My Saturday day trip adventure to Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA was a long time coming. I’ve been a fan of their beer for many years now: HopDevil, Prima Pils, Headwaters Pale Ale, Summer Love, Storm King, Helios, and my all time fav of theirs Dirtwolf. I love my Double IPAs! (See the full list of beers available)
But I had never visited the brew pub which is known for their excellent food, hard-to-find brews available on tap, gift shop and brewery tour. It was time to check them out.
So I gathered up my craft beer lovin’ pals and headed East. For us, it was just an hour and a half drive via the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It’s also an easy trek by train (Harrisburg to Downingtown) or other PA routes.
Once we arrived, it was no problem to get a table for the 8 of us, even though it was Saturday. This place is massive. Way bigger than I expected. Large bar and plenty of tables to sit at for hanging out. This brewery got it right when they built BIG. It was refreshing NOT to have to stand in line waiting forever to get seated or bump into people constantly while enjoying an afternoon with friends. And the decor was cool. A little industrial. A little old world.
Our waitress was great, too! She kept up with our never-ending requests and was very helpful with recommendations. But I have to admit, I had insider help making my food selections and for my overall game plan for the day. I had met Victory’s Events & Community Coordinator, Madeline Rice, at our Stouts & Stilettos Pints & Pedis night back in April. And, she was great at answering my questions about what Victory’s BrewPub had to offer. She told us if we were to eat anything it MUST be the Hand Tossed Soft Pretzel served with Düsseldorf mustard and cheese sauce for dipping. And, oh man, was she right. I could have eaten 20 of them. But she said you can’t go wrong with any selections off the menu. And again, she was right. We chose the Fried Pickles, Fried Okra, Seasonal Charcuterie Plate, The Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich with Housemade Fries, and the House-Smoked Turkey BLT. I’m super picky and I couldn’t find fault with anything that we ordered from the kitchen. Fresh ingredients. Generous portions. Simply delicious food and brew.
Afterwards, we opted to go on the free brewery tour. I’ve been on tons of brewery tours but have never been in a hop cooler before. It smelled glorious! Even though we froze a little. Totally worth it.
Here are a few fun facts we learned during our tour:
- The brewery was opened in 1996.
- 45 unique strains of yeast are used.
- A portion of the sales of Headwaters Pale Ale goes toward protecting the Brandywine Watershed that supplies the brewery with fresh water.
- Whole flower hops are used for a stronger, fresher taste. Never the pellet variety.
- Question Asked: “How are you preparing for the hop shortage that everyone is anticipating?” Answer: “We buy from Germany and the U.S. West Coast. So we don’t rely solely on West Coast supplies.”
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