Boxcar – Ride the Rails – Philly Beer Week 2012

Well, it’s June 9th and Philly Beer Week is drawing to a close, but I’m sure home brewers and beer lovers who were in the area the annual Philadelphia area beer fest have come away with some great memories, and some fine brews to add to their shopping list.

Boxcar Brewing Co boxcar on the West Chester Railroad. Rider the Rails - Philly Beer Week 2012.

While we didn’t get to as many events as we would have liked, we did make it to Boxcar Brewing Company’s Ride the Rails event. And we turned on our cameras and made a Road Trips and Brew Pubs trip of it while we were there. We discovered some great beers, including Boxcar’s tasty Mango Ginger IPA, which was a hit at Ride the Rails and has been getting a great response during its tour of taps around the area for Philly Beer Week.

Check out the Boxcar Brewing Company Facebook Page to see what’s going on, and where you might be able to pick up some Mango Ginger IPA of your own. It has a slightly mild bite for an IPA but is well balanced considering it’s 7.2% ABV. You’ll want to go easy on that one, and their mango-giner-less IPA offering too, but Boxcar does brew some less aggressive beers, like their flagship “Original Ale,” and “Brown Ale” both perfect session beers at 5% ABV. Learn more about their beer at the official Boxcar Brewing website.

Ride the Rails was a fun time, and we learned that they also do the train ride for Halloween, costumes and everything, so guess what Halloween party we’ll be going to this year? 🙂

Subterranean Groove Theory perform at Boxcar Brewing Company Rider the Rails - Philly Beer Week 2012.

Subterranean Groove Theory provided some rockin’ entertainment, and the event was catered by Pig Out BBQ.

We caught up with brewers Jason and Jamie and they sat with us on the train for a long time talking about their brewery, the Ride the Rails event, Philly Beer Week and even shared their advice for home brewers who may be thinking about stepping into the commercial craft brewing world. It was an enlightening and entertaining interview, but at 24 minutes the whole discussion was too long to include in the final video. I think I selected the best segments for you to enjoy.

Here is the final video from our Ride the Rails trip, our first Road Trips and Brew Pubs video for Summer 2012, and maybe our best so far…