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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Not Rated.
Iron Hill Brewery & RestaurantIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Based on:
367 Beers
3,831 Hads
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 27
Visits: 43
Avg: 4
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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Reviews: 27 | Visits: 43
Photo of splat215
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
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,

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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.

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Photo of boelker62
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Iron Hill has done it again with their newest location in Phoenixville. It's right on Bridge Street, just down the block from the Steel City Coffee House. There are some nice artsy stores, a music store, and a cheese shop along the way, and it seems like the combination of Iron Hill and Steel City could really help the area grow. (It's too bad that Destiny Brewing closed so quickly).

Parking can be a little tough at times; and it feels a little bit tighter inside, especially at the bar - not that there's anything they really could have done about that, the space is what it is. The food and beers are excellent, and hopefully the service will pick up to their usual standards once they've been up and running for a bit.

There was a time I used to take my family to one of the Iron Hill locations almost every weekend... Phoenixville will make that even easier to do!

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Photo of Boto
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

There is a parking lot across the street from here, but it was full on a Friday at 5PM. There was also a line for the restaurant. Reservations were recommended on weekends. We got lucky and found a table in the bar so we didn’t have to wait. We opted not to have appetizers. They looked good, but based on the table next to us there was enough for a meal in them. All the appetizers and the food was definitely upscale food. Our meals were very good, and not overpriced for the type of menu that it was. I especially liked the variation on the crab cakes that added shrimp to them. The beer is also quite good. I’d have to consider this more of an upscale eating establishment that happens to brew good beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

After a solid month and 4 visits, IH-P warrants a revisit for a rating.
The atmosphere is that of your typical Iron Hill brewpub only on a much smaller venue scale. As you enter the front door on Bridge Street, you pass a copper brew kettle, stainless lauter & mash tun on the left. The host stand seems to be a rally point for the young, inexperienced hosts/hostesses, who like to chat amongst themselves, as well as the wait staff that pass by. Being told with a smile that there is an hour and a half wait for dinner, then having personal conversations ensue among the young staff while turnover is nil is a bit aggravating.
There are about 16 tables that fit four, along with 12 booths that also fit four. The sizing and spacing of the dinning room is adequate for both the dining crowd to have personal space, as well as the wait staff to easily move around and serve. The lighting is highlighted by copper lights. There is a large, attractive, painted mural on the back wall, which seems to infuse a history of the old Steel town with the new school brewery that is trying to appease the locals.
We turn to the bar/lounge area. Herein lies a challenge of correcting a poorly laid plan. The long bar seats about 20 customers. Behind the bar stools, there is a long partition with a ledge for patrons to put their drinks. On the other side of the partition, is a small, 10 table dining area that is more of a lounge area. The major problem with having a partition to separate the lounge diners from the actual bar is the overflow effect of patrons spilling out of the bar area and into any open space they can occupy. There is absolutely no room to move once you get stuck inside this corridor of death. There would be enough room for 2 people to walk by and pass each other if the bar stools were pushed all the way up against the bar but such is never the case when people are sitting at the bar. Therefore, when the bar stools are being occupied, you have just enough room to stand behind them and put your drink down. Try squeezing your way through the crowd in there and you will ask yourself how you got stuck inside this vacuum in the first place. The last time I felt that jammed was at a Fugazi concert in '92. They need to move the partition about another 3 feet into the lounge area and perhaps lose a few of the tables for the crowd to spill about. Otherwise, you've got an overstuffed canolli spilling into the original waiting area, and even into the hallway leading into the kitchen.
The service when sitting at a table for dinner is somewhat attentive. Perhaps a notch above average, occasionally checking on you and making sure everything is ok. One night, our appetizer came out about 2 minutes before our entree. The real doozy comes from the understaffed bar who seem annoyed that they are getting blasted from every angle. On the latest visit(Friday night), there were three bartenders trying to do their best with screaming patrons who can't seem to get to the bar, waitstaff impatiently tapping their feet waiting for service, and managers asking where soups/salads are supposed to end up? On a side note, the kitchen must've been getting clogged up with orders b/c there were several times that a chef would bring out the food to the bar instead of a runner. After finally cramming my way up to the bar and being ignored for about 10 minutes, I managed to get the attention of one of the multi-tasking bartenders to which I got told to be patient and give them just a minute...whew! It soon became apparent that neither a bar seat would open up, nor a lounge area seat would become available. I even watched 2 young ladies, who were occupying a four seater high top, ask a waiter to watch over their purses and drinks so they could go out and smoke. The insane part is that he actually did it.
The selection is decent enough to grab a good rating. The typical 6 Iron Hill house selections, along with 2-3 seasonals.
The food is tasty. Calamari is lightly breaded and cooked just right, as to not let it get tough. The pizzas are fantastic, as are the Crab & Shrimp Cakes.
The value can be a bit pricey and even borderline ridiculous at times. I won't carry on about the price that Iron Hill charges for the reserve bottles b/c that would be redundant. Instead, I'll say that the prices for food are a tad less than fair considering the normal portion sizes and the price for the beer is on the high end scale. When you end up getting two pints of standards and a growler of Pumpkin Ale to go...what would you expect to pay? Ended up paying $4.50/pint and $17 for a growler for a $26 + tax & tip bill on Friday night. It's a shame because I know Tim will be making terrific beers and the chefs will be turning out solid food.
Edit 5/14/07:
Raised the Quality, Service, and Food scales. All have proven worthy in the past several visits.

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Photo of ark57
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been waiting for this to open for quite some time, and it has been worth the wait. I think the food is as high of quality as I was used to at the West Chester location and it has some great beers as well. I sampled the saison and the octoberfest in the opening week and thought both were flavorful beers. I was a little disappointed that there was nothing on cask, but hopefully this will change in the future.

For dinner, my starter was crab stuffed mushrooms accompanied with a plum sauce then I had shrimp and scallops in a chardonnay cream sauce that was very good.

The food was tasty, the beer was very good, the service was friendly. It is smaller than I would like, but I guess there isn't the room for it in downtown Phoenixville. Still a great place to go and a good alternative to the Sly Fox, which has some great merit on its own.

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, PA
90 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.