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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
30 E State St
phone: (610) 627-9000
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
After visiting Iron Hill many, many times over the past few years I finally decided to review.
Took my dad to dinner for his birthday last night. There was about a 45 minute wait. Not bad considering it was 6:30 on a Saturday night. However, the wating area is way to close to the door, so we were freezing cold the whole time. Points off for bad layout.
Once we were seated the service was fast and efficient, but points off for the waitress asking me if I was talking about the Ironbound Ale when I asked for the IPA, which is a January seasonal.
We both ordered steak dinners because of the special occasion, but at $21 bucks a pop, the portions should have been larger. Or, a caesar salad should have been included in the price. However the steaks were exceptionally seasoned and the pepper sauce was delicious. Another quality meal from Iron Hill.
Their house beers are $4.50 a pint and seasonals are $5.50, which I don't mind paying because the beer is delicious. What really kills me though is the prices on growler fills. I brought mine with me that night and it was $12.50 for the Pig Iron Porter. There should be a better discount for buying in bulk.
When I can get Storm King for $10.99 a sixer, it kind of bugs me to pay $12.50 for a growler of 5% abv porter.
All in all, another good, yet not GREAT, experience at Iron Hill. I will continue to visit this establishment because of the beer and it's proximity to my house.
01-09-2011 14:09:44 |
More by cevafm
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been to Iron Hill Media several times, but haven't attempted to review it until now. Last night, I had dinner with my family there.
Iron Hill is located on State Street in Media which is the county seat and usually hopping on a weekend night. Parking is a little tricking, but I was able to find parking in a municipal lot about a block and half away.
The restaurant has a quasi-industrial feel to it. It's loud and a dark, but if you get seated in one of their large booths you are afforded some privacy.
The large bar area is to the right of the entrance and has tables as well as ample seating at the bar. The tap list is hanging by the bar as well as on one of the walls near the entrance. You can get a drink while you wait for your table or grab a growler to go.
Iron Hill usually has about 10-12 beers on tap. Their signature brews are always available as well as several season beers. I always find Iron Hill's beer enjoyable and try to try several different kinds each time I visit.
The menu is upscale pub food and the quality of the food is pretty good. The menu is large and diverse. You can get anything from burgers to pizza to meatloaf to duck breast. Their seafood dishes are usually quite good as well.
My biggest problem with Iron Hill is that the service can be quite slow. I know it's busy, but the wait staff seems to disappear at times.
All in all, Iron Hill offers good beer and good food in a fun environment. It's worth seeking out if you are in the area.
11-07-2010 15:48:18 |
More by pburland23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
had lunch on a Sunday afternoon. atmosphere was clean, modern, well lit. classy looking, upscale.
quality of the beers and food was pretty good, no real disappointments. I had pints of the porter and english bitter and both were good. waitress service was attentive.
the selection of beer was average, they had their 6 "house" beers, and then 6 seasonal. my only complaint is that they had no brown ales or stouts, two of my favorite styles.
Everyone seemed to be pleased with their foo. , I had a burger and fries which were good, but my caesar salad was kinda bland.
It was a bit pricey for the food and on-tap beers.
I was considering taking home some of their bottled special releases, but they all were between $15 and $20 for 750mL bottles, which I thought seemed very high compared to what kind of beer you can get at local bottle shops for that kind of price.
10-24-2010 21:32:22 |
More by jmdrpi
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant opened in 2000 and was part of a renaissance along State Street in Media. Always a popular location in Town, Iron Hill is a stable fixture and I always look forward to a visit.
Atmosphere - Clean, vibrant, trendy and enjoyable. Love the rich wood fixtures and bar
Quality - upper end in terms of quality, although the bar area can get packed very quickly
Service - Service is average due to volume, especially on weekends. At times you can wait a while for service, especially at the bar
Selection - Decent Iron Hill Offerings, my personal recommendations would be the Lodestona Lager and Pig Iron Porter. Decent seasonals - I like the Wee Heavy and the Oktoberfest, although I wouldn't recommend the Pumpkin Ale.
Food - Good Selection, great pizza, but the menu doesn't offer anything unique. For the appetizer types, the nachos are awesome.
Value - Good but a tad on the pricy level. Per Pint cost is about a buck too much and while the food's decent, I tend to come out feeling I pad a couple dollars more than it was worth.
07-30-2010 17:29:41 |
More by dpcoz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Always manage a visit here each time I am in the area (we have a local office). I have been here probably a half dozen times in the past few years and each visit has gotten better.
I think I've sat at the bar every visit, very nice, bright, comfortable, and clean place.
The beers are the biggest area of improvement. What was once "eh, decent" prewpub libations are now "hey, thats actually really good". This past trip I sampled the Berliner Weiss, APA, and DIPA (very good!) which convinced me to get bottles of the RIS and Kreik to go.
Service has always been pretty prompt and corteous, no complaints but I've never felt like a rock star there, so "good".
Prices are a touch high (for food, and beers are around 4.50-6$ a pour), but usually work is paying for the majority of my visits so I dont seem to mind.
Always pleased with the food, I love the salad with chicken, peppers, avocado, etc in it and usually get that, but the burgers are good and so are the cheesesteak egg rolls.
Overall, always worth a visit when in the area...especially if the improvements keep up.
07-23-2010 15:53:24 |
More by Stigs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
My wife and I made little trip to Media from Levittown on a beautiful Saturday. As you walk in there are tables outside on the side of Trader Joe's. You walk down a little hallway and are greeted by the hostess. Tables to your left and a bar area that is sectioned of with walls right in the middle. A great dining area with a bunch of booth seatings along with some tables and chairs. The grill is in the back of the restaraunt to were if you wanted to be nosey you could watch them cook your food. Bathrooms are back there as well.
Very comfortable atmosphere in which you could probably sit there all day and have a good time.
Service was very pleasant and very helpful. All of the beers were explained in detail of how they taste and what they coul be compared to.
The selection had about four seasonals and six permanent's on tap.
The food is excellent and very well worth the money. There is one strike about all of the Iron Hill breweries. All of there bottled beers are very expensive and that has knock the credability down a bit.
07-03-2010 19:21:53 |
More by TheFightfan1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Iron Hill is a great brewpub in Media. They only serve the beer that they brew, so don't come expecting to order a generic macro-brew. The place is large with a relatively new outdoor seating area. The beer selection has 6 staples and a group of rotating seasonals. Iron Hill is definitely a place to check out because the only place to drink their beer is actually at an Iron Hill.
Atmosphere - The atmosphere is usually very lively. The bar can get very crowded on the weekends but is still rather large. There are a few TVs that will be showing Phillies games, which also can liven up the mood.
Quality - The quality is great at Iron Hill both food and beer included. The beer is brewed by Iron Hill so it's always fresh and local. The food is also very tasty, and I highly recommend the pizza, burgers, and fish entrees.
Service - The service at Iron Hill is fast and friendly. The wait staff is definitely able to handle the place when it gets very crowded. They are also well versed in the beers that they serve and are willing to offer samples. The bartenders know the beers that they sell as well and it's usually pretty easy to get their attention even during the busy times.
Selection - The selection at Iron Hill is only Iron Hill brews. Luckily their beer is very, very good. I highly recommend the Pig Iron Porter and it is one of their regular beers. Their seasonals also vary with the season (go figure) and there is usually one or two gems in the seasonal brews. They also offer a tasting round where you can taste each of the beers that they have on tap. I highly recommend starting with this for any first timers.
Food - The food is very good at Iron Hill. I've never been disappointed with a meal. The pizza, burgers, nachos, and fish are all excellent. Some of the fancier entrees can be pricey, but generally the food delivers for the price.
Value - Iron Hill is definitely a reasonably priced brewpub. Their 16ozs go for $4.50 usually and they also sell by the pitcher. The seasonals are generally more expensive, but also usually pack a punch with their ABV, so the price is warranted. The food prices are standard and the fancy entrees are a little expensive, but nothing is going to break the wallet.
Overall - Overall Iron Hill is a great place to eat a meal and drink some great beers. Because it's a brewpub, they only serve their own beers. I recommend trying Iron Hill because their beers are very tasty and they don't bottle and sell them, so the only place to get them is at an Iron Hill. They also sell growlers to go, so if you find something you really like, at least you have one option to go with. I would definitely recommend Iron Hill to any beer lover that is in the Media/Philadelphia area.
05-25-2010 18:24:16 |
More by bgildea
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
As a graduate of Swarthmore College, I spent many a visit to Iron Hill, Media. The atmosphere of the place is quite nice and is a cross between a rustic bar and restaurant, with the brewing section visible behind glass. A pleasant place with a separate bar area, in addition to dining room seating, and friendly enough to bring a family.
In general, all the house beers range from mediocre to decent I found, with the Vienna being my favorite of the house beers. However, some of their seasonals are quite standout and there are usually a fair amount to choose from. Winter was always my favorite, as I loved their bourbon porter and imperial stout. Their cellar reserve bottles are occasionally quite nice as well, though rather expensive. I did enjoy the framboise and kriek.
The food also ranges from decent to good, with their appetizers being on the better side as well. I recommend the nachos and burgers. For what it is and the high quality of the restaurants in surrounding Media, Iron Hill is a touch expensive however. The servers are usually quite friendly as well and at least familiar with the beers being served.
Overall, this is a nice place to go hang out and has some pretty good beers generally as well. Definitely worth the occasional visit.
03-29-2010 02:40:53 |
More by boatshoes
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Iron Hill Brewery is a nice place. The restaurant area is large and spacious. The tables and booths are spread out so you have room, but not so much that you are a mile from the closest table. The bar area has tables and booths around and the bar itself is nice and big.
Beer (which is not a category and should be) is okay. They do some nice things and have decent regulars, but it isn't anything I would go out of my way to get.
The service is nice with pleasant people who know what they are talking about both with regards to food and beer.
With rotating seasonals the selection is large for the size of the establishment. During the late winter they had three Belgiums and two Irish styles on top of their regulars.
I went with four kids (yeah I know the Quakers and Puritans can crucify me for drinking in front of kids and not hiding in the closet) and they all had something to choose from. The kids menu was HUGE! For us real people the food is good. Almost too large and I wonder how they manage in the kitchen.
To gauge value it was over $10 for a burger. It was a big burger, but it was over $10.
05-12-2009 20:46:35 |
More by drcarver
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Was here for dinner some days ago with my wife. We got there early enough it was still relatively quiet.
The internal architecture of this place is quite nice with the high ceiling in part of the dining area. (This used to be a supermarket and when it was refurbished as a brew pub they decided to make use of some of the orginal design features to make it unique inside. But if you didn't know the history of the building you'd never know it was once something else.)
The variety of food and drink was impressive and the meals we ordered were of good quaility. To drink I had the Wee Heavy and was impressed both with the beer and how well it went with my Memphis style barbecue sandwich.
Service was just fine with no major delays, etc.
03-08-2009 19:05:51 |
More by drtth
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, PA
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