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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 293
Beer Ratings: 2,833
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 18
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3 W Gay St
phone: (610) 738-9600
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by makdeco:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped while in the Philly area, went for lunch on a Sunday. Wow what a brunch menu (for a brewpub nice change). I really enjoyed the Raspberry wheat with a butternut squash soup. Also had the basic lager which was nice also. I can see how it would get crowded at times seems like a hip place for the locals. I tried the Phoenixville location the night before and was not able to get in so that's why I hit the Westchester location the next day. I would recommend it for others in the area or passing thru as I was, try at an off time tho. The service was good, sat at the bar and had great conversations with locals from the area.
01-31-2007 14:45:40 |
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12-02-2013 17:30:28 |
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12-02-2013 15:21:08 |
More by IPAchris
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
West Chester is not my favorite place in the world. If you like insufferable college hipsters, ditsy biddies, and business lunchers, you won't have a problem, but it's not really my scene. But if you're going to drink some good beer and have some good food, ignore the crowd and come to Iron Hill. In case you didn't know, IH is a mini-chain, but they still make some good quality beer, and each site tends to have something different to offer.
Of the IHs I've been to (not many), I can say the WC location definitely has the best beer selection. I mean, there is a lot of stuff on tap here, and they keep the seasonal selections rotating quite well. Their year-round offerings may not be anything extraordinary to the extreme beer geek, but they're all generally solid, and the seasonals keep things interesting.
Service is fine. Bartenders seem used to very busy crowds, so the bar is well-staffed and everyone is generally on the ball. They do a good job with the food menu here too, and I've never had a bad meal at an IH. Your wallet might be a little on the thin side when you finally leave the place, so just keep track of what you're ordering.
Iron Hill is not so much a "destination," but it's worth checking out for drinks and a bite to eat if you're in town.
11-07-2013 15:58:39 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Went here on a mini bar crawl in West Chester since I've never been here in my 30 years in SEPA.
Iron Hill West Chester is big, just like all the other Iron Hill's out there. I think the Phoenixville location is the smallest by far. Anyway this location has a nice outside large seating area with plenty of room. You don't get that at the Philadelphia location. Inside it;s large and the bar is to the right, with the brewing equipment to the right of that. In view of all the fermenters, vats, barrels and other brewing equipment, nice views. A large u shaped bar with an island of booze within, taps towards the actual bar wood area. 15 taps or so, 2 cask offerings I believe, 1 nitro, No sign of any reserve bottles lying around, and the list confirms that only one is available at the time of this writing, FE15 it's called.
Going forward and to the left a huge dining area with some nice art on the wall. A lot of wooden interior with a modern and semi dark look, outlined with white. The dining area must seat at least 150 easy. To the right of the dining area, a smaller bar, which I guess is reserved for private parties or something. The bathrooms are nice, clean, private and spacey.
The beer list is nice and covers a lot of styles. I went with the Saison Melange, which was so good and I ordered another. Had a IPA as well and that was decent. Iron Hill wins mad awards for it's brewing year round, and with the beer they are serving, it's apparent why. could of went with some of the other offerings although the house beers are all the same from location to location. They offer growlers to go as well, with some reasonable pricing for the bigger and bolder beers.
All in all, I will come back here, every beer I had was great and the bartenderess was friendly and informative. Clean and spacious all around. Never been a fan of Iron Hill's food, so maybe I'll give it a go next time I stop into one.
05-06-2012 03:30:24 |
More by BARFLYB
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I had my wedding rehearsal dinner at this Iron Hill, and have eaten here on several other occasions. As far as food goes, they have a consistent and large selection of food. I've always found everything to be pretty good for what you pay.
The place is always busy, and being in downtown West Chester, there's not a whole lot of parking. Fortunately, there's a reasonably priced parking garage only a few blocks away. I've always made reservations, and have never had to wait to be seated.
The beer selection is very good. They have a little bit of everything, and I've only been disappointed once or twice. I often get their sampler, which consists of a whole bunch of 4 oz. glasses. Be sure to specify how many you want, or else they'll bring out everything they've got, which might be way more than you're looking for.
The ambiance is pretty nice. It can get a little loud sometimes. I try to sit at one of their booths, which are very comfortable and private.
If I'm looking to spend an evening at a nice restaurant, Iron Hill is always the first place that comes to mind, and the one in West Chester is one of the best.
08-13-2011 21:56:35 |
More by SolipsismalCat
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
i went to the Iron Hill located in Newark, DE with one of my friends. We've always wanted to go, but we'd always walk past the place and say, "Well, maybe next time." But I'm glad to say we finally did go.
A- Really nice lighting, dark wood paneling and bottles arranged neatly. I'm really big on lighting, and the lighting here made for a nice relaxed and warm mood. Great atmosphere for catching up with a friend, a nice date, or a family gathering.
Q- Everything seemed of a higher quality, and the price signified it. I still rate the price as reasonable though, because you feel that you are getting what you pay for, and that's a pretty rare thing around where I live.
S- Our waiter was very courteous and helpful with what to recommend. She seemed out of the loop with what beers were in supply at the moment, because they didn't have any hefeweizen or triple ale. So, I opted for the Belgian Seasonal Ale, which I ended up loving. Our food also wasn't to long a wait, which is more than I can say for the Chinese restaurant close to where I live. Overall, good service.
S- Selection was above average, although if you are a rather health conscious individual, be ready to pay extra. The average price for the health menu was at least fifteen dollars for a main course. Otherwise, the selection is pretty standard, with not to many surprises.
F- absolutely delicious. Our appetizers were great, and our main course was even better. Our beers felt tailor made for the food, and both complimented each other so well. Best food i've had in quite a while.
V- For what you get, the price is reasonable. Between the two of us, it was a little over fifty dollars. For us that's quite a lot, but it still felt worth the cost, and we didn't feel ripped off.
08-14-2010 19:27:17 |
More by DeliciousSeeker
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I've been to a few of the Iron Hills over the years. At first, i was simply not impressed. A burger from the Media location seemed like it was a frozen patty version. This experience left me completely turned off for quite awhile. Recently, I went to the North Wales location and the West Chester location (last night) for a couple of homebrew competitions. For the WC location, I found the service to friendly and helpful. Beer selection was good and the beers were tasty. Mussels were excellent, frites average, calamari good. Prices are around average for a brewpub, but I used my AHA card for a 20% discount on food and drink. Atmosphere is a liitle loud and the wait times for a table can be extremely long. While this isn't my favorite brewpub in the world (don't prefer the chain feel), it's not a bad spot by any means. This chain makes a killing moneywise so they must be doing something right.
05-23-2010 17:29:49 |
More by jwhancher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Went here while visiting a friend in the area.
Atmosphere is good, very similar to the larger brewpub chains including Gordon Biersch, Max Lager's, etc. A lot of wood and well-placed brewing equipment in a huge space with plenty of seating for everyone.
Quality is good. The beer came out with a good amount of head in room temperature glasses. The glassware wasn't the most accurate in the world but nothing was way out of line.
Service was good. Our server never made us wait to long and promptly answered questions pertaining to beer (albeit he had to check on a few).
Selection was solid. I remember five or six year rounds, including a light lager, a porter, and an APA along with five more seasonals, including an oak-aged brown, an ESB, and a few more I can't remember. A solid selection for a brewpub and the barrels in the brewing area made it evident they're planning on keeping it up.
Value was a bit on the expensive side. Although this may just be me, but I expect beers in a brewpub to be at least a little cheaper as it's brewed on premise and that wasn't the case here. Still, it was far from being overly expensive.
Overall this was a solid place that I would frequent if I lived in the area. A solid selection that looks to rotate semi-frequently. Worth a stop.
01-20-2010 01:21:29 |
More by glid02
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I want to like this place more than I do. It cannot decide if it is a restaurant or a brewery. The place is huge, 2 bars, lots of tables, outdoor seating on the sidewalk. Menu is pages long, portions are big, but not overly original nor impressive. I think it is focusing on the general public more than the beer crowd. Lots of 20-somethings - in West Chester. Beer is actually OK,. there are some standard beers always on, the Pig Iron Porter is good. Some special beers rotate in and out some really good, like the bourbon vanilla porter, some quite pedestrian. Service is generic, not always knowledgeable but friendly. They have a ful bar, and wine, which always surprises me in a brew-on-premise establishment.
04-19-2009 00:13:43 |
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