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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 299
Beer Ratings: 2,853
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
781 Harrisburg Pike
phone: (717) 291-9800
(Place added by: Phatz on 09-08-2007)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Taking my time winding out to western Maryland on a Sunday afternoon instead of dealing the Monday morning ebb tide. Gives me some time to take in the sights of fermenters in the glass front rooms of brewpubs I wouldn't otherwise get to see; seldom getting out this far, me. Going to cut the corner today back before Harrisburg, as the shortest distance to, is through. Still, the trek out to what I want to see is a good long slow scenic ride to be sure...
In a big moderny brick building on the corner where the college is. Enter off the corner through and to an 18 seat straight bar with a foot rail, on the far wall of the middle room of rooms of rooms. 3 towers of 8 apiece (two along the bar and the third on the serving station off the end), and a single handpump on the bar; I wonder, um, no, empty. Barback is boxed framed shelving with house bottled reserve 750's, ceramic logo mugs & growlers above in singles or pairs, and booze & glassware below over glass look through backing. A single flatscreen lays mounted on center, with slat boards at both ends of the bar listing tap selections; they show 9 but there are more than a dozen, I just knows there is. A big 3 liter bottle of IH something sits displayed on the barback counter with some booze, and cupboard coolers below. Up atop, a wrought iron logo piece with something extending that isn't the standard weather vane. TV's in the corners opposite the bar and boards on the far wall list "fermentation"," upcoming", and "in the cellar". Ooooh, a Coffee Impy Porter. I'm sure it won't suck. And an organic Saison due, too. Nice.
The walls pale pale green over framed wood lowers and trim. Corrugated curvy hanger piece ceiling with drop spots, caged chandelier lamps & spinny fans. Slate floorings running around a center seating area on wood. A half dozen hightop tables against the far panel box windows looking in on the side dining area & a dozen raised 2 seaters pushed together where need be across the floor. The side seating area holds 6 booths running an "L" on the inside and 18 tables along the windows and down center with views of the row of fermenters in the back brew room. On the other side of the bar, a rear room holds 10 booths in red & green and 10 tables down the center in 2 rows. An open kitchen area runs the length to one side, and there's something of a party room down on the end. Also, a small pen out front holds 10 tables sidewalkside.
Asked for the sampler and was told that you get the standard house 6 and then you get to pick 2 more from the seasonals. What?! What happened to the famous Iron Hill "you get everything they've got on sampler?" Well, I'm telling you right now that I will be sampling everything, even if I have to ask politely and you know, pay. The Iron Hill Light Lager, clean, a crisp light lager, like the sign says; Raspberry Wheat, not bad for a raspberry, not of the sickly sweet; Pig Iron Porter, always wonderfully roasty, chocolatey goodness; Vienna Red Lager, malty wonderful, slight sweetness, I like; Ironbound Ale, better than I remembered it being, very nicely hopped; Wit, the rotating Belgian, spicy, pleasant enough, seems more Saisony; and seasonals, Rye Saison, not bad, but I don't get the rye, okay wait, yeah, um, maaaybe; Berliner Weisse, tart, it's good, not great, but good, still, I'm glad to see it; Munich Helles, solid, seriously, that's a nice fucking Helles, I'm liking this style more and more; ESB, malty sweet and wow that's an interesting ESB; Hefe, sure, some pleasant banana cloviness; Rauchweisse, ooooh, there's some bandaidiness, and then it goes banananaid; and the Pig Iron Porter on nitro, I'm thinking I like the non nitro version better. The standards Vienna Red Lager, Ironbound Ale, Pig Iron Porter and seasonals Munich Helles & ESB were the best of the lot.
Paced it with a little food, having ordered the Chicken gumbo with Andouille sausage, rice & okra, a bowl, 'figging it'd reasonably be twice or so as good as a cup and one seldom goes wrong with the gumbo, you know. Definitely the goods; it had a fine viscosity, some nice heat and much flavory. Had I not done the gumbo, or had just a cup instead of a bowl like a smart person, I would've hit them Asian lettuce wraps hard, but that's so not happening now.
Quiet, chill place on this Sunday afternoon. Servicewise, Alan's knows his game and's a good 'tender. He may stay. And as chains go, the food at the Iron Hill locations is always good, and the beer, well, they consistently offer up a broad range of interesting selections, and the beers they make are of good quality. This site is no exception. Saw this one in Lancaster as they were opening Maple Shade, I'm always running one IH behind. They keep building 'em, I'll keep scouting 'em out; they just don't disappoint.
09-02-2009 21:02:56 |
More by slander
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 | 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 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Daughter Caitlin and I hit this place on D-Day, 06JUN09. We had spent the day at the Reading PA WWII Weekend, and then had some grub and grog at Victory. Heading back to our couch in Lancaster (at RichWood Manor), we met up with Woodychandler at Iron Hill for a nightcap.
Found the place fairly easily; had Googled the location, and from their website I got an idea what the place looked like - a big-ass, 4-5 story industrial type structure. The pub itself is on the ground floor, on the northwest corner (left/front). In we go, and there are lots of tables to the left and ahead of us. Looks like they have various sizes, seating from 2 to 8 people. Place was a bit dimly lit, with warm, soft incandescent lighting hanging from the fairly high ceiling. There was more seating straight ahead (along the window fronting the building on the main street). Beyond the dining was the bar, a long, dark-wooded L-shaped thingy. We found Woody there, parked in front of the gorgeous high-def TV - watching his beloved Pens get spanked by the Wings (in game 5). It was 4-0 at that point late in the 2nd, and I thought Woody was going to cry.... (he'd be redeemed 2 games later with the Pens Cup victory). They had a solid amount of brews on (10-12x), and I opted for their Weizenbock, always one of my favorite styles. This one was nicely made, for sure, and hit the spot! Our 'tender was supremely helpful and friendly; shame we only spent a short time there. If in the area, I'd most assuredly give Iron Hill another visit.
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 - $$
06-18-2009 22:21:15 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been to this location numerous times since it opened about a year ago. During that time I have become quite an IH fan. While their regular brew offerings will not knock your socks off they are solid. It's the specials and seasonal offerings that have impressed me.
Last night was night out for 3 BA couples and with Kegatron being a club member he wanted to take advantage of the members night with a special beer offering...Bourbon aged Belgian Triple....and a meet the brewer/brewery tour. So, with 6 people to wait on,a full house and with ordering a real dinner I thought this was as good a time as any to finally review this establishment.
As with all Iron Hills the inside is a very nice mix of modern simplicity and wood. Very clean, simple yet almost elegant.
In addition to the regular offerings they had a few seasonal brews bringing the total selection up to 10 or so.
With six of us ordering food, SierraGs and I both got the "Maine Lobster Bake" complete with a 1 1/4 lobster, 1/2 dozen assorted mussels and clams, corn on the cob and baby baked potatoes. Our food was very nicely done and I didnt hear the rest of our party complain one bit.
Our server, Erin, was a treat. She was pleasant, quick and lively. She even reached a point of being comfortable enough with me to give me some jovial, good natured ribbing including an elbow to the sternum shot! She made a nice evening even more pleasant.
All in all the place is a nice addition to the Lancaster city scene. While the beers and menu may be just a touch on the pricey side I feel you do get what you pay for and overall it is reasonable. Iron Hill does not "cheapen" things up therefore you are paying for the atmosphere, quality and the experience. If the prices were too high I am sure it would not be as packed as it always seems to be!
07-26-2008 13:08:31 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 | food: 4 | $$$
Arrived on a Saturday at 5pm, and becasues we had reservations, we were promptly seated. (those without were told it would be a 2 hr wait). The waitress soon arrived and took our drink order, witch was served in an appropriate time frame. Our food order was then taken and it was also served at the proper temperature in the appropriate time. The beers were very mainstream, as at their other locations, but still enjoyable. Our waitress seemed to think she new a bit more about their beers than she did (or I did) but at least she tried. The food was good, as at all their locations, But seemed a bit pricey. The best priced item was the beer sampler, so give it a try if you stop in. Also, make reservations if you go during primetime.
01-14-2008 21:59:06 |
More by tgbljb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Drove up from Baltimore to Lancaster to get some growlers of Kryptonite. Unfortunately, I didn't know that they didn't fill growlers after 10PM, the awesome bar tender made an exception in my case just because I had driven up from DC originally to get this growler.
This looks like a restaurant, huge inside, lots of 4 top tables everywhere, barrels hidden away here and there. nice glass cases with some bottles hidden away.
There is an oak looking bar that seats a few dozen, lots of beers on tap, probably about 10 - 15 on draft and pretty good.
I didn't try the food but the staff / bartender was beyond nice and friendly. I will definitely go back to this place.
06-06-2011 19:24:30 |
More by drabmuh
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally made it down here again, this time long enough for a proper look around. I have been here when it was packed for an event and again at lunch time on an off day.
Atmosphere - This is one large space. Very nice looking, inside and out, with three separate seating areas and the bar area. It feels sophisticated yet laid back and casual. The bar area is sort of like a mini pub. I could hang out here often, although my wallet might protest that.
Quality - The quality is good. The beers are served in their proper glasses and the food has always been top notch. The location is awesome and the overall construction of the restaurant is great. One of the nicest looking brew pubs in the area.
Service - The first time I went here was during the recent sour event and the place was packed. Our server was good but he told us we could only order one sampler tray per table due to a shortage of glasses. Right, that is why the table right across from us had three people get them at the same time we did.
This most recent trip I ordered sweet potato fries as my side and when my food arrived, normal fries. I understand forgetting to put in the order right but he only had two tables at the time. How do you forget that? Not a huge deal but another misfire in the service department.
Selection - I am going to base this on the cumulative visits I have made here. The selection during the sour event was great. Six different sour beers from all over the spectrum, from a brett IPA to a sour cherry quad. They like to take chances and more often than not they pay off. On my most recent visit they really didn't have too many "great" offerings, more or less just their typical solid lineup. I did have a chance to try the Big Rye Wibby on cask and it was very nice. I plan on making it down for the IPA event in a few weeks, can't wait to try some of their famous hoppy beers!
Food - Here is where they got me back. Both times I have eaten here the food has been great. So far I have gotten the goat cheese pizza, turkey burger, and half of a pulled pork sandwich. The pizza was excellent, as was the pork. The turkey burger was good but the cheese and bacon really dominated the flavor of the burger. Either way the food has always been well prepared and I can't wait to try some of the other offerings.
Overall this is another great option for the local beer lovers. The beer and food is awesome and they are always having special events. Can't wait to stop down here again soon.
05-22-2011 19:11:04 |
More by orangesol
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
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