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Victory Brewing Company
Active Beers: 132
Beer Ratings: 34,774
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
420 Acorn Lane
phone: (610) 873-0881
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Victory Brewing recently. Similar to other reviewers, I found the atmosphere a bit underwhelming. However, since the beer is the most important thing, the surroundings were easily overcome by their quality product.
I chose Victory as my destination to try their Hop Devil on cask. I was not disappointed - it lived up to my memory and expectation. However, I was completely blown away by their seasonal beer, Hop Wallop. They offered this beer both on draught and on cask. To say the least, I have a new favorite beer! Wow, I just can't say enough about this beer...
Regarding the food, I had a pizza and thought it was quite good. Additionally, my service was excellent - maybe a product of sitting at the bar and arriving before the rush.
If you ever find yourself in Philly, make the trip to Downingtown. You'll be happy you did. And I'll be envious...
11-15-2007 02:55:42 |
More by Idaho99
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5
I really enjoyed my trip to the Victory Brewhouse today. I went for a late afternoon lunch. The atmosphere is nice, music was solid classic rock, not too loud, dart board, pool tables, nice long bar with comfy stools. No complaints, the only reason its not a five is that i like my bars small and dark, but this place is nice. Quality of the beer is great, I have not had a product from them that I havent liked. My service was really good, my bartender offered me samples because I had trouble deciding, and he was attentive and friendly. Selection was great, pretty much every style represented, 12 taps in all. Food was ok, i had a burger and fries, nothing spectacular, but it doesnt have to be. Nice place, I wish it was closer.
02-24-2005 06:12:49 |
More by bigjohn
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I thought the place was absolutely great! Definitely my kind of place, and worth the trip.
I found it fairly quickly, but I can see how it may be a problem, so make sure you have good directions. As so many pointed out, the place is big, warehouse-like. It definitely cannot be described as cozy, but it is very casual and sitting there you feel very relaxed. You get a feeling that it is a brewery first, and a pub second. It really is all about the beer!
Victory has a long bar, a couple of pool tables, and a large dining area. Very simple, very casual, a place you can relax in. People working there were very friendly. No complaints there.
The biggest attraction here, of course, is beer! I got a sampler - all Victory beers. Sample glasses are fairly large at 6 oz and there were 16 styles available when I was there. You get your standards like HopDevil, Golden Monkey and Storm King. But you also get Old Horizontal, Braumeister Pils, St. Victorious, Mad King's Weiss, cask conditioned HopDevil, Dark Lager, D-Town Brown Ale and a few others. Quality was outstanding. Even for styles I do not normally enjoy (heife and barley wine) I could feel and appreciate excellent quality.
I didn't eat a lot, but enjoyed whatever I tried. I plan to center a weekend around Victory some time soon.
Very highly recommended!
03-16-2005 19:40:30 |
More by ikats
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I've heard so much about Victory's beer that I purposely didn't try much until I could try it on tap at the brewery, which turned out to be a great decision.
We arrived at around 2:30 p.m. on a Friday, planning to eat lunch and make the 4:00 tour. You are met with a long bar which wraps around the wall as soon as you walk in the door. I was that almost their entire selection of beer was available on tap, except some of the off season stuff. We ended up trying 9 different beers for the first time, before we left.
The service was excellent. Our waitress brought me the wrong beer with our first round, which she quickly corrected, leaving the incorrect pint for no cost. I always love those type of mistakes. This was the first free beer we received that day, though not the last. Our food came quickly and she kept our glasses full. The food was excellent. They have hearth baked pizza, which my friend tried, and a wide selection of sandwiches, burgers, and dinners. I had the beer barbecue pork sandwich which went quite well with the beer.
As 4:00 approached we asked our waitress where we meet for the tour, she showed us, we then asked if they provide any free beer on the tour. She said they do not, but then told us she would just give us each a pint for the walk... more free beer :) No complaints here, hence the 5.0 I gave their service.
The tour was only the second brewery tour I've been on, but it was head and shoulders beyond the first in terms of information, quality, and fun. We got to see pretty much everything, and even meet one of the brew-masters.
After the tour we had another beer at the bar, and I got two six packs to take home (which were notably cheaper than what their beer is sold for at my local purposely, plus it's ridiculously fresh). All in all a great trip, and a great place. I'll be back no doubt.
12-24-2005 15:08:39 |
More by HugoGrim
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
I always try to get to Victory whenever I have a chance to come home from college for a while. The beer, of course, is awesome. I'd specifically recommend getting Hopdevil or, if they have it, Uncle Teddy's Bitter from the hand pump. Some of their other draught-only stuff is fantastic, too, and their prices on cases tend to be lower than most of the distributers in the area.
But that's not a big surprise. The really great thing is that you can get these beers and some extremely solid food for very reasonable prices. I always get the trice fries (which come with a very nice dipping sauce) and I love the drunken mussels, the ribs (which as of now come with a free beer on tuesdays) the pizzas, the wings, the jerk grinder, the burgers--pretty much everything I've tried. It's not cutting edge cuisine, but it is delicious by any measure. And you pay less for all of this than you'd pay for comparable (but probably not as tasty) menu items at the average casual dining restaurant.
Basically, consider checking it out if you ever find yourself in the area. And if you're always in the area, you have no excuse for not going.
03-29-2006 02:25:42 |
More by Vibbly
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
An excellent place - some of my favorite beers paired with some world-class pub food.
The place is a very clean and modern take on a German brauhaus - big ceiling, copper kettles, long tables, a huge long bar. Very cool atmosphere.
The quality of the brews are world-class - great Victory beers straight from the brewer. In addition, their growlers are incredibly nice - they sell them for $15 but I've seen them online for $30. German flip-top style.
The service is hit or miss - the bartenders are very good, but the servers are sometimes not so much. They are usually friendly but sometimes slow.
The selection is excellent. All of the Victory bottled beers are available on draft, and there are usually 10 or so more draft-only brews that may be rotating or one time. In addition, there are usually 3 or 4 brews on cask. Couldn't ask for more.
The food is all fantastic - I've had nearly every single appetizer at this point and can safely recommend them all, especially the pretzel. Their BBQ is great as well. Some of the best pub-style food I've had.
To top this all off, the prices are great - food is cheap, pints are cheap, and you can get your growler filled for between $7 to $10.
A world-class establishment at incredibly cheap prices - definitely worth visiting!
06-05-2009 02:21:40 |
More by gciccarelli
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
Went there about a Month ago and was a great time! They had amazing selection of beer and some new ones ive never had before. Service was very friendly and didn't have to wait to get seated at all! Also food was excellent! Hope to go again soon! One thing I will tell you is that the place is somewhat hidden in an alley unless I went a different way then usual!
07-15-2013 17:06:05 |
More by JakeEsterly
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Not easy to find, but it's well worth it. The food by itself is just ok, but they serve dishes that really compliment the beer well. Yes that's right, the food compliments the beer. They have a wide variety of beers available at any time, many of which you can't find anywhere else. It's fun to make multiple trips there because the beer selection is constantly changing. A must visit if your in the Philly area.
07-28-2003 23:51:03 |
More by dmarch
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Victory was the last stop on my pre-wedding road trip in early June of 2006 that brought us to three baseball games and six brew pubs between Boston, Detroit, Toronto, Baltimore and back. Did we ever save the best for last!
Soon after making the jump from Guinness and Harpoon to the greater world of craft beer I was introduced to Victory and have loved their beers ever since. Storm King was an early favorite. Over the years I had always hoped to visit the brewery and hadn't planned on going there this trip, but as luck would have it, we were able to go.
The brewery is in a business park, for lack of a better term. Large cement building, no frills from the the looks of it from outside. Upon entering you come to a hallway and can either turn right for the rest rooms or left for the bar and dining area. For the record I immediately turned right. It was a long car ride.
The bar was full of loyal regulars and there were a good many of them this Sunday evening. We made our way to the dining area and ordered a sampler of their beers for the table. We had one sample of each of their offerings, which was at least ten, I want to say closer to thirteen. Very nice food selection as well, better than average pub fair.
My only disappointment was we arrived after the gift store had closed, but I did pick up a very nice European growler for myself. No logo, but one hell of a nice beer vessel.
Absolutely worth the trip if you're even remotely in the area. Every good BA should visit here at least once in their lives.
02-02-2007 06:07:25 |
More by fdrich29
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Went here a few weeks ago for the Victory Fall Fest with a couple of my friends. My one friend had been there before and said I was in for a treat, so I was a little excited.
A: The atmosphere of the place is awesome. A cool, collected, down to earth kind of place. A large, open, L-shaped dining area with a large bar in the back. The design is pretty cool with nice, dark mahogany walls and accompanying bars. Half-vats are set up as "shelter" areas behind the bar and serve as "umbrellas" for some tables. Definitely has the feel of a place where good friends meet for a few.
Q: The quality of the beer - and the overall place - was excellent. Very clean dining area with excellent, fresh beer offerings. It almost seemed like the place had opened a week before.
S: The service was excellent. The waiter was well in tuned to the fact that we were there to eat and to get some good beer. He gave us plenty of time to figure out what we wanted to drink and eat - even making some suggestions for one of my friends. What stood out for the service was the fact that my one friend ordered a diet coke, which was brought with a lemon. He apparently took it out and the next diet coke he got had no lemon. That attention to detail is very impressive, especially from a waiter on a pretty busy Saturday.
S: the selection was great, despite the fact that it was all Victory beers. About 25 to 30 "V" taps, including some cask conditioned offerings (naturally, I had to have them). Each table is given a leather-bound beer book, which is pretty up to date and gives a detailed description of what you can expect with each beer, including food pairings.
F: I was advised to get a burger, and I conceded. I got a bacon cheddar burger that was fantastic. Came with two, four ounce Angus beef patties with perfectly melted, cheddar cheese and nice, thick pieces of bacon. Served with fries that were fantastic. My other friends got a half rack of ribs with the special, Victory Golden Monkey mustard sauce that was pretty spicy, but good nonetheless. While I did sample the sauce, I did not sample the actual ribs, so I will have to take my friend's word for it that they were good.
V: Definitely a decent value. Beers were well-priced as well as the food; definitely a great vlaue for the buck.
Note: We stopped by the Victory store, and that place seemed a bit pricey. I'm sorry, but when I go to a brewery and take all the costs other than bottling and labeling out of extended cost of getting the beer into my hands, having the gall to charge me $10.51 (exactly) for a sixer of beer, is quite upsetting to me, no matter how limited the brew. I travelled 2.5 hours to get here, and you have the balls to charge me more than what a retail store would? That is just plain price gouging, and for an industry that is all about the little man, and during these economic times, quite discouraging.
Note Update: I have recently been informed that the brewery cannot charge less than what retailers charge, which makes business sense for both parties (Victory does not want to hose itself but undercutting its "customers"). Next time, I will jsut have to bring a growler, but I am leaving this as part of my review for future reference.
10-08-2008 18:39:28 |
More by maddogruss
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
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