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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 299
Beer Ratings: 2,847
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1460 Bethlehem Pike
phone: (267) 708-2000
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had found Iron Hill - North Wales not long after moving into the area. The atmosphere is good for whatever your mood. If you are looking to belly up to the oak counter, there is a nice bar built to hold a great deal of people. If there is not room at the bar, there are side shelves with chairs where you can reside and either go to the bar for your beverage or be helped by the courteous and professional staff. The dining area is large and not over packed with tables. The food selection is creative and has everything from apps to steaks to monthly specials paired with their great beers. The service is top notch; very attentive but not overbearing, orders are filled promptly and any concerns are dealt with immediately. Overall prices are reasonable for the quality of food served.
On to the important item, the BEER! The beer at Iron Hill is excellent. Some microbreweries claim to have a variety of beers but they all taste the same, not Iron Hill. Each beer is true to its style guidelines and offers a distinct taste for the person who enjoys a quality craft brewed beer. The typical selections include a lager, an APA, ale, and a wheat. The seasonals are exceptional and are timed perfectly. For the home brewer, having someone like Larry (the Head Brewer at Iron Hill North Wales) so close is a major asset! He is very approachable and extremely knowledgeable. I am very impressed with Iron Hill all around, with a huge highlight on the beer and the brewer. A great job for an operation that has expanded to multiple locations in the Delaware Valley!
11-23-2005 01:41:07 |
More by DevilDogBeer
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I heard a hell of alot about this place and was very excited when we decided to go there. At first glance around this place I said ah shit I am going to be paying an arm and a leg. When I seen the menu there was stuff for all prices and a ridiculous amount of food on the menu.My only complaint which was very little was I asked for the sampler and the waiter brought me out a lager.After I had told him he immediately brought me out the sampler and had the lager taken off the bill even though my wife drank it anyway. Like I said there were thing's for all prices but when I bought the Russian Imperial Stout I noticed it must have been about twenty dollars. Hell I can get a top of the line Belgian beer for that amount of money. Other than that it was very good.I really enjoyed this place and highly recommend it if you are in the neighborhood.
03-02-2009 02:57:53 |
More by TheFightfan1
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
The first few visits to this new and nearby brewpub had been a disappointment (uninteresting and scraggly beers, mediocre food), but last two times have shown remarkable strides in the quality of beers.
Located in the shopping mall on 309 across the street from Whole Foods, they spent a lot of money making the inside not look like a strip mall. A big rectangular bar in the center of the restaurant seats about 30 and serves beer, wine and spirits. Tall tables and chairs, and booths surround on three sides. Smoke handling in the bar is so-so but there are places where nonsmokers can sit to get into fresh air, and see and smell the beers. The Tuesday night crowd filled the place, and included shoppers, and local folks from all walks of life. Folks were in a friendly mood and having a good time.
The beers are first-rate. They usually have about six available. Loadstone Lager, (a Helles) is in-style and an excellent job--sweet with ethereal, complex hopping that comes timidly to the front. Lots of biscuits in the nose and the palate, bright and flawless. The Pig Iron Porter has lately gained in complexity (less bitterness and roasted notes, and a surprising chocolate note that comes out as it warms). The Imperial Stout specialty beer is particularly delightful and reminded me of Rogues beers.
Food is moderately priced with lots of items in the $12 to $20 range, and a bunch of offerings for less $10. The kitchen needs to do some work to catch up to the brewery. Our Tuesday special Creole meal was hot but slightly bland, and the burger was overcooked. I hope at some point they enhance the dessert offerings, as several of the beers are excellent dessert companions.
Our server was truly a beer advocate who made excellent suggestions (including a beer that had just come on, and hadn't been put on the menu). He handled special requests promptly and accurately, and even knew the prices of Iron Hill beer in kegs off the top of his head.
My compliments to Larry the brewer who has devised solid stable of beers. Well be enjoying them on a regular basis.
12-29-2004 17:20:49 |
More by sparkydoyle
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Made a special trip out to this location while on business near Philly. 1st thing you notice is the odd location of being in a strip plaza, but you'll soon get over that.
The decor is very contemporary, with lots of glass, sharp angles, and rich woodwork. The place is divided up into larger & smaller dining areas for varing degrees of intimacy, with booths on either side of a central bar. The brewing area is to the left of the bar behind large glass windows. They proudly brag that the beer travels only 65 feet to your glass from the vat!
The place is immaculately clean - everywhere. I was greeted as I entered, and my barkeep Dan was very nice & knowledgable of his craft & offerings. Oh yes, the offerings. There were 11 unique craft beers on tap the evening I was there (a chalkboard in the back described beers in process and expected release dates), including a cask conditioned ale. The 1st thing I always ask is "Do you offer a sampler?", to which I learned that I could have a 4oz sample of everything on tap...FOR ONLY $6! Thank God I was already sitting on a barstool! Where else can you get 44ozs of fresh craft beers for that money?
I should mention the following. As I was being set up for my sampler I noticed the placemat I had was a complete pictoral story of how the beer is brewed. The samples sat on a special placemat w/ descriptive "bullseyes". With crackers nearby, I spent the next 90 minutes enjoying some of the best beers I have ever had, running from a light lager to a stout. I even scored a gratis sample of a 3 year old lambic from Dan - awesome.
I did notice a booth to my right order what could best be described as a volcano of nachos - just unbelievable in presentation. I noticed a $19.99 real fire cooked rib special walking in. The ad claimed they were slow cooked 14 hours (which from experience I know is impossible - they would be mush or charcoal) but they were tasty, rich with real smoke and fire, painted in a subtle sauce that let the smoke/fire sing. The sides of sweet potato fries and slaw were subdued to let the ribs shine. I admit I am a BBQ snob, and I enjoyed these.
Iron Hill is simply one of the nicest brewpubs and/or restaurants I have ever been in. I had a great time in a nice, clean place with excellent service enjoying fantastic beer and good food. This is easily a 50-60 mile brew pub for either family or a night out with the gang. If you are within a hour of any of their locations I highly recommend the trip.
05-26-2005 00:39:05 |
More by BuckSpin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is the 3rd Iron Hill I have visited in the area. Based on the area of town I drove through to get here, I'm not surprised in how it is decorated or how much money they may have spent to make the place look fairly upscale for a brewpub.
It is located at the end of a strip mall (but based on the stores located here, call it a strip mall is a bit of a stretch). As soon as you walk in you are at a reception area. There is dining seating to the left and right. The bar is directly in the middle with a horse shoe shaped bar and booths to the left and right.
I usually like to sit at the bar when I just intend on tasting some brews but it was the final of the Euro cup so the place was pretty packed. Had to settle for a booth.
Ordered up a full sampler as they are doing a Wit summer and there were quite a few other beers other than their normal staple of 5 or so. The pick of the day was the Berliner Weis. A great beer and I hope they will make it more often.
I would visit this place again, though it seems like it could get fairly busy so you may want to pick a off time if you want a quiet visit.
07-09-2008 18:36:56 |
More by davide169
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Typical Iron Hill look and feel. This one is 15 minutes from my house so I call this my local Iron Hill. They have been doing a great job of rotating beers and styles and putting on some of their rarer beers at certain 'events' and times of the month. Some of my favorite all around beers are from Iron Hill - in my view, they are definitely on of the top Brew Pubs in the US. The food is good and the kids like going there (so that's a big bonus!). Don't trust the web site with their beer list and call ahead if you are wondering what's on tap (the selection from their bottle list to tap list can vary from OK to outstanding)...
11-11-2008 01:30:08 |
More by hopdog
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is one of my regular spots and a definite favorite of mine.
ATMOSPHERE: If you've been to 1 Iron Hill, you've pretty much been to them all. Dimly lit with a nouveau gastropub feel. There's a central U-shaped bar with 8-10 tables flanking it. The 2 TVs always have the local game on. On either side of the bar area are 2 dining sections with quite a bit of seating. All in all it's a very chill atmosphere and reasonably comforable to enjoy a beer with friends.
QUALITY: The beer is very well taken care of with correct serving temps and reasonably correct glassware. The Mug Club is a nice perk letting you drink from a 22 oz mug (for the same price as a pint) and giving you various rewards in the form of gift cards.
SERVICE: I've always had good service here with no problems to report. Nothing above and beyond, but I'm usually never waiting with an empty glass.
SELECTION: One of the better brewpubs in terms of quality of their seasonals. Just about every one I've has been good to outstanding. The regular house beers are another story and the Pig Iron Porter may be the only one I'd ever actively choose to order.
FOOD: The food has really been improved with the most recent menu overhaul. It used to feel like you were forced into a fine dining experience whenever you wanted food, but there's something for every occasion - pub grub, sit-down dinner, etc. - and all are done deliciously and creatively.
I'd definitely recommend stopping into an Iron Hill location, especially this one, and grabbing a glass of one of their seasonals. Weekends can get busy sometimes, but the off hours times are a great time to chat with friends over a pint.
05-04-2009 20:14:19 |
More by jmalex
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I recall a disagreement (not an argument) that I had with Trevor Hoffman regarding his reviews at an Old CHI location. He had said (and I paraphrase) "You've seen one Old CHI, you've seen 'em all." My point of disagreement was one of semantics - they are similar but not the result of a cookie cutter. Same with Iron Hill, similar, but different brewers, (slightly) different layouts, different kitchen staffs. How can things be exactly the same when its creators are different???? If stuff came out of a box, a barrel, a can, okay, but everything is produced on station. Maybe it's me, but this is not McDonald's.
I really liked the layout of this location. It had the standard wide front with a wide vestibule and the m.d.s. to the left of the entry with the brewhouse running down the left 1/6 of the space; 2/6 dedicated to the squarish/rectangular bar; 2/6 to the restaurant area with standard rectangular tables and chairs; and 1/6 to a private meeting/party area and a high dividing wall with a mural of kitchy vintage advertising along the far wall. As at many (but not all) I.H. locations, the kitchen runs most of the length of the back wall. This meant that we carnivorous patrons were treated to all kinds of savory scents including (but not limited to) the open wood-fired pizza oven, the searing steaks, and whatever else was being produced. Unlike Jimmy Johns, they should charge for the smells here.
Beers: IH Light Lager; Raspberry Wheat; Vienna Red Lager; Ironbound Ale; Pig Iron Porter; (Seasonals): Chocolate Bock; Norse Necter (a dry golden made with honey and sweet orange); Wee Heavy; Irish Red Ale; Tripel; Abbey Dubbel and Saison (definitely peppery); (Nitro): Irish Dry Stout.
12-09-2009 09:57:30 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
After spending the day at Philadelphia Park bettin' on the ponies, I was interested in finding a close brewpub for dinner. Iron Hill came up as a short 15 minute drive down two exits on the Pennsy Turnpike and up 309. Located at the far end of an upscale strip mall, this place interested my wife from a shopping standpoint as she stated "nice shopping with a brewpub".
Upon entering, you sense the similiar interior design of other Iron Hill brewpubs, a large bar with plenty of dark wood anchored by a wall unit holding liquor bottles and TVs. The restaurant section on the right has a view into an open kitchen and is adorned with dark woods and some artsy wall murals, and the brewpub equipment is clearly visible on the left side of the bar.
There were plenty of beers on tap and the Ironator Doppelbock caught my eye first. There was an Anvil Ale on cask, and Ironbound Ale on nitro, along with standard tap selections of Anvil, Ironbound, Raspberry Wheat, ESB, Lodestone Lager, Light Lager, and Pig Iron Porter. The beers we had were all of good quality and very tasty.
The service from the waitress and hostess was very good. I thought the Carolina Pork I ordered had too much vinegar in it, so I asked for wood oven pizza. This of course brought concerns from the hostess (which I expected), but my wife liked the pork and we just decided to take it home for her. The wife had the crabcake sandwich which was decent but small for the bun it was on, and the calamari starter was great.
I thought the food at West Chester was better, but the beers are on par. Worth stopping in as Iron Hill puts out a consistantly good selections of beers.
01-31-2006 12:29:38 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The latest Iron Hill looks just like the other two I've visited. The ceiling is a little taller, and they have a pair of plasma tvs flanking the bar, but that's about it. One complaint, the bar has seats all around it which when crowded either makes it tough to get a beer or annoying having people reaching over your shoulder. It has that upscale brewpub feel to it and the brewing tanks are visible from most of the restaraunt.
They have 6 year round brews and normally have one or two special brews. I just missed out on the Imperial Oatmeal Stout:-( The light lager and raspberry wheat are the entry level beers. The lodestone lager, ironbound ale, and anvil ale hold down the middle ground, while the pig iron porter is a rich and tasty beer. If you're looking for a big beer their special brews usually do the trick.
The service was timely and friendly. They knew a decent amount about the beers and there's a card on every table that describes the flavors, aromas, and ingredients of each beer along with it's IBUs, ABV, and a few other things. The food is damn good, the portions are filling, and everything is nicely prepared. There are a few staples in their menu, lots of interesting concoctions, and a bunch of interesting wood oven pizzas.
We got a nice tour of the brewing area (10 X 100ft) The head brewer was there and damn was he into his beers. I can't remember his name but he said he'd been at a bunch of different breweries over the last 10 years and came to Iron Hill because of their dedication to beer. He mentioned things like sending their water out for testing, and buying microscopes to look at all the yeasties. The setup was their standard copper and stainless steel tanks, but the most interesting part was their cooler. Once the beer is brewed it is pumped into stainless steel tanks about half the size of those used during brewing and served directly from there. We got an overview of the filtering system they use (diatomacious earth filter) and learned that you can buy kegs of their beer. I visited the week after they opened and they hadn't got approval to sell growlers yet.
The Iron Hill restaraunts have solid beers, good food, with a nice clean upscale feel, and this location is no exception.
03-18-2004 02:03:23 |
More by HappyHourHero
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