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Victory Brewing Company
Active Beers: 132
Beer Ratings: 34,951
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
420 Acorn Lane
phone: (610) 873-0881
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 209 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
This is a great place to come on a Friday or Saturday night when you want to have a good beer with good friends and not have to deal with the people congestion at other larger establishments near by. I come for the beer not the food as should you unless youre looking for just bar food like a pretzel then it's fine. Now living on the West Coast I get very happy when I find a place that carries Victory beer.
01-29-2013 21:53:01 |
More by jamiegrowler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
I headed out here on a whim just to check the place out. The food was fairly average though good for the price. The beer selection was good, though oddly small given that the place is a brewery. I did appreciate the availability of hand pumped beers though.
There wasn't anything particularly remarkable about it. Everything seemed clean, the service was good but overall there was nothing particularly special about it that would bring me back.
05-29-2013 23:52:32 |
More by emd
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Have been meaning to go for a while, but got a chance to when home visiting my folks. Went with my brother and dad, recent converts. It's kinda hard to rate since I was expecting so much from this place beerwise and so little foodwise, so the beer didn't seem so great and the food was good overall. Altogether the 3 of us tried Uncle Teddy's, Hop Devil Cask, Golden Monkey, Mad King Weiss, Festbier, and Storm King. I had the first two and we shared the Storm King for dessert.
Anyway, we were hoping to do lunch, but they were not open, so showed up for dinner around 3:30 after a trip to Longwood Gardens. Kindof a strange place with a long, dark smoky bar to your left when you walk in, bathrooms to the right. You have to walk past the bar to get to the seating area, which is kinda cafeteria style--large, bright, and open. Colors and decor were pretty nice, but the walk to the bathroom was a bit of a hassle.
Everything was served in proper glasses, although my storm king was a bit cold.
Our waitress was highly attentive, knowledgable, and nice. The bartender got to us when he could to get us our beer to go.
The selection seemed a bit weak to me. I didn't particularly care for the bitter, and I wasn't in the mood for something real hoppy, and I didn't want to drink anything too alcoholic in the middle of the day, so it's probably my fault. The hop devil cask seemed watery and flat instead of creamy and full like most cask beers I've had (which isn't much). The Golden Monkey, which I don't remember liking, seemed fantastic on tap, but I wasn't really drinking it since my dad got it. The Hefe seemed good too. I probably just made poor selections and wasn't really in the mood to try much.
Food was ok overall but my pizza was crappy. It was way hotter than I expected and the cheese tasted like cardboard. Appetizers were good and what my family had was good.
Food was pretty cheap and so were the beers.
Overall, it's definitely worth the trip to check out Victory. I hope to go back and take the tour one of the next times I'm home. I wouldn't go for the food, and I wouldn't go if you're in too much of a hurry to enjoy their high alcohol and more bitter stuff. And I wouldn't order the Santa Fe pizza (I think it was called).
01-09-2006 19:57:54 |
More by fromage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Took a trip to Victory this last Sunday for the Brewery Chilli Cookoff. The place was packed several hours in, but slowly settled down to a low roar by the time we left. The wading thru the loonng bar to get the food area was tough, but after 10 minutes or so, the three of us got a good table right in the middle of the action. My wife did the chilli tasting and I did the beer tasting. She enjoyed the different styles and the easy access to the samples (nice guys manning the tables). The beers were great and the server was good about timing the drinks, but was really off on the food. she appeared to be overmatched by the volume of people there for the chilli event. We ordered my son's pizza first to busy him and it came out warm and only about 4 minutes before ours did. I had the Pork sandwich and my wife had the Chicken/Avocado wrap. Both were OK, nothing to scream about. After finishing the food, we had to go searching for the server so she could give us the check.
OK, for the beer! I am a longtime lover of the beer that Victory puts out, so I was not hard to please. I tried to have all the stuff that is pub only or not widespread. I first had the Donnybrook Stout. This beer is now #1 on my stout list. It is low in ABV and has great balance between sweetness and roast body that I love in a stout. I also had the Festbier, which is bottled, but I do not see it much. Last I tried the Uncle Teddy's Bitter. A fine session ale if there ever was one. I had to have a second.
The overall value is good. There were alot of guys there and most seened to be there to check out the women. The rudeness level was high, but there were enough serious beer heads to bring down that dance club vibe. The food was middle of the road, the beer was great, and I did not feel like was being rushed around or being over charged on anything. I good experience!
08-13-2007 15:44:58 |
More by mobud
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I visit Victory at least monthly with friends or family. Once you walk in, it looks like your typical restaurant, but the beer is what keeps bringing me back. It is family friendly but is also a great place to watch the game with your friends with a pint of Hop Wallop.
The service has seen a decline since the remodeling, but the relax atmosphere helps you not to notice it. However, you may want to order your next drink when you just passed the halfway point on your glass if you are not at the bar.
I have yet to get a beer that I've been disappointed with, I just wished they offered at least one or two that won't appear in bottles to reward me for dropping in. With that being said, always remember to bring your growler with you. You'll feel like a kid in a candy store when you walk in with a growler.
The food is better than what you'd get from a chain restaurant, but not anything to go out of your way for. The menu does recommend a beer to go with your meal, which is helpful if you don't know which of their many great beers to order.
08-23-2010 01:44:53 |
More by PABeerHiker
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A/Q: I thought the atmosphere here is great and they have a pretty nice selection of beers. I did not get to tour the brewery but would like to the next time I visit my family in Pennsylvania. Their gift shop seemed to be fully stocked with anything a beer connoisseur could imagine.
S/S/F/V: I had a soft pretzel for an appetizer and a cheeseburger that was really good. I was impressed with the service because I was there with a large group of people that day and the waitress correctly got everyone's food and drinks with minimal assistance.
I would definitely recommend any beer love traveling through Southeastern Pennsylvania to check this place out.
09-22-2011 00:48:52 |
More by kangarooAdam59
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Right after hitting Sly Fox we headed down to Victory ready to taste some of their new Saison. The location and general look of the inside reminded me a bit of Old Dominion. Its in an industrial park and the brewpub looks like it was once an office or factory. Upon entering there was a long bar facing all the brewing equipment in the back. Then there is an area with 2 pool tables and a bunch of tables for dining. Not too much going on with the décor, its pretty bland overall. After waiting 15 minutes to be seated in a half empty restaurant we started with some onion rings which were decent. We split a pizza for dinner that was just excellent. The service overall was slow as hell especially considering they were not busy at all. The server seemed more interested in chatting then keeping our beer full at time. The beer though was awesome as expected 03 Old Ho was perfect as was the Uncle Teddy on cask. The new Saison and V-12 were great as well. There were a few other usual suspects drank there which were all as expected, good. Overall I think there were 12 different brews available. With the food and beer being so good I would definitely come back, though next time we will be sitting at the bar.
07-21-2005 12:33:14 |
More by meathookjones
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Went here after The Drafting Room, It's been about 9 years since I've been out this way.
This place is huge and with the expansion it's just crazy big. A oktoberfest in Germany kinda feel with the vast space within. A kinda open kitchen, a big dining area in pretty much all directions, and a brand spanking new bar that's long and inviting with a big chalkboard full of beer. Damn, I sound like a child.
Im assuming the quality is up there because I know Victory respects their beer and establishmet. I mean this stuff is brewed 100ft away from the bar area, it's gotta be fresh. Very clean place here and kinda dull looking all things considering. That's cool though, it's probably a big spot for locals to hang out, there was a lot of tail up in the place. Could use a much bigger bathroom though.
Service at the bar was nice, prompt and courteous. I ordered two of the same beers that had slightly different names but were off tap and cask and the tender pointed that out for me before he pulled the tap handle. My waitress on the other hand was a trainwreck. She was kinda speedy but it erked me that she did not offer small or big pours when it's clearly stated on the menu. I know you want to upsale, I understand that, but Im not trying trying to get drunk here, Im trying to drink beer.
A very nice collection of Victory beers on tap. At least 15 of their flagship beers with a few one offs and five things on cask except for storm king, bummer. I have heard of more crazy lists than these though, I was surprised that not as much crazy stuff was on the list. And for a brewery with a lot of German offerings, not to have a Kolsh on in the summer is beyond me.
I had a pulled pork sandwich that was pretty good. I remembered it being more juicy in the past. A weird thing though the two times I ate this sandwich, I always get crazy stomach pains, weird. Generous portions except for those bullshit ass fried potato chips, who wants that stuff, stop this insanity.
I like this place and will come back.
09-04-2010 18:24:14 |
More by BARFLYB
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Over-all, Victory is a nice place to visit. Their selection of beers is always very good. Even though I'm not the biggest Victory fan in the world, I can find a a couple beers that I really enjoy there. Atmosphere is only ok, like many have said it's kind of a factory/cafeteria atmosphere which is a little strange. It does have a huge bar though, which is awesome. The food was OK, no complaints but nothing to write home about. The service was pretty good and they seemed attentive to what you wanted. Again the beer selection is very good, and we got samples of a ton of beers. One thing to remember though, as the building itself is a little hard to find. It is in a kind of indestrial park--and it is tucked back a bit. Eventuallu you find it though. If you are a victory fan, you gotta go there.
01-27-2008 16:34:47 |
More by wtrbeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
A visit during the 2006 Fall Fest.
A: The main entrance drops you off at the end of the bar. From there, it is a long walk to the servers table. The room itself is huge with pool tables, a window into the kitchen and a large seating area.
Q: The food, beer selection and atmosphere were all well above normal.
Ser: Service left a bit to be desired. It looked like our waitress was having a rough day, but that is no excuse for shoddy service (at times). On the other hand, when she was on her game, the service was great.
Sel: Victory had 6 standard and 8 seasonal beers on tap, including the new Harvest Ale and Storm King 2006 (of which I got a growler). Very nice selection.
F: The food was surprisingly good. We all ordered pizzas and each was better than expected.
This place is a steal. Pre-tip, dinner for 3 adults and 1 child including several 1/2 pints and an appetizer and a growler of Storm King was only $51. That is crazy good, making it well worth the trip to Downingtown.
10-01-2006 23:44:38 |
More by akorsak
Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
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