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Victory Brewing Company
Active Beers: 132
Beer Ratings: 34,711
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
420 Acorn Lane
phone: (610) 873-0881
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped by Victory for lunch a few weeks ago. The atmosphere (at 2p on a Thursday) was comfortable and laid back. The decorations are a bit sparse, but I don't know of many people who go to a brewery to stare at the walls. They have the top of a brew kettle hanging from the ceiling next to the bar. It looks great, but I imagine it could get obnoxious if you wanted to watch a sports game on TV and happened to have that fall within your sight lines.
We sat at the bar and were greeting with prompt, friendly service (I believe his name was Chuck). We chatted with him for a while and he helped us select the beers for our sampler. It was brought over quickly and thoroughly explained. As expected, all of the beers were excellent. My favorite was the Scarlet Fire, a well-balanced Rauchbier with notes of bacon. If you find yourself at the brewery, definitely give this one a try.
After the sampler we ordered the Berry Salad and, breaking my snobby I'm-from-Massachusetts-and-won't-eat-seafood-in-a-landlocked-state rule, the mussels. The salad was fresh and the mussels were delicious! They are steamed in beer and cooked with sausage. If you a fan of mussels, I highly recommend them. The paired very well with the Scarlet Fire. Throughout our stay our server was friendly and attentive.
After we finished our lunch, we decided to get a growler of the Scarlet Fire to bring back to Boston. Victory has the coolest and most elaborate growler filling process that I have ever seen. The growlers themselves are beautiful. They are placed in a machine that sanitizes them and then fills them using counter-pressure. Continuing with the theme of excellent service, the bartender explained how the machine works and then had us come over to watch the process. It is almost fully automated and keeps the beer fresh for at least two weeks.
If you find yourself in that part of Pennsylvania, definitely swing by Victory. Good food, good beer and friendly service make this place a must on any road trip.
08-13-2011 13:19:05 |
More by BrittEBurke
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
The main reason to go to Victory Brewing company is as everyone knows; the beer. There is ussually at least a few beers on tap that they do not bottle, and some are brewery only exclusives. The place always has a good crowd which at times becomes overwhelming. The food here is usually hit or miss. I have never had a terrible meal, nor anything exceptional. There is a large amount of turnover with the waiters, which can lead to some sub par service. The bartenders seem to stick around longer, so I suggest going to the bar if there is room. Overall the place is a solid restraunt with some flaws, but the beer more than makes up for it
08-03-2011 18:27:37 |
More by hackomal
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was my second trip to Victory, this time just to grab a few brews and a few six packs to go.
Walk in and its a rustic setting, seating on both sides and then the bar in the back with additional seating adjacent. There were some high tops around the bar and being it was busy, my cousin and I ordered at the bar and stood there until some people left at the bar.
The quality of all the beer is impeccable. World class pilsner beers and of course a stellar regular lineup and some mixed bag beers there too, everything being pretty good.
Service was decent. We had a few at the bar and the bartenders were pretty good about checking on us. We even wanted to buy six packs and some of their home made icecream to go after the store closed and they hooked us up.
Selection was good, at least 20 draught options, a solid food menu too with many options.
It may be unfair to grade the food here, as all I had my first trip to Victory was sweet potato fries (very good) and this time the Storm King Crunch ice cream was all I got, and it was easily some of the best ice cream I have ever eaten. Ive never done lunch or dinner there so take that for what it is.
I love Victory beers, and the brewery is just the mecca of such. I am lucky my cousin lives 10 minutes away, next time I'll try more of the food there.
07-24-2011 19:50:52 |
More by Stinkypuss
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
While on vacation in the area our group of four decided to visit Victory for lunch and to taste some of their beers. Convenient parking always a plus and as we walked in everything was clean and we were greeted right away and shown a table.
We ordered lunch and a flight of four or five beers, about six oz. apiece. They had about 20 beers to choose from. Flights were quickly brought out. Lunch was very good as well as the beers. I don't remember the bill but I remember it to be reasonable.
Would revisit if in the area again.
07-18-2011 22:56:12 |
More by bayougutter
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | $$
Visited Victory on a beautiful June day. I went there along with my homebrew club. We had scheduled ahead of time a "brewers tour". We paid for this tour and we were very excited because earlier in the week they had announced no more tours. We showed up like a bunch of little kids on Christmas only to be met by ole Grinchy himself. From the moment we were "greeted" by the staff we were treated like trash. Our club has had many great experiences with breweries, brewpubs, and bars none like this one.
On our "brewers tour" our tour guide knew nothing of brewing and admittedly told us so. So much for getting what you pay for. I was hoping to gain some knowledge of the brewing process but was told bad information. When a plate of hops was passed around I asked what kind they were. The tour guides response "I don't know probably something they just swept off the floor".
After getting our samples on the tour, which happened to be the 3 most popular beers, we headed into the bar/restaurant area for lunch. We were given 1 server for our 30 or so people and only about 20 chairs. We were denied service at the bar because we had a server and were part of our group. At this point in the day the MANAGEMENT had sufficiently treated us like trash and the server apologized for it. I have never in any eatery had a waiter apologize for their boss.
Our day ended when one of our group was kicked out. The manager ripped a glass out of his hand with such force that a good portion of it spilled on the floor. She then screamed at him to leave. She said he was "visibly intoxicated". He was far from intoxicated and he left. There was at least 5 people that were visibly intoxicated standing with 15 feet of him when he was told to leave. When our club president asked for an explanation none was given.
Victory has really lost touch of what is important. The customer. The only thing that is of any importance to them is your money. They don't care about good beers, good times, or good food. Just to get your money. There is plenty of other breweries and brewpubs in the area that care about the customer that visiting Victory is not worth your time.
I will never buy or suggest their beer to anyone ever again. I have never in my life been treated with such disdain and disrespect. Which is quite incredible since I work with juvenile delinquents.
07-09-2011 03:17:52 |
More by OldeBrickHouse
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by for dinner with the girlfriend, about 8:30 or so on a Friday and the place was pretty crowded. No wait for a table though, and we sere seated in the back room. Seemed kind of bare, and the large, open room with all the people in it made it kind of loud. Waitress came by shortly and asked us what were were drinking. About a dozen beers on tap, with a rotating selection on cask. Got a Hop Wallop from the cask while the girlfriend got a Summer Love. Turned our attention to the food menu, which had lots of delicious sounding dishes. Went with the eggplant fries to share, and the reuben meatballs w/handmade pasta while the gal got the root beer BBQ ribs. Everything was delicious, and the bill wasn't too bad.
Of course I'd return, where else can you get all those delicious Victory beers on tap? Food is quite good too, and if a brewpub has good food and beer, then what's to dislike? Layout of the room made it loud, but the main area of the brewpub might be somewhat quieter. Most likely not, with the bar there, so keep it in mind if you're looking for something quieter.
06-09-2011 00:44:32 |
More by skiofpinsk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited for the release of Headwaters. Really clean, big place with lots of space to move around. Tap list is displayed above the long bar and is updated immediately if something changes. Food was great. Took the tour which seemed fairly standard. When they took us into the room where they keep the hops, I felt like I was in the Willy Wonka movie...I wanted to wait for the rest of the tour to leave and hide in there and just dive into one of the big bags of hops, the smell is heaven. They had 3 or 4 beers on cask. I took a growler of Hop Wallop for the road which was filled on their high tech counter pressure station. If I lived a little closer, I could see myself hanging out here fairly often. Thanks Chris for the golden ticket.
05-12-2011 14:09:04 |
More by paulys55
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The atmosphere here is great and they have a pretty nice selection of beers. The food was pretty good too, I got a burger and onion rings both of which were great! I did not get to tour the brewery but I am planning on going back soon and taking advantage of that.
They offer decent size samples for about a $1.50 which I thought was great.
They have a nice gift shop with glassware and cases/6 packs you can buy. Its a little small but there is a decent selection of apparel and other beer related items. Pretty average value when compared with other similar places.
05-05-2011 00:34:47 |
More by philly224
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
05-03-2011 04:36:01 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to Victory for the first time this past weekend on a Saturday night (5:00 tour).
The place is oddly located at first glance, hidden back in almost an industrial park. Parking was free and easy.
We went to the retail section first to book a spot on the tour as we waited we looked at some reasonably priced glassware and shirts. They have their bottled brews there as well for purchase. Surprisingly the prices for the bottles, cases, six packs or big bottles wasnt that great. I can do just as good at a distributor or Wegmans. A little dissapointed in that. I fully expected bottled brews to be a soild discount from what I could get at a distributor, not like two bucks on a case.
The brew tour was cool and informative. But kind of ho-hum. We found out they use left over ingedients to make beer ice cream.. hmm sounds good. We sampled some malt but didnt get to taste any beer. Kind of odd. Really if you watched the series "Brewmasters" there really is nothing to see that will entice you. And the fact that you dont even get a tiny taste it really is kind of a time waster. Especially since you can read about the company and how it started online.
The place is very large; huge big bar, lots of tables, booths and dining areas. Room to stand and move about as well. TV's all around to watch the game etc. They even have an arcade if you want to give the kids something to do while waiting to get a seat.
We waited bout 15 minutes for a table (just two of us) and sampled a brew while waiting.
The brew selection was great as were the brews we tried. We tried brewpub (non bottled) exclusives while there. Really good stuff.
The Trice Fries appetizers were awesome. There is enough for two to share and munch on prior to getting your meal. We ordered a burger and the Hickory Prime prime rib sandwich, both were very good. The service was very prompt and pleasant and the food was very good. The brews paired well with the food as well. We enjoyed Mad Kings Wiess, Braumeister Pils- Tettnang, Whirlwind Wit and a few others. All good stuff.
This is a very cool place we will visit again. It is loud enough that you can unwind and talk all the nonsense you want and it is a place the kids can go and not be out of place as well. A real good spot with some of the best brews you can drink. And food that is good as well. I will be sure to be back again and try their beer ice cream... sounds awesome.
04-11-2011 19:50:37 |
More by magine
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
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