Belgian Beer Festival at Iron Hill

photo_ironhillIf you’re going to lock yourself inside tomorrow to hide from the snow, you might as well lock yourself inside of a brewery. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in West Chester is holding their annual Belgium Comes to West Chester festival on Saturday, January 24.

The pay-as-you-go event will feature Belgian-style beers starting at 1 pm. Many of the brewers of the over 25 featured beers will be there. Eight-beer samplers will be available to guests as well as a la carte beer, Belgian-inspired snacks and t-shirts.

Participating Breweries include Turkey Hill, Weyerbacher, Allagash, Flying Fish and Troegs.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – West Chester [Official]

New Listing: Lovely West Chester Residence Built Around a Well House

3 Huntrise Ln, West Chester, PA, 19382

3 Huntrise Ln, West Chester, PA, 19382

Back in the days when wells were a crucial feature on a property, well houses served as protective structures housing the water source. (Note: Well houses differ from and predate pumping houses.) This Chester County home happens to be built around one.

Perhaps as a result of this unique foundation, other special features have made their way into the custom-designed house among them rounded walls, a bathroom with window seat, and 20-plus-foot ceilings (some of which have exposed wood beams). Flooring consists of brick, ceramic tile, and wide-plank wood. The house also has a workshop area and a back deck overlooks two ponds, one of which is on the property.

Gallery bellow.

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Classic Diner Opening Location in West Chester

Yesterday the Classic Diner tweeted out the following tease:

Yes, the Malvern-based diner is opening a second location in West Chester. But where?

UPDATE: The Classic Diner will be coming to 16 East Gay Street in West Chester, the former home of Jack’s Steaks and Shakes, right next to Side Bar & Restaurant. Luckily for the Classic Diner people, the building is in good shape and they’re expecting to  open in November.

Classic Diner [Official]


West Chester Home Has Family Room Loft and Exposed Stonework

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An iron fence surrounds this sizable home pre-dating the 1800s where inside the main floor is comprised of a stone-tiled foyer, a kitchen and breakfast room, living room with hardwood flooring and 19th-century fireplace, and a two-story family room with brick wood-burning stove and exposed beams and stonework.

Other rooms on this floor include the crown-molded formal dining room, office, and a full bathroom with brick floor. The master suite and other bedrooms are all upstairs, and can be reached via the family room loft. One of the bedrooms seems to be a kind of second master bedroom as it has access to an outdoor balcony, sitting room, and two full baths.

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Clocktower Farm Is Now On the Market

The first clock tower ever to exist was purportedly built in China circa 1094. Supposedly, a Buddhist monk spent six years working on it and used water power to keep it running. The story doesn’t exactly have a happy ending (read it here), but a little background on the structure could enhance appreciation for Clocktower Farm.

Listed just three days ago, Clocktower Farm is an Colonial manor situated on less than eight acres of private land. In addition to the premises including a barn, riding paddock, workshop, and pool, the aptly named property also has a five-story clock tower.
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Avalon Restaurant Reopens Today


Today, Avalon Restaurant is opening at its new location at 116 East Gay Street. John Brandt-Lee’s restaurant used to operate as a BYOB on High Street. In addition to the bar and liquor license, the new location is twice as large as the original which lasted twelve years. Brandt-Lee will also add live music, an antipasti bar and down the line, a wood-burning pizza oven. What will remain the same will be the rustic, Italian cuisine.

The bar will offer eight local craft beers on tap, a selection of wine from boutique vineyards and cocktails made with Pennsylvania-based liquors. A light menu will be served at the bar till 10 p.m.

Avalon Restaurant [Official]

Reduced: Gorgeous 1850s West Chester Farmhouse


Originally listed for sale at $3.6 million in October, this 19th-century West Chester farmhouse has a lot to love, including a rustic kitchen hearth (above), extensive woodwork, woodburning stoves, cast iron tubs and a restored stone bank barn used for entertaining and athletics.

Renovated from top to bottom in 2009, the home’s custom kitchen has cabinetry by Goebel and appliances by Thermador and Sub Zero. Outside, landscaping and hardscaping have resulted in a patio suited for entertainment.

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Boxcar Brewing Is Opening a West Chester Brewpub


West Goshen’s Boxcar Brewing Co. is adding a brewpub.

West Chester’s Boxcar Brewing Company is opening a brewpub in downtown West Chester. The brewpub will be at 142 E Market Street, the former home of The Note. The facility, which will also host arcade games, stage and events to appeal to both kids and adults. Owners Jamie and Kymberly Robinson are hoping to open the brewpub before the end of the summer.

Boxcar’s Brewpub scheduled to arrive this summer [Official]

DO THIS: West Chester University’s AIDS Benefit Concert and Cabaret

West Chester University Department of Theatre and Dance presents "Cabaret."

West Chester University Department of Theatre and Dance in “Cabaret.”

If you are a Philadelphia-area showtunes fan looking to support a good cause, you’re in luck. This year marks the 14th anniversary of West Chester University’s (WCU) AIDS Benefit Concert and Cabaret, titled “Seasons May Change,” and, for the first time in its history, the Gayborhood is getting in the mix.

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