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Victory Brewing Company
Active Beers: 132
Beer Ratings: 34,787
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: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Ah, Victory Brewing Company, this place is only an hour or so away from me, and with nothing to do yesterday Erica and I decided to make the drive down and sample some of their recent wares. The atmosphere, as others have said, is very 'big' and 'warehouse like' with extremely high ceilings. The whole brewpub seems 'open' and 'large' but the football on TV and local patrons still give it the feel of a neighberhood pub. The quality of the fresh beers on tap is awesome and the selection was damn good as well with 4 or 5 staples and 6 or 7 seasonals on tap, for a total of 11 beers on tap and 2 on the handpump....not bad at all, if I do say so myself. The service was excellent with our waitress filling up our glasses at a record pace...and the food. The food here is absoluteley huge, excellent, and cheap! We had a spinach and artichoke dip appetizer that was massive and a white pizza that was huge and absoluteley mind-blowing! Yes, they sure know how to make good use out of that wood burning oven they have! This place is highly recommended for cheap and excellent food, great brews, and friendly service. They also have some pool tables, a dart board, and some video games which is a nice touch as well, although the kids hanging out at the bar can get kind of strange!
11-01-2004 19:01:27 |
More by francisweizen
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.
10-21-2004 12:28:23 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Well, Sulldaddy said it best. We made this trip on a friday afternoon. Finding this place is damned near as impossible as finding a hottie girl w/ our buddy Derek (inside joke). However, once we got there it was pretty much what I expected. It had a nice long "L-shaped" bar to which about 20 of those stools were filled at 3:30 pm...not bad! Fermenters are visible through glass behind the bar, two pooltables are also found next to the bar w/ other subsequent seating in the rear. Beer choices were plentiful and tasty. The "X-mas in July" they were having gave me the chance to taste 3 different years of the Old Horizontal. Each tasted distinctly different than the other, but were all very very tasty.
We also had some food. I chose to not weigh myself down with anything too heavy so I ironically got the pub fries, which consisted of french fries, sweet potato fries, and leeks....i was shocked to find that I really enjoyed all three different fries. prices were comparable to other pubs so no real suprise there.
We both enjoyed our visit there, and I would recommend a trip there if you have a good afternoon to go...
08-09-2004 21:19:29 |
More by Fish113d
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited with a buddy of mine during a recent PA trip on a Friday afternoon. The place is a little hard to find and I would recommend adding some signage on the main road to help the weary beer quester find the promised land.
The pub is in the back right hand corner of an industril complex and parking is a little limited. Walk in and there is a long "L" shaped bar with about 45 stools. Beyond this lies two pool tables and scores of table and chair setups for dining.
Sat at the bar for this visit.
Fermenting room is plainly visible behind bar. Several large fermenters are present and working hard.
The place is definitely a brewery first with the pub seeming almost an afterthought. Very industrial feeling with some cans and bottles on high windowsills. Not very pub feeling but nice enough to visit. They had a special "Christmas in July" while there. 2001, 2002 and 2003 vintage old horizontal on tap!! Of course we did a vertical. Amazing how different the 01 was from the other two.
had some grub, pulled pork sandwich was tasty and sweet potato fries were nice too. Typical pub fare dominates the menu.
Growler fills are very cheap. I borught my 2 liter and filled with workhorse porter for only $7.
Can also take bottles and cases home with you.
Definitely worth the visit for the high quality beers not available outside the pub alone. Food is tasty and this place could be fun to hang on the weekends too.
Check it out if in SE PA!!
08-04-2004 00:15:13 |
More by sulldaddy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Hit the Victory Brewpub for one of their "Puttin' On the Pig" events on July 17th, 2004. I mean what could be better? For $20 all the fresh roasted pork you can eat, all the Victory brew you can drink, as well as different Hot and Bar-B-Q sauces and live music. Fun to say the least.
Hard to say what the atmosphere is normally like (never been there before), but for this event it was great. Friendly efficient staff, decent band, very mellow atmosphere. great for just relaxing, eating a pulled pork sandwich and downing some fresh Hop Devil.
The service was good as well. As I said above, very nice, very efficient, probably a bit overwhelmed and out numbered by the patrons, but good under the circumstances. The guy manning the roasted pig was a true trooper. He gets my vote for coolest cat in the place.
The selection was great as well. Basically I'm talking about the beer. Unless I'm wrong it seemed like there was at least 15 beers on tap. I sampled The Hop Devil, which I can say was better than ever on tap, V-10 and also St. Boisterous. I was hoping to find some of the winter selections (although they did have their Grand Cru) like Storm King or Old Horizontal, but it's OK, I was still happy with what they had. The St. Boisterous was a nice treat, something I'd never tried before. The V-10 was great as well, although for a Belgian style brew I would have liked to drink it out of a proper glass to get the effects of the bouquet, but no big deal.
The menu seemed good as well, but I opted for the pork roast so I didn't try anything else but their fries which were pretty darn good. My girl friend had a burger which she reported to be pretty tasty. I can say this, who ever roasted the pig did a fine job. My complements to the chef.
The best ending to the day was being able to buy a growler on the way out. Not only was I excited to take some of the ultra fresh Hop Devil home, but the ceramic stoppered growlers with metal handles themselves are great. These things cost $20 empty in most supply stores. Victory has them for $11, I paid about $18 for it filled. Outstanding.
All and all an amazing experience. I feel lucky to be only about an hour away. I will certainly be back.
07-18-2004 02:40:27 |
More by Ieatlambfries
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, McKenzies, 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 didnt 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 Im 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 Meccas.
Come to Victory for the Beer & you will not be disappointed!!
Last Visit: Saturday 29th May, 2004.
07-14-2004 06:03:44 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
This place is a bit difficult to find, but once you locate it, you're definitely in for a fine visit. The major weakpoint for has got to be (to me, at least) the atmosphere. Its set up in one large room with a few pool tables, a dart board, & really long bar. The dining area is completely separated from the bar area, but in the same room - which looked kind of strange, but seemed to function well. The place was extremely clean, as expected, and the service was great. The food was solid - no complaints. Recommend the creole pizza for sure. Naturally, the best thing about this place is the beer. On tap when I visited was:
Hop Devil (cask conditioned)
Workhorse Porter (cask conditioned)
Everything we sampled was excellent, as anticipated. Reasonably priced, they sell some beer to go & re-fill growlers. Wish I lived closer.
07-02-2004 22:36:53 |
More by garthwaite
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5
The VBC is located in Downingtown, PA in a portion of the old Pepperidge Farm complex. VBC can be a touch difficult to find if you've never been there. It is tucked away in a corner. Take your cell phone and VBC telephone number just in case you get a little lost.
When entering VBC you're struck with one of the longest bars I've ever seen. The bar can seat approximately 50 people. It's over 70 feet long. The interior is a retro-industrial feel. It has clear span with 30' ceilings. The concrete floor, high ceiling heaight and masnonry walls contribute to reflecting a lot of noise. It can get loud at times.
I've been a regular at VBC for several years now and would like to commend the new General Manager for Food and Beverage Operations for the changes that have been recently made. Specifically a new and improved menu, adding an Open Mike Night, Trivia Night, Mexican Night, and live music on Thursdays and sometimes on Saturday or Sunday.
VBC usually averages 13 to 17 different brews on tap. There are always 2 beer engines on with one dedicated to Hop Devil.
There are brews that are only available at the brewery so it's worth the trip.
06-18-2004 13:08:49 |
More by maybrick
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5
This was my third trip and both previous trips I didn't find this place that great, but figured I'd give it one more shot. Well, I shouldn't have bothered.
Service was terrible. It was late Saturday afternoon, so it wasn't crowded. A number of time, servers and bartenders were standing around in a group chatting while the customers at the bar sat with empty glasses.
Beer selection wasn't anything special because I can get their beers at the distributor.
The bathroom was clean, but the bigness of the place and lack of decoration is cold.
I don't need to return.
05-22-2004 20:37:32 |
More by MsRogueRed
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Made my first visit in about 3 years. As always, a pain in the rear to find in the back of a residential area. The old Pepridge Farm plant is not the usual setting for a Brewpub/Brewery. Inside this place has a huge bar, with plenty of seating. Dining is separate and cavernous. There was a band there playing on this Saturday afternoon, and the sound was rather accentuated by the size of the place. Plenty of great beer on tap at this time of year, with V10, Storm King, and St. Victorious being available along with many other great selections such as ESB and Bitter, Hop Devil and Prima Pils. Food is OK, and there is plenty of pub grub to go with the beer. With their huge variety of beer, this place is a must visit for beer fans everywhere.
04-19-2004 19:53:30 |
More by vladtheimpaler
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
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