Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 351
Beer Ratings: 3,471
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
1:00pm Saturday afternoon with wife and kids. The the restaurant was pretty quiet, with spartan decor. Clean, and modern, yet not "cold".
Waitress was 20-something, personable, and very knowledgeable about their product and selections. Service was GREAT!!
Fairly typical brewpub menu, but that was fine with us.
Shared nachos, which came with FRESH jalapenos, tomatoes, scallions.
Kids both had burger and cheese fries, home-brewed ROOT BEER, and ice cream, all for $6.50 each.
Wife had crabcake, which she enjoyed very much.
I had ONE OF THE BEST ANGUS burgers, called "the brewski", medium. Was perfectly cooked, with crisp bacon, and cheddar.
Sampled a few beers: IPA, RIS, Bourbon RIS, Belgian Dubbel, Heffe... all good beers, yet maybe nothing to "write home" about.
02-01-2009 03:06:05 | More by rawhydes1
4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
01-19-2009 23:48:07 | More by phantomwyse
3.5/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped here after attending the Victory Fall Fest.
I had a pint of the Pale Ale and an Entree consisting of a Fried Chicken Breast with Mashed Potatoes and a Corn-Leek Gravy. The dinner Entree was great, and I enjoyed it throughly.
The beer I had was disappointing. I was curious how their other brews held up to the style, so I asked for a sample of their IPA.
I won't review these beers individually since I didn't really drink enough of either to warrant a fair review; however, I just wasn't impressed with either.
This place is GREAT if you want to go to a nice fun restaurant and get some freshly made local beer. If you're a beer snob though, I'd have to say you'll probably think they're nothing special.
09-28-2008 21:53:23 | More by madmanjf
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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!!!
09-16-2008 23:11:10 | More by WesWes
4.15/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was running through my previous beerfly reviews and realized I hadn't gotten around to reviewing this place yet. I've been slacking! This location is on the small side compared to the other IH locations I've visited, but there's still a fair bit of space in the dining room and bar area. You pass the brewhouse as you walk in and you can see the whole set-up - very cool. It gets busy after work, so we try to plan visits for around lunch time on the weekends. Service has always been good and very kid-friendly. If you're lucky enough to run into Tim the head brewer, make sure to say hi because he's a great guy and knows his beer.
They've got the standard IH offerings all the time plus a couple of seasonals, which have been quite good at this location - the roggenbier especially made an impression on me. Beers taste fresh and clean, and generally appeal to a wide audience. Reasonably priced pints, though growlers do get a bit expensive. Vintage bottled beers are on the pricey side as well, but that's not surprising given the limited availability. The food is always tasty, pizzas are quite good, though some items do get a bit pricey yet not out of reason.
This is the kind of place that I'm comfortable bringing my parents to. The beers are accessible to a wide range of palates and the food is solid. The only trouble we've run into is the lack of parking nearby, but that's only been a problem during busy times like after work. Definitely worth stopping in if you're in the area.
05-06-2008 00:27:47 | More by DrJay
4.08/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
02-07-2008 17:15:37 | More by davide169
3.56/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
Called in sick to work on Columbus Day (since my wife had off) to take a brewpub trip to the Phoenixville area. Stopped here for a quick beer before meeting some friends at Sly Fox right up the road.
It was pretty dead inside, though it was a Monday afternoon. The main room was clean and comfortable with a long bar and high-back barstools. The deep mahogany wood decor offered a somewhat upscale atmosphere, and the sloped copper ceiling with fans was quite interesting. We sat and the bar, and there was a beer menu with their offerings right in front of me. I craved a lager, so I ordered a pint of their Lodestone Lager, which is a Helles German-style lager (4.2% ABV, 25 IBU). It was rather light, but crisp and clean with mild carbonation and a semi-sweet palate. The nose was faintly bready, and the hop profile pretty laid back and predominantly Saaz. My wife opted for a Roggenbock (7% ABV), an unfiltered rye beer with wheat malt that she enjoyed.
The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Their beer selection included the Roggenbock, a light lager, raspberry wheat, lager, pale ale, IPA and porter - a pretty run-of-the-mill selection. Beers were available in 10-, 16- and 22-oz. sizes, as well as pitchers. Pints were $4.50, which I thought was a pit pricey for beer made on premesis.
Overall, it was a pleasant enough visit, but we were there for a short amount of time. I would like to go back and sample some more beers and try some food.
11-08-2007 01:05:23 | More by ffejherb
3.55/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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,
10-14-2007 02:48:06 | More by splat215
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.
07-07-2007 19:36:25 | More by slander
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 its 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. Cant fault them for wanting to run at capacity. A strong addition to a strong entertaining town.
04-06-2007 16:02:08 | More by boelker62
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, PA
89 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.