Here is the story of how we got started.
The idea for Boxcar Brewing Company originated in 2006 at the wedding of two of its chief members Jason and Kristen Kohser. In the mountains gathered a very small group of friends and family including Jason's cousin Kymberly McDermott and her then boyfriend Jamie Robinson, both of West Chester, PA. After an intimate ceremony, the entire group enjoyed a reception complete with homemade guacamole and a tub full of crudely marked "homebrews" prepared by Jason. Prior to this, he had been working in high-end restaurants as a general manager, bartender and food server for over 20 years.
He spent several years in Northern California learning the fine art of winemaking at a local winery in Sonoma. During this time Jason realized the beauty of brewing beer and his desire to share his creation(s) with others. He's been brewing out of his kitchen sink for several years now, slowly perfecting his recipes, offering to teach others the art, and, most importantly, making and drinking some really good beer. Jamie, who has yet to find a brew he will not try, immediately was interested in Jason's creations and quickly started picking his brain on the processes and formalities for creating these "homebrews". While sucking down a few well-crafted brews in the hot sun, Jamie and Jason talked about their love of beer and the groundwork was laid.
A few months later, Jamie received a phone call from Jason, who had been mulling over the possibility of moving forward with the beer making, he then proposed the idea of moving to Pennsylvania. Jason asked if Jamie would be interested in working together and the dream of opening a brewery was declared. In 2007, Jason and his wife moved to West Chester, PA where much of his family lives. Jamie and Kymberly, long-time residents of both Chester and Delaware counties, believed West Chester, PA was the ideal spot for Boxcar Brewing Company. Together with the other members the idea was hatched to start brewing beer on a larger scale, for the beer lovers in Eastern Pennsylvania. Boxcar Brewing Company, a community oriented brewery relying heavily on the local support of family and friends, became a reality.