Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Your Rating: None
Victory Brewing Company - DowningtownVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown
BA SCORE
3.84/5
Very Good
64,525 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

Notes:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate

BEER STATS
Beers:
160
Reviews:
21,801
Ratings:
64,525
Master Beer Listing
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.31/5
Reviews:
244
Ratings:
552
pDev:
11.37%
 
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers | Place Reviews | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 552 |  Reviews: 244
Reviews by ffejherb:
Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

 2,246 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of CHickman
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went to the brewery for dinner with my whole family and some friends and they seated all 11 of us quickly, didn't pressure anyone and provided real nice service. The place is huge and kid friendly, so it worked out perfectly since we were down there for a lacrosse tournament. The place is huge and the staff was very friendly.

I got the pretzel for an app which came with mustard and a tasty cheese sauce for dipping, and followed that up with the reuben sandwich which was nice and greasy on the toasted marble rye. All kids and adults enjoyed their meals.

The beer selection on draft has most of their portfolio and almost every style imaginable pouring. I will definitely go back and visit, all in all it was a good time. Bonus was hitting the retail store and getting a mix of bottles and bombers to go.

 810 characters

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of tjcamm
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

javascript:void(0);

19 characters

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.

 649 characters

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.

 495 characters

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!

 1,540 characters

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

16 characters

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

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown in Downingtown, PA
Brewery rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 64,525 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.