Taps: 13 / Bottles: 31
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Talk about a gem - the area is rich with beer barsgastropubs - but we have a leader. Great beer (12 taps or so, always quality) with a good selection of bottles (tres fontaine, etc.), but hat sets this place apart is the food and service. Open kitchen, nice menu, but these people know what they are doing. Food quality matches that of 5-star dining - bar staff know details of food and beer, and in a relaxed atmosphere. I have been here dozens of times, the quality and selection is always top notch and the valie as well - beer dorks and first timers can mingle in a mutually comfortable atmosphere. The risotto is to die for. The model for a beer bar.
03-18-2011 21:49:39 | More by mhatters
5/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
My good friend Mike had been chewing my ear off about this place even before it had opened. So the first day it opened he closed his shop early to show his support for a craft beer bar in Downingtown. I had agreed that when I was done work I would stop in to check the place out.
As I walked in and scanned the establishment it was apperent that alot of care had gone into the planning and building of the bar with a open kitchen and the layout of the place. Mark and Sean did a wonderful job bringing together the right mix of colors and openness. It makes you feel like you have been a customer for years.
They have a chalk board above the bar that listes all the beers on tap. It is fun watching them change the list as one keg is removed for another. I was able to try a beer from Iron Hill that was made for opening day. It was a sour beer called Centaur.
The food is great to say the least. I have had their burger with crumbled blue cheese and a cuban paninni that was amazing. I am looking forward to trying more on their menu. Oh and you have to try there Mousse. very tasty.
The Station Taproom is becoming my favorite stop to see what is on tap, try a beer or two and have something to eat.
04-28-2010 13:23:06 | More by johnnyo1977
4.9/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a great little bar, with a great staff and a great selection of beers. There's also wine and whiskey for other choices. This is the first place I stop when I travel up to downingtown.
Between the beer selection and the knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, you can't beat this place. Every time I go, I have a great time and a new beer to try. Despite Victory Brewing Co. down the road, I'd recommend this place to anybody who wants to sit down and enjoy a beer with friends.
From the little bit of food i've tried, its pretty good. But the beer selection and bartenders are what keep me coming back.
03-14-2012 02:19:13 | More by ensign11
4.72/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I stopped by for the first time the other night and really enjoyed ourselves. The place is small but has a nice feel to it with a nice bar and open kitchen with some great exposed brick. The art on the walls is from a local artist, always a plus. There are about 12 taps and 20 or so bottles, a nice variety. They update their taplist on facebook which is handy since their website isn't live yet. When we were there they had choices ranging from local (Victory, Sly Fox and Boxcar) to Port Brewing, Lagunitas, Ommegang, etc...
The food was very good, we got the short rib egg roll, fish and chips, chickpea burger, and rosemary creme brulee. We enjoyed everything very muchThe menu says they try to source from local farms which is great. The service was very good too, we were there on a Saturday and while the place was full we didn't lack for attention from our server.
We will definitely be back and are happy to have this place within walking distance.
06-09-2010 23:16:24 | More by ctg115
4.7/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
From the minute that you walk into the Station Taproom you know that you want to stay a long, long time. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, everything that a craft beer pub should be.
A variety of seating options allow for couples or small groups but can be pulled together for larger gatherings. I particularly like the tables by the windows, (can you say open breezes and spring afternoons)? The open kitchen, exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and bar seating fill the place with that sought after symphony of conversation, drinking, and inherent happiness that so many places strive for but never achieve. One of the hallmarks of a confident craft beer bar, the daily drafts chalkboard, is easily seen over the heads of the crowd of thirsty customers. I also like the fact that they also write the wine selections there too, making it easier in case a crowd has a few beer neophytes in the mix.
Everything from the beer selection to the menu is right-on-the-money for the taproom's size and scale. Enought taps to keep you interested all evening, but not so many that you can't choose. I think there are 12, almost a 1:1 ratio for bar seating (conicidence?). The selctions range from local favorites, west coast behemoths, to some excellent belgians. Sticking with my rule of local first, I had the Victory Braumeister Pils (Saaz) and followed it up with an Allagash White. The selection will awlays be top notch as this is the first (or last) stop on an R5 pub crawl. I'm eager to see what they have in store for Philly Beer Week.
As far as food goes, let me be the first to say to try the truffle fries! Suffice to say that the food is fantastic, and the variety will have something that appeals to everyone. We had the burger (awesome), the three flavor BBQ sliders, and the ham & brie paninni(wow!) Everything was perfect and complemented the beer nicely.
The menu is priced so that you can come by every afternoon when you get off the train and still not break the bank.
The servers were very attentive and had the place well under control for the first Saturday that they'd been open.
All-in-all the Station Taproom is the type of place that every neighborhood deserves, but so few get to enjoy. I envy the locals but will be making the drive often. Now my only problem is having to choose where to go first, Victory or the Taproom.
04-27-2010 18:58:51 | More by marshallph
Station Taproom in Downingtown, PA
97 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.