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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 298
Beer Ratings: 2,837
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 19
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
147 E Main St
phone: (302) 266-9000
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I made the stop here with a few friends from Central PA as we jumped around Maryland and Delaware for the day.
The street entrance was nice, as it was in a building by itself. Upon entering, the inside is set up like other Iron Hill locations. A big area with tables for those who want dinner and a big bar with tables for those who want to watch TV.
The selection here was pretty normal, but normal for Iron Hill is great anywhere else. They had their year round offerings and few specialties. I had the Pumpkin Ale and an American IPA. I also remember Red Dawn (elderberry saison) and a Tripel. The two beers I had were fresh. My only complaint was, when I asked for a sample of Red Dawn the glass had a lot of dish detergent smell coming out.
The bartender was a nice guy. He said he was covering from the Wilmington location. That's cool that they can go back and forth and still have the same operations. He offered us samples, was quick to refill our glasses, and answer any questions we had. There was also a beer leak while we were there. The brewer didn't make a big fuss about, but he cleaned it up very quickly.
No food this time, but the menu looked the same as other locations.
I enjoyed myself here, but I think I like the Lancaster location a little better. It's probably because I've been there a few times, but oh well. The Newark location does not disappoint with their service nor their beer.
01-17-2012 13:37:06 |
More by thain709
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here with Deuane, thain709, and StormKing47 on our trip around DE and MD last week. I have been to a few of the other Iron Hill locations so I was happy to stop at this one as well.
Upon entering you are greeted with a choice of two sides. To the left you have the bar area and the brewing setup. To the right is the dining room. On this trip we will be sticking with the bar area. The atmosphere is pretty good. Like the other Iron Hill locations they have a nice big bar, a few TV's, and a bunch of seating behind you. There was a good amount of people in there for that time of day. Some of the managers were sitting at the bar with their laptops doing god knows what, I though that is what offices were for but I guess not...The quality is good, just like all the other locations. Their beer is top notch and the food is even better, tho I did not try any this time because we had just eaten. The prices were pretty reasonable for what you get, I would like to see a few of the beer prices reduced but that isn't a huge deal.
The service was pretty good. The bartender was pretty knowledgeable but at times it felt like he was lecturing us, and with the group of guys we had, we really didn't need that at all. He did try to recomend quite a few beers to us but we have all had them already so we just stuck to the plan. The selection was decent. I would have liked to see a few more specialty's and a few less year rounders. They had one cask offering but it wasn't anything special. I got a pumpkin and it was pretty good but nowhere near the best I have had.
Overall yet another quality Iron Hill location. Next time I am in the area I may have to stop here again.
10-12-2011 22:40:20 |
More by orangesol
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Downtown, college town, one of multiple Iron Hill locations in the area.
Outdoor tables and seeting as you enter...comfortable, clean, well maintained sort of place. Decent sized seating area, raised bar tables and nice wooden bar tot he right as you enter.
Extensive food menu, featuring a "healthy" menu, which I greatly appreciated as well as the burger, soups, salads and other assorted entrees that you would expect in a quality brew pub and restaurant.
Beer wise they are putting out a half dozen house regular brews supplemented by another 6 seasonal options. Add to that about a dozen of their brews available in bottles (to drink there and/or to take home, and they have your beer choices covered quite well.
Well run joint, you get the feeling that they know what they are doing and they are having a fun time doing it. Well worth a visit
09-17-2011 16:42:45 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A brief side trip on the way to Philly.
Atmosphere: Like many other Iron Hill restaurants, dark woods are the required decor. A small patio out front leads into a foyer adjacent to the bar. The brewing area is to the left, fronted by tables. More tables stretch long past the kitchen. I settled into the bar, a long L-shaped wooden one, for a few pints.
Quality: Early lunch, relatively small crowds. The bar was long, save for the rather annoying couple beside me. The taplist was impressive and service fast.
Service: I was greeted immediately and offered a menu. I also had the opportunity to use my mu club card for the first time. 24 Oz of beer may be a bit much! The service greatly benefitted from the slow atmosphere.
Selection: 5 house beers and at least 8 seasonals, including Czech and German Pilseners. I opted for the dunkelweizen and west coast golden ale - both good choices although the WCG was a little hoppy. Elvis's Sideburns, a Double IPA recently kicked...
Food: The menu is unvarying - good things come from repetition. May is National Burger Month, as I was told on entrance, so I opted for the New Mexico burger, complete with chilis. A good choice.
05-10-2011 19:03:24 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The vibe in this Iron Hill can change depending on the number of college students looking for a good time. This is localed on UD campus so the college students show up, but it doesn't never feel like a fart party; if you want that cross the street. The beer selection is good and the food is even better. I feel that the prices are very good and I feel that I don't visit this Iron Hill enough because I live in walking distance from it. From what I have heard the Wilmington location is better, I have only there once, and did not have anything to drink being in my teens; so I feel I can't really compare the two. The renovations made are very good, and I feel make it better than it was when I was going to UD.
12-24-2010 05:43:45 |
More by larryi86
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I find each of the Iron Hill brewery restaurants have unique assets and character.
This particular location has the best atmosphere. It is a bit smaller than some of the other locations but definitely has more of the "pub" atmosphere vs. the "big bar" and family restaurant of North Wales or Wilmington.
The service is generally good, though the level of beer knowledge is not expert. I haven't been misinformed or ignored at any point.
The beer here is high quality, as it is in all the Iron Hill establishments; the menu is comparable and the food is well prepared and of decent quality.
01-13-2010 03:56:31 |
More by Minotaur
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I prefer the Wilmington Riverfront location to this one particularly during the school year. The college girls coming in and walking by outside are nice to look at, but the quality of service seems to go down a bit during the school season. The food is really good and reasonably priced. The beer selection is decent. They offer only Iron Hill beers. They typicaly have the regulars with 3-4 seasonals on the menu. I have heard they sometimes have casks, but I have yet to be around when it was available. I would recommend Iron Hill to someone who happened to be in the University of Delaware area.
12-14-2009 23:40:22 |
More by pwoody11
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped here on a trip back from State Line liquors recently. Right near the Univeristy of Delaware campus. As you walk ing the bar is directly in front of you. Lots of seating was available when I stopped. The service was quick and very friendly. The beer selection was OK. They had the standard Iron Hill offerings plus four seasonals. No cask when i was there which was dissapointing. The food, as with all the Iron Hills was very good. This was the fourth Iron Hill I have been to and my least favorite.
08-31-2009 22:16:49 |
More by mymrnngjckt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
On a strip on East Main Street on the heels of hitting that beer store on the Delaware/Maryland border on a day trip to Philly the long way around. Thing about the Iron Hill chain is that every time I visit one, they open another. I haven't seen the Lancaster location yet, but I'm sure if I do, they'll go and open another one in say, New Jersey. Wouldn't be a bad deal if they did, food and drink, they are consistently consistent...
Almost a blur amongst college town Newark theme bars and eateries, it's an easy walk up with 9 roundies in a seating pen out front. Inside, I gone parked myself at the standard Iron Hill "U" shaped wood bar, with a copper foot rail and seating for a dozen and a half. A wood unit within holds slight glassware shelved to both sides of a bit o' booze stacked on the mirror backed center piece, and more bottles displayed around the sides of the unit, below and wrapped around the bar some. Stacked glassware and ceramic mug club mugs line below the bar and above. And the obligatory Iron Hill pieces; the slat nameplate pieces listing "beer on tap" selections mounted above split half on one side, half on the other, and the large wrought iron weather vane (points to points south just now) atop the unit with not enough room for it to swing freely beneath the low ceilings.
A lone handpump currently unused on the bar up front and an 8 tap tower on the center of the bar. And I'm like, where are the other taps? There's like 10 beers on just now, they've got to be pouring from somewhere. Looking over, nope, not down sunken below, not up front, what the, where the? Wait, that mirrored center piece of the bar unit is not mirrored, I can see my reflection and it's someone else, I guess it just looks through. What I thought was a reflection of the tap tower sitting right in front of me is actually another run of 8 taps behind the center unit on the service bar side.
Tilings around the bar area, and the walls pale green over wood posts & reddish outer walls. Some mounted TV's above the bar, baby track spots over the bar & mounted horn lamps run all the way around the exterior shining on the pale yellow overhang, decorated with small square & rectangular boxed twisted grain paintings.
Seating all around. 3 raised roundies up front along the bar divider, and 6 raised tables in a space to the rear of the bar in an open area corralled by framed windows on 3 sides. And a back back room past there with 9 tables below a hanger ceiling and a kitchen somewhat exposed in the corner. To one side of the bar, 3 shorty booths adjacent to the bar and 4 booths forward there offering views of the brew room behind glass; a row of fermenters to the side and a copper lauter tun & brew kettle up front. To the other side of the bar, the main dining room sits, 2 dozen booths and tables (8 small tables on the inside wall, 8 angled square tables down the center of the room, and 8 booths on the far wall below an Iron Hill logo done faint in paint). A different feel here versus there, just a matter of what you're looking for.
I lunched 'cause that's what they call it when you eat at this time of day. Took in a bowl of chicken gumbo (my head is sweating, I wonder if anyone notices, no, well, maybe), and the firecracker wings (seriously, can you ever have too much scallion? I think not). They were cooked well, and what they tasted was good is what it was.
And unless I'm mistaken, don't they make, what's that, beer, here, right? 5 house standards (Light Lager, Ironbound Ale, Vienna Red Lager, Pig Iron Porter, Raspberry Wheat), and 5 specials (American Brown Ale, Russian Imperial Stout, Bourbon Wee Heavy, Belgian Tripel, Bourbon Porter). As I've had the 5 house standards multiple times at multiple IH locations, I figured I'd sample up on the specials and head north. The American Brown Ale holds an absurdly maltiness, and alcohol, and a big hop face; the Russian Imperial Stout, tasty, dark roasty goodness; the Bourbon Wee Heavy, scotchy & bourbon, I don't like, no! You totally lose the wee behind the bourbon; the Belgian Tripel, 8 and change %, a bit too sweet and oooh, alcohol, although it nicens up some as it warms, correction, it gets a whoooole lot better as it warms; the Bourbon Porter, on nitro, same thing as the wee over bourboned, and somewhat thinnish. The American Brown Ale & the Russian Imperial Stout were the best of the lot, and the Belgian Tripel didn't suck either.
Bartender Melissa was able to talk intelligently about the beers on, and let me taste a little of this and that before hitting into them samplers. Food was good, prepared well and showed up quickly. Quiet, chill afternoon, decent crowd, light tunes. I like the IH beers for the most part and what they do here is no exception, although I easy could've done without the bourbonnin' dealt to a couple of the special beers. Another strong link in the chain.
03-18-2009 03:12:43 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I haven't been to this location in years but was drawn in by a cask ale festival. Sat at a BIG round table with eight, including myself, BA's.
Being the first, and smallest Iron Hill, location I found it to be in line with what the others have done. Lots of cozy wood and a cozy atmosphere.
Standard line of beers, plus a handful of seasonals was GREATLY augmented this day by a stellar lineup of sixteen casks from IH and other area breweries.
A table of eight, and at times rather demanding BA's, with full flights of cask sample trays AND food...well our waiter did a fine job. Didn't leave us really hanging for too long for anything, except my malt vinegar.
I had fish and chips that were very nicely done and a very tasty roasted carrot soup. C had some kind of southwestern shrimp salad which she seemed to like very much.
As with most Iron Hill's food prices run from average to high, with nothing being a bargain. But, I expect this at IH so I wasn't surprised. I felt that the cost for the cask sampler trays were very reasonable.
A nice stop and one that I wont let years go by till I visit again!
11-22-2008 08:42:04 |
More by Deuane
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