Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 321
Beer Ratings: 3,018
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
3.91/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Overall I do enjoy Iron Hill for the food. Iron Hill Brewery does pump out beer but I'm typically not impressed or in the mood to drink it, unless I get my hands on one of their seasonal bottles that usually are available closer to Thanksgiving. The food here is typically fantastic and reasonably priced. I would recommend anyone to visit Iron Hill for some great food and maybe for a beer or two, but when the Fridge is right down the road I will sacrifice Iron Hill's food for their selection.
10-29-2013 12:56:08 | More by Buller38
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was vacationing in Lancaster with my wife and young daughter, and we were looking for a nice place to go out for my wife's birthday that was also kid friendly. This restaurant was on a list of choices reccommended by the hotel where we were staying. Being a BA member I was immediately interested when I saw a brew pub on the list. My wife (a picky eater) checked out the menu and commented on how copious and interesting the choices were. She was also impressed that they had an ample kid's menu. I checked out the beer menu and it was all systems go.
Let me tell you that this place did not dissappoint. The food was fantastic and well priced. Not cheap, but by no means expensive..just a really solid value. The type of menu where you can eat well for not a lot of money or eat really well if you wanted to splurge. The atmosphere was upscale and classy, yet noisy enough that you wouldn't be embarassed to bring your kids.
Being predominately an IPA drinker I decided to stray away from my comfort zone and try something else since the menu of brews was so comprehensive. I had the porter..I think it was called the pigiron porter, and the saison. Both were great. And for $5 for 16oz a good bargain as well.
And to top it off they brought a piece of delicious chocolate mousse cake for my wife's birthday-FOC. Brews, food, service, experience..all great! I'd go back any chance I got and would recommend this place in a heartbeat...to anyone really...a place that has something for everyone. Well done!!
09-02-2012 02:37:06 | More by Melikeydahop
4.95/5 rDev +19.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
An exceptional place. Definitely an upscale feel. Large, spacious rooms, but sound levels aree moderate.
Great beer selection. Both tastes and samplers. The ability to get reasonably priced ($1.50) samplers was great. (And the serving w/ labels hepled!) After tastings, my wife enjoyed the Rauchtoberfest and I loved the Iron Bound Ale.
Our server was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Service was prompt and unobtrusive.
Food awesome. Bisque, pizza, salad.
Just want them to open near me in New York!
10-03-2011 15:24:47 | More by BrianJ48
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This review will be based on two trips, one was for an event and the other was after a trip to Spring House.
The building looks big from the outside, and it does not lie. There is ample seating areas inside. The bar is very long and could seat about 20 people. There are tables in the bar area as well as two back/side rooms that could seat a lot.
Everything I've tasted, both beer and food, have been to the freshest quality. The place comes off as semi-upscale and they do not disappoint.
The beer selection is always incredible. I visited on their Hop Attack party which featured the release of Kryptonite along with nine other hoppy beers. They also featured their year-rounds too. Amazing! During the other visit they were boasting the Berlinerweiss, Tripel, and a Rye Belgian IPA. They fill growlers, only if they boast the Iron Hill logo. Most of the time you will be able to find a few bottles for sale as well. Although most bottles come close to and eclipse the $20 mark.
Along with a top-notch beer selection, Iron Hill displays a wide variety of food plates. The pizza here does not disappoint and it's the perfect size for one person. In the shared plates section of the menu they offer nachos, which was enough to feed three grown men on one trip. I've also been able to try a quesadilla as well as their bisque. The menu is large and it would be hard to find something that you didn't want to try.
I have never had a problem with the service here. On the event day, we spent time at the bar as well as a table. The quality of service did not change. During my other trip when I ordered my food and the bartender brought it out, she noticed how small the portion was. She offered to give me a complimentary choice of a side salad or a cup of soup. Very nice of her!
My only complaint with Iron Hill is their prices. Both food and beer prices are on steep side. This will not discourage me from coming back. I've already planned a reunion dinner here with my college roommates. Iron Hill is a nice place to have great food and great beer. Don't forget about the Spring House Taproom just a few blocks away; a deadly Lancaster combo!
08-30-2011 17:13:18 | More by thain709
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I've been to this Iron Hill twice. There is plenty of parking which is nice. One time I made a reservation, but I was seated immediately both times. If you had to wait for seating, there is plenty of room to wait out front, and everything looked very comfortable and cozy.
The atmosphere was comparable to the nicer Iron Hills I've been to. There are nice booth tables, and the overall feel is tavern-like.
The service was very good both times I was here. Like all the Iron Hills, the quality and selection of the food and beer was great.
I would definitely dine here again if I was in Lancaster.
08-13-2011 22:13:02 | More by SolipsismalCat
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
A friend of mine asked me not too long ago if I had heard of Iron Hill and originally I said yes. However I was mistaking Iron Hill for Iron City. When she told me about Iron Hill, I immediately checked it and was blown away by how many beers were made by them. This place became a must try for me shortly there after. I finally found myself in the Lancaster area today and asked my cousin and aunt if they wanted to check it out. They said sure and we went.
We got down there and there was a great spot for parking behind the building which was awesome. The brewpub looked pretty big from outside, as suspected the place was pretty large. For 7:30 on a Sunday the place was booming. The host sat the three of us right away. The look and feel of the place was very nice. It looks like the type of place that you could either be a business man in a suit and tie on or you could be in shorts and t-shirt with a family there also and won't matter. The bar looked awesome as I walked by and got a glimpse of it. The service was prompt and very helpful with questions. The beer selection was pretty good on tap but the bottled reserves was what I came for.
Ordered one of their IPA's that was on tap and we all shared a massive order of the Loaded Nachos that we devoured nicely. The waiter asked if we needed anything else we asked for the bottle list. We brought home 7 of the reserves they had to offer. We're all very excited to try them over the next few weeks.
Overall the experience was very nice, I look forward to going back I the near future for some other great seasonal brews. A special thanks to Rose for giving me the heads up on this place!
06-27-2011 03:20:53 | More by Knapp85
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Drove up from Baltimore to Lancaster to get some growlers of Kryptonite. Unfortunately, I didn't know that they didn't fill growlers after 10PM, the awesome bar tender made an exception in my case just because I had driven up from DC originally to get this growler.
This looks like a restaurant, huge inside, lots of 4 top tables everywhere, barrels hidden away here and there. nice glass cases with some bottles hidden away.
There is an oak looking bar that seats a few dozen, lots of beers on tap, probably about 10 - 15 on draft and pretty good.
I didn't try the food but the staff / bartender was beyond nice and friendly. I will definitely go back to this place.
06-06-2011 19:24:30 | More by drabmuh
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been here quite a few times and always enjoy myself. It's right across from my college, Franklin and Marshall. The Iron Hill building is owned by the college. There are a few more shops on the street level with the brew pub and up above is very nice student housing. The architecture is in keeping with the magnificent brick buildings on campus.
There's good parking behind the brewery, just make sure you don't use the student parking.
Inside is quite elegant with high ceilings, lots of wood, and big windows, which thankfully are covered with moveable shades when needed to keep the sun out of your eyes while dining. It's a big space with two dining areas, a good-size bar and high stool bar tables.
The beer menu always has something I can appreciate, and in the last few years has had more IPAs than previously. Just yesterday I had their special release Kryptonite double IPA, which is all it is cracked up to be.
The food menu is extensive. I had a black bean burger and side salad yesterday and quite enjoyed it. The sandwich prices are moderately priced. The entrees, while quite good are on the expensive side; say about $23 per plate. My sandwich with salad was $10.
The wait staff were friendly and engaged.
There's a good mug club if you are so inclined.
06-04-2011 11:36:26 | More by Tucquan
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally made it down here again, this time long enough for a proper look around. I have been here when it was packed for an event and again at lunch time on an off day.
Atmosphere - This is one large space. Very nice looking, inside and out, with three separate seating areas and the bar area. It feels sophisticated yet laid back and casual. The bar area is sort of like a mini pub. I could hang out here often, although my wallet might protest that.
Quality - The quality is good. The beers are served in their proper glasses and the food has always been top notch. The location is awesome and the overall construction of the restaurant is great. One of the nicest looking brew pubs in the area.
Service - The first time I went here was during the recent sour event and the place was packed. Our server was good but he told us we could only order one sampler tray per table due to a shortage of glasses. Right, that is why the table right across from us had three people get them at the same time we did.
This most recent trip I ordered sweet potato fries as my side and when my food arrived, normal fries. I understand forgetting to put in the order right but he only had two tables at the time. How do you forget that? Not a huge deal but another misfire in the service department.
Selection - I am going to base this on the cumulative visits I have made here. The selection during the sour event was great. Six different sour beers from all over the spectrum, from a brett IPA to a sour cherry quad. They like to take chances and more often than not they pay off. On my most recent visit they really didn't have too many "great" offerings, more or less just their typical solid lineup. I did have a chance to try the Big Rye Wibby on cask and it was very nice. I plan on making it down for the IPA event in a few weeks, can't wait to try some of their famous hoppy beers!
Food - Here is where they got me back. Both times I have eaten here the food has been great. So far I have gotten the goat cheese pizza, turkey burger, and half of a pulled pork sandwich. The pizza was excellent, as was the pork. The turkey burger was good but the cheese and bacon really dominated the flavor of the burger. Either way the food has always been well prepared and I can't wait to try some of the other offerings.
Overall this is another great option for the local beer lovers. The beer and food is awesome and they are always having special events. Can't wait to stop down here again soon.
05-22-2011 19:11:04 | More by orangesol
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for lunch at my local Iron Hill. The space is fairly new and it shows. Very modern and upscale feel for a brewpub. Makes sense since it's located beside an expensive private college. Service was prompt and seemed knowledgeable about the beer. Food was good, although I only got a crab quesadilla, so that may not be a great indicator. The regular beer list (pale lager, amber lager, pale ale, etc) isn't overly impressive but the seasonal list is fantastic. I had a cask conditioned Rye IPA which was outstanding. I also sampled their Belgian Tripel, Berliner Weiss, and the Shokolad Stout. All three were delicious but the Shokolad Stout, a chocolate RIS, was amazing. I got a growler to go ($20 growler included). They also were serving a German Pils, a hoppy American Wheat, a Belgian Summer Ale and a Sweet Stout. Overall, a great lunch at a great brewpub.
08-24-2010 16:37:13 | More by JunkYardJake
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Lancaster, PA
92 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.