If you follow the Star of Bethlehem just past the Hotel Bethlehem (don’t bother trying to get a room — you might end up in a stable), you’ll come upon some rarely-used train tracks. Not far from the campuses of Lehigh University and Moravian College — alma mater to three illustrious Brew Crew members: Sales Director Bill Zaninelli, Sales Manager Richie Rallo, and Social Media and Design Alchemist Courtney Rosenberg — if you follow those tracks nearly to their eastern terminus, you’ll see the old Bethlehem train station.
Of course, it hasn’t actually been used as a train station since sometime in the late 60s, when people everywhere simultaneously stopped using trains. Built in 1873, this place has seen some serious action. Truman stopped there in 1948 on the campaign trail, back when presidential candidates wore hats and did whistle-stop events (and comported themselves like gentlemen).
Now, it’s home to The Wooden Match: half craft beer bar, half gastropub, half cigar bar, and entirely a sum greater than its parts.
And, as you might imagine, in a town called Bethlehem, Christmastime is everything.