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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 293
Beer Ratings: 2,833
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
781 Harrisburg Pike
phone: (717) 291-9800
(Place added by: Phatz on 09-08-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had the chance to visit Lancaster's Iron Hill location again recently.
Atmosphere- Layout and decor is nice along w/ the friendly greeting. There is a businesslike feel w/ wood and the black decorative Iron Hill logo above the bar that has barley and hops w/ a heron for the emblem looking almost like a cornucopia.
The silver beer menu board catches the eye and the cherry wood accents are a nice touch. The overall feel is very good - like a tight ship is being run.
Service - As above the efficiency is there w/out much warmth. Not to say this isn't a friendly place, just more business and quick service than conversation.
Selection - A fine selection since there were 11 beers on: 3 belgian styles among them and a nitro tap porter and Imperial Stout. They aim to please w/ 24 taps and well stocked bar. The bartenders are quick to offer up samples of beers and they have a sampler if you want a little of everything.
Food - n/a I will have to try some in the near future. Everything around me smelled great I hope to have the chance to eat dinner here in the near future.
Quality - Again good, but not great in the category that says "Wow!" Just good and very reliable quality wise, a nice standard to look for, but feels like a chain and doesn't really go above or over the norm here, I would not hesitate to stop in, thought the quality is a solid 4 overall. I like, but don't love it is convenient since it is close to work for me, but the beer seems 'safe' meaning not too extreme to offend. I am sure they will branch out as they become established, but I rated accordingly. I will return and don't mind the stiff, square atmosphere or service, just tends to be once in a while or sporadic kind of place for me.
Edit - I still have yet to try a meal at Iron Hill, but have been back since the opening and really enjoy the way the place is coming along. The beer is great that is produced by Paul Rutherford and he keeps the quality seasonals coming so the selection is an improvement w/ Belgian Tripel, Bourbon Stout and an excellent Biere de Garde recently on tap. I bumped up the quality and selection as a result, I am happy to drop in and enjoy the new stuff Paul puts on. I cant wait to try Kryptonite on tap the highly anticipated Imperial Ipa and hope to bring my Girlfriend so we can sit down for dinner together here and add to my review.
I have been going to Iron Hill for several years now and am writing an update since learning the head brewer Paul is leaving to brew at the Chestnut Hill location. I have recently attended Make it Funky a barrel aged beer event and took my wife here to celebrate our first anniversary so I can see I have really come to enjoy coming here for many reasons. The food is great, I have never had a bad meal or even menu item. I love the Pulled pork best but I had a Brewski burger that I ordered medium recently that was served to me exactly as I like it - juicy and the bacon was crisp. I can't say enough good things about the professionalism and service here. I would recommend this Iron Hill to anyone who is interested in good food and great beer!
02-23-2008 01:37:36 |
More by Slatetank
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The interior is very upscale with the fine wood trimmings. Non-smoking is very much appreciated. The crowd is usually business, which I like, and college. Classy establishment. The food and beers are both very top notch. Never had a problem with either and much nicer than some local breweries. The service is mostly college help so is slow but nice to view(if you get my hint). I've always have had a few seasonal belgians on tap while I was there which is the reason I was probably there in the first place. The price is high but in my opinion is worth it for the atmosphere and quality. If your on a tight budget, go to Lancaster Brewery. If not, go here.
02-15-2008 20:56:23 |
More by shertz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I finally got down to this place last night after making dinner reservations a few days ahead of time. Unless you want to wait 1 1/2 hours or more, I'd recommend this, this place is still hopping every night. I haven't been to any of the other Iron Hill locations yet, but if they're anything like Lancaster, I'd love to give them each a try, this place was great.
The atmoshpere was somewhat upscale, yet still cozy and welcoming, with a decent amount of tables in pretty large room. On the other side of a wall with large glass panels is a the bar area. The service there is some of the best I've ever had. The servers are fully trained not only for the menu, but to understand the different beer styles that they have to offer and what makes them each unique. Our waitress really seemed to know the beers from personal experience moreso than just reciting a memorized speech about each offering.
The selection and food was good, well prepared meals from many different unique salads to steaks and seafood. And if you like dessert, try the Double Chocolate Hill, wheww.., what a finish to a great meal.
Since most the readers here are more interested in the beer, here's the good part. I ordered a sampler to give it all a taste. 9 brews were on tap, the 6 house and 3 seasonals. Pretty typical sounding, light lager, red lager, porter, rasberry wheat, etc.. I was extremely surprised though by all of them. Each beer is very well balanced and wonderfully drinkable. They had some belgian-style offerings including an abbey dubbel and tripel that were very good and an ESB that was extremely smooth and great with dinner. Also, if you make it to any of their locations, ask to see their reserve bottle list. The offer a variety of their handcrafted and bottled medal winning brews for dinner or to take home. I brought home a bottle of the Oak-aged Quadrupel that I can't wait to sit and enjoy once it ages a little while.
Overall, I would highly recommend this place to anyone. The prices are a bit higher than most of the establishments I usually go to, but they're not outragous and I felt they were well worth the quality. Becuase of this, I kept the value at reasonable as I didn't go here expecting 2 dollar hamburgers and cheap beer. As the old saying goes..."you get what you pay for".
02-09-2008 14:56:41 |
More by iceviper22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I'm glad Iron Hill has arrived in Lancaster. It's great to have some new local brews on the scene. The food here is excellent, and I don't mind having to wait to get a seat because the staff is really accommodating. Some things seem a bit pricey here, but I guess you are paying some for the atmosphere and because it's right across from F & M college. I will probably make many more trips here with friends in search of the freshest beers on tap.
One thing you need to remember, they don't fill other brewery growlers. You have to buy one of their own.
01-14-2008 23:37:13 |
More by gottajiboo2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Arrived on a Saturday at 5pm, and becasues we had reservations, we were promptly seated. (those without were told it would be a 2 hr wait). The waitress soon arrived and took our drink order, witch was served in an appropriate time frame. Our food order was then taken and it was also served at the proper temperature in the appropriate time. The beers were very mainstream, as at their other locations, but still enjoyable. Our waitress seemed to think she new a bit more about their beers than she did (or I did) but at least she tried. The food was good, as at all their locations, But seemed a bit pricey. The best priced item was the beer sampler, so give it a try if you stop in. Also, make reservations if you go during primetime.
01-14-2008 21:59:06 |
More by tgbljb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Overall, I was very pleased with Iron Hill in Lancaster. The atmosphere was right on, not too formal but not casual with lots of dark wood and copper, matching the brewery theme.
The quality of both food and beer was great. The beer was superb, and I had a meatloaf dish with yukon potatoes grren beans and carrots that was both hearty and sophisticated.
Service was great, and the server was very knowledgable about her beer selections, explaining each beer selection and its nuances. food was served appropriately and not too quickly.
Selection of food was good, running the gamut from burgers and wings, all the way up to prime filet with french flair. They had 9 beers on tap (6 house beers plus three seasonals) I especially enjoyed the Belgian IPA and the Dubbel that were boh seasonal. They were also giving tastings of a Russian Imperial and Saison that they had bottled in 750s as a "reserve selection".
The brewer was exceptionally friendly, and was more than willing to show us his operation and discuss some brewing techniques. Very nice operation in the brewhouse, and they are working hard to
keep up with the demand.
Pricing was what I expected, for the quailty expected. Great value was the sampler, which gave us 9 4oz samplers for $7. As I recall, pints were a little pricey, but well worth it for their seasonals like the Belgian IPA and the Dubbel, maybe not as good if you were drinking the light lager.
At any rate, great place for a beer lover, with good food, knowledgable staff, and expertly crafted beer.
12-12-2007 16:11:23 |
More by BravoTwo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have eagerly awaited the opening of Iron Hill's Lancaster location. Having opened on 11/28, the akorsak family made the trip to sunny Lancaster on December 1, 2007.
A: The restaurant is HUGE, with at least three separate dining areas and a full bar. The interior looks like the other Iron Hill locations, nice wood and metal work throughout, an impressive bar and all the brewing equipment out in plain view.
Q: I've never had a beef with any IH location and this is no exception. Staff, selection and food were all high quality.
Service: The hostess was friendly in greeting us and the waiter was attentive, if not new (hey, they've only been open three days!). Varying members of the staff visited the table to deliver food, clear food, refill drinks and dote on my boys. After a minor shakedown, they should be in great shape.
Selection: The house beers were accompanied by a Belgian IPA, and Abbey Dubbel and a cask offerig (I believe). I am hoping that the local specialty will be Belgian offerings, as I can't wait to see what their expanded selection will include. My rating reflects a relative dearth of beers and I hope to bump it up on future visits.
Food: Food is above-average for a brewpub, a real hallmark of the chain. My andouille and chicken pizza was great and my wife enjoyed her wrap.
I look forward to visiting again, especially as the brewer settles in and gets more beer on tap. It is great to have Iron Hill in my backyard.
12-01-2007 21:14:34 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Lets put this in perspective; many of you have been to one of the other six Iron Hill locations. Iron Hill is a chain. The beers are predicable, approachable, and mostly mainstream. I look forward to the big beer bottles showing up at the Lancaster location. Iron Hill has some great beers but the flagships, are just what they are. There are several reasons I love the idea of this establishment. First, in Lancaster this is a major, significant addition to the craft beer scene. The Restaurant is gorgeous and the food superb. Relative to Lancaster community the sandwiches are a bit pricey. A $12 growler *RE-FILL* is quite high.
I talked to Paul Rutherford, Brewmaster, he is going to be rotating a Belgian Seasonal and adding a few more thing to the line up. For now they are borrowing a few beers from other locations.
Iron Hill respect craft beer and Home brewers. We are very happy to have them here in Lancaster. When you are in town stop by and visit.
Hope this is helpful.
11-30-2007 21:19:43 |
More by Phatz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I visited this place opening night. As soon as I walked in the door I was seated, which impressed me for how busy it was. We were seated in the bar area, which I would not suggest because of it being noisy and crowded. The place had a general buzz, it seemed like everyone was having a good time. The food was good and reasonably priced. I tried all the beers and thought that they were average for a brewpub, but still eons beyond commerical beers. All together, I thought this was a great establishment and an awesome addition to Lancaster.
11-29-2007 02:48:23 |
More by RiekerStarBrew
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