Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BEER AVG
3.88/5
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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PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Ratings:
545
Reviews:
243
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.51%
 
 
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Ratings: 545 |  Reviews: 243
Reviews by ithacabaron:
Photo of ithacabaron
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I don't know why everyone always has such a hard time getting here -- it's not all that difficult. That being said, I can remember having to ask for directions when I first came, so I can sympathize.

Victory is within a small complex of office buildings, rent-a-spaces, and other less than permanent looking structures. There's plenty of parking.

Inside, I have to say, the atmosphere is lacking -- it's essentially a giant warehouse, with a long bar that curves to the left at the end (where you'll almost always find our own Senor Ruch). There are other single tables around after that, and a pool table or two. Behind the bar, there are windows into the brewhouse. It's not bad, but it's just so very blah. It's almost like they have so much space, they don't know what to do with it. Perhaps I'm just more of a dark, snug bar kind of guy, but this was too open, too slick, too antiseptic.

The good news is that the atmosphere's about the only deficiency this place has -- every other dimension of the brewery is excellent.

All of the beers are poured carefully and not too cold. Lines are very clean, and the consistency from batch to batch is almost flawless.

Service is very good as well, with friendly barkeeps who attentively take care of you.

Selection is great -- there are usually one or two engines going, and a wide variety of taps -- everything's solid, and I can't imagine anyone having a problem finding something they'd like. Additionally, everything's available for takeaway in growler form -- usually about seven dollars a fill, or 13 dollars if you want to buy a beautiful new german flip-top growler (and you do, believe me).

Food is pretty good, but nothing wowed me.

All in all, I still like to consider this a take-out place for myself, rather than somewhere I'd want to stay for a few pints. Prices, whether you stick around, or take away, are very reasonable -- for the person with a kegerator, or if you're throwing a party, sixtels are only 37 dollars, a fantastic deal.

So here's my advice -- come in, get a growler of something, buy a few 750s of Golden Monkey (for five dollars each, another great deal), buy a pint of Uncle Teddy's for yourself, and one for Ruch, and then hit the road.

Come for the beer -- but don't stay for the ambience.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of cmurphy7
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Stevehuber13
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Cjmunyan
4.26/5  rDev 0%
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 -2.8%
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 +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Beaz18
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Hinge37
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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

Photo of Papagoose
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of VABA
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Keith-Manuel25
3.19/5  rDev -25.1%
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 +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of parkwood
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of beer_me_phl
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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 -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of DaPan
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of ChuckTom
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of LeeeMare
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown in Downingtown, PA
3.88 out of 5 based on 63,354 ratings.
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