Now men have a great excuse to meet with friends and have a night out on the town! Meet at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in the rear bar, do some dude-like stuff, and then head out to select shops for some Christmas shopping. Informal and fun, the way shopping is supposed to be. Below our a few of the many shops open tonight in Downtown West Chester for Men’s Night Out! For more information on the event visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com.
- Art Trust Gallery at Meridian Bank (16 West Market Street) featuring a collection of original works by a variety of regional artists popularly-priced from $25 to $500. Enjoy libations and snacks from 5 to 8:30pm while you meet the artists. Free. Exhibit continues through January 11.
- Blink (136 W Gay St) offers are specials all day and into the evening with 20-percent off everything in the store, free gift wrapping, and, of course, beer.
- Tish Boutique (138 East Gay Street) offers Men’s Night every Wednesday until 8pm. (Ladies – stop by and make your own Santa’s Wish List for the dude in your life to ensure the perfect gift.) Free beer and gift wrapping provided.
- Jane Chalfant/Kiki Boutique (123 N High St) serves refreshments until 9pm while their elves provide gift wrapping.
- Sunset Hill Jewelers & Fine Arts Gallery (23 N High) makes it a party while providing jewelry for every taste plus a vast selection of art.
- Ruby Slippers (18 N High St) is open late and offering beer and pretzels while shopping. There’s 15-percent off any one item (sale items excluded) or 10-percent off total order for all male customers. Offers good through Christmas Eve!
- The 5 Senses (133 W Market St) will be open until 8pm with goodies to warm-up with and 15-percent off select jewelry.
Next Wednesday, August 28th enjoy an exclusive Summer Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery in Downtown West Chester! Make your reservations for the summer beer dinner with Iron HIll and enjoy six courses deliciously paired with six beers. Dishes planned include wild salmon carpaccio, potato wrapped pacific halibut, seared rare ahi tuna served with five spice braised pork belly, butter poached Maine lobster, and peach cobbler. Call (610) 738-9600 to reserve your table today; the cost is $75 per person. For more information and a list of the exclusive menu click here or visit http://www.ironhillbrewery.com/westchester.
Enjoy a seven-day celebration of the culinary scene in downtown West Chester during the annual West Chester Restaurant Week. Each participating restaurant offers a special multi-course, fixed-price menu for lunch or dinner and many are providing both. The event gives diners a chance to discover new eateries or get reacquainted with old favorites at a great value! Menus of participating restaurants will be posted at the beginning of West Chester Restaurant Week. See the West Chester Restaurant Week article in County Lines Magazine. Check back for more information.
The English 4U Run will be held at 3pm on Saturday, September 15th in Downtown West Chester. The event will begin and end at Iron Hill Brewery – (3 W Gay St). Complimentary post-event snacks will be provided. Visit Volunteer English Program of Chester County for more information about the organization as well as details about the event.
It will be a fun event for all! T-shirts will be given on a first-come-first-served basis on the day of the race. Prizes will be given to the top 3 Male and Female participants by age group: 16 and under and over 16. To register on-line, click here. Or, to register by mail, download and print the registration form here. The Volunteer English Program of Chester County is a local, non-profit, which has been in existence for twenty-six years providing free one-on-one tutoring of the English language skills and American culture to immigrant adults.
I was recently browsing around Westchesterdish.com when I noticed they had a restaurant tab. As I clicked on the tab it brought up an entire list of restaurants around the West Chester area. It is very helpful because it not only lists the names and locations but it also has a review section were people can leave comments about there experiences. I thought I would share the link and also the small exert from there website, you can view the West Chester Restaurant section by clicking here or by visit http://www.westchesterdish.com
“Since Iron Hill Brewery first opened up in the heart of West Chester, the town has experienced a dining renaissance. The most popular dining neighborhood is on Gay Street, which is lined with restaurants and pubs offering everything from formal French gastronomic fare to cheese steaks and pitas. Nightlife is alive and well in the county seat, and many bars and restaurants provide outdoor seating in the summer. In the borough and the surrounding communities, diners can find a variety of bars and Irish pubs, American neighborhood bars, pizza parlors, hoagie shops, Mexican, Chinese and Thai, diners, hot dog stands, steakhouses, burger joints, tea rooms and coffee shops.” – WCDish.com
I was recently eating dinner at Iron Hill in West Chester and I noticed a person sitting at the bar with an oddly shaped mug. (normally I see people like myself drinking out of clear normal beer glasses.) My curiosity got the best of me, so I asked my waitress what these mugs were all about and got the answer, “they are specially for Iron Hill Mug Club Members.” I instantly wanted to be a part of this club, however I found out that they are no longer accepting new members because state regulators have recently raised concerns the popular club may not fully comply with local regulations. Iron Hill today published an open letter to members, detailing changes that are being made to the Mug Club at all locations. Below is a copy of the letter from Iron Hill President Kevin Finn which details the Mug Club Mandatory Changes.
To Mug Club Members and Iron Hill Customers:
Due to factors beyond our control, including decisions by state agencies that regulate the sale of alcohol, the Mug Club as we know it must end. Whether we agree with these decisions or not, or why after 10 years the Mug Club has become an issue, is not up to us to decide. What is important is finding a solution quickly and doing what’s best for our most loyal customers. We want to comply with all the laws and regulations in the states we operate but our primary focus is providing guests handcrafted beer, creative food and attentive service. We are currently revising the club to meet the regulator’s demands. During the transition from one club to another, the Mug Club will continue to function but with some important changes, including:
- We will no longer accept new members during this transition.
- Current members due for renewal will have their memberships extended until the new club is active.
- Current members will receive 500 points immediately. This is our gift for past loyalty and patience during this transition.
- Members will no longer receive points for the purchase of alcohol. This was a major issue for the state. Members will continue to receive points for all other purchases, excluding tax, tip and gift cards.
- Members can continue to drink from the Mug Club mug, but must pay the same price as non-club members, an additional 50 cents over the current price of a pint. The free eight ounces of beer that Mug Club members received was another major issue for the state.
Many Mug Club benefits will remain the same during this transition, including:
- Only members will be able to drink from the handmade Mug Club mugs.
- Members will continue to earn a $25 credit for each 300 points accrued.
- Members can redeem their credits to pay for any food and beverage purchases including alcohol.
- The head brewer at your local Iron Hill location will continue his regular emails with members.
- Each location will continue to host exclusive, members-only Mug Club events.
- Members can track their points and review member profile online.
We are currently looking at a variety of options and we hope to have a new customer rewards program in place this fall. It will be hard to top the old club but trust that the new one will include rewards and member benefits worthy of the extreme loyalty of our current Mug Club members. Feel free to discuss these changes and any Mug Club concerns with a manager or email@example.com. You may also email me directly firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support and patience, Kevin Finn President Iron Hill Brewery
Bill Jeppe is Kimberley Vassal Insurance’s official Beer Snob. This is a new segment to our blog; Bill Jeppe of Kimberley Vassal Insurance will review a specialty beer every month and give his personal review. This week he reviews the Russian Imperial Stout from Iron Hill located in our very own town of West Chester, P.A.