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Victory Brewing Company
Active Beers: 132
Beer Ratings: 34,804
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
420 Acorn Lane
phone: (610) 873-0881
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Went to the Victory Brewery last evening for the fist time. The place was not exactly what I was expecting as it was located in a warehouse/manufacturing district. The inside was huge, as you walk in you see the list of available brews for take home and their prices. Then you walk by a very long bar that has windows behind it showing the tanks, etc of the brewery. The actual dinning area was after the bar and was a wide-open space. We where seated promptly which was nice and given time to mull over the menu and decide what brew to start with. After ordering my first beer arrived very quickly, the Festbeer, which was ok. Our food came out quite quickly after that, first with our appetizers and then followed with our main course about 10 minutes later. I would classify the food as above par but nothing spectacular, my wife had a pretzel for an appetizer, which she said, was very good and I had the cheddar and Bacon soup with was fair. For our main courses I had the fish and chips, which was good, and my wife had the Philly Cheese steak, which was fair. During dinner I got a second beer, the Donnybrook Stout, which for me did not live up to expectation but was a good brew. The service was so-so, quick to get out first orders but then after that very hard to track them down to get another brew, etc. They seemed to be hanging out around the cash register, while the dinning area was not that busy but where talking with patrons near the bar area. Overall I would say that this place was good, but did not live up to my expectations. Would go again but think that I will try some of the other brewpubs in the Philly area first.
09-29-2007 09:39:17 |
More by Stimack
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Went here for drinks and appetizers on a Saturday night...
Inside, this place is huge. The bar and dining area were both pretty wide open. I didn't feel warm here though, vibe was a little off. Plenty of their beers were on tap, along with growler fills and a cask.
My friends and I ordered a couple sampling trays, honestly I thought the beers were pretty forgettable. Ive always thought that Victory's beers were average, anyway. Plenty of styles to choose from though.
I cant speak much for the food but the pretzel I got was great. My friends seemed to enjoy their food, as well.
Id go back to check this place out again if I was in the area, I wouldn't make a trip out of it though.
03-11-2010 14:26:22 |
More by zoolzoo
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Loud, big bars with Coomunist style service, by which I mean they put a lot of people behind the bar, but no one seems to have ownership of the section. So you try to flag down the guy cleaning glasses to pour you a beer, but he doesn't care because they split their tips among all the bars in the place. Like i said, lots of people behind the bar, but no bartenders. Not friendly either, but I'd be happy with an ugly grump who fills my glass.
Food is ok, beer is quite good but we don't go anymore since Victory stopped supporting the homebrew clubs who put them on the map. Meanwhile Sierra Nevada has started supporting homebrew contests, so I guess I'll buy their beer instead.
03-23-2011 12:22:45 |
More by Nay
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
A: Large layout, and much needed with the crowds that show up for the weekends. Nonetheless, meeting new people and striking up conversations comes easy, as most seem to be fairly content.
Q: Beer is pretty good... A night of entertainment, so say the least.
Ser: As said before, Victory gets pretty busy on the weekends, but the service does a great job at anticipating large crowds. Behind the bar, the bartenders are on the ball at keeping everyone's glasses full. Table-side, the service is just as good.
Sel: Strong selection... However, I have been disappointed a few times that certain beers are marketed, but not available.
F: Typical bar food, but good, nonetheless.
V: All and all, the prices are pretty reasonable.
06-20-2013 23:19:34 |
More by SlidersAce814
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
Ok, I'm new to this site and am just learning my way around so perhaps this is in bad form, but I was pretty shocked to see all the wonderful reviews of Victory (foodwise at least, the beers are great). I am new to the area, lived in WC for about a year, so I can't compare the new Victory to the old, but I've been going there at least once, if not twice a month since I moved here. When I first started going the food was hit or miss, now it seems like it's just miss. It's gotten to the point where I try to find the most classic, hard to mess up, dish on the menu.
It's not that the food is that terrible, it's just so stunningly average Applebeees/TGIF quality. It's really disappointing when paired with such excellent beer. The menu itself looks great and has a lot of potential, bison barbeque, crab and poblano pizza, jerk chcken grinders, trice fries, etc... but the execution is so dull and bland. Please Victory, get new executive chef in there who can bring the food quality closer to your outstanding beers!
I'll probably never stop going there as the beers are fantastic and I'll always have a soft spot for it as my wife and I had our rehearsal dinner there, but soon I'll just go for a beer or two before eating somewhere else if the quality doesn't improve.
Overall- the beer is great, the atmosphere ok, a little sterile for me, but it's not bad, and the food is not very good.
05-22-2009 20:26:27 |
More by ctg115
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Atmosphere - Victory is kind of in the middle of nowhere. Were it not for Victory's quality beer, this establishment would have gone under long ago due to location. We took the brewery tour, which was very nice. Whoever gave the tour was very knowlegdable and despite his inebriated demeanor could field any question presented. After the tour, we ate in the restaurant which was in the foot of the L-shaped room. The bar is in the shaft of the L and everything else is throughout the rest of the complex. I don't really like the traditional bar and Victory isn't like that at all. The whole place is very well ventilated so one can appreciate their beer and not a smoky haze. The fans also add some noise reduction so you don't have to listen to everyone in the room. All and all a nice atmosphere.
Quality - Victory is known for quality. Every facet presented was of quality.
Service - Mediocre at best. Our waiter didn't know what was available on tap. Our food was long awaited. Nothing was recently updated, so a lot was unavailable that we were led to believe otherwise.
Selection - Good beer selection. A few beers I had never had before. Although (not surprisingly) they only offer Victory beers.
Food - Oddly enough (considering it's Victory) the food was the best part of the trip. I split three different pizzas (Bruschetta, Amalfi and Heartland) with three of my friends. It was cheap and delicious.
Value - The food was very decently priced. I was pleased. The beer though was very expensive. I expected the cases and six packs to be substantially cheaper than what I am used to paying. It was not at all. I can get everything cheaper in Baltimore. The growlers were outrageous as well. Simply ridiculous. A 22 oz of their flagships was $4. Not too bad, but considering that it is all profit to them, a little high. As a bar, it is reasonable. But to buy something for the road (not literally of course) it is a rip off.
08-07-2005 20:31:23 |
More by mrasskicktastic
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
Ok so I travel here once a week from Philly for weekend growler fills and typically grab lunch and a few beers. The atmosphere is just ok as the space is large and sort of cold feeling. The music is a narrow rotation of overplayed classic rock that no one need ever hear again: Tom Petty, Paul Rodgers, Foreigner . . . The food is well I've given up on it other than the nachos which include a superb smoked jalapeño. The pizza particularly the cheese and crust are bland and the BBQ is overcooked. The sandwiches like the Reuben and others are just by the numbers. The soups are decent as is the pretzel, actually the pretzel is awesome. I've had a couple of the entrees and they weren't memorable either.
On to the good stuff, the beer. Victory is my favorite brewpub for beer without question. I literally have dreams about braumeister pils. I can't wait to get there on Friday and grab that first 0.5 liter. Superb brewing. Another beer which I've seen only a few times away from Victory is Uncle Teddy's Bitter. Served on cask this is a deep fruity complex drinkable beauty. Harvest ales and pils are also offered at the brewpub generally. Last but not least the growler fills for standard beers are only $7. That's awesome.
01-02-2010 10:55:27 |
More by Chinon01
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
Victory- Downingtown PA
Took about an hour to drive out here, across PA turnpike down 113 and another turn or 2. The new look is fantastic. Huge open dining area with a big bar, big standing area, billiard room, and a giant round booth in the corner. The service was quick and all the employees were friendly and talkative. I had the Uncle Teddys Bitter on cask to drink. To eat the bar pretzel was very good but my fish and chips were bland and covered with old bay, no flavor but tons of old bay!? My wife's chicken ceasar salad tasted crappy. Food was a huge letdown. Beer was good though. I'll return in the future but just for the beer.
Overall- I've been here before for the 10 year Alt party and had a good time. Probably not the best place to go with family for lunch but rather a good place to go with friends for drinks!
07-11-2008 01:55:48 |
More by NJpadreFan
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
I went to Victory a few weeks ago with my girlfriend for dinner. They have a pretty diverse menu with pairing suggestions for most things. I had the tacos because it was taco night and they were 1/2 price. They weren't bad, but would not have been worth it at full price. My girlfriend had a white pizza and we both agreed it lacked flavor. The service was very good and the servers were knowledgeable of their beers.
The real reason I wanted to check it out was for the beer. I can get all Victory beers pretty easily at my local shops so I was hoping for some limited release type stuff. I checked online ahead of time to see what was on tap and got excited about two beers on-tap which are not available in bottles. Unfortunately I was told both beers had just run out (Ranch S IPA & Braumeister Pils). They had about 12 beers available and these were the only two they didn't have that were listed, but I was a bit disappointed because all of the rest of the beers are readily available to me all the time. Still, I did not leave dissatisfied because many of their beers are good (I recommend Yakima Glory!) and they were reasonably priced. Most are available in two sizes also which is nice. They also fill growlers for a good price.
The building is in a sort of weird shape and there are a few secluded restaurant areas which really don't offer much in terms of atmosphere. I recommend sitting at the bar or in the room where the bar is because it is much more lively and overall a better experience. Before you leave you can check out their gift shop which has nicely priced items sporting the logos of Victory and its beers ($2 logo pint glasses in several varieties). They also offer beer to go from the shop in bottles, six, and 12 packs, which is rare in Pennsylvania. I found the prices to be comparable if not a tiny bit cheaper than my local stores, but they do have everything that is in season.
Overall a decent place that I will probably return to, but I didn't have an overly impressive experience. I was happier with the gift shop and growler fill than I was with the food or restaurant portion.
02-02-2012 22:13:23 |
More by NoLeafClover44
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
With various combinations of family members I've been to the Brewery Restaurant and store a number of times, but we live far enough away that its a special trip.
I think that the atmosphere was warehouse modern before and that the renovations look nice but it is no easier to carry on a conversation with the poor acoustics. So no improvement there. (In fact there were some aspects of the old arrangements that I sort of liked. :-)
I have found the food is usually OK but basically average and not improved since the renovations.
The wait staff are generally pleasant enough but the service was spotty before the renovations and has continued to be after.
For us what justifies a visit to Victory is the beer. The selection is always great and there is always a chance to sample beers that have not been (and may never be) released outside of the brewery. I've never really been disappointed by any beer I've tried there. There were some took some getting used to but...
Also a visit to the store is obligory for me, no way to pass up making up my own variety case from the available sixers.
05-26-2009 01:51:54 |
More by drtth
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
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