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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1460 Bethlehem Pike
phone: (267) 708-2000
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A two day work stint outside of Trenton put us up for the night in Langhorne, PA. Naturally, I called Shelly the day before and told her, "I've got a brewpub in mind, you see. Shout me when you get in". She's seen this show before in Houston and Chicago, as well as the last time we were out this way, when we rolled some 15 miles up the river on the dark winding road to New Hope for a visit to Triumph. This time around, I'm thinking Iron Hill...
Big stripmallness happening here. Once inside, you're staring down the large bar area, with a "U" shaped bar seating 2 dozen and a dozen booths to each side. Taps are listed above on blackboards and the standard wrought iron wind vane sits above the bar. Flatscreens above to both sides and a TV in the opposite corner. Spruce and white Xmas lighting line the panelled windows that make up the walls on both sides of the bar. Wood trim, curvature airplane hanger ceilings and spot lighting throughout.
Dining areas sit to both sides of the center bar area. The far area holds at least a dozen and a half tables and booths, some of them sharing a common bench seat running up one wall, others beyond a room divider against the mural painted wall. An open kitchen to the rear here.
The dining area on the other side of the bar holds a dozen booths. A glass wall here at the far end looks over the brewhouse.
The late dinner was the always warming sausage and chicken gumbo & Tex Mex egg rolls. We had a small service "scrap" whereby someone ordered their burger with no 'shrooms and then there they were, and our server didn't properly acknowledge this when confronted (although she came right back and said they were on it). However, said server did make a great stab at describing all the beers when asked about them, so she gets some okay points there.
The sampler was $6 and you get all 11 beers (Yeaaay!!!), 10 beers, some regulars, some seasonals, and a cask (Ironbound APA). The Pig Iron Porter was the best of the lot of them, nicely deep and roasty; the Raspberry Wheat was light, sweet and non cloying; the Russian Imperial Stout was strong and inky; the American ESB had a slight bitterness to it, a nice ESB; the Double was deep and fruity, plum, raisin; and the Triple was all sweet alcohol. Beers were good for the most part.
Consistancy again, in the Iron Hill chain.
01-01-2006 04:01:57 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I recall a disagreement (not an argument) that I had with Trevor Hoffman regarding his reviews at an Old CHI location. He had said (and I paraphrase) "You've seen one Old CHI, you've seen 'em all." My point of disagreement was one of semantics - they are similar but not the result of a cookie cutter. Same with Iron Hill, similar, but different brewers, (slightly) different layouts, different kitchen staffs. How can things be exactly the same when its creators are different???? If stuff came out of a box, a barrel, a can, okay, but everything is produced on station. Maybe it's me, but this is not McDonald's.
I really liked the layout of this location. It had the standard wide front with a wide vestibule and the m.d.s. to the left of the entry with the brewhouse running down the left 1/6 of the space; 2/6 dedicated to the squarish/rectangular bar; 2/6 to the restaurant area with standard rectangular tables and chairs; and 1/6 to a private meeting/party area and a high dividing wall with a mural of kitchy vintage advertising along the far wall. As at many (but not all) I.H. locations, the kitchen runs most of the length of the back wall. This meant that we carnivorous patrons were treated to all kinds of savory scents including (but not limited to) the open wood-fired pizza oven, the searing steaks, and whatever else was being produced. Unlike Jimmy Johns, they should charge for the smells here.
Beers: IH Light Lager; Raspberry Wheat; Vienna Red Lager; Ironbound Ale; Pig Iron Porter; (Seasonals): Chocolate Bock; Norse Necter (a dry golden made with honey and sweet orange); Wee Heavy; Irish Red Ale; Tripel; Abbey Dubbel and Saison (definitely peppery); (Nitro): Irish Dry Stout.
12-09-2009 09:57:30 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The beautiful thing about Iron Hill is that they always do it right. And this is probably their best looking location. I love the retro-advertising painting in the dining room; and it's much more open and airy with brighter front windows. The beers are pretty much the same, the food is pretty much the same, and the service is pretty much the same - all very good! I'm actually surprised that I haven't reviewed this location because I was going here quite frequently a few months back. Well worth a visit!!!
07-28-2006 00:32:41 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
After spending the day at Philadelphia Park bettin' on the ponies, I was interested in finding a close brewpub for dinner. Iron Hill came up as a short 15 minute drive down two exits on the Pennsy Turnpike and up 309. Located at the far end of an upscale strip mall, this place interested my wife from a shopping standpoint as she stated "nice shopping with a brewpub".
Upon entering, you sense the similiar interior design of other Iron Hill brewpubs, a large bar with plenty of dark wood anchored by a wall unit holding liquor bottles and TVs. The restaurant section on the right has a view into an open kitchen and is adorned with dark woods and some artsy wall murals, and the brewpub equipment is clearly visible on the left side of the bar.
There were plenty of beers on tap and the Ironator Doppelbock caught my eye first. There was an Anvil Ale on cask, and Ironbound Ale on nitro, along with standard tap selections of Anvil, Ironbound, Raspberry Wheat, ESB, Lodestone Lager, Light Lager, and Pig Iron Porter. The beers we had were all of good quality and very tasty.
The service from the waitress and hostess was very good. I thought the Carolina Pork I ordered had too much vinegar in it, so I asked for wood oven pizza. This of course brought concerns from the hostess (which I expected), but my wife liked the pork and we just decided to take it home for her. The wife had the crabcake sandwich which was decent but small for the bun it was on, and the calamari starter was great.
I thought the food at West Chester was better, but the beers are on par. Worth stopping in as Iron Hill puts out a consistantly good selections of beers.
01-31-2006 12:29:38 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I am a huge fan of the Iron Hill chain but this is my least favorite outpost, though the beer was much improved on my last visit here on 3/18/11.
Layout is quite similar to the Media location, with a large u-shaped bar in the middle and dining areas behind and to the side. The beer definitely took a step backward during the transition to the latest head brewer. Not enough seasonals, and mostly underwhelming. My last visit featured Ramrod, the best beer I have had there in the last couple of years. So I am hopeful this is a sign of good things to come.
I find the bartenders here to be generally douchey and slow moving. On my most recent visit, more than half of the bar patrons had either empty uncleared plates, empty unfilled beer glasses or both, while the staff did not appear to be breaking a sweat.
Food is very good, as at all IH branches, but a bit pricey for a brewpub. I love the chain and I am glad there are four other locations that are closer to my house.
04-01-2011 17:55:23 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
North Wales, off PA-309.
Atmosphere: This Iron Hill feels a lot like the other IH locations: plenty of wood. On entrance, the bar is straight ahead. To the left and right are dining areas. Beyond the left dining area is the brewhaus. A nice feel, especially around the bar.
Quality: Iron Hill may be the best chain around. Consistent quality and cleanliness.
Service: Service is generally efficient, visiting often. I've never had a bad experience. The bar does get a little busy at times.
Selection: I'm no fan of the regular IH line-up. It's the brewer specialties that keep me coming back. A few Belgians, a few barrel-aged offerings. North Wales has a few big notches under its belt (that bourbon RIS from a few years back still gets me pumped up).
Food: Better-than-average food. Sandwiches and entrees run the gamut from decent to very good. I'm partial to the jambalaya and burgers.
10-03-2010 02:30:05 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$$
This was my first visit to an Iron Hill. It was close to the hotel I was crashing at, so it seemed like I might as well.
Nice interior. If you've seen one, you've seen them all really. I have passed by many at this point and seen what they looked like, though never went in. There is definitely a formula and system to everything, which is fine. I am glad they've kept a bit of an air of refinement to things. Selection was okay.
I honestly could have dealt with more choices on-tap. Bottles were in the house. I picked up an RIS to take with me.
Food was good enough. About what I'd expect to match the decor.
Service was fine. It was the end of the night, so I think the bartender was wrapping up and ready to get the hell out of there. He didn't seem to care too much about what was going on.
A pleasant enough experience.
06-15-2013 13:31:51 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I did a little reconnaissance on this place as it is just six miles from my new place in Blue Bell. So, come January of 07, Ill be here far more regularly. I must say that out of the three IH locations Ive been to, this is the best. What warrants this award is that the bar is majestically centered in the middle of the building like some grand beer alter and the unimportant remainder of the brew pub is just pushed off to all of the sides.
I must say that it was a bit disorienting coming through the front door. First, I grabbed what must have been a fake door or something before I found the primary one. Then, through the foyer things veer off to the left. A quick right brought us to a hallway of sorts and our smiley hostess who asked where wed like to sit. Seeing the bar straight ahead, we turned down a table and walked right in. There the U-shaped bar sat, right in the middle of things with plenty of room around it as if to preserve its sanctity. To the right were booths, to the left, high tables and in front were five chairs pulled up to a narrow ledge of a table. Behind the bar was the standard Iron Hill backing with large TVs and the offerings for the day up in chalk. The ceilings were very high with dark wood molding that traced out large rectangles. There were a few strips of black track lighting with two ceiling fans there as well. The walls were made of dark woods that contained a mosaic of square windows that separated the bar from the eating areas on both sides. I presume one side was for smoking and the other for non. Behind the bar too were a strip of booths. On the far right wall was a mural of sorts and the far left consisted of windows peering into the brewing room that was thoroughly explained by my placemat. Its back in this direction that youll find the latrines.
On tap for the night were nine beers and a cask. We tried the Saison, which tasted surprisingly a lot like their hefe. I ordered a sampler of the hefe just to make sure and compare which verified my suspicion. They were in fact different beers, but very similar. I then got a cask Ironbound Ale, which tasted rather off. Not too bad for the night, but the cask beer seemed wrong. I have found this to be atypical of Iron Hill. We also nabbed a few of their big bottles of beer. At just under $20 for a 750mm, I thought they were a bit expensive, but we were curious. So far, the Barleywine turned out all right. Pretty good actually. Im curious to crack the RIS.
For dinner, we got the hummus platter and an order of fries all melted in cheese. The hummus platter tasted just like it did at the Media location (one of the best Ive ever had) and the fries were just all right.
The service seemed kind of screwed up. Our server was the bartender? Whats up with that? That poor over-worked girl was running around frantically the entire time we were there. She was inattentive to our table, but I dont blame her. When she did show up, she had a big smile and kind words for us and she was infinitely helpful and patient with a few beer questions I had for her. She couldnt answer a few, but she went and found answers even in the midst of her busy obligations. My score reflects the managements decision to staff their business in that way and not the heroic efforts of the overworked bartender/server.
Over all, this place seemed all right. Im assuming the cask offering was atypical but Ill be sure to come back and verify this myself. The lay out of the building will also bring me back. Its really beautiful and clearly establishes their priorities. However, on my next visit, if Im eating, Ill get a table to avoid sparse service.
09-03-2006 22:13:09 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This is another IH location that I've been frequenting lately, especially since it's down the road from Keystone HBS. It seems to be one of the larger IH locations, compared to Phoenixville at least, with a large bar area and plenty of dining room space. The standard IH beer line-up is always available and they've had at least two seasonals on each time I've stopped by. The beer is always fresh and clean tasting. Prices on seasonals seem just a little higher than I remember from other locations, though I could have just hit a bunch of higher octant (read higher $) brews by chance. Vintage bottles are available as well. Food is solid with good-sized portions and the service has been great.
I've never been disappointed by an IH location and this one is no different. It's a solid experience all around and an example of the quality a chain can be capable of.
05-06-2008 00:34:16 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Went here recently
A- A very big building with alot of wood and just bigness. Walk in brewing equiptment to the left, huge bar area in front and dining room area to the right with a host stand as you walk in. I sat at the bar.
Q- This place is clean and I got to say that im really digging the bathroom, i like the plant in it. The saison I had tasted freat and the DIPA I had was even better. There was a infected baltic porter on tap so that really brings the points down though.
S- Service was ok when I was here in the dining area, service at the bar was sub-par because of lengthy wait times in between beers. I was just sitting with a empty glass for a while, scratching my head.
S- Selection is pretty standard for a brew pub, a nice array of styles from light to dark plus a Belgian on tap which was a wheat. Some corked and caged bottles for sale as well. I would just stay away from the dark beer if I was you, who knows what you will get. Liquor as well.
F- I had the 'frites' which were more like boardwalk fries. I had a pulled pork sammich that was dry and lacking in volume. I think I saw on the menu a $10 ham and cheese sandwich, HUH!
It's alright (c)- mikkeller
09-05-2010 15:02:06 |
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