Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Victory Brewing Company - DowningtownVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown
BA SCORE
76%
Liked Their Beers
3.85 w/ 64,074 ratings
Victory Brewing Company - DowningtownVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

420 Acorn Lane
Downingtown, Pennsylvania, 19335
United States

(610) 873-0881 | map
victorybeer.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
160
Reviews:
21,647
Ratings:
64,074
Liked:
48,721
Average:
3.85/5
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
91.6%
Reviews:
243
Ratings:
549
Liked:
503
Avg:
4.31/5
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
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Ratings: 549 |  Reviews: 243
Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
3.88/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I would have ranked Victory BC higher in atmosphere and quality, but the brewpub is separated into two parts of unequal quality. The main room where the dining area is near the entrance with the bar near the back is dimly lit and well decorated with display cases filled with vintage local beer cans and booths with mash tun onion tops. There there is what appears to be a later addition--a weirdly yellow lit high ceiling room reminiscent of a German beer hall. The room was too bright with posters and a TV projector that did not fit in with the theme and feel of the rest of the restaurant. I could see how this room would be useful for banquets and large events, but it was just uninviting and too yellow.

The beers, about 20 on tap were an interesting selection and it was nice to try some brewery only and limited beers. My dining companion and I tried Summer Love, Pursuit of Pale, CBC Hallertau BPA, among others. Most beers were about $5/pint, which seems a bit pricey for the suburbs, but I'm happy to pay my money to support Victory. And watching them fill growlers on their fancy new machine is super cool.

The food was relatively inexpensive, especially the pizzas, but neither entree we had was particularly good. The German pretzel was fantastic, arriving at the table dangerously hot, covered in butter and salt with delicious cheese and mustard dipping sauces. But the Margherite pizza and turkey pot pie we had were not impressive. The pizza had a crust that was too thick and ingredients that did not seem like top grade, however, for a personal pizza it was only $7. The turkey pot pie was not a pie at all, but turkey ala king with a bit of lattice puff pastry placed on top. A pot pie should be a casserole with a pastry pie crust baked on top, not what I had.

The service staff were courteous and they were very nice to let us know and accurate wait time (they were within 5 minutes of what they told us). They were attentive, not annoying, and offered recommendations on food as well as beer.

I think that it would be nice to have some guest taps though, especially since victory is collaborating with DFH and Stone on Saison duBuff. I think this would help shake it up for the more frequent visitor.

I would definitely go again, but maybe choose something like a burger or salad, which I can be pretty certain of what I am going to get. Although I will say other peoples pizzas did look much better than the one we had, however, there should not be anything on the menu that they will not make well.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of gordavidson
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of _nickg_
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jrfehon33
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of mkyer
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Just adding to the noise as well as remembering my roots since I grew up semi-close to the area. The Downingtown pub is always clean and always has great service. I’ve been there with a 20 person party and had very good quick service. The selection is well, its their brews, don’t go in there and ask for BMC stuff and as far as I remember, they don’t have guest taps. The food is pretty good, probably one of the better brewpubs on the market. The value, well, its Southeastern PA and a better part of the nation to get good beer at a fairly decent price.
Overall, if I lived in Southeastern PA, I would be here almost/probably every weekend.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4.05/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of cmurphy7
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Stevehuber13
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Cjmunyan
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

great food and fun vibe at this local brewery. went to high school a few minutes away and loved getting food there with my family. large selection of beers with a few nitros at all time. sell all beers in the brewery store with a nice selection of t-shirts and other merchandise. run limited release beers every little while only available at the brewery which are definitely worth attending. if your nearby this is one place i would recommend visiting if your a fan of good beers and good food.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

i was so stoked to finally get to check this place out. hop devil is one of the beers that got me into craft in the first place way back when, and this felt like somewhat of a pilgrimage to go to the original victory brewery. the place is huge inside, despite not being much of a looker from the outside, its enormous. they have a big dining room right when you walk in with a very long bar and bar area in the back, made to feel cozy with dark wood and copper accents around the place, and it was absolutely packed. we got a table right away though, and recognized almost all the beers on the list. i was a little disappointed to not see more tap room only or one off beers, but we found a few. of course every beer we had here was great, its victory after all, but i was really pleased with the doppelbock, which i had not had before. the place was swarming with kids, maybe a little too family friendly, but they have an arcade area in the back for them, so that helps a little bit. service was good, especially for how busy they were, and the food was pretty solid. i had a nice mac and cheese, but it was served less than fully hot, which is of course a turn off, but it tasted great. i like a bustling veer hall vibe, a tall glass off quality brew, and feeling like i am part of something cool, and thats exactly what you get in here. i know they have several spots now and have moved a decent amount of the brewing out of here, but it was a wonderful experience to check out where it all began. really enjoyed our brief time in here!

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Photo of micropale
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Beaz18
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Hinge37
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of madelf66
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Papagoose
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of VABA
4.31/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Keith-Manuel25
3.19/5  rDev -26%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

It's an OK joint

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Photo of Curt3
4.7/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.01/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of parkwood
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of beer_me_phl
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The place that started my craft beer obsession. Always a solid option for dinner and drinks. Food can be hit or miss sometimes especially for my wife but I usually enjoy what i get. The jerk grinder is my go to food option. Staff is friendly and fast. It does get packed and noisy on the weekends but I still love the atmosphere of the building.

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Photo of wander4
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown in Downingtown, PA
Brewery rating: 76% out of 100 with 64,074 ratings
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