Photography by Mary Bigham
The Whip Tavern is celebrating a decade of serving fine English fare with the release of a private-label hard cider, “For Fox Sake.” Even better, 50 cents of every pint sold to celebrate this mighty milestone will help fund the The Brandywine Conservancy to protect and preserve the surrounding land in the heart of Chester County horse country. This is news to which we should all raise a pint.
The quintessential pub, nestled in West Marlborough Township, has satisfied thirsty customers for 10 years with imported beers and Strongbow hard cider. The Whip decided to ditch the name-brand cider after the manufacturer’s longtime recipe changed into a sweeter, less-traditional beverage. The search for a suitable replacement ended once they discovered and quickly collaborated with local hard-cider producers Big Hill Ciderworks in Gardners, Pa. The Whip’s house cider, cheekily named “For Fox Sake,” is an English-style cider made from grown and pressed Pennsylvania apples. This fruit-forward, off-dry cider now has a perpetual place at The Whip’s bar. Customers can get a 10-oz half pint ($4) or a 20-oz imperial pint ($7) and instantly help fund the The Brandywine Conservancy, which currently maintains more than 5,000 acres in Chester County.
“If a dish goes well with Chardonnay, it will work even better with an off-dry cider,” said The Whip Tavern’s co-owner KC Kulp. This makes ‘For Fox Sake’ a perfect choice for any of their specialty English-themed comfort fare. This signature hard cider is guaranteed to cut the richness in standout dishes, like the Whip’s creamy aged cheddar and Stilton Welsh rarebit, and helps soothe the fiery sting of Colman’s mustard, the essential condiment while snacking on their deep fried and ever-popular Scotch eggs.
1383 N. Chatham Rd., Coatesville, (610) 383-0600, www.thewhiptavern.com