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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 295
Beer Ratings: 2,837
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
30 E State St
phone: (610) 627-9000
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
And then Phil says, "I demand that you take me to another chain brewpub, at once!!!" You could tell he was serious, and it's not a good idea to tangle with him when he gets like this. No, it's just better that you do what he says, try and diffuse the situation, and hopefully no one'll get hurt. Spesh threw the lights and sirens on and rushed us to nearby Media...
This Iron Hill location is a stand alone structure on the strip. The front room holds a large "U" shaped bar seating upwards of 30, and a dozen booths and bar tables wrapping around it. To the front, the whole wall is a series of large windows, to the far side, rows of fermenters and a copper mash tun and kettle in a room behind glass, and a arched wood row ceiling. The bar has a slate floor run around it, rows of tracks and chandeliers overhead, and a center liquor island with the obligatory wrought iron weather vane mounted up high. A large wood unit storing wines, a flatscreen above in the center of plates to both sides listing the tap selections, TV's mounted in the corners and over the front windows. Beyond the bar, it's all split into multiple seating areas. A dozen booths and tables to the rear on the left with a small side room holding a few more, and to the rear on the right, roughly 30 tables and booths. The two seating areas are split by a partition wall, pastel landscape settings on one side and alternating colored plastic panels on the other. An open kitchen runs the width of the rear of the room.
10 taps (6 regulars & 4 seasonals) over the towers on both sides of the bar and the the rear. I love that when you get a sampler at Iron Hill locations, you get everything they've got on. The Iron Hill Light Lager was light, clean, crisp; the German Pilsner had a pleasant sharp bitterness; the Lodestone Lager had a pronounced hoppiness; the Raspberry Wheat was lightly fruity, not offensively fruity; the (nitro) Irish Red Ale was nicely malty, toffee sweet; the Anvil Ale lightly hopped, good maltiness; the Imperial Stout inky, roasty; the Barleywine sweetish, too much heat; the Ironbound Ale, their APA, well hopped, and the Pig Iron Porter medium bodied, roasty, licorice, chocolatey.
Beers were to standard for iron Hill although the Porter, Irish Red, and Ironbound Ale were the best of the lot of 'em. Service was pleasant enough. She was able to rattle off descriptions of the beers on our samplers. Another solid Iron Hill, I just hope it was enough to quell Phil's thirst for chain brewpubs today.
03-20-2006 01:34:38 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Transcribed from notes dtd W, 29 Dec 2010.
This was NOT my first visit to the home of "Big" Bob Barrar by any stretch of the imagination, but previous visits have either yielded incomplete or unusable notes or worse, the notebooks have been lost or stolen. Grrr.
It is in the site of a former grocery store, but they have done a brilliant job with the long, bright windowfront overlooking State Street. The brewhouse sits in the window on the east end of the building with the entry on the west end and the middle of the space filled with high tables and chairs for the bar area. The bar itself was a dark wood rectangle surrounding a central island which was used to house glassware, wine and liquor.
I am ahead of myself, however, as you must transit a short vestibule upon entering, followed by a pair of long benches that act as a waiting area, then to the m.d.s. I however, chose to make a hard left just inside the entry and then further make a beeline for the bar area. From my vantage point at the bar, the brewhouse and FVs ran down the east wall with more high tables and chairs along the west wall of the bar area. The majority of the south end of the building was taken up by the restaurant, which consisted of a mix of standard tables and chairs and booth seating. The extreme south end of the building housed the kitchen which was on full display. The lavatories were in the southeast corner, if you don't like asking. I really liked the warm ambiance given to the interior by all of the deep-brown shades of wood throughout the building. This has to be one of their prettiest locations. I know, I know - since when did I become a budding aesthete?
Beers: You should know upfront that Barrar is their most award-winning brewer, so if you do not like his beers, you are in a decided minority. They had the standard five as well as seven (7) seasonals - Noel, IPA, Hopilicious, Holiday Ale, Sasquatch, Hefeweizen and a Belgian Tripel.
You should also bear in mind that this is the site of the annual Delaware Valley Craft Brewer's Festival in May and which is one of the few fests that I have never missed.
11-09-2011 16:43:46 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Iron Hill is an extremely well run operation and this location may be the jewel in their cap (although it doesn't do the numbers that West Chester does). Similar to all of their locations: Very nice, upscale but comfortable decor. A nice horeshoe bar up front. Cozy dining areas, cool pool and darts space in back, clean bathrooms, etc. Well run! The beers are top notch... everyone loves "The Pig" (porter). Seasonal beers rotate fairly quickly and are often spectacular! The food is just as good as, or better than, the beer. I love to stop in for nachos and a beer, but a full dinner is something special! The service is always good. Highly recommended for food or beer.
07-28-2002 17:22:30 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3
This is my first experience at an Iron Hill brewpub, and it was a good one. Erica and I stopped here after the awesome McKenzies gathering, last Saturday. The atmosphere was decent. This is a BIG place with tons of tables, a very large bar, low lighting, and nice booths. A step above Fridays:-) The quality of the 8 house beers on tap is good, and the variety is interesting as well. They had the following on tap: Russian imperial stout, Pumpkin, Raspberry wheat, Light lager, Lodestone lager, Anvil ale, Ironbound ale, and Pig iron porter. Our server was very nice, and well informed about the brews that this brewpub serves. The food, however, was not the best. We ordered a large plate of nachos with guacamole for $14! The order was big, but there was not many toppings on the nachos at all! $14 for a bunch of tostitoes and some slices of cheese is quite a rip off!
Overall: Go to the Iron Hill for the brews, get a nice sampler, and move along...
11-15-2004 20:41:09 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Several other locations, but I've only been to the one in Media. This is a pretty decent place. Atmosphere is pretty basic: casual dining / family friendly, and not too intimate, but still nice. Staff is friendly enough, and typically well-educated at least when it comes to the house beer. All microbrews of course, and all pretty non-threatening, though they do tend to get daring once in a while. Everything is on tap, but there are vintage bottles available. Generally, the beer is very good, and often excellent, and at any given time there are about 10-15 choices. (Try the roggenbier, which is probably my favorite.) They have a pretty extensive menu with some items that make the place worth revisiting (mac n' cheese, ahi tuna, what have you), however, the prices can be a bit steep, with some entrees reaching into the $20-30 range. I guess the best thing about Iron Hill is that it's so close to me. The more I sample their beer, the more I like them.
04-29-2011 19:45:51 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I pulled up to the lot on the eastern side of the building and realized that I didnt have change for the meter. Just then, the mustang beside me pulls out with a full two hours left on his meter. I scooted right over and nabbed his spot. From my parking spot I saw, and snapped a picture of quotations so I headed across the street
Once I returned from my sidetrack in a sidetrack, I realized that I still hadnt done my shopping, nor had I ever had a pint from this Iron Hill. So, I hopped inside, scooted past the hostess and grabbed a section of bar. I went straight to the advice of the bartender at Quotations and went straight to the special offering selection. There, I found four contenders that had my attention. Knowing that I was only there for a pint, I didnt want to blow it on something half-assed, so I asked for a few samples. I tried their maibock, hefe, cherry stout and their 2IPA. It was the 2IPA that really caught my attention. From the short samples I tried, the maibock was just all right, the hefe was right on, but a little thin, and the stout was a little on the roasted side. All of there were above average, but they couldnt hold a candle to the 2IPA by the name of Hopilicious. I also noted that the malts in all of the beers all had the same white flour sort of after tastes. Must be the stock grain, I assume. Looking at the total offerings, there were 7 standards and 5 unique brews.
With my pint in front of me, I checked out the lay out. I was seated at the big U-shaped bar that had tables positioned all around it. To the right was the entrance and to the left were the stainless steel tanks hidden behind a wall with a bunch of irregularly spaced square windows. This seemed to be one of the themes of this bar that occurred whenever things needed to be partitioned off. Moving on, behind the bar was an open seating area that had those glassed walls to the right separating it from more seating and a large wall full of pastel colored squares to presumably separate the smoking preferences. To the left of this wall was another eating section with a few round tables stuck back in their own little area in the far back left of the building, right by the latrines. Over all, a cherry wood feeling dominated the entire building along with some dark metals. The ceiling of the bar area was very high and open with some metal cross beams all painted black, along with some black decorative lighting and rustic chandeliers. There were also more than enough large televisions all around the bar where I coincidentally watched my Minnesota Twins get their asses handed to them by Cleveland. Its a good thing I had a beer to cry into.
Over all, the wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable, the beers were really pretty good and the atmosphere was very open and comforting. I hope to return to this IH location sooner than later.
05-24-2006 21:08:08 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've stopped in at the Media location twice now and have been reasonably impressed. The brewpub is quite a large space, with a large bar area at the front and larger dining room in the rear (separated into smoking and non). The kitchen is located at the back and is open to the dining room.
The regular house beers are pretty good (Pig Iron Porter is my current fave) and include a light lager, lager, raspberry wheat, anvil ale, ironbound ale, and the already mentioned porter. Not a bad line up. There are always a couple of rotating offerings as well, like a cherry stout (more of a brown ale IMO), hefeweizen, and berliner weisse. Plenty of others are listed on their website, so it sounds like there will be a nice changing line up throughout the year. Good quality overall too.
Service has been quite good, with well informed staff that give accurate descriptions of the beer (from what I heard happening at other tables). The food was quite good and a great value. The portions were on the gigantic side (we brought food home from both trips) and quite tasty. On our last trip, we showed up for dinner on Sunday. The regular special Sunday evening is a 14oz prime rib that comes with a pint for $18 - quite a deal. I'll definitely be back!
07-13-2006 02:33:31 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
First lets start with parking. Media has a very small charming downtown area. The city fathers decided to let a Trader Joes come in, right smack dab in the center of downtown, add to this the micro and parking is impossible. I parked six blocks away. The micro itself has a very warm atmosphere with lots of wood and a very nice bar area looking over the street .
For beer I had the Hopilicous IPA and the Gary Nelson IPA, I was surprised as many reviews said the beers were so so and both I tried were good, not outstanding but good, I enjoyed both. I had a order of steamers also very good with some great bread for sopping up the sauce.
The bar was full and one bartender but he did a good job in keeping up with the demand.
10-13-2012 17:24:10 |
More by VegasBill
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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: 4.5 | 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
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