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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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3.88/5
Victory Brewing Company - DowningtownVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

420 Acorn Lane
Downingtown, Pennsylvania, 19335
United States

(610) 873-0881 | map
www.victorybeer.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
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Reviews:
20,995
Ratings:
61,511
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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
95
Reviews:
240
Ratings:
530
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.51%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by woodychandler:
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5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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!

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

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

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

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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of Tomkob11
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of StonewallSipper
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of blassor
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of BelgianBeerMe
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Nomis
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Since I grew up just a half an hour from the brewery, I've visited this quaint little facility and have always had great food, great service and an overall enjoyable experience. As far as I know they only keep their beers on tap. And its always well kept as far as cleanliness. When in Downingtown, check it out.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Destination visit in Downington PA. Large bar area with tables in a hallway off to the side. I was there for lunch, so the din was low and attendance was building. Probably 15-20 beers on tap to choose from, with unstructured samplers competitively priced. Growler fills as well. Broad menu, pretty much what you'd expect with good variety. Nicely made sandwiches which feature the various beers in dipping sauces. The server was quite conversant on the beers and was interested in the tasting I was doing. Finish with a visit to the bottle shop and merch.

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4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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

Tons of great brews on tap. Friendly, knowledgable staff. Absolutely massive facilities that still maintain a homey vibe. Great spot.

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Photo of chicagoish
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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

This place is absolutely the best! Always have a choice of 4 cask conditioned beers, 3 nitros and at least 15 draughts. The food is excellent and the service is top notch! Cask conditioned Hop Devil is truly liquid crack!!!

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown in Downingtown, PA
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