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Rough Draught: farewell to the world’s best second job

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WRITTEN BY MICHAEL N. PRICE
mprice@dailylocal.com

It’s the end of an era, for me at least.
On Friday I worked my last scheduled shift at the Station Taproom in Downingtown, where I’ve spent several days a week over the past 16 months. It was a bittersweet departure, working at a bar like the Taproom was the perfect second job for a guy like me.
But there are some good changes coming in my life that will allow me to work only one job, and part of those changes include me getting my nights and weekends back.
I know I’ll miss it. I learned a great deal about beer, food, and plenty of other things while working there. Beyond making an attempt to try just about every beer that we put on tap, although that has certainly helped broaden my horizons, I learned even more from the people I’ve met there.
First there are the people who work there. I don’t know a fraction of what they know about craft beer, bourbon, food, you name it. Just a few people have decades of restaurant experience between them, and it shows.
But it’s not just the people who work there, either. Many of the customers who regularly come in know more about beer than I could ever imagine. Many of them do it for a living, as quite a few professional brewers frequent the place.
So many of Taproom’s customers are regulars, more than a few visit several times a week. It makes it an easy place to work. It feels less like a job when you’re taking care of the same friendly faces all the time.

Michael N. Price

Michael N. Price

Everyone needs a favorite bar, that’s how I found my way into working at the Taproom in the first place. Just under five years ago I had just moved back to the area from Philadelphia after graduating from college.
I needed a new hangout, and that’s when a few close friends and I decided to start hanging out at a brand new bar that had just recently opened across from the Downingtown train station. We were hooked instantly, and so were a ton of other people. Since then the Station Taproom has only grown in popularity.
Later this month the bar will celebrate its fifth anniversary, and like always, it’s sure to be quite a party. The tap list will be nuts, and the crowd will be huge. Like I said, I know I’ll miss working there, but it will be kind of cool to join in the fun.

Contact  writer Michael N. Price at mprice@dailylocal.com and follow him on Twitter @MikePriceWrites.

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