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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 299
Beer Ratings: 2,847
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
781 Harrisburg Pike
phone: (717) 291-9800
(Place added by: Phatz on 09-08-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
My first Iron Hill Brewery and I wouldn't say that I was over or underwhelmed. Maybe just perfectly whelmed. It is a really nice space and two days before xmas the place was packed. There were a ton of kids so maybe that detracted from the overall vibe for me. Had about 10-11 beers on tap, I tried a intersting take on a saison, Permanent Midnight, and although it wasn't a homerun, you could appreciate the effort and quality that went into the brewing. The service was excellent and the food was quite good. I thought everything was overpriced by about 10-15% but maybe that just means I am getting old. I would definetly return to this or other Iron Hill efforts.
12-24-2008 21:25:33 |
More by SwiftyMcBeer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
As a surprise to the Mrs. for our 5 year anniversary, I took her on a weekend trip to Lititz, PA. I wanted to try this establishment since it was close (within reasonable taxi distance) and had some very positive reviews on this site. Suffice it to say, each one of those good reviews was spot on.
Without at doubt, the thing that stood out the most with this restaurant was the service. Every employee, from waiter to bartender, was friendly, attentive, and was all about the beer. Generally, I don't like being called "Sir" unless I'm being asked to leave, but here it was most welcome.
The atmosphere was good. It was a little too crowded for my taste, but I'm not much of a people person, so take this comment with a grain of salt.
The beer was good. I think the worst thing I could possible say about any of the brews I tried was it was "average". Unfortunately, this comment would be towards one of my more favorite styles of beer...Oktoberfest. My favorites for the evening would have to be the Vienna Red Lager (malty sweetness, very smooth, clean finish) and the Pumpkin Ale (just the right amount of pumpkin spice balanced with hops and sweetness). The beer was a tad on the pricey side, but given the style of restaurant I would say it was on par.
The food was ok. My wife and I both ordered burgers, and they were good (can't really botch a burger). The sweet potato fries, however, were some of the best I've ever had.
Overall, I would say this place was worth the money, and I am looking forward to visiting again.
11-08-2008 04:12:50 |
More by krisandajt
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here with BA Phatz on a Lancaster pub crawl.
As a huge fan of the Iron Hill chain, I had to see their newest creation. The brewmaster is the former assistant brewer from Iron Hill North Wales, so I knew the beer was going to kick ass.
They had some good seasonals on tap, like a Hefe and an Abbey Ale. The stars though were the beers the brewmaster poured for Matt and I. His Weizenbock and Rauchbier were delicious to say the least.
As I said, the Lancaster location still has that "New Brewpub Smell", so I'll wait to see how this location matures. I expect some great beer being brewed by Paul, as he's an awesome brewer. Whenever I'm in Lancaster, I'll have to make it a point to stop here.
08-24-2008 23:21:47 |
More by leftmindedrighty
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
I don't quite understand why everyone thinks this is such a beacon for the Lanc beer scene. IH has primarily awesome but "safe" beer, and mediocre food with a faux upscale pretentious vibe that I find completely unappealing in a brewpub.
Although some of the service I've gotten here has been excellent because I know some of the staff, it's usually just artificially pleasant college girls that constantly try to push more drinks on you. During a single pint, I kid you not, I was asked twice if I needed another beer. Once when it was still half full, and then again five minutes later when maybe another inch of liquid was consumed.
The food is maybe a notch above Ruby Tuesday's offering sophisticated cuisine such as Cheesesteak Spring Rolls, but at a largely inflated price because it comes with a "chili-lime dipping sauce" or some crap to try to make it seem like it's gourmet. Lancaster has come a long way in the past few years and is becoming quite a cosmopolitan city, but tourist traps like this are doing nothing to improve its "cow town" image. Lancaster Brewing Co still holds the title of best brewpub in the city
07-30-2008 02:45:47 |
More by HossMcGraw
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been to this location numerous times since it opened about a year ago. During that time I have become quite an IH fan. While their regular brew offerings will not knock your socks off they are solid. It's the specials and seasonal offerings that have impressed me.
Last night was night out for 3 BA couples and with Kegatron being a club member he wanted to take advantage of the members night with a special beer offering...Bourbon aged Belgian Triple....and a meet the brewer/brewery tour. So, with 6 people to wait on,a full house and with ordering a real dinner I thought this was as good a time as any to finally review this establishment.
As with all Iron Hills the inside is a very nice mix of modern simplicity and wood. Very clean, simple yet almost elegant.
In addition to the regular offerings they had a few seasonal brews bringing the total selection up to 10 or so.
With six of us ordering food, SierraGs and I both got the "Maine Lobster Bake" complete with a 1 1/4 lobster, 1/2 dozen assorted mussels and clams, corn on the cob and baby baked potatoes. Our food was very nicely done and I didnt hear the rest of our party complain one bit.
Our server, Erin, was a treat. She was pleasant, quick and lively. She even reached a point of being comfortable enough with me to give me some jovial, good natured ribbing including an elbow to the sternum shot! She made a nice evening even more pleasant.
All in all the place is a nice addition to the Lancaster city scene. While the beers and menu may be just a touch on the pricey side I feel you do get what you pay for and overall it is reasonable. Iron Hill does not "cheapen" things up therefore you are paying for the atmosphere, quality and the experience. If the prices were too high I am sure it would not be as packed as it always seems to be!
07-26-2008 13:08:31 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Visited on 6.21.2008 to commemorate 2 years of wedded bliss with my wife-this was my first visit.
We sat at a booth that was quite comfortable and nicely chilled from the AC-helps out on these hot, summer days. After asking for 2 different beer lists from the waitress (seasonal tap list and reserve bottle list) I decided to go with the Kryptonite DIPA. Turned out to be a great choice as we pondered what to have for dinner. The overall atmosphere of the place was iron clad with plenty of accents to remind you of the brand. Color scheme was wood, green and red. The place mats explained the brewing process and were a great touch. We sat down at 3pm to avoid the crowds at dinner time.
The beer and food selections were outstanding, with everything brewed on premises. The tap list was seasonal with about 10 offerings, including a hand pumped cask brew. The reserve list was pricey, with each bottle being just under $20 for a 750ml. But it was nice to see something like that at an eatery. The food was different and palatable, not milk toast & pedestrian like many other places in Lancaster.
Our food selections were coursed as such:
French Onion Soup, Rustic Sweet Potato Fries
4 Mushroom Garcia Pizza, Vegetarian Lasagna
All dishes were excellent, except for the soup which was lacking in depth and richness of flavor. The sweet potato fries were spectacular with three dipping sauces. The mushroom pizza paired very well with a French style biere de garde.
Service was pretty good, although we sat in an empty restaurant for 5-10 minutes before being greeted by a server. The hostess was also hesitant to give us a booth for some reason.
We finished with a root beer float, the root beer is also made on premises. I was happy to see about 8 different single malts offered as digestifs. Not enough restaurants do this.
Overall, this place was very high quality, but a bit pricey. Beers averaged $5 a pop and the food was moderately portioned. I would go back just for the sweet potato fries, as they were probably the best dish I've had at a restaurant in quite some time. A long desired destination for a city like Lancaster, fo' sho'!
06-23-2008 12:48:58 |
More by Risser09
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I feel kind of bad that I've never previously visited any of the Iron Hill establishments. No one has ever said anything bad about them, but comments I've heard from friends have been less then enthusiastic as well. Plus it's a chain and all.... I just didn't have very high expectations. As it turns out, at least the one in Lancaster (and I'm betting the others as well) was a very solid place.
Upon arriving at IH in the downtown Lancaster location, I was impressed right off by the complimentary parking in the back. The place is good size, but despite that fact, it was almost completely full on a Wednesday evening. After just 5 or 10 minutes inside, I could see why.
The brewpub has a nice feel to it, with lots of wood all around. It gives the place a warm, comfortable vibe IMO. As I walked in there were several hostesses at the front desk, who were friendly and not the least bit obtrusive. They just nodded and smiled as I walked to the back bar with a friend. There is a very large dining area to the immediate left as you walk in, and as I noted previously, it was nearly full on this warm Wednesday evening. The bar area was good size as well, with a long running bar to your immediate right as you walk in. I'd say there has to be close to 20 seats at the bar, with a few tables and chairs scattered around as well. There were a couple of TV's on as well over the bar, and this place struck me as a very comfortable place to hang out and have a beer or three.
Service here could not have been much better. We had to wait a few minutes initially, but after that the waitress stopped by whenever it appeared our beer glass was close to empty. Beer and food came very promptly after placing our orders, and my spinach and goat cheese salad was quite good. As for selection, I think they had on tap around 10 or 12 beers this particular evening, including one beer on cask (the Belgian Pale Ale) and the porter on nitro (both were also offered on CO2). I wasn't overly fond of the barleywine, but everything else was very, very solid. I liked the trippel, Belgian pale and maibock very much, as well as the porter.
Off to the left (when one is at the bar) is a list of current beers either still fermenting or waiting to be rotated into the draft line-up. I was impressed by the variety of beers brewed here, as well as the quality over all.
Prices were a bit on the high side I thought, but probably in line with what you'd pay just about every place else these days in the area surrounding philly.
This is a very nice place and the beer is excellent. Works for me.
04-24-2008 13:38:04 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A great addition to Lancaster. a nice restaurant and a brewery to go with it. Great menu selection (super kids menu) and good quality food. The beer selection is nice as well - they do a nice job rotating different beers outside of their standards. The one bad thing about the place is the way the bar is laid out. They did a poor job in space planning as it is very difficult to get to the bar when the place is busy. They have tall top tables right behind the bar which make it hard to get to the bar. The other part is their reserve bottled beers are a bit over priced. All in all a great place, glad to have it in Lancaster.
04-06-2008 21:18:11 |
More by Hophead101
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Wow, little ol' Lancaster county's 5th brewpub! Very impressive for a rural area like ours. I like the quasi-industrial atmosphere they went for, I think it works quite well. I absolutely love the fact that they are smoke free. The service was okay, but our server tried to tell us that according to Pennsylvanis state law they can only fill their own growlers. He was a nice guy and very attentive, however. While he wasn't a beer guy, it was clear that the owners have made quite an effort to educate the staff. That was most welcome. As they settle in, the beer selction just gets better and better. I've tried an RIS and an Irish Dry Stout that were both quite good. I also saw that they have an English barleywine coming, I can't wait to try that. Everthing on the menu, beer included, I found to be a bit pricey. Growler fills of the flagship beers are $12 a pop for instance.
Everyone at my table enjoyed their food, from chicken sandwiches($10) to salads($9) to wood fired pizzas($13). Overall, it's certainly worth a vist, but take your growler down the road to Lancaster Brewing Co.
edit: As I visit more often, my opinion of this place only gets better. I upped a couple of the scores and heartily recommend the pulled pork. Keep up the good work. Growler fills are still a rip-off though.
03-17-2008 01:08:14 |
More by DIM
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have been to the Iron Hills at West Chester, Media, North Wales and now Lancaster. In terms of being served quality beer, West Chester has always been the top location. But last night I had a saison for $4.50, served in a goblet, and it was pretty damn good. Actually it seemed right on the mark for a well-brewed saison [A style I have just gotten into relatively recently].
IH Lancaster also had the typical ho-hum house beers: Anvil Ale, Ironbound Ale, Pig Iron Porter, Raspberry Wheat and Light Lager. They had their newer house beers, Vienna Red Lager, and Abbey Double. There was also a beer called Abby's Fault which I did not have the time or money to try.
This is a brand new location and I feel the beer is better brewed here...although I could be wrong...it is hard to doubt West Chester and the time I walked in and had the awesome Belgian Pale Ale. But at all locations Iron Hill could step it up a notch...how about an imperial coffee stout. And a true west-coast IPA...without being a double IPA.
The place was very crowded, it was 6pm on a Wednesday, and it was an older crowd [not college kids]. I nabbed the last empty bar seat. The entire retail space next to Iron Hill, which is on street level was empty and yet to be leased.
In general Iron Hill's food is not very good, overpriced and it turns me off from going to this chain in the first place. I guess for a chain, its decent, but their kitchens have a long way to go to catch up to the level of the brewers...at least at this location and West Chester's, the only ones I'll be returning to. I may check out Phoenixville's location and give them a chance as well.
02-29-2008 06:15:26 |
More by roan22
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Lancaster, PA
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