on tap, and a pair of casks, more likely than not you're going to find Storm King and/or the Hop Devil (Hop Devil on cask is beautiful like anybody thought otherwise). Some sensational offerings you won't find elsewhere. A great selection you can't touch with a stick. Check the big board and see what bottles are available as well.

slander, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +15.7%

I have debated on these ratings for over a week now and it seems as though I have gotten a double-dog dare to post them, so without further ado and lack of compunction, here goes ...

Situated at the far end of a former Pepperidge Farm bakery, the somewhat nondescript front is arrested by the beautiful mural of the Festbier label. This place makes me: a) proud to be a Pennsylvanian, since it is an excellent reuse of a once defunct building, where in SoCal, it would have been razed and paved over by now and b) overjoyed that it exists a mere forty (40) miles from my house, meaning that it is but a short train trip and a brisk walk away.

The interior is done in muted tones of matte brick red, mustard yellow, and depending on the light, royal or navy blue. They utilize a huge L-shaped bar which wraps around a corner of the building. Sitting at the bar, just inside the entrance, puts you in front of a set of viewing windows that overlook the fermentation/finishing tanks. Above the windows is a long gold, stencilled quote on red by Teddy Roosevelt regarding the idea of victory (with a lower case "v").

If you turn right from the entryway, you pass a cigar case on the end of the bar, the six-pack (to go) cooler, several video games, a cigarette machine, and an English-style dartboard mounted against some burlap malt bags. You then come to a long corridor. A word of caution - the Men's is the FIRST door on the right, not the last one, as I was chagrined to be reminded of following a Pitt/Villanova men's basketball game in late February. Opposite the Women's room, and at the end of the hall is the Retail Shop, with cases and kegs available, along with shirts, t-shirts, et al. They went out of their way recently to get me a size L fleece when they were out of stock and I ws going to be visiting on successive weekends, BTW.

To the left of the bar are a couple of pool tables and another window, this time overlooking the kitchen. Be sure to take in the brick oven and the firewood being stored nearby. As a gourmand and a chef in arrested development, the kitchen is where it happens for me. The retaurant area is behind both the kitchen and the extension of the bar. It is a carpeted area (the only one in the place) with several American flags and a Bavarian flag in the overhead. There is an eye-catching neon "V" and numerous victory-related WWII posters and some old photos of the Pepperidge Farm plant on the walls. There is another set of windows looking into the finishing room and finally, the current beer list, which is part permanent display, part chalkboard, just to keep the curiosos on track.

I should also mention the murals - the Hop Devil logo, Saint Boistrous & Saint Victorious, the toiling and moiling worker, and a joyous bottle proclaiming "Beer to Go!" are all painted in the overheads.

Further, Bill & Ron have (happily, in my industrial eyes) retained the open high ceilings, the exposed piping and air ducts that I am sure abounded in the building's original incarnation.

Finally, a note on the food: I live for their brick oven-baked pizzas. If that, along with any of their huge selections of beers, doesn't get your pulse racing, it's time for a check-up, Freddie! On the beer front - I really can't color your judgement on the UKPA vs. USPA challenge, but I have a clear-cut favorite. I also really dig the Uncle Teddy's Bitter on cask. Hop Devil is also on cask, say no more. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. On and on. 5.0!

woodychandler, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -7.4%

I had not been to Victory in years, and when the wife and I arrived there on a sunny, late-summer Saturday evening, the place was the madhouse we expected it to be. Packed, loud and full of babies and children. But we got a spot in the bar area and quickly ordered some beers, followed by dinner at a table after a short wait. Despite the size and the crowds, they seem to manage the spot pretty smartly.

25 beers on tap is a damn fine amount, running the gamut from HopDevil to Storm King, DirtWolf, Golden Monkey, Noble IPA, Wild Devil, Rye IPA, Green House Saison and more. A bit for everyone, all served in full pints at excellent prices (under six dollars for Storm and DirtWolf). Three casks as well, and two bottles (White Monkey and V-12).

The food menu is as massive as the Victory operation itself, and it comes with new additions every day. We had some gnocchi, a small pizza, an eggplant dish and handmade chips. Good stuff overall. Not high-end good, but satisfying and well made. The emphasis on local ingredients is a nice touch.

At around sixty bucks for a bunch of beers and all that food, I didn’t find Victory to be expensive. Will definitely come back!

DoubleSimcoe, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%

What a place. If you take SEPTA to Downington, walk 20 minutes east, navigate through the town and down several streets, and you're there. The parking lot was full when I showed up around 10pm on a Firday night, a good sign. Open the door, and you feel like you're in a beer hall. Several compartments to the restaurant/bar, beer banners hanging from the ceiling, Phillies on the tube, and the tops of brew kettles scattered around. Lots of room on the inside, and lots of space around the bar despite a good crowd on hand. This must be where Downington goes on a Firday night.

20 beers on-tap, all Victory brew, and...four casks! The regular lineup was on, along with harder to find stuff like Donnybrook Stout. Many styles were represented. Several pieces of glassware compliment the lineup, and two different sizes were available on certain beers.

Staff was young, plentiful, and helpful. No problems there.

Oh....and the prices kick ass too. I got an Imperial Pint of Donnybrook Stout for $4.50, and a 14 ounce size of St. Boisterous for $3.75! Hop Devil on cask went for $5 in the Imperial Pint. Man, I wish I had these prices in Southern California.

Needless to say...get here!

DoubleJ, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%

The 2nd stop on an extremely memorable Saturday Beer Tour. The two Beermobiles that started earlier in the day in NYC drove in perfect convey from our first port of call, McKenzie’s, down to Victory. A call by Davo en route to fellow BA Rotsaruch meant that we would finally be able to meet the white bearded legend.

The journey from the main road to the outside Parking lot sadly has all the finesse of going to the local Target. However, the large red ‘V’ set behind the blue, white & gold Victory Brewing Company sign which covered the raised entrance is a warm invitation. We had quite a gathering that had developed an extreme thirst. Our posse which included Davo, FeloniousPhil, Slander, djgonzalez, RokotGirl & non-BA “Mike a.k.a. the Young Michael Jackson” entered en-masse to slake our dehydration on a very warm afternoon.

Once inside it is obvious that the light industrial feel of the outside extends inwards, beauty is skin deep it seems. As others have stated, there is an open Warehouse feel to Victory as soon as you enter. A large opened interior has lots of exposed structural steelwork, heating, ventilation & air conditioning ductwork, some exposed (but safe) electrical fittings & cabling, etc., etc. The Brewery Tap at Victory is effectively a very modern working bar set right in the heart of its industrial home. Sure it is lacks a little style, even warmth, maybe it has no cozy atmosphere, but this does not bother me in the least because I didn’t want to come here to look at the interior furnishings or architecture. For me at least, what I like about Victory, is that it is not anything that it does not purport to be. What you see is what you get – this is no Sheep in Wolves clothing. Victory is all about one thing & one thing only – great beer. Somehow a fancy-schmancy interior to the Brewery Tap interior would have burst the Utilitarian aura that surrounds Victory for me.

Once inside & to your immediate right, are the restrooms & the Breweries outlet for all its wares; including clothing, caps & of course its fermented beverages, including Growler Fills which I noted were extremely popular during our visit. Limey Ex-Pats can also play Darts here too on a genuine Bristle Board set against a wall covered in stuffed Hop Sacks for the Arrows that go astray. To the left, the lengthy wooden topped bar runs against a glass wall to the right hand side, behind which are a plethora of highly visible Stainless Steel Fermenting Vessels. The bar is L-shaped & as you turn left the bar dog-legs to the right. To your left as you walk down the bar, a limited number of Tables & Chairs are set against the exterior wall which lacks windows & as such is painted with colorful murals to try & alleviate the Warehouse feel. At the corner of the bar, a brace of Pool Tables proved popular with Slander & FeloniousPhil. The short part of the L-shaped Bar opens up into a larger, airy & brightly painted area that has many Tables & Chairs, popular with the Diners that were here for Food as well as Beer. I did not bother with any food.

Having briefly executed our introductions with Gentleman BA Rotsaruch, we all selected one of the multitude of Victory brews on offer, which covered many styles. Most of the Victory brews were on Tap, including a few specials it seemed. But my eye was drawn to the availability of a brew or two from the Cask served from one of two Beer Engines located at either end of the long Bar. Curiously though, they seemed to want to leave the Handpumps “cocked back” when not in use, a rather curious thing to do, this usually means that a Handpump is not serving Real Ale in the UK. Despite being initially fooled by this, I was corrected by Rotsaruch that Cask was indeed available, so I tried the HopDevil & Porter, both excellent. The St. Boisterous was purchased & a few other brews were also sampled. All I can say is that quality here was most excellent. Service was quick & courteous, & at times humorous & great fun. I give Selection a 5.0 because of the extremely wide variation in styles of its own brews & their availability plus Cask. Note: there are no other Breweries beers on offer here though!

The star of the show was King Rotsaruch of the BA Round Table for arranging to give us all a tour of the Brewery, which was extremely gracious. In his own inimitable style he gave us a detailed tour, “this is a shiny tank thingy & a bottling whatzit thingymajig – but screw that – come & smell the Hops in the Cooler”. Ooh the Hops…I’m sure FeloniousPhil still believes he could have smoked them! If you get chance to see the Bottling Line at Victory, do so - it is highly automated, incredibly impressive & very big. Victory clearly have plans.

Another Victorious Thanks to Davo for providing the transport & driving me here. Without the Evil ones help I would never have been able to get to the 2nd of Penn. States beer Mecca’s.

Come to Victory for the Beer & you will not be disappointed!!

Last Visit: Saturday 29th May, 2004.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%

Visited on an early Saturday afternoon. About 10-15 minutes from the PA Turnpike Downingtown exit, gets a little tricky on the last road or two, but the directions on the bottom of the six pack case are pretty good.

The bar is quite impressive, as it is quite long and can hold about 25-30 people. TVs are on either end, and you can look into the brewing facilitied from the bar. At the end of the bar and by the front door is the take out cooler for quick stops for your favorite beer of choice. Two pool tables just off the bar, and then there is a decent sized area for dining.

Very high ceiling and little to absorb sound, it does get a bit loud but other than that we came for the beer. There were 10 styles on tap, with 2 not being available (the Porter being one I really wanted to try). Beer quality is super, bartender knowledgable and friendly, and food was all right.

Stopped in the gift shop to pick up a cool Hop Devil sign and golf shirt, and left a happy camper. Great stop and only about 20 minutes from the other great brewpub Sly Fox. I call this hitting the Daily Double.

Gavage, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%

Finally stopped for my first visit since the renovation.

I really like the way they've opened up and expanded the dining and taproom area. There is still a warehouse fell to the place, but everything is done up nicely in wood and the place has a very relaxed vibe. The bar area (where I parked myself) is in the back to the left, and is really good size. The bar has to hold at least 20 people, and then there is a back area bar and couple of booths as well. While it's definitely a no frills operation, the pub area is a great place to hang out, watch a sporting event (they have several flat screen TV's over the bar), and enjoy a beer.

The quality of Victory beers has always been high, and that's what my score reflects. They had some 19 beers on tap the day I was there, including 4 beers on the hand pump. Victory beers are pretty readily available here in Baltimore, so I went with beers we generally don't get down here (CBC beers - this day consisting of 3 Belgian pale ales and one Bavarian pale ale). I feel as if I just happned to come on an off day, as I can't say I was hugely impressed with any of the CBC offerings (IMHO, making Belgian style stuff just doesn't seem to be their forte, despite the excellent helios). It being summer, I was hoping and expecting they might have a variety of pils on tap (have yet to have a Victory pils that wasn't exceptional), but no such luck (just the prima pils). In any event, suffice it to say that the selection of Victory beers was solid (hop wallop, whirlwind, storm king, hop devil.. all the usual suspects and then some), even if on this particular day I wouldn't call it mind blowing.

Service was fine. They employ a good number of young men and women, and everyone was friendly and quick. While no one struck me as super knowledgeable, that wasn't required, and Victory has a beer bible that provide the specs on all their beers. So no complaints about the service.

Food was fine. I was here during "international" week, and ordered the paella. You have to give Victory kudos for offering something like a paella, even if they didn't quite pull it off (my Spanish paella was essentially rice, cubed chicken and spicy sausage). Nevertheless, it was tasty and filling, which is all I was hoping for.

Victory is an exceptional brewery, though I'm not sure the brewpub is worth a special visit. It's a great place to hang out, or to stop by for a growler fill (must have seen close to 30 people drop by to get a growler or three filled during my hour long stop), but only if you happen to live in the area (IMHO).

John_M, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of GJ40
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

After having visited a couple of years back during a business trip, I stopped in with my family while passing through the area. The interior has been upgraded since I was last there. It's got lots of space including a large bar, a wide expanse of tables and a private party area. It's an old industrial building that's been cleaned up nicely to provide a comfortable and unpretentious atmosphere. And it's got a great vibe with what seems like locals in a mix of singles, couples and families.

The beer selection is outstanding. They serve only their own with 24 on tap, four in the cask and three in the bottle. It includes all of their regulars as well as some specials including several they brewed for the Craft Brewer's Conference in April. I went with a Hop Devil cask and a CBC Hallertau Pils on tap. The Hop Devil was excellent and the Pilsner was interesting.

The menu is impressive but I thought the food was average. We had a couple of pizzas, nachos and a kid's mac & cheese. The pizzas were a bit airy and soggy and the nachos were pretty ordinary but the mac & cheese was good. I was hoping for more from the food but with a great atmosphere and outstanding beer, I got past it.

This place is well worth a visit if you like Victory beer. And don't forget to visit the shop for reasonably priced shirts, glasses, signs, stickers, etc.

GJ40, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

After over 100 visits, about time for a review.

The atmosphere improved here about 2 years ago when they went non-smoking, and even more so since the extensive renovations. The long bar is very nice, but even at 30 seats, it's tough to find a spot most of the time. The place is loud as hell, given the crowd and absence of any sound absorbing surfaces.

Victory makes some fine beers. The selection is quite large, with 20 taps available. While all taps were used when they first opened, it has (understandably) been hard to keep them all occupied since. Brewpubs around here don't do the guest tap thing; with all of the capacity they have here, it would be worth trying. Minor gripe as there is a fine assortment of standards along with an assortment of one-offs and pub-only beers. Current selections include a steam beer with a centennial IPA and a rauchweissbock (?) rumored to be on the way.

Service is largely collegiate but friendly and competent.

Food is just ok. Over the years, it has been good at times, but not at the moment.

Added entertainment is the automated growler filler. It's a must see if you are here.

HV

sholland119, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Yetiman420
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Yetiman420, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

InspectorBob, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%

A nice display for Victory, who always has a great spread of good-to-great beers available. The pub/restaurant is very spacious and not too intimate, but still nice. It contains a nice large bar, and there's usually a good amount of beer on tap to choose from. They're all Victory brews obviously, but they keep a good enough selection at all times to make this place a worthy stop on any beer enthusiasts journey, not to mention they occasionally serve beer here that isn't found elsewhere. Food menu is pretty diverse, and the food itself is tasty. Pizza! Staff is helpful and attentive for the most part. There's also a nice merch store in the back.

This isn't necessarily an uber beer destination, but it's still a good place with a line-up of always-solid brews, and if you are a big fan of Victory's beer, this place would probably be a paradise for you.

Rifugium, May 03, 2011
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 akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

akorsak, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of Bierman9
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%

Visited again last Saturday, 06JUN09, with Caitlin. Wow! Has this place changed. Formerly entered and went left along a lengthy bar, which opened up into a large dining area. Lots of industrial metal. Now? Enter and have a hostess stand to your left, a long hall area to the right with booths, a large dining area straight ahead, with a bar to the rear-left. Past there is more dining. The place is much more warm and woody now, with large flags displaying the bier logos hanging from the ceiling. Staff is predominantly young (and yummy!) and very attentive and friendly. Had about 20 biers on tap now, plus some casks. WTF!! Heaven! A jerk-chicken sub was huge, and ever-so-tasty! Caitlin had Weißwurst and enjoyed it, though it was probably more pork than veal. Scored a couple of growlers to go, plus some bombers from their store. A superb experience! Prosit!!

4.63
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 - $$

*** *** ***

Review of 07JUL02 of first visit. Easy to find the industrial complex it's in, just a little trouble tracking down Victory itself amongst the many buildings. Place was packed on a Wednesday night around 7pm. Long (!) bar and many tables, too. Nice view of the brew-kettles. Had 7 of theirs biers on tap (Sunrise/Lager/Monkey/Sunset/HopDevil/Prima and ESB), plus you could get growlers of these, and take-away sixes of Monkey, HopDevil, Pils and even StormKing! Food was quite tasty. Must visit again in the cooler months, when the darker biers are on tap!

overall: 4.35
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

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Bierman9, Jul 07, 2002
Photo of francisweizen
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%

Ah, Victory Brewing Company, this place is only an hour or so away from me, and with nothing to do yesterday Erica and I decided to make the drive down and sample some of their recent wares. The atmosphere, as others have said, is very 'big' and 'warehouse like' with extremely high ceilings. The whole brewpub seems 'open' and 'large' but the football on TV and local patrons still give it the feel of a neighberhood pub. The quality of the fresh beers on tap is awesome and the selection was damn good as well with 4 or 5 staples and 6 or 7 seasonals on tap, for a total of 11 beers on tap and 2 on the handpump....not bad at all, if I do say so myself. The service was excellent with our waitress filling up our glasses at a record pace...and the food. The food here is absoluteley huge, excellent, and cheap! We had a spinach and artichoke dip appetizer that was massive and a white pizza that was huge and absoluteley mind-blowing! Yes, they sure know how to make good use out of that wood burning oven they have! This place is highly recommended for cheap and excellent food, great brews, and friendly service. They also have some pool tables, a dart board, and some video games which is a nice touch as well, although the kids hanging out at the bar can get kind of strange!

francisweizen, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of blackie
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

made the 45 minute drive from Wilmington to Downingtown

open and spacious, the main dining room through the entry is reminiscent of a moderately sized beer hall, at the back and to the left is a long bar with rows of taps and a few plasmas, and further back another dining room that on the night of my visit featured a jazz band, Victory banners hang from the ceiling and beer photos adorn the walls at intervals, the decapitated tops of a couple brewing vessels make for an interesting if unneeded shelter, has a bit of a modified warehouse feel with exposed metal rafters, a surprisingly lively scene on this Tuesday evening

a selection of 16 taps and 3 cask ales really sets this place apart from nearly every other brewpub I've visited, with not a few of them seasonals or brewpub exclusives, and every single one tempting, I ended up choosing a cask Hop Wallop, Scarlet Fire rauch marzen, and Yakima Twilight dark dipa, glassware is appropriate and both 0.4 L and 0.5 L serving sizes are offered, all beers were perfectly fresh, I was pretty much in awe of the mechanized growler filling station - an obvious sign that they take quality very seriously

service was fine if nothing to gush over, the bartenders were nice enough and never left me in need of anything, and didn't hesitate in providing samples to ease decision making

the brisket was quality, not oversauced but not as smoky and juicy as others and the bun was a little cold, props for doing the smoking in-house, the fries were crisp and flavorful

absolutely a recommended stop, and worth going out of your way for, initial thoughts were "Victory? I can buy that at the grocery", but after reading other reviews and visiting myself, the brewpub has proven to be an outstanding experience in itself

blackie, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of seanchai
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

seanchai, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

My homebrew club scheduled a trip and tour of Victory yesterday and we were able to sit at the brewmaster's table right next to the bar afterward - good times for sure -here is my review.

The place is one I am familar with as I had been to the pub several times before the big remodel. The entry is open and the dining area is spacious - beautiful light wood floors and seating arrangements provide plenty of places to sit, stand and with the bar toward the back of the house gives you a chance to look around on your way in at things like the Weyerman malt paddle, beer brand tapestires that include Storm king, Hop Wallop, Golden Monkey and huge Hopdevil sign as well as the original copper brewkettles adorning the bar and brewmaster's table shined up bright.

the first thing we noticed was the service which is both friendly and prompt - we had beers in hand minutes after entering. We got a chance to check out the beer board and bar and our waitress was friendly and helped with beer descriptions. I should have asked about serving sizes though since I only had 3 beers as a result of getting the large every time -(not rquesting a smaller size).

The selection runs the gamut of draft -10 beers, cask -4 and bottles -3 - killer! they had all of the flagships and seasonal selections plus a few new beers on like Strangeways golden and Bottum's up brown. The Braumeister pils was fresh and delicious, the Esb and Bitter both tasty, the only thing I missed was Yakima Twilight which was past its season evidently.

The food was served in big portions and was fresh - I had the Cajun tuna wrap. I found it to be good but not outstanding. I will have to try the Brisket or brewmaster selection hearth baked pizza. I love the pizza options and the have bison grinders and my brother enjoyed duck so there are plenty of choices including options for vegetarians and the onion soup was delicious!

The best part was the pricing which was very reasonable - I had the wrap 10bucks, soup 5 and 3 beers 13.5, plus the growler I took home was only 7.50- excellent. I was pleased with the experience...almost everyone in the group didn't want to leave, the tour was pretty standard, but it was nice to check out the upgrades to the brewing equipment and they were brewing while we were there which was cool.
Definitely one of the best brewpub experiences I think I have had- must check out Victory if you haven't been.

Slatetank, Feb 21, 2010
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
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

ejimhof, Oct 09, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

Stopped in here for the first time during the Dark Intrigue release.

This place is huge. Tons of tables on both sides as you walk in the door. Making my way back to the bar area I am greeted by a very nice looking, large, bar area. Pretty laid back atmosphere with plenty of people coming and going. A few TV's to watch if you are bored. Tons of people coming in for growler fills, which uses a counter pressure machine. Best way to describe it is the place just feels alive.

Service was pretty good. Took a little while to order my food but I think that had more to do with the large lunch crowd rather than them forgetting about me. Food was pretty good. I had the aged cheddar burger. I ordered fries with it but I got chips. Not a big deal since I didn't get charged for them and the chips were awesome. Food didn't take too long to come out once I got to order it. Prices seemed pretty reasonable for what you got. Very nice lunch before I had to head back.

Quality was fairly high. Everything seemed to be top notch except I did get short poured once but I won't hold it against them too much, it was pretty crowded after all. The beer list was pretty impressive. They had 15 offerings on tap when I stopped in and another two on cask. They seemed to cover almost all the bases with their offerings. I went with both of the cask offerings, Uncle Teddy's Bitter and a Storm King. Both were served correctly and both tasted great.

Overall a great brewpub for a great brewery. I can't wait to make it down again.

orangesol, Nov 28, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

nickfl, Oct 15, 2013
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4.95/5  rDev +14.6%

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!!!

WVbeergeek, Feb 24, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

good atmosphere, the place was packed on a Wednesday night during the holidays. this was the first time I've been there in about 5 years, and they've totally remodeled the restaurant and bar area. with a big group, we were seated in the cool copper table in the corner, covered by the top of an old brew tank.

the fresh beers I had were excellent, Yakima Glory, Hop Devil, and ESB on hand pump. selection was good, with about a dozen beers on tap, with 4 cask selections.

as for food- I had an order of wings which were big and tasty. our server was attentive and friendly.

prices were decent. were were there during happy hour (4pm-6pm) with half price wings and $2 .3L glasses of the 4 flagship beers.

jmdrpi, Jan 03, 2011
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Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
96 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.