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Victory Brewing Company
Active Beers: 132
Beer Ratings: 34,702
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
| Reviews: 209 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5
Downingtown is a pain in my arse. Pretty place to visit, but way too damn far away from me. I'm so ornery because 64 oz. growler re-fills are only $6!!??!?!! I shat myself when I saw that. Too bad I only have one growler, and the drive, like I said, is like an hour from my place. Can't wait to revisit often because they have so many beers on tap that we'll never see in bottles, keg-only beers I can't find anywhere, even at the great beer bars of Philly. Anyways, huge place, pretty good brewpub food, and a dozen of the freshest beers. I wish every great micro had its own brewpub open every day of the week, and didn't contract brew to lesser their quality and availability. (Ahem, Brooklyn...)
I check their website monthly to time a growler run on their hard-to-find draught-only specials: Sunrise Weiss, ESB, Hop Wallop, Workhorse Porter - can't wait for the Bocks and Pils in the spring!
09-08-2003 14:47:56 |
More by nomad
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Atmosphere is rather drab a long bar with windows looking in to the Fermentation room then a rather plain looking dinning room I did like the bags of malt hanging from the ceilings though. There was a nice smell of bbq upon walking up and was even better in the dinning room. Nice and clean and the waitresses and servers were very friendly. Selection was excellent line up of Victory beers and bottles. Beer was nice and fresh as it was coming from the source. The food was very good and accented the food well I had wurst bake which was excellent and we shared the fried brie cheese with raspberry sauce which was the stand out of the visit. Picked up a case of the new helles style lager and prima pils along with a few bottles of grand cru all very reasonable. Every bit worth the drive.
08-10-2003 19:58:01 |
More by leeenglewood
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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Reason enough to go to Downingtown...
There's always a minimum of 10 beers on tap here, all Victory's own. Often between 13 and 16, with a couple of cask offerings. A large portion of the choice is seasonal too. The sampler is amazing, they give you a 7 oz.(!) glass of each beer without excluding anything. It alone may be enough for two people to share and call it a day, and particularly good for those just getting into beer, as you'll get a wide variety of styles hit pretty spot-on. Most of their beer is incredible and there's some that are hard or impossible to find anywhere else. They fill up growlers cheap too (most beers are $7, some are a bit more), and sell beautiful 2L German growlers at a great price (it's cheaper to buy one and get it filled there than it is to buy one most places). It's in an old Pepperidge Farm factory and still keeps the warehouse atmosphere, with large grain sacks hanging from the ceiling and huge windows allowing one to see the fermenting tanks. The food was very good, a nice mix of traditional pub fare and more unique dishes. The wings and fries were great, the pizza was good and the salmon-topped caesar salad (daily special, sadly) was amazing. The pulled pork sandwich and burgers are exceptional. Service ranges from amazingly good to slow and apathetic depending on who's working when you're there and how crowded it is. Overall a great place, something to plan a weekend around. Nearby are both Sly Foxes and the Drafting Room Exton. Oh and look for our very own Rotsaruch parked on a barstool right at the turn in the bar, probably enjoying something slow-poured.
07-17-2003 05:30:31 |
More by PopeDX
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
After spending a few hours driving up here and having just come back from Munich a week earlier I was disapointed. If I am ever through the area again I will definitely stop back though. It's hard for me to talk about the beers because quite honestly (shhh...) I needed a little break from beer after being in Munich. But I've had their stuff and know that Victory is top notch so I'll rely partly on that in my recommendation. The service here is pretty bad, and all the locals seemed to know it. I waited over 2 hours just for a tuna wrap, when everyone around me ordered, received, and had already eaten their food. Eventually when I got it it was free along with a pint of the porter which I liked cold, it got a little icky after warming. We went on a Sunday afternoon and the atmosphere wasn't amazing when we went in. We basically just got stared down by a bunch of people. Eventually though as the place filled up it got better, maybe if I hadn't been worn out from driving I would have made more conversation with people I wasn't with. The place looks nice though, and they've got something on tap for everybody so I would still recommend going. I wouldn't recommend making a day trip out of it though, but that's just me.
06-11-2003 20:44:30 |
More by Spacegrass
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
After reading the reviews here at beeradvocate.com, my girlfriend and I decided to head out to Downingtown to see what this place was all about. Suffice to say I am glad we made that 75 minute trip.
As we pulled down Acorn Ln, we came across an industrial park that claimed to have the Victory Brewing Company located within. I said to her, "I think we may be in the wrong place." We drove around for a couple minutes and finally found Victory nestled in a back corner of the warehouses and offices. This is important to remember when going here because I was about to write it off as bad directions. Needless to say I was very excited to get inside and crawl into a few pints.
Atmosphere: Strange at first, but comfy soon thereafter. Walk in and you are immediately faced with a large bar located in pretty much a warehouse. We got there around 3 or 4 and there was not an empty seat at the bar. We waited it out for a few minutes and snagged a couple of seats right in the middle. The bartenders were very nice and so were the patrons. They had an 80's mix jamming out over the stereo which was pretty cool.
Quality: I have never been a huge fan of Victory's beers...until 4 days ago. For a measley $3 per pint you can sample any one of up to 15 different types of beer on tap. I don't know what it was but those beers tasted way better brewery fresh. The Festbier was awesome, and so was the Porter.
Service: Average to good. There were times I sat there with my glass empty for up to 5-10 minutes. I would have been more tolerant of this if they didn't have 5 bartenders behind the bar. Some of my displeasure comes from me being "in the zone" and not wanting to wait another second for my next beer. They were busy, so I can let them slide here.
Selection: Ridiculous. They have (I think) 15 beers available to try. 1/2, 1/4, 1/6 kegs, growlers, jugs, 6-packs, cases. You name it. If you can't find something you like here, try another pursuit. Even the gift shop had some really cool items available. Take money.
Food: Had a large lunch. I had the stuffed Portabello's as an appetizer and the Cajun Caesar wrap as the entree. I would say that both were good. Better than I expected anyways.
Overall, this place was a great find. Next time I am planning on spending more time there. If you're nearby or passing through, make sure to stop by and check Victory out. Enjoy!
05-28-2003 04:53:51 |
More by Edwin
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5
Okay, first of all, this place is something akin to a temple to beer. The number of brews that they have on-site is simply staggering. And, best of all, nearly each of them is simply world-class.
My wife is a huge fan of this brewery and wanted to go to it for her birthday....It's a bit of a drive from our area, but I'm always up for a nice brewery visit, so we worked it into a trip to the nearby Valley Forge National Park. On the whole we had a great day.
Since I promised to drive, I decided that rather than start on the pints, I'd just get a little sampler and keep things light. I wish the waitress had warned us that there were 15 (that's right FIFTEEN) beers in the Victory sampler. On top of that, the glasses are not the small 4-ouncers that you see at most brewpubs. Wow....we've got to come back here.
Again, nearly all the beers are outstanding. They had Hop Devil on Cask. I was seriously impressed with the smoothness of this beer, especially compared with the typical kegged version. Also, deserving serious accolades is the ESB....one amazing beer, I wish they had bottles of the stuff.
On the downside, the servers were slow and obviously inexperienced. The food was okay, but can best be described as sub-par, uninteresting pub food. Atmosphere was open, welcoming, and a little noisy. Actually, it's the perfect place to sit back and down a few. Nice store in the back with T-shrits and such...I only wish they had more varieties bottled beer on sale.
Of course REAL reason to go to this place is the beer. And they get an A+ on that category.
05-11-2003 13:18:32 |
More by Suds
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Hell yeah This place is great and the beer selection is even better, they have the finest beers on draught, in bottles, cask-conditioned, and workhouse porter out of the firkin. Draft brews are only $3 bucks. All were served at great temperatures. The food is good, the brats and wings were great. You will see some impressive equipment if you take the tour. This is really a great establishment. The only complaint was with the gift shop, the prices for the golf shirts were a little high at $35 a pop everything else is great though.
04-20-2003 15:13:28 |
More by WilliamPhilaPa
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Amazing. We thought for sure we were in the wrong place. But we weren't. This place has some great attributes. The menu is excellent. Very eclectic. I am not normally one for wings, yet I love hot and spicy food. Their 4-Alarm wings ACTUALLY TASTE GOOD. As compared to most which merely try to peel the top 10 layers off of your tongue. Their in-house hearth-baked pretzels are also good. The Jerk Chicken Grinder was excellent. Slightly spicy, and very tasty.
The brews were amazing. Very German-oriented...thumbs up on that point.
We drove just over an hour to get there, and I have to tell you, I have driven alot further in the past for a while lot less. Well worth the trip.
04-19-2003 15:48:41 |
More by goindownsouth
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Wow! This place is amazing. Great selection of their finest brews on draught, in bottles, cask-conditioned, and workhouse porter out of the firkin. All served at great temperatures by very friendly people.
The food was great. It was the PA BA Gathering, and we had a buffet lunch with pizza, wings, and bratwurst. All were excellent, and I would definitely be very happy with the same if I returned, although I will say that I would have to try some new stuff. After taking the tour, I was absolutely amazed at how large this place is. They have some very impressive equipment, and if you take the tour, they will tell you all about it. I will be back to this wonderful establishment.
04-09-2003 07:03:19 |
More by ElGuapo
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
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