boxcar’s taco flatbread//photo by tessa marie images
After a bit of a struggle, longtime residents Jamie and Kymberly Robinson finally nabbed the licensing they needed to open the highly anticipated Boxcar Brewpub in downtown West Chester. It brings to fruition their dream of owning a place to serve the award-winning beer they’ve been making for years.
Housed in the former, Bam Margera-affiliated music venue, The Note, the place is divided into three distinct spaces With its laid-back vibe, the large bar is a great spot to get initiated with a Boxcar sampler—currently made up of four flagships and several seasonals. The 1492 American Pale Ale, with pine and citrus notes, is well-balanced, smooth and a definite standout.
Head down a few steps to the beer garden, complete with picnic tables, string lighting, and old-school arcade games (some free). You’ll find board games, cards or dominoes at each table. The upstairs area is quieter and more sophisticated—all the better for sipping a glass of wine cider.
The menu at Boxcar is small, with a focus on well-crafted comfort foods like pulled pork infused with Boxcar’s Mango Ginger Pale Ale and hot roast beef made with its Boomer Brown. Portions are also on the small side, but prices are reasonable enough to accommodate ordering several items for sharing.
A note to parents: The kids’ chicken fingers were too spicy for our young diners. Fortunately, the tasty soft pretzels and beer cheese saved the day.
142 E. Market St., West Chester, (484) 947-2503, www.boxcarbrewingcompany.com.