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Victory Brewing
(Artisanal Brewing Ventures)
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420 Acorn Lane
Downingtown PA 19335
Telephone: +1 610-873-0881
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:30am-midnight, Sunday 11:30am-10:00pm.
Brewer: Ron Barchet, Bill Covaleski
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Visited: April 12, 2005

Opened: 1996

Annual Production: 100,000 bbl

Contributors: Del, Ralph Wells

Forget about finding this place…it's in a maze of twisty passages, all alike. It's an ex-Hickory Farms warehouse in a business park in a residential area. But if you're Adventurous, it's well worth the effort. Barchet and Covaleski have combined for eleven Hall of Fame beers: two from Baltimore Brewing, one from Old Dominion Brewing, and now eight from Victory. And the food is outstanding; try the Garlic Tortellini Sauté!

My wife Paris Cunningham visited Victory in March 1996; here's what she had to say:

The place is big; it is a converted warehouse. The bar is a light wood as are the bar stools and all tables and chairs. There is no rail on the bar! The stools were hard for me to sit in, not made for women. They use only whole hop flowers. Hops from America, Germany, and Czech Republic. Beer is only sold in 12 oz. ($2.50) and 22 oz. ($3.25) glasses. Sample set was $5.00. Samples were big, ~3-4 oz. T-shirts were $8.00, $11.00, and $20.00. Got some beer mats, very few around the bar. No logo on their glasses. I had a 12 oz of the IPA, and one of the Dopplebock.

Alert Pubcrawler Lew Bryson sends this November 1996 update:

Just wanted to let you know that Victory has added a foot-rail to their bar (!), the Fest has been made maltier and more authentic in style, they've added Sunrise Weiss (a hefe), Moonglow Weizenbock, an as-yet-unnamed Russian Imperial, and have their winter beer in the tanks, a 10%-ish barleywine called Old Horizontal.

Updated: February 28, 2016


Beer List

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    8.50% abv.
    • Date: July 29, 2012 (#8891)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Ridgeview Liquor, Ashwaubenon WI
      Score: 20 points
      Appearance (3)
      Black-brown. Dense head.
      Aroma (4)
      Licorice, sweet and black. Toffee.
      Mouthfeel (10)
      Medium-big body, low carbonation. Rich malt flavor, lots of dark toffee. Medium bitterness in the finish.
      Overall Impression (3)
      Real tasty, real smooth.

  • 7.20% abv.

  • 6.00% abv.

  • 6.00% abv.

  • 6.00% abv.

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    • Date: April 2, 1998 (#2618)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Chicago Beer Society, La Grange Park IL
      Score: 19 points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Golden-amber, nice head. Definitely got that Export nose...sulfury. Sweet and malty, big hop flavor all the way through.
    • Date: January 9, 1997 (#1920)
      Package: bottled
      Place: from the brewery
      Score: 15½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Golden-amber, slight haze, not much head. Sweet aroma, spicy, a little bready. High carbonation, big body and bitterness. Pretty well-balanced, lots of hop flavor, long bitter finish. Thanks to Jim Busch for sending this bottle!

  • Wood- and Barrel-aged Dark Beer

  • European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel
    • Date: January 21, 2003 (#4626)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright brown tinged with red, very low head. Very mild dark Munich malt aroma. Medium-light body. Rich raisiny toasty Munich malt flavor, fairly but not overly sweet. Drying sweetish finish.

  • English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter
    • Date: January 21, 2003 (#4629)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 19 points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Bright red-brown, thick head. Big toasty malt aroma with big fruity hops. Medium smooth body, moderate carbonation. Huge toasty malt flavor with big fruity English hops. Mild bitterness. Very nice smooth tasty beer.

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    German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest

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    Golden Monkey Tripel
    Belgian-Style Tripel
    9.50% abv.

  • Hard Times Lager
    Münchner-Style Helles

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    Headwaters Pale Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

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    Hop Devil India Pale Ale
    American-Style India Pale Ale

  • Hop Wallop
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    8.50% abv.

  • Mad King's Weiss
    South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier

  • Moonglow Weizenbock
    South German-Style Weizenbock/Weissbock

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    Old Horizontal
    Barley Wine-Style Ale

  • Otto Ale
    Smoke-Flavored Beer
    8.10% abv.

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    Prima Pils
    Bohemian-Style Pilsener

  • Saphir Belgian Style Tripel
    Belgian-Style Tripel
    8.60% abv.

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    St. Victorious Doppelbock
    German-Style Strong Doppelbock

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    Storm King Imperial Stout
    Imperial Stout
    9.10% abv.

  • Summer Love Ale
    Golden or Blonde Ale
    5.20% abv.

  • Swing Session
    French & Belgian-Style Saison
    4.50% abv.

  • Uncle Teddy's Bitter
    (Special) Best Bitter

  • V-12
    Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale
    12.00% abv.

  • Victory Lager
    Dortmunder/European-Style Export

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    Wild Devil Ale
    American-Belgo-Style Ale
    6.70% abv.

  • Workhorse Porter
    Robust Porter

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    Yakima Glory (formerly Yakima Twilight)
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    8.70% abv.