Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 321
Beer Ratings: 3,015
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
4.3/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Transcribed from notes dtd F, 10 Dec 2010.
My uncle and I were in town for Sly Fox's 15th Anniversary and it seemed as if a slight detour on the way home might be in order.
A long east-west running windowfront led to the entry at the corner of Bridge Street and Church Avenue and coming in, I passed the brewhouse on my left, followed by the m.d.s., then the lavatories and by turning right, the the restaurant area with its sea of standard tables and chairs. Just past the last of the tables was the busy kitchen.
Backing up, taking a right just before the m.d.s., put me in the bar area with the abbreviated "U"-shaped dark wood bar as its centerpiece. A shoulder-high partition divided the bar from the bar service area which sat in full view of passersby through the aforementioned long window. I am not a fishbowl barfly and so I took a seat at the bar near a friendly couple who saw fit to pick my addled brain when it was established that I was a beer writer.
Beers: Beyond the five (5) standards which I seldom bother with any more, they also had eight (8) CO2 taps, one (1) N2 tap and a cask going on the occasion of my visit. Variety is the spice of life.
Ambiance: It was a welcoming, clean, well-lit place for beer IAW company standards. I always enjoy visiting Iron Hill, no matter which location.
Return? Oh, yeah!
11-09-2011 16:12:39 | More by woodychandler
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I went to this Iron Hill once. Parking was street only and was difficult. There were no nearby garages that I knew of. Once we arrived, we were seated immediately, which was nice. The atmosphere was not quite the same as other Iron Hills I've been to. It was much more cramped and loud. I definitively did not enjoy myself as much as I did at the others.
However, as I've come to expect from Iron Hill, the quality and selection of food and beer was very good and consistent. I do recall service was pretty good as well.
08-13-2011 22:08:32 | More by SolipsismalCat
3.6/5 rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
There always seems to be an abundance of "beer snobs"/ hipsters at any of the iron hill's I've been to.
The food is usually spot on (love the pizzas), and the service is mostly very good.
As an alumnus of U of DE, I've been enjoying their beers as long as I've legally been allowed to drink them. Pig Iron Porter and Anvil Ale have sentimental value beyond the usual ratings.
Overall, I enjoy going here. I'd rather go at an off time to avoid the crowds and just enjoy the food and the beers.
01-22-2011 03:46:19 | More by prg1976
4.83/5 rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visit the Phoenixville Iron Hill about 30 times a year and it is the most consistently excellent restaurant in all catagories in this area. The bonus for me is that Tim (Head Brewer) and Matt brew flavorful and interesting beers that they take pride in and are excited to talk about and share with their customers.
Two highlights for me are the Beltgian Triple and most recently the Rauchbeer...it has the aroma of an Islay Single Malt!
A beer destination will not make it in the long run on beer alone. Iron Hill in Phoenixville does it right in all areas in my opinion.
12-05-2010 23:43:26 | More by bobfinkenaur
4.4/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
Stopped by last Thursday. This is the second Iron Hill I have been to and from a beer perspective, I do not understand why this place does not get more hype. They had five regular drafts on tap. Their specialty drafts were a rauch, roggenbier, triple, Belgian pale, and imperial pumpkin. The beers I tried were all excellent. The server I had was friendly and knowledgable. He did offer samples which is a plus. The food was good not great. I had a pulled pork sandwich, fries, and soup. The biggest detractor from this place is the fact that is that it is not cheap. While tasty, the prices are a good two or three dollars more than I would like to pay. Overall, this place has some of the best variety and quality of home made brews I have had. I will certainly come back for the beer, but I may eat elsewhere beforehand to save some money.
11-08-2010 20:13:22 | More by tigg924
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Was there primo time, Saturday night at 6:15 pm. We were able to make reservations on the internet, which was wonderful and convienant. We were seated promptly. It was packed.
Our server, JOEL, was excellent. As a BA and a homebrewer, I know more about beer than their average customer, and Joel was able to answer all questions and give us recommendations on the their current brews. Joel was even smart enough to ask for my American Homebrewer's Association card, which gave me a *sweet* 20% off.
We had the 8 beer sampler, and the Oktoberfest, and a pitcher of their GABF Vienna Red. I'm not superpicky about beer,I'm kinda slutty, so I'll say I enjoyed it all for what it was. I won't review the beers here, it's a restaurant review. I will say all the descriptions in print available at the table about the beer was accurate.
The food was excellent. We had the salmon rolls, the catfish taco and a pizza made with malted barley (beer, basically) crust. Everything was better than I expected, and very gourmet, great textures and flavors.
I highly recommend it. I wished I lived closer. I would go back again without hesitation.
10-24-2010 13:51:16 | More by vikingloki
2.88/5 rDev -27.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
i was here on a saturday night and the bar was empty the seating buy the bar was a little crowded lots of kids i dont know why they dont sit in the dinning room. sat at the bar had a couple of beers witch were only ok nothing to make me even want to come back. the foo i though was verry goo one thing that stood out was the cheese steak egg rolls were awesome. the service was bad they had two bartenders and my wife and i were the only ones at the bar but still had to wait. the place was nice. i may go back for the food not the beer or the service.
05-14-2010 03:55:56 | More by Kwak
4.68/5 rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I was visitiing Phoenixville with a friend and he said we had to hit this up. The beer was awesome, not the best I ever had from a brewpub, but a nice overall selection. The food menu was perfect, bar food...good culinary eats...everything in between.
We sat outside and the tales were lined up great. Not too close to each other, nicely designed. Also had a cool bar setup. The service was quick, never had to wait to long for a beer at all. It was very busy and everything was quick. I can't complain about anything I had there.
05-10-2010 01:39:04 | More by woodske1
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I always have an enjoyable experience going to this Iron Hill. The wife and I always try to get a window-side table in the bar area, as the dining room can get a bit noisy sometimes. Service is always excellent, and the staff always has pretty good knowledge of their beers. I have to knock them down some on their beer selection, however. It seems like they never have any IPAs or pale ales available, other than their house pale, which is ok... The rest of the beers are always Belgian and wheat dominated. The food is a little bit better than the rest of the area's brewpubs, with a wide variety of selections, and good value for the money.
02-28-2010 14:17:19 | More by garuda
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here on a Sunday with a few other BA's. Never been to one of the iron hills in all my years here in SEPA, odd, I know.
Iron Hill Pheonixville is a spacious brewpub with window seating, A big beautiful wooden bar, and a seperate seating area for larger parties. The look is modern and reminds me of a few other bars in the area. This place is clean and the brewing equipment is out in the open.
Well the quality is up there, fresh beer str8 from the source. I had the berliner Weisse, IPA, triple, and a few others. Simple straight forward styles that don't stray. Im bummed I missed the RIS but next time.All in all about 10 styles on tap and one nitro tap pouring a pale ale, that was nice.
Service was good. Up front, the bartender knew the styles and explained them well. The entire staff seemed friendly. No problems with samples if needed.
Selection is pretty much already stated, 10 taps of good on premise beer and a nitro tap. an array of styles from light to dark. Some bottles for sale to including a 2007 old ale and some B-wines & others. Growlers are available and sampler trays are also offered. Soda and other beverages for those not partaking.
The food was up there as well. I had some frites with some brushetta bites and other things I cant remember. Good presentation and great taste.
I like this place, i will come back and visit other locations.
08-24-2009 04:21:33 | More by BARFLYB
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, PA
90 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.