Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & RestaurantIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
BEER AVG
3.8/5
Based on:
328 Beers
3,453 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: n/a
Taps: 14
Bottles: 20
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

130 Bridge St
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, 19460-3448
United States
phone: (610) 983-9333

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ironhillphx

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(Place added by: weeare138 on 10-11-2006)
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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of prg1976
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of bobfinkenaur
4.83/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of vikingloki
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of Kwak
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Photo of woodske1
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of garuda
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

The bar area is pretty much paneled with oak throughout, and the whole place has a clean, modern/trendy appearance. I went during happy hour, and pretty much every seat in the bar filled up without the bar feeling crowded.

There were 5 "house beers" that were regularly 4.50, but were 3 bucks for happy hour, which was nice. These included a light lager, english porter, raspberry wheat, a vienna lager and an APA. Then there were a few "seasonal" choices that included a hefe, a wit, an imperial stout, a triple and a few others. The bottle menu has a ridiculously expensive array 750ml bottles.

I had the Raspberry wheat, which was so-so, and the Pig Iron Porter, which was an excellent english porter.

The bar tender was prompt and friendly, offering me a sample of everything before I ordered a whole pint. He was friendly with all of the patrons, and seemed knowledgeable about Iron Hill's beers.

Good experience overall, I would come back here for sure. Happy Hour is the time to go: 3 dollar beers and half price appetizers. This trip I didn't try the food, but the next time I will.

Photo of rawhydes1
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

1:00pm Saturday afternoon with wife and kids. The the restaurant was pretty quiet, with spartan decor. Clean, and modern, yet not "cold".

Waitress was 20-something, personable, and very knowledgeable about their product and selections. Service was GREAT!!

Fairly typical brewpub menu, but that was fine with us.

Shared nachos, which came with FRESH jalapenos, tomatoes, scallions.

Kids both had burger and cheese fries, home-brewed ROOT BEER, and ice cream, all for $6.50 each.

Wife had crabcake, which she enjoyed very much.

I had ONE OF THE BEST ANGUS burgers, called "the brewski", medium. Was perfectly cooked, with crisp bacon, and cheddar.

Sampled a few beers: IPA, RIS, Bourbon RIS, Belgian Dubbel, Heffe... all good beers, yet maybe nothing to "write home" about.

Photo of phantomwyse
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been here a number of times, and each time I've always been pleased by the whole experience.

Located in downtown Phoenixville, and one of the better additions to the gentrification process that's been going on. Walking in you pass the an open bay of windows revealing a brewing area, a nice visual for those not familiar with how beer gets made. There are two seating areas, a restaurant section and a bar seating section. The decor is modernly appealing and slightly bright and trendy. The bar is a good saloon style length with chalkboards announcing what's on tap. On one far wall the seating area is another board that proclaims upcoming beers, expected arrival dates, and when current beers were brewed. The waitstaff are all amiable and happy to suggest beers and bring a bevy of samples. The food is all very good with nice culinary presentation. Sort of typical brewpub line up, but all done very well. I've had a number of dishes and haven't been disappointed.

The beers here are all well crafted. I haven't had one yet that wasn't a great ambassador of the style. There's always a variety of seasonals as well as their workhorse beers. Some of their bigger beers are bottled and for sale as well has having a fairly priced growler special. If you're in the area, or get the chance to try any Iron Hill, I'd suggest it, I'm obviously a fan.

Photo of madmanjf
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I stopped here after attending the Victory Fall Fest.

I had a pint of the Pale Ale and an Entree consisting of a Fried Chicken Breast with Mashed Potatoes and a Corn-Leek Gravy. The dinner Entree was great, and I enjoyed it throughly.

The beer I had was disappointing. I was curious how their other brews held up to the style, so I asked for a sample of their IPA.

I won't review these beers individually since I didn't really drink enough of either to warrant a fair review; however, I just wasn't impressed with either.

This place is GREAT if you want to go to a nice fun restaurant and get some freshly made local beer. If you're a beer snob though, I'd have to say you'll probably think they're nothing special.

Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

What can I say about this place other than it was a tremendous experience. These guys are professional from top to bottom. The atmosphere is great. It's clean and casual with a trendy feel. The beer is some of the best I've ever had from a brewpub. The selection is great. They have a number of house beers on tap as well as special bottled "big" beers to go.

The service is great. They are friendly and knowledgable; not at all snobby. As soon as I finished my beer the bartender was asking me for another. He also was quick with the food and the check.

The food was the best around. It's all made from scratch and loaded with flavor. This is a great restaurant as well as brewery. Recommmended!!!

Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was running through my previous beerfly reviews and realized I hadn't gotten around to reviewing this place yet. I've been slacking! This location is on the small side compared to the other IH locations I've visited, but there's still a fair bit of space in the dining room and bar area. You pass the brewhouse as you walk in and you can see the whole set-up - very cool. It gets busy after work, so we try to plan visits for around lunch time on the weekends. Service has always been good and very kid-friendly. If you're lucky enough to run into Tim the head brewer, make sure to say hi because he's a great guy and knows his beer.

They've got the standard IH offerings all the time plus a couple of seasonals, which have been quite good at this location - the roggenbier especially made an impression on me. Beers taste fresh and clean, and generally appeal to a wide audience. Reasonably priced pints, though growlers do get a bit expensive. Vintage bottled beers are on the pricey side as well, but that's not surprising given the limited availability. The food is always tasty, pizzas are quite good, though some items do get a bit pricey yet not out of reason.

This is the kind of place that I'm comfortable bringing my parents to. The beers are accessible to a wide range of palates and the food is solid. The only trouble we've run into is the lack of parking nearby, but that's only been a problem during busy times like after work. Definitely worth stopping in if you're in the area.

Photo of davide169
4.08/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've spent many a spring and summer evening stopping by after a softball game to enjoy beer here.

Located at the end of the newly renovated Phoenixville downtown. This is just another place that shows how much work Phoenixville has done to renew its downtown and bring just a great atmosphere. Iron Hill is a wonderful addition to this town.

As soon as you walk in you are greeted with the brewing equipment to the left. If you walk further in you can go to the right to the bar or the dining area is a bit further and also to the right. You will immediately notice that they did a great job on the finishing details here.

There is usually somewhere in the range of 10 beers on tap. They will have their old stand bys and then usually a few of their special beers. There is basically a beer for anyone. I regularly went in here with people who would not normally drink craft beer and they always found a beer they liked.

As for the food, most of what I have had has been appetizers but they have all been well prepared and a class above what you would find in the typical pub. All the dinner choices look great but I've never stayed long enough to have dinner. You will find that must of the food is slightly pricier than a normal brewpub.

This is a great place to stop to enjoy a beer after work or bring the whole family in for dinner.

Photo of ffejherb
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Called in sick to work on Columbus Day (since my wife had off) to take a brewpub trip to the Phoenixville area. Stopped here for a quick beer before meeting some friends at Sly Fox right up the road.

It was pretty dead inside, though it was a Monday afternoon. The main room was clean and comfortable with a long bar and high-back barstools. The deep mahogany wood decor offered a somewhat upscale atmosphere, and the sloped copper ceiling with fans was quite interesting. We sat and the bar, and there was a beer menu with their offerings right in front of me. I craved a lager, so I ordered a pint of their Lodestone Lager, which is a Helles German-style lager (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU). It was rather light, but crisp and clean with mild carbonation and a semi-sweet palate. The nose was faintly bready, and the hop profile pretty laid back and predominantly Saaz. My wife opted for a Roggenbock (7% ABV), an unfiltered rye beer with wheat malt that she enjoyed.

The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Their beer selection included the Roggenbock, a light lager, raspberry wheat, lager, pale ale, IPA and porter - a pretty run-of-the-mill selection. Beers were available in 10-, 16- and 22-oz. sizes, as well as pitchers. Pints were $4.50, which I thought was a pit pricey for beer made on premesis.

Overall, it was a pleasant enough visit, but we were there for a short amount of time. I would like to go back and sample some more beers and try some food.

Photo of splat215
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Great looking establishment inside and out. Service has always been a bit lacking everytime I go, maybe because I've sat at the tables near the bar and not the restaraunt tables? Have found myself sitting there starving waiting for food, or looking for a refill many a time (have on more then one occasion just gone to the bar myself because it was taking so long).

Food is tremendous - there is some really great stuff here. Prices a little pricey, but you are getting great stuf ffor what you pay for. Menu is small and changes between lunch/dinner but I'd say this place is quality over quantity.

Selection of beers above average. The standard Iron Hill six are always there, and seasons always on top. Would like to see more cask conditioned offerings,

Photo of slander
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Two and change hours out to Pville, why do we repeatedly do this? (It's a simple "In Dude we trust" philosophy, is all). The long ride's thirst was quite quickly quelled by the released just hours before "Dude De Garde", but the hunger thing hadn't really been dealt other than light apps there. My suspicions that Handsome Ed (and Not Terribly Unattractive Heather) would want dinner elsewhere were correct, so we threw some places around and around. Ed, having an affinity for Iron Hill, offered up the new location in town and Phil jumped all over that, you know of his love for chain brewpubs...

The area described as considerably dodgier than it seemed, we parked in not so much a parking lot across the street but rather something of a free for all space on a hill, cars everywhere and every which way. A whole lot of people jamming up the entranceway, but due to our superstardom and nobody here actually waiting for a table, we were seated fairly quickly in the near empty rear dining room. It's an airplane hanger type room with a curved foldy metal ceiling center but flat ends, mesh copper covered cast iron chandeliers between the ceiling fans and sunken spots, and wall mounted glass lamps. 8 wide booths on the rear mural wall, 8 shorter booths on the inside wall below wood paneling, and a dozen tables down the center, all sizes and shapes. Up front, an 8 seat "C" shaped bar with towers of 8 at each end, booze in barback shelving boxes with views through to the rear dining room, mounted flatscreens to both sides, and a slanted rolled metal ceiling. Considerably smaller than the bar areas I've seen at the other locations and no large signature cast iron weather vane. An adjacent bar counter serves as divider to the forward seating area holding a dozen raised bar tables along the front windows, overlooking the seating on the front deck running the length of the building. The brewroom here is actually a side room behind glass off the entranceway.

I had the chicken gumbo, which was solid, spicy, wanted a bowl but thought it better to have a cup, and the steak fajita wrap, also very good, but small.

And then maybe something to drink. The 6 standard house beers (Iron Hill Light Lager, Pig Iron Porter, Lodestone Lager, Raspberry Wheat, Ironbound Ale, Anvil Ale), and 3 seasonals. The Munich Dunkel had a good malt profile; the Abbey Dubbel, lightly colored, nicely sweet, deep; and the Nitro Dry Irish Stout, bitter, thinnish, kind of oaty. Beers we had were fresh and tasty. No cask, but you can't have everything. Service was very good. Although shorthanded, our server jammed, and he gets points for offering to deal Phil some much needed fries.

I've found the Iron Hill locations to be consistent in content and quality, this is no exception. Good addition to the area brew scene.

Photo of boelker62
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Likely the best, and smallest of the Iron Hills I have visited. Smaller size creates a great ambiance in the bar, and the fact that it is smoke-free, and a brand new building, really creates for a great dining experience. The bar is not big enough for this place to be a watering hole. You are highly expected, in my opinion, to get a full meal if you sit at the high-top tables. You cannot go wrong, however, with their menu. It is their mainstay, and they make no bones about it that this is a restaurant first, that happens to brew it’s own beer. While it may be tricky, parking is as good as it gets in Phoenixville. I should know, I live there. They provide their own lot for parking across the street that the building developer owns. This is a great place for my family to bring others, any time of year, any time of day except dinner. It is so wildly popular, there have been 2 hour waits to get a table. Can’t fault them for wanting to run at capacity. A strong addition to a strong entertaining town.

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, PA
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