Station Taproom

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Station TaproomStation Taproom
BA SCORE
98
world-class

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: n/a
Taps: 13
Bottles: 31
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

207 W Lancaster Ave
Downingtown, Pennsylvania, 19335-2511
United States
phone: (484) 593-0560

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @stationtaproom

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(Place added by: seanmcgettigan on 04-04-2010)
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Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Well, at least they're open on Thursdays. I guess someone could've checked their website. Again. Yes, that's a slam on "Ed of Bullshit", who checked the tap list on line but didn't bother to look and see whether they were open on Sunday, which they weren't. Not at the time, anyway, though it seems they now are. But man, that sure set for a Sunday of suck. Had to come back and do a revisit one night working my way back East. Well, at least they're open on Thursdays...

Sweet slander lot spot off the small corner place, and we enter the single shorty room. "L" shaped wood bar to the left rear seating 12 on backed stools. Barback is sunken counter space with wines displayed on center, shelved stemmed glassware above, and booze shelved up atop. More glassware shelved to both sides, and the bottled selections trio coolered below.

Open kitchen to the rear, it all happens right there, the brick arch décor a seemingly vintage façade. Elsewhere, mostly deep yellow walls over wood framed lowers on one side, and a 5 backless stool lined bar counter on the other wall. Black & white framed prints run one wall, and mix & match paintings. Some are good, some are very not. Plank wood floors and drop ceiling tiles. Track spots running the length of the room on 2 rows, dangle lamps over the 2 front tables, and drop hairdryer lamps tracing the bar. A single TV mounted in the back corner for the looking at. A baker's dozen tables throughout the room, hightops to the rear and forward the bar, and shortys across most of the floor, and in each window nook, painted peach in this light.

Smallish tight foodings menu, was contemplating something from their cheese menu of 7, but we went with a pair of small plates each. I had the shrimp skewers and an amazing beef short rib eggroll with bacon braised collard greens. Ed also had the short rib eggroll of amazing, and the chicken cordon bleu panini with a vinegar pickle. He was not diggin' on the latter; felt it was a bit over the top.

12 taps, an excellent mix of very local (Victory Village, Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout & Pikeland Pils), other PA play (General Lafayette Copper Crow Pale Ale, Weyerbacher Lima Black IPA), a few regionals (Brooklyn Lager & Black Chocolate Stout '07, Great Lakes Octoberfest, Smuttynose Pumpkin), some not (Stone Ruination, 21st Amendment IPA), and a lone import (Kira Belgian Wit). I had the Victory Village, Great Lakes Octoberfest & Weyerbacher Lima.

And bottles, 3 dozen + and a single cider from Spain, no less. More than ½ the bottles are American craft, the collection seemingly well thought out covering most styles (Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Jolly Pumpkin La Roja, Avery Ellies Brown Ale, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Cascade Kriek, Cigar City Jai Alai Cedar Aged IPA, DFH Saison Du Buff, Founders Pale Ale, Troegs Hopback Amber, Allagash White, Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Weyerbacher Riserva '09, Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock, Brooklyn Lager & Sorachi Ace, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale & Torpedo Extra IPA, Victory Hop Devil & Prima Pils, Russian River Damnation, Consecration, Temptation, Isolation, Desolation, Isolation, let it go, aha, and so fade away...). I'm liking the American craft selections, true. If I wasn't about the draft beer tonight, I could easily do some hard time in bottleville.

The remainder a collection of imports leaning mostly Belgian (Drie Fontainen Oude Gueuze, De Dochter L'enfant Terrible, Saison Dupont, Orval, Rochefort 10, Girardin Gueuze, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Tripel Karmeliet, Chimay Red, painfully bastardized shell of its former self Rodenbach Classic, Hoegaarden, Lindemans Framboise), with a few Germs (Ayinger Celebrator, Schneider Aventinus, Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse), and a lone Brit (Samuel Smith Taddy Porter), in the mix.

Can't recall the pricing of things but I'm pretty sure things were quite reasonable. Tapwise, I suspect the flight of 4 for $7 to be the way to go, and my gauge for bottled beer pricing finds (lovely ) Orval at $10. Food was very good (I'd like another shot at some of the other menu choices there), and is perfect in a "don't love the food at Victory and wish there were somewhere else we could go locally for food" kind of way, and the beer scene, in both selection and quality, are on. Solid joint, I would come here again. Ed can come, too, I guess.

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

This is your quintessential local corner bar but it has a focus on good beer and food. Located on the main drag and easy to find right across from a train station. This is a small place that has a cool mustard yellow color inside with some funky paintings and plenty of natural light. In the rear there is a nice wooden bar that can comfortably seat 12 patrons. Next to the bar is an open kitchen with a clear view of the stove so you can watch the cooks make your meal. There are a handful of tables for dining.

Beerwise they had 12 beers on draft with one cask. A nice variety of beer here from Southern Tier Warlock, Allagash White, SN Northern Harvest, Duclaw Mad Bishop, Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale, Victory Liberty Bell Ringer, and Paulaner Pilsner to name a few. No macros on tap. Some bottles are located in the glass from refridgerators behind the bar.

Service was very friendly and prompt. The food we had was decent and hit the spot.

Overall this is a nice little neighborhood bar that is comfortable and has a nice beer selection.

Photo of sholland119
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A great corner bar/restaurant on the western edge of Downingtown borough across from the train station. This place has become a favorite hangout.

Originally a nuisance bar, Station was completely gutted and redone in beautiful style. A 12 seat L-shaped bar take up the left side of the far end of the room. High tops are lined up on the right side by the bar, with low tables throughout the front of the room. The open kitchen is located in the back of the room.

The staff is always competent and friendly. You are never left to sit with an empty glass or in need of a salt shaker or something.

There are about a dozen taps and one cask. The tap list is always well considered, and varied among American, German and Belgian styles. The bottle list is small but well thought out also. But there is never a shortage of draft choices so I never get a bottle unless I am really in the mood for an Orval.

Food is good, especially the thai red curry and the soups. The cheese plate is always sure to have at least three killer choices.

Update: The menu has continued to expand and diversify over recent months, including the addition of Sunday brunch. We always have fun here.

HV

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped here for the first time today while in town for Capone's Black Friday event. There is a good amount of parking in a side parking lot which is metered up until 5:30pm at the price of $0.25 per hour (2 hour limit on the meter).

Atmosphere: The decor is very nice - contemporary yet warm and inviting. Nice framed art aligns the yellow walls. The walls are tiled style wood and painted brown. The bar itself is a beautiful smooth wood bar and the taps are short black perlick handles that are below the bar and barely visible. A large chalk board is adorned to a wall above the bar and is easy to read. Hanging contemporary lamps add to the warm feel.

Quality and Selection: The bar seats about 12 people and there are about 12 beers on tap + 1 cask on engine pull. Most beers are fairly common but solid regional choices. Some west coast and european imports accentuate those options. Prices for drafts were typically $5 for either a pint or a 10oz depending on the ABV of the beer you choose. A small but nice bottle selection including a few russian rivers, some dogfish heads, and some euro lambics are available although a bit pricy ($5 - $35).

Service: Friendly, attractive, attentive, but with minimal beer knowledge. I was given a buy back as was another person sitting near me.

Food: A bit upscale but reasonably priced and not pretentious. I had the ham and brie panini which was tasty, especially with thick sliced ham.

I enjoyed my time here and liked the spot even more than the Drafting Room although it is a bit limited in scope.

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of garuda
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Been to this gem on a number of occasions, so I guess its time to review. First off, its a small place, with very few seats (10 maybe) at the bar. Everything's in the one room, too. Its a nice atmosphere with the kitchen open to the dining room and bar, but can become quite loud and crowded quickly.

The quality is top-notch across the board, from the food to the beer. No complaints at all there. Service is also great with friendly, attentive, knowledgeable staff.

The selection lacks a bit, though, especially when compared to some other area beer bars. 12 taps just doesn't cut it when others have 24+. All of their taps, however, are taken by quality beers, and they get the best ones our distribution network has to offer.

This is a great little place, and something that Downingtown really needed to go alongside Victory. They have a great location across the street from the R5, so many people won't even have to bother driving to get there.

Photo of Shandycan
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Looks can be deceiving- it's a little corner bar that I live fairly close to, but they get some killer stuff in. Have had both RR and HF on tap here, so I'm always keeping an eye on their rotation. The biggest pitfalls here are the parking- TINY lot, there's a train station across the street and street parking, so you might have a little bit of a walk, and the second issue is the seating. There's no getting around it that this is a small place, so be prepared, it can get shoulder to shoulder around the bar area. The food is great though, some really interesting stuff being plated- brunch on the weekends is killer, and I've had dinner here a few times with nothing but positive results. Happy hour pork BBQ sandwiches are ridiculously good as well!

I give it $$$ if only because you pay a bit more for fine quality food and beers, that's not detrimental in any way.

If you're in the area it's worth a stop!

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mfunk9786
3.6/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Incredibly crowded. Incredibly. It makes it very difficult, especially on weekends or at events, to enjoy yourself. It's a very small space and I find it hard to believe that it's even legal to pack it with as many people as they do on a routine basis. Food is only okay, and is often less so (had a particularly poor experience at a brunch here, pulled pork sandwiches are iffy in terms of quality). Delicious beer, extremely passionate staff, great space when it's not too crowded, though.

Photo of tonyrocknroll
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Best place in Chester County PA to drink craft beer. Only have about 10 taps, but it is always a great selection of quality beers. Food is delicious too.

Photo of Casey3236
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Been going here for a couple years, since they first opened. While I wished they had more taps, the ones they do are always quality brews. The food is great,especially the truffle fries. The place is very small so it's always crowded, but it still provides very good service. I love that they are a true craft beer bar; I've seen guys come in and ask for a Guiness only to be told they can't get one here and then turn the guy on to a Narwhal or DFH Bitches Brew and know he'll never drink Guiness again!

Photo of mhatters
5/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jackrodgers77
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of penut
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of BeerDetective
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This as other posters have said, is a cool little hole in the wall pub in Downingtown. THe place is a bit small, reminding me of the Fox And Hounds Young's tied pub in Chelsea, with a friendly and open feel to match it. The beer selection was awesome, and served in proper glassware. I had Saison Dupont on draft,And my friend and I spilt a bottle of Ithaca Brute. The bartender was even nice enough to split the cost of the bottle between the two of us.

The staff was very nice, and the food was excellent, especially the truffle salt fries.My dining companion also got the cheese plate and a huge bowl of Thai curry.YUM!! All in all another nice beer bar in the Far Western 'Burbs.

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mikefuski17
3.89/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place rocks. Awesome beer. I have heard the food is great but never tried if get. Sneaky little beer spot. They Russian River and Firestone Walker and Founders. On tap or bottle, they have some sneaker stuff. Very recommended if possible. Price is decent and there are great beers.

Photo of Astarzz316
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of crag
3.94/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

A good place to eat and sample a craft beer, gets a little crowded which effects service. Nice selection of beers & single malts available. Menu is decent and has something for everyone sans gluten free. A good local watering hole - sorely needed in this town.

Photo of hackomal
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Everything you could want in a small gastropub. They have a small but fresh and awesome menu. I usually order the pulled pork, but have never had a bad meal. Nice selection of beer that rotates daily. 12 taps and 1 beer engine. Station also has a solid bottle selection with about 20 bottles always on hand. If your into scotch and whiskey, that looks fully stocked as well. They have great happy hour beer and food specials that are a great value. The servers and bartenders are always ready to help if you have any questions. It is also 3 miles from my house which is great.

Photo of chim52chim
3.95/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Stumbled into this place yesterday for the first time. Small town corner bar with a pretentious hipster craft beer bar feel. The beer, excellent, wide range to choose from. The truffle fries, well you'll just have to try them to understand, they are good.

If I had to point out negatives, it would be the prices for some of the bottled beer. The size is very small and gives you the illusion that you are part of a small exclusive club, but that is what gives the place its charm.

I would definitely go back to see some of the craft beers they offer, but maybe during a less busy time.

Photo of marshallph
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Cheers!

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Station Taproom in Downingtown, PA
98 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.