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Victory Brewing Company
Active Beers: 132
Beer Ratings: 34,952
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
420 Acorn Lane
phone: (610) 873-0881
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Ah, Victory Brewing Company, this place is only an hour or so away from me, and with nothing to do yesterday Erica and I decided to make the drive down and sample some of their recent wares. The atmosphere, as others have said, is very 'big' and 'warehouse like' with extremely high ceilings. The whole brewpub seems 'open' and 'large' but the football on TV and local patrons still give it the feel of a neighberhood pub. The quality of the fresh beers on tap is awesome and the selection was damn good as well with 4 or 5 staples and 6 or 7 seasonals on tap, for a total of 11 beers on tap and 2 on the handpump....not bad at all, if I do say so myself. The service was excellent with our waitress filling up our glasses at a record pace...and the food. The food here is absoluteley huge, excellent, and cheap! We had a spinach and artichoke dip appetizer that was massive and a white pizza that was huge and absoluteley mind-blowing! Yes, they sure know how to make good use out of that wood burning oven they have! This place is highly recommended for cheap and excellent food, great brews, and friendly service. They also have some pool tables, a dart board, and some video games which is a nice touch as well, although the kids hanging out at the bar can get kind of strange!
11-01-2004 19:01:27 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited again last Saturday, 06JUN09, with Caitlin. Wow! Has this place changed. Formerly entered and went left along a lengthy bar, which opened up into a large dining area. Lots of industrial metal. Now? Enter and have a hostess stand to your left, a long hall area to the right with booths, a large dining area straight ahead, with a bar to the rear-left. Past there is more dining. The place is much more warm and woody now, with large flags displaying the bier logos hanging from the ceiling. Staff is predominantly young (and yummy!) and very attentive and friendly. Had about 20 biers on tap now, plus some casks. WTF!! Heaven! A jerk-chicken sub was huge, and ever-so-tasty! Caitlin had Weißwurst and enjoyed it, though it was probably more pork than veal. Scored a couple of growlers to go, plus some bombers from their store. A superb experience! Prosit!!
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 - $$
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Review of 07JUL02 of first visit. Easy to find the industrial complex it's in, just a little trouble tracking down Victory itself amongst the many buildings. Place was packed on a Wednesday night around 7pm. Long (!) bar and many tables, too. Nice view of the brew-kettles. Had 7 of theirs biers on tap (Sunrise/Lager/Monkey/Sunset/HopDevil/Prima and ESB), plus you could get growlers of these, and take-away sixes of Monkey, HopDevil, Pils and even StormKing! Food was quite tasty. Must visit again in the cooler months, when the darker biers are on tap!
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
07-07-2002 09:41:34 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A nice display for Victory, who always has a great spread of good-to-great beers available. The pub/restaurant is very spacious and not too intimate, but still nice. It contains a nice large bar, and there's usually a good amount of beer on tap to choose from. They're all Victory brews obviously, but they keep a good enough selection at all times to make this place a worthy stop on any beer enthusiasts journey, not to mention they occasionally serve beer here that isn't found elsewhere. Food menu is pretty diverse, and the food itself is tasty. Pizza! Staff is helpful and attentive for the most part. There's also a nice merch store in the back.
This isn't necessarily an uber beer destination, but it's still a good place with a line-up of always-solid brews, and if you are a big fan of Victory's beer, this place would probably be a paradise for you.
05-03-2011 04:36:01 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
made the 45 minute drive from Wilmington to Downingtown
open and spacious, the main dining room through the entry is reminiscent of a moderately sized beer hall, at the back and to the left is a long bar with rows of taps and a few plasmas, and further back another dining room that on the night of my visit featured a jazz band, Victory banners hang from the ceiling and beer photos adorn the walls at intervals, the decapitated tops of a couple brewing vessels make for an interesting if unneeded shelter, has a bit of a modified warehouse feel with exposed metal rafters, a surprisingly lively scene on this Tuesday evening
a selection of 16 taps and 3 cask ales really sets this place apart from nearly every other brewpub I've visited, with not a few of them seasonals or brewpub exclusives, and every single one tempting, I ended up choosing a cask Hop Wallop, Scarlet Fire rauch marzen, and Yakima Twilight dark dipa, glassware is appropriate and both 0.4 L and 0.5 L serving sizes are offered, all beers were perfectly fresh, I was pretty much in awe of the mechanized growler filling station - an obvious sign that they take quality very seriously
service was fine if nothing to gush over, the bartenders were nice enough and never left me in need of anything, and didn't hesitate in providing samples to ease decision making
the brisket was quality, not oversauced but not as smoky and juicy as others and the bun was a little cold, props for doing the smoking in-house, the fries were crisp and flavorful
absolutely a recommended stop, and worth going out of your way for, initial thoughts were "Victory? I can buy that at the grocery", but after reading other reviews and visiting myself, the brewpub has proven to be an outstanding experience in itself
09-16-2009 13:13:12 |
More by blackie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
A totally new review for the NEW revamped Victory.
Wow..what a revamp it is! Same building, totally different place. They knew the atmosphere was the weak link....and they took care of it in a BIG way!
I checked out the new and improved Victory 5 days after the grand re-opening with a visitng English friend. No more cement floor, dumb entrance away from everything else and that annoying, dull interior. The new place sits 240 vs 120 with the old set up.
Replacing the old enterance is a larger, two-door, meet the hostess right away entrance. An area to wait for a table, wooden floors, and a bigger, open to the eating area, kitchen.
The nice long bar is still in place....just moved. That area is now booth seating. The new bar is just about as big with VERY cool decor above in the form of two halves of an old-fashioned copper brew kettle! It is in the shape of a shallow U and must hold 20-25 people. An area along the wall across from the bar has tables and chairs that mustbe able to sit another 15-20 folks!
More than 20 different Victory beers, including multiple pub exclusives, and 4 hand pumps (ALWAYS Hop Devil and Storm King along with 2 rotating others!!) Selection is now unreal...if you cant find something here you want to drink simply get up and leave!
The coolest new addition has to be the simply awesome couter-pressure growler filler. Looking like something out of Star Trek this thing just ROCKS! No more worrying about how long I can keep that growler fresh...and for the staff no more tons of wasted beer going down the drain!
we sat at the new bar and the service was great despite the packed house and VERY busy vibe.
I have heard the new menu is improved...but I went with my old stand-by burger and it was as good as ever.
The new Victory is just amazing! I give them much credit for taking care of a problem that they knew has existed for years. They squashed the old, beat image flat dead! Kudos to Victory!!
05-26-2008 09:01:01 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
As everybody knows, VICTORY is the former home of Pepperidge Farm Bakery. The place is a spacious L shaped customer area in a huge boxy building. The exterior and interior have some colorful items to brighten up the place. It gets a little smokey inside, sometimes depending upon when you go, but it's tempered by high ceilings. The little boys room is a bit of a dump. OK. Does it pass the "Could you bring your Mom here for a beer" test? On off peak hours, you'll be fine. It depends when you go, but it's not the MOST Mom friendly beer joint I've been to, but afterall...it's a BREWERY first. My inside contact tells me that as the day goes into night the crowd transforms from folks getting off work to the 30 & 20 somethings later on.
Quality is a tough one here because, again, it's a brewery. Buying their 750 mL bottles and filling growlers gives VICTORY a plus. And growlers rock so it's bette than good.
The service used to be always weak. I was a waiter for six years. Even when the place is dead, customers with empty glasses are ubiquitous. It has been better as of late.
On my last visit, I actually sampled one of each! There were 13 beers to try, not counting the two...yes, two cask conditioned beers. [Note: No cask-conditioned growler fills in case you were suicidal]
Food menu is pretty decent. Their pizza is recomended. I had the jerk chicken sandwich which was huge for $8. The french fries are always lame. This is th best beer drinker brewery I have ever been to.
Last swigs: A recent visit last week was a lot better with the service. Always fill a growler. It's $8-10.50 depending on the ABV. *** BEER BARGAIN ALERT *** VICTORY will always be a great place to get their great beer, but beyond that, you aren't missing much else if you forgo the visit. The Annual February chili cookoff rocks.
Beer is good. Happy brewery beering.
08-04-2005 02:58:20 |
More by blitheringidiot
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Downingtown may be more depressed in many ways than my own hometown of Weirton, WV. However they have something that West Virginia just isn't ready for, and that my friends is Victory Brewing Co. located in a former Pepperidge Farms facility pretty industrial area on 420 Acorn Lane. Once you see the Victory over hang you know your in the right place, drove out during the 10th Anniversary weekend and could not have been more happier to have made the pilgramage. Busy as all hell (which is great), celebratory folks mingling, drinking fine beers, and eating the good eats this brewpub has to offer. The only beers flowing that I had never had in bottles and drafts were the doppelalt sticke, Braumeister Pils, and that's it. However they also had some of my favorites flowing including Hop Devil (draft and cask), Prima Pils, Storm King, Old Ho, Mad King's Weisse, Dark and Helles Lagers, Golden Monkey, Festbier, V12 and VSaison bottles. Anyways that was the great selection all gems in their own right, no onto the Victory festivities enjoyed watching the female competitions but mainly I was graced with the presence of fellow BAs who couldn't have been warmer. After speaking to Bill and Ron and telling them about how my friends and I drove out to D-town for the festivities he asked us if we had eaten, of course with the 3 plus hour wait to be seated Ron insisted that we sit at an empty table near where we were standing and that servers would be with us to fill our glasses and take our orders. So thank you Bill and Ron for showing us the hospitality the food was all good ate a big ol' burger topped with gorgonzola, spinach, and roasted peppers...yum!!!
02-24-2006 22:31:06 |
More by WVbeergeek
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Large, spacious area for dining with a cute gift shop are nice here. Location is somewhat hard to find on the first visit - basically in a warehouse like area, not prime commercial retail location.
Beer quality and selection are hard to beat. The harder to find Victory ales are usually available, especially the seasonals. This place has quite a following, and the mood here is always upbeat and pleasant. Gift shop has decent selection with reasonable prices.
Wear your BA gear and you're gauranteed to find another BA come up to you and say hello.
07-04-2008 04:45:26 |
More by yemenmocha
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
With the recent renovation, the atmosphere and food are much improved. What used to be a spare industrial-looking dining room has been greatly transformed. The main dining room is still a bit industrial and cold, but there is a beautiful, homey wooden bar area and a much more intimate dining room in the back that can be closed off for events. The food went from merely adequate pub food up to pretty good pub food, though it still won't knock your socks off. The service is spotty - some waiters are excellent, some are poor, with little in between. But still, it's a friendly, reasonably priced, reasonably tasty place to eat.
But forget all that. Let's talk about beer. The Victory beers are just outstanding. The new bar promises 20 Victory beers on tap at all times, including several hand-pumped cask taps (Hop Wallop and Storm King Stout are breathtaking on the cask taps). To fill out all the taps, Victory has let it's brewers go wild to produce unusual variations of the superb Prima Pils, with a rotating selection of variants using a wide variety of hop combination that you will find nowhere else. Also often available is the Wild Devil, a variation of Hop Devil using brettomyces, giving it a distinctive Belgian style funk. The renovations and innovations at the bar have elevated Victory's restaurant from a nice adjunct to a world-class beer destination.
08-13-2008 14:37:23 |
More by Seanibus
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My homebrew club scheduled a trip and tour of Victory yesterday and we were able to sit at the brewmaster's table right next to the bar afterward - good times for sure -here is my review.
The place is one I am familar with as I had been to the pub several times before the big remodel. The entry is open and the dining area is spacious - beautiful light wood floors and seating arrangements provide plenty of places to sit, stand and with the bar toward the back of the house gives you a chance to look around on your way in at things like the Weyerman malt paddle, beer brand tapestires that include Storm king, Hop Wallop, Golden Monkey and huge Hopdevil sign as well as the original copper brewkettles adorning the bar and brewmaster's table shined up bright.
the first thing we noticed was the service which is both friendly and prompt - we had beers in hand minutes after entering. We got a chance to check out the beer board and bar and our waitress was friendly and helped with beer descriptions. I should have asked about serving sizes though since I only had 3 beers as a result of getting the large every time -(not rquesting a smaller size).
The selection runs the gamut of draft -10 beers, cask -4 and bottles -3 - killer! they had all of the flagships and seasonal selections plus a few new beers on like Strangeways golden and Bottum's up brown. The Braumeister pils was fresh and delicious, the Esb and Bitter both tasty, the only thing I missed was Yakima Twilight which was past its season evidently.
The food was served in big portions and was fresh - I had the Cajun tuna wrap. I found it to be good but not outstanding. I will have to try the Brisket or brewmaster selection hearth baked pizza. I love the pizza options and the have bison grinders and my brother enjoyed duck so there are plenty of choices including options for vegetarians and the onion soup was delicious!
The best part was the pricing which was very reasonable - I had the wrap 10bucks, soup 5 and 3 beers 13.5, plus the growler I took home was only 7.50- excellent. I was pleased with the experience...almost everyone in the group didn't want to leave, the tour was pretty standard, but it was nice to check out the upgrades to the brewing equipment and they were brewing while we were there which was cool.
Definitely one of the best brewpub experiences I think I have had- must check out Victory if you haven't been.
02-21-2010 13:35:57 |
More by Slatetank
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