Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - DowningtownVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

420 Acorn Lane
Downingtown, Pennsylvania, 19335
United States

(610) 873-0881 | map

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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!

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Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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!

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +16%
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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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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).

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Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jmdrpi
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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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 qcbrewer
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

About an hour outside of Philly, so a little bit of a drive (and I'd time it to not get stuck in traffic - Philly traffic is everywhere though). Honestly, I thought it was a bit hard to locate the main entrance at night. The building itself is huge and hard to miss, but the main door is tucked back in a corner 9\(you may need to drive around the block once is all I'm saying).

Inside is huge. There is a hallway style of seats to your right when you first walk in, otherwise the main dining area is quite large, which then bends to the left to bar and yet another dinning area. The long bar has roughly 21 seats, a dark wood back splash, and mirrors behind. However, the coolest aspect to the bar area are the huge cooper kettle cut outs. Basically, they have either purchased old kettles, or fabricated new ones, cut the tops off, and the cut the tops in half to create overhangs for the bar. They even have structural supports coming down as the sides that help make the rest of the bar. One of the coolest bar features I've seen to date. Next to the bar there is a large circular table using an entire top cut of a kettle for a canopy that I think is equally as cool. There are a flags hanging from the rafters, a few pieces of breweriana and some antique posters/signs promoting Victory (mainly WW1 and WW2 posters), and also a few tvs hung up in the bar area as well. There is a small, but very well stocked, merch store tucked away down a hallway.

As for the beer, it's always solid from Victory. The time I was there (earlier this year) they had 17 beers on tap, with some rarities, standards, and one offs. Overall, regardless of your tastes they'll have something for you, and likely more than one options of each style.

I would, and will, come back here often. It's a great establishment and produces some really fantastic beers.

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Photo of sholland119
4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

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.


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Photo of GJ40
4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited the brewpub recently. The selection is excellent with many of there beers on tap with three of them also available on hand pull. The area is spacious with a lot of bar space available. The menu seemed to have many options. The items myself and my friend had were both very good. The quality of the beers was decent. A few really strong selections with others made for the masses. Overall a great experience. No tours were available. The merchandise store was also well priced. Flights of whatever combination you want are available too.

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nickfl
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of yemenmocha
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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!!

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

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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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Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Took a road trip here in mid July. I had heard great things about this brewpub and I figured that it was about time that I got down there to check it out. The pub was hopping pretty well even though it was after lunch time. The pub area is very spacious lots of neat banners and things to look at from anywhere in the place. The bar looked packed for a Saturday afternoon but seemed like it was the place to be. We took a table and ordered a few beers and some food. The service was very good and the wait time for the drinks and food was minimal. The beer selection was really quite good and it should be since they make all of them on the premises. The food was very good, cooked to our liking and very filling. The store was pretty nice too with some interesting merch available at a decent price. Overall it was a fun experience, it's not my favorite brewery but it was nice to finally get down there to check it out.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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.

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown in Downingtown, PA
Brewery rating: 76% out of 100 with 64,086 ratings
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