Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 352
Beer Ratings: 3,475
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
4.83/5 rDev +22%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visit the Phoenixville Iron Hill about 30 times a year and it is the most consistently excellent restaurant in all catagories in this area. The bonus for me is that Tim (Head Brewer) and Matt brew flavorful and interesting beers that they take pride in and are excited to talk about and share with their customers.
Two highlights for me are the Beltgian Triple and most recently the Rauchbeer...it has the aroma of an Islay Single Malt!
A beer destination will not make it in the long run on beer alone. Iron Hill in Phoenixville does it right in all areas in my opinion.
12-05-2010 23:43:26 | More by bobfinkenaur
4.68/5 rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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.
05-10-2010 01:39:04 | More by woodske1
4.45/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
There is a parking lot across the street from here, but it was full on a Friday at 5PM. There was also a line for the restaurant. Reservations were recommended on weekends. We got lucky and found a table in the bar so we didnt have to wait. We opted not to have appetizers. They looked good, but based on the table next to us there was enough for a meal in them. All the appetizers and the food was definitely upscale food. Our meals were very good, and not overpriced for the type of menu that it was. I especially liked the variation on the crab cakes that added shrimp to them. The beer is also quite good. Id have to consider this more of an upscale eating establishment that happens to brew good beer.
12-05-2006 22:02:10 | More by Boto
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
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
4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
Stopped by last Thursday. This is the second Iron Hill I have been to and from a beer perspective, I do not understand why this place does not get more hype. They had five regular drafts on tap. Their specialty drafts were a rauch, roggenbier, triple, Belgian pale, and imperial pumpkin. The beers I tried were all excellent. The server I had was friendly and knowledgable. He did offer samples which is a plus. The food was good not great. I had a pulled pork sandwich, fries, and soup. The biggest detractor from this place is the fact that is that it is not cheap. While tasty, the prices are a good two or three dollars more than I would like to pay. Overall, this place has some of the best variety and quality of home made brews I have had. I will certainly come back for the beer, but I may eat elsewhere beforehand to save some money.
11-08-2010 20:13:22 | More by tigg924
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.3/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Transcribed from notes dtd F, 10 Dec 2010.
My uncle and I were in town for Sly Fox's 15th Anniversary and it seemed as if a slight detour on the way home might be in order.
A long east-west running windowfront led to the entry at the corner of Bridge Street and Church Avenue and coming in, I passed the brewhouse on my left, followed by the m.d.s., then the lavatories and by turning right, the the restaurant area with its sea of standard tables and chairs. Just past the last of the tables was the busy kitchen.
Backing up, taking a right just before the m.d.s., put me in the bar area with the abbreviated "U"-shaped dark wood bar as its centerpiece. A shoulder-high partition divided the bar from the bar service area which sat in full view of passersby through the aforementioned long window. I am not a fishbowl barfly and so I took a seat at the bar near a friendly couple who saw fit to pick my addled brain when it was established that I was a beer writer.
Beers: Beyond the five (5) standards which I seldom bother with any more, they also had eight (8) CO2 taps, one (1) N2 tap and a cask going on the occasion of my visit. Variety is the spice of life.
Ambiance: It was a welcoming, clean, well-lit place for beer IAW company standards. I always enjoy visiting Iron Hill, no matter which location.
Return? Oh, yeah!
11-09-2011 16:12:39 | More by woodychandler
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
10-24-2010 13:51:16 | More by vikingloki
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here on a Sunday with a few other BA's. Never been to one of the iron hills in all my years here in SEPA, odd, I know.
Iron Hill Pheonixville is a spacious brewpub with window seating, A big beautiful wooden bar, and a seperate seating area for larger parties. The look is modern and reminds me of a few other bars in the area. This place is clean and the brewing equipment is out in the open.
Well the quality is up there, fresh beer str8 from the source. I had the berliner Weisse, IPA, triple, and a few others. Simple straight forward styles that don't stray. Im bummed I missed the RIS but next time.All in all about 10 styles on tap and one nitro tap pouring a pale ale, that was nice.
Service was good. Up front, the bartender knew the styles and explained them well. The entire staff seemed friendly. No problems with samples if needed.
Selection is pretty much already stated, 10 taps of good on premise beer and a nitro tap. an array of styles from light to dark. Some bottles for sale to including a 2007 old ale and some B-wines & others. Growlers are available and sampler trays are also offered. Soda and other beverages for those not partaking.
The food was up there as well. I had some frites with some brushetta bites and other things I cant remember. Good presentation and great taste.
I like this place, i will come back and visit other locations.
08-24-2009 04:21:33 | More by BARFLYB
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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.
Raised the Quality, Service, and Food scales. All have proven worthy in the past several visits.
11-04-2006 14:35:39 | More by weeare138
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, PA
89 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.