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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 295
Beer Ratings: 2,837
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
130 Bridge St
phone: (610) 983-9333
(Place added by: weeare138 on 10-11-2006)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Two and change hours out to Pville, why do we repeatedly do this? (It's a simple "In Dude we trust" philosophy, is all). The long ride's thirst was quite quickly quelled by the released just hours before "Dude De Garde", but the hunger thing hadn't really been dealt other than light apps there. My suspicions that Handsome Ed (and Not Terribly Unattractive Heather) would want dinner elsewhere were correct, so we threw some places around and around. Ed, having an affinity for Iron Hill, offered up the new location in town and Phil jumped all over that, you know of his love for chain brewpubs...
The area described as considerably dodgier than it seemed, we parked in not so much a parking lot across the street but rather something of a free for all space on a hill, cars everywhere and every which way. A whole lot of people jamming up the entranceway, but due to our superstardom and nobody here actually waiting for a table, we were seated fairly quickly in the near empty rear dining room. It's an airplane hanger type room with a curved foldy metal ceiling center but flat ends, mesh copper covered cast iron chandeliers between the ceiling fans and sunken spots, and wall mounted glass lamps. 8 wide booths on the rear mural wall, 8 shorter booths on the inside wall below wood paneling, and a dozen tables down the center, all sizes and shapes. Up front, an 8 seat "C" shaped bar with towers of 8 at each end, booze in barback shelving boxes with views through to the rear dining room, mounted flatscreens to both sides, and a slanted rolled metal ceiling. Considerably smaller than the bar areas I've seen at the other locations and no large signature cast iron weather vane. An adjacent bar counter serves as divider to the forward seating area holding a dozen raised bar tables along the front windows, overlooking the seating on the front deck running the length of the building. The brewroom here is actually a side room behind glass off the entranceway.
I had the chicken gumbo, which was solid, spicy, wanted a bowl but thought it better to have a cup, and the steak fajita wrap, also very good, but small.
And then maybe something to drink. The 6 standard house beers (Iron Hill Light Lager, Pig Iron Porter, Lodestone Lager, Raspberry Wheat, Ironbound Ale, Anvil Ale), and 3 seasonals. The Munich Dunkel had a good malt profile; the Abbey Dubbel, lightly colored, nicely sweet, deep; and the Nitro Dry Irish Stout, bitter, thinnish, kind of oaty. Beers we had were fresh and tasty. No cask, but you can't have everything. Service was very good. Although shorthanded, our server jammed, and he gets points for offering to deal Phil some much needed fries.
I've found the Iron Hill locations to be consistent in content and quality, this is no exception. Good addition to the area brew scene.
07-07-2007 19:36:25 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Transcribed from notes dtd F, 10 Dec 2010.
My uncle and I were in town for Sly Fox's 15th Anniversary and it seemed as if a slight detour on the way home might be in order.
A long east-west running windowfront led to the entry at the corner of Bridge Street and Church Avenue and coming in, I passed the brewhouse on my left, followed by the m.d.s., then the lavatories and by turning right, the the restaurant area with its sea of standard tables and chairs. Just past the last of the tables was the busy kitchen.
Backing up, taking a right just before the m.d.s., put me in the bar area with the abbreviated "U"-shaped dark wood bar as its centerpiece. A shoulder-high partition divided the bar from the bar service area which sat in full view of passersby through the aforementioned long window. I am not a fishbowl barfly and so I took a seat at the bar near a friendly couple who saw fit to pick my addled brain when it was established that I was a beer writer.
Beers: Beyond the five (5) standards which I seldom bother with any more, they also had eight (8) CO2 taps, one (1) N2 tap and a cask going on the occasion of my visit. Variety is the spice of life.
Ambiance: It was a welcoming, clean, well-lit place for beer IAW company standards. I always enjoy visiting Iron Hill, no matter which location.
Return? Oh, yeah!
11-09-2011 16:12:39 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Iron Hill has done it again with their newest location in Phoenixville. It's right on Bridge Street, just down the block from the Steel City Coffee House. There are some nice artsy stores, a music store, and a cheese shop along the way, and it seems like the combination of Iron Hill and Steel City could really help the area grow. (It's too bad that Destiny Brewing closed so quickly).
Parking can be a little tough at times; and it feels a little bit tighter inside, especially at the bar - not that there's anything they really could have done about that, the space is what it is. The food and beers are excellent, and hopefully the service will pick up to their usual standards once they've been up and running for a bit.
There was a time I used to take my family to one of the Iron Hill locations almost every weekend... Phoenixville will make that even easier to do!
01-26-2007 03:50:31 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was running through my previous beerfly reviews and realized I hadn't gotten around to reviewing this place yet. I've been slacking! This location is on the small side compared to the other IH locations I've visited, but there's still a fair bit of space in the dining room and bar area. You pass the brewhouse as you walk in and you can see the whole set-up - very cool. It gets busy after work, so we try to plan visits for around lunch time on the weekends. Service has always been good and very kid-friendly. If you're lucky enough to run into Tim the head brewer, make sure to say hi because he's a great guy and knows his beer.
They've got the standard IH offerings all the time plus a couple of seasonals, which have been quite good at this location - the roggenbier especially made an impression on me. Beers taste fresh and clean, and generally appeal to a wide audience. Reasonably priced pints, though growlers do get a bit expensive. Vintage bottled beers are on the pricey side as well, but that's not surprising given the limited availability. The food is always tasty, pizzas are quite good, though some items do get a bit pricey yet not out of reason.
This is the kind of place that I'm comfortable bringing my parents to. The beers are accessible to a wide range of palates and the food is solid. The only trouble we've run into is the lack of parking nearby, but that's only been a problem during busy times like after work. Definitely worth stopping in if you're in the area.
05-06-2008 00:27:47 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here on a Sunday with a few other BA's. Never been to one of the iron hills in all my years here in SEPA, odd, I know.
Iron Hill Pheonixville is a spacious brewpub with window seating, A big beautiful wooden bar, and a seperate seating area for larger parties. The look is modern and reminds me of a few other bars in the area. This place is clean and the brewing equipment is out in the open.
Well the quality is up there, fresh beer str8 from the source. I had the berliner Weisse, IPA, triple, and a few others. Simple straight forward styles that don't stray. Im bummed I missed the RIS but next time.All in all about 10 styles on tap and one nitro tap pouring a pale ale, that was nice.
Service was good. Up front, the bartender knew the styles and explained them well. The entire staff seemed friendly. No problems with samples if needed.
Selection is pretty much already stated, 10 taps of good on premise beer and a nitro tap. an array of styles from light to dark. Some bottles for sale to including a 2007 old ale and some B-wines & others. Growlers are available and sampler trays are also offered. Soda and other beverages for those not partaking.
The food was up there as well. I had some frites with some brushetta bites and other things I cant remember. Good presentation and great taste.
I like this place, i will come back and visit other locations.
08-24-2009 04:21:33 |
More by BARFLYB
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
Stopped by last Thursday. This is the second Iron Hill I have been to and from a beer perspective, I do not understand why this place does not get more hype. They had five regular drafts on tap. Their specialty drafts were a rauch, roggenbier, triple, Belgian pale, and imperial pumpkin. The beers I tried were all excellent. The server I had was friendly and knowledgable. He did offer samples which is a plus. The food was good not great. I had a pulled pork sandwich, fries, and soup. The biggest detractor from this place is the fact that is that it is not cheap. While tasty, the prices are a good two or three dollars more than I would like to pay. Overall, this place has some of the best variety and quality of home made brews I have had. I will certainly come back for the beer, but I may eat elsewhere beforehand to save some money.
11-08-2010 20:13:22 |
More by tigg924
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The bar area is pretty much paneled with oak throughout, and the whole place has a clean, modern/trendy appearance. I went during happy hour, and pretty much every seat in the bar filled up without the bar feeling crowded.
There were 5 "house beers" that were regularly 4.50, but were 3 bucks for happy hour, which was nice. These included a light lager, english porter, raspberry wheat, a vienna lager and an APA. Then there were a few "seasonal" choices that included a hefe, a wit, an imperial stout, a triple and a few others. The bottle menu has a ridiculously expensive array 750ml bottles.
I had the Raspberry wheat, which was so-so, and the Pig Iron Porter, which was an excellent english porter.
The bar tender was prompt and friendly, offering me a sample of everything before I ordered a whole pint. He was friendly with all of the patrons, and seemed knowledgeable about Iron Hill's beers.
Good experience overall, I would come back here for sure. Happy Hour is the time to go: 3 dollar beers and half price appetizers. This trip I didn't try the food, but the next time I will.
07-17-2009 14:03:18 |
More by Hojaminbag
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been waiting for this to open for quite some time, and it has been worth the wait. I think the food is as high of quality as I was used to at the West Chester location and it has some great beers as well. I sampled the saison and the octoberfest in the opening week and thought both were flavorful beers. I was a little disappointed that there was nothing on cask, but hopefully this will change in the future.
For dinner, my starter was crab stuffed mushrooms accompanied with a plum sauce then I had shrimp and scallops in a chardonnay cream sauce that was very good.
The food was tasty, the beer was very good, the service was friendly. It is smaller than I would like, but I guess there isn't the room for it in downtown Phoenixville. Still a great place to go and a good alternative to the Sly Fox, which has some great merit on its own.
10-23-2006 21:21:53 |
More by ark57
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
After a solid month and 4 visits, IH-P warrants a revisit for a rating.
The atmosphere is that of your typical Iron Hill brewpub only on a much smaller venue scale. As you enter the front door on Bridge Street, you pass a copper brew kettle, stainless lauter & mash tun on the left. The host stand seems to be a rally point for the young, inexperienced hosts/hostesses, who like to chat amongst themselves, as well as the wait staff that pass by. Being told with a smile that there is an hour and a half wait for dinner, then having personal conversations ensue among the young staff while turnover is nil is a bit aggravating.
There are about 16 tables that fit four, along with 12 booths that also fit four. The sizing and spacing of the dinning room is adequate for both the dining crowd to have personal space, as well as the wait staff to easily move around and serve. The lighting is highlighted by copper lights. There is a large, attractive, painted mural on the back wall, which seems to infuse a history of the old Steel town with the new school brewery that is trying to appease the locals.
We turn to the bar/lounge area. Herein lies a challenge of correcting a poorly laid plan. The long bar seats about 20 customers. Behind the bar stools, there is a long partition with a ledge for patrons to put their drinks. On the other side of the partition, is a small, 10 table dining area that is more of a lounge area. The major problem with having a partition to separate the lounge diners from the actual bar is the overflow effect of patrons spilling out of the bar area and into any open space they can occupy. There is absolutely no room to move once you get stuck inside this corridor of death. There would be enough room for 2 people to walk by and pass each other if the bar stools were pushed all the way up against the bar but such is never the case when people are sitting at the bar. Therefore, when the bar stools are being occupied, you have just enough room to stand behind them and put your drink down. Try squeezing your way through the crowd in there and you will ask yourself how you got stuck inside this vacuum in the first place. The last time I felt that jammed was at a Fugazi concert in '92. They need to move the partition about another 3 feet into the lounge area and perhaps lose a few of the tables for the crowd to spill about. Otherwise, you've got an overstuffed canolli spilling into the original waiting area, and even into the hallway leading into the kitchen.
The service when sitting at a table for dinner is somewhat attentive. Perhaps a notch above average, occasionally checking on you and making sure everything is ok. One night, our appetizer came out about 2 minutes before our entree. The real doozy comes from the understaffed bar who seem annoyed that they are getting blasted from every angle. On the latest visit(Friday night), there were three bartenders trying to do their best with screaming patrons who can't seem to get to the bar, waitstaff impatiently tapping their feet waiting for service, and managers asking where soups/salads are supposed to end up? On a side note, the kitchen must've been getting clogged up with orders b/c there were several times that a chef would bring out the food to the bar instead of a runner. After finally cramming my way up to the bar and being ignored for about 10 minutes, I managed to get the attention of one of the multi-tasking bartenders to which I got told to be patient and give them just a minute...whew! It soon became apparent that neither a bar seat would open up, nor a lounge area seat would become available. I even watched 2 young ladies, who were occupying a four seater high top, ask a waiter to watch over their purses and drinks so they could go out and smoke. The insane part is that he actually did it.
The selection is decent enough to grab a good rating. The typical 6 Iron Hill house selections, along with 2-3 seasonals.
The food is tasty. Calamari is lightly breaded and cooked just right, as to not let it get tough. The pizzas are fantastic, as are the Crab & Shrimp Cakes.
The value can be a bit pricey and even borderline ridiculous at times. I won't carry on about the price that Iron Hill charges for the reserve bottles b/c that would be redundant. Instead, I'll say that the prices for food are a tad less than fair considering the normal portion sizes and the price for the beer is on the high end scale. When you end up getting two pints of standards and a growler of Pumpkin Ale to go...what would you expect to pay? Ended up paying $4.50/pint and $17 for a growler for a $26 + tax & tip bill on Friday night. It's a shame because I know Tim will be making terrific beers and the chefs will be turning out solid food.
Raised the Quality, Service, and Food scales. All have proven worthy in the past several visits.
11-04-2006 14:35:39 |
More by weeare138
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
Called in sick to work on Columbus Day (since my wife had off) to take a brewpub trip to the Phoenixville area. Stopped here for a quick beer before meeting some friends at Sly Fox right up the road.
It was pretty dead inside, though it was a Monday afternoon. The main room was clean and comfortable with a long bar and high-back barstools. The deep mahogany wood decor offered a somewhat upscale atmosphere, and the sloped copper ceiling with fans was quite interesting. We sat and the bar, and there was a beer menu with their offerings right in front of me. I craved a lager, so I ordered a pint of their Lodestone Lager, which is a Helles German-style lager (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU). It was rather light, but crisp and clean with mild carbonation and a semi-sweet palate. The nose was faintly bready, and the hop profile pretty laid back and predominantly Saaz. My wife opted for a Roggenbock (7% ABV), an unfiltered rye beer with wheat malt that she enjoyed.
The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Their beer selection included the Roggenbock, a light lager, raspberry wheat, lager, pale ale, IPA and porter - a pretty run-of-the-mill selection. Beers were available in 10-, 16- and 22-oz. sizes, as well as pitchers. Pints were $4.50, which I thought was a pit pricey for beer made on premesis.
Overall, it was a pleasant enough visit, but we were there for a short amount of time. I would like to go back and sample some more beers and try some food.
11-08-2007 01:05:23 |
More by ffejherb
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