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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & RestaurantIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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3.79/5
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Place Score: 92
Ratings: 73
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

781 Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603
United States
phone: (717) 291-9800

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Reviews by SwiftyMcBeer:
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

My first Iron Hill Brewery and I wouldn't say that I was over or underwhelmed. Maybe just perfectly whelmed. It is a really nice space and two days before xmas the place was packed. There were a ton of kids so maybe that detracted from the overall vibe for me. Had about 10-11 beers on tap, I tried a intersting take on a saison, Permanent Midnight, and although it wasn't a homerun, you could appreciate the effort and quality that went into the brewing. The service was excellent and the food was quite good. I thought everything was overpriced by about 10-15% but maybe that just means I am getting old. I would definetly return to this or other Iron Hill efforts.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Pretty nice restaurant space. Received two beer menus upon arrival; one year-round, one seasonals. Altogether they had about 16 different beers on tap. I like that the flights can be made up of both year rounds and seasonals with no upcharge. Ended up getting 2 flights, 8 4oz samples for $12. Not too bad. Food was solid, but a bit high on the price. We ended up choosing this place instead of spring house due to the reviews and the fact iron hill is more kid-friendly. Ended up being a good choice.

Photo of EdwardK77
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was a good find because it was both microbrew oriented and kid-friendly. The food was upscale chain quality, with some inventive choices. (We enjoyed Octoberfest egg rolls and fried Brussels Sprouts)

On the beer side of things, they have a nice in house brewed tap selection and some cask/ reserve bottle choices. I drank the American Pale Ale, the Dy-no-mite IPA (their name, not mine), and the nitro Russian Imperial Stout. (My wife tried the kith lager and the "honey do wit" wheat beer) The Russian Imperial Stout was the winner of the bunch for me but the IPA was good as well.

Overall, this was a good find in a vacation area.

Photo of Buller38
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.

Photo of Melikeydahop
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!!

Photo of BrianJ48
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!

Photo of thain709
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!

Photo of SolipsismalCat
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.

Photo of Knapp85
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!

Photo of drabmuh
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.

Photo of Tucquan
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.

Photo of orangesol
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.

Photo of JunkYardJake
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.

Photo of emericanchaos
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Nice decor for a beer bar. Kind of fancy looking but I don't mind. I suppose it's because it's adjacent to the fancy college. The crowd is usually nice though it seems a place people bring their own crowd too rather than look for one.

Always clean and kept, TV's are large and have something worthwhile on. You can hear them too :D

I've never had a bad experience with the staff here. Always very friendly no matter how much I'm there to spend. Bartenders are knowledgeable on their products as well as beer in general. Another first in the area!

IPA, DIPA, two different porters, a stout, a belgian and a few others last i was there as well as a rotating cask beer. all on tap, all priced well for the quality of the beer. nice!

Another place that's ambitious with the menu. I understand the idea of pairing food with beers like you would with wine. I actually prefer it with beer as it works better with a more flavorful drink. This is no excuse to act like a gastro pub when you're a brewery. Please focus on doing the basics exceptionally well before you attempt risotto's and other crap. "you have to crawl before you can walk". What they offer is always done fairly well but it's not what i expect at a brewery and it's not done as well as it could be. I'd rather have a great burger than some fancy Gordon Ramsay recipe/idea executed sub par to it's intentions. Damn fancy college..

Pricing is fair. Food prices are a tad high, beer prices are average. Expect $5 area for pints. More if you go with something high %.

All in all i can't knock this place. Nothing really jumps out at me aside from the decent service but nothing really detracts either. The beers are good but equivalents from name brewers are better imo. Still worthwhile though. The food is a bit big for it's britches. They do a better job here than others at pulling it off though. Aside from the tight seating at the bar due to some island tables there's really nothing wrong with this place. Well there is one thing. It's one of the nicer places to visit and it's a chain. Sad.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

My mom and I stopped here on a whim on our PA road trip in late September and are happy that we did. Located not far from downtown Lancaster across the road from a beautiful college campus in a trendy brand new strip mall type place.

The atmosphere, at least at lunchtime on a Monday was very high class. We felt like tools in our jeans and sweatshirts. White table cloths and professionally hostesses and waitstaff. The interior is lined with medium colored wood.

The beers offered on tap were pretty typical of a brewpub and very sessionable. Enjoyable and of good quality. I opted for the belgian and another sessionable brew. Our waitress was friendly and attentive but not as knowledgeable about beer as I would have liked.

The food was excellent. I have not come accross better food in a brewpub. Perfect for lunch I went for the seasonal salad and the calamari which were both excellent. I grabbed an expensive bottle from the bottleshop and we were on our way again.

Maybe its because I'm a girl but I loved this place...probably the favorite of my mom and I for the entire trip.

Photo of philbe311
4.18/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A - Love the atmosphere of this place... It's casual, yet sophisticated at the same time... Feels homey... Nice well maintained decor...

Q - The overall quality was good... The entire experience from parking to paying the bill went smoothly with no complaints...

Ser - Service was good, no complaints... We had a single server for a medium sized party and she did an excellent job... I was most impressed with the speed of receiving drink orders from the bar...

Sel - The food menu is vast, but not deep in any area... The beer menu, especially by brewpub standards is quite robust covering most expected American and Belgian styles with a couple of unique items (Barrel Aged Cherry Quad)...

F - The chili and appetizers were excellent, but the main course was average at best averaging out to good for the food overall... Nothing to fancy, traditional food with a little bit of flair...

V - Reasonable pricing...

Photo of gromis
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I decided to try out this brewpub which is next to the college that my son used to attend. One of those places that you say you want to visit sometime and never really get the chance to actually do it.

The atmosphere is very nice. It's a lot more glamorous on the inside than the outside (not that it's shabby on the outside, it's just nondescript brick and glass). Arrived around 4 pm on a Saturday and got seated immediately with no wait at all.

I got the beer sampler, which consists of 6 house beers and 2 seasonal of your choice. I have to admit that I was very impressed with the beers. While none were OMG good; each was a very good interpretation of the style represented. Even styles that I don't particularly enjoy I thought were done very well. What was most shocking was their "light" beer. I found it to be more enjoyable than about 80% of commercial non-light beer. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the beers, explaining each of the samples as she placed them on the table.

They have a nice selection of different foods. We both found numerous things that we would have liked to try. What we did have was very good; and being a man, I have to admit that I liked the portion sizes of what we had. The food was served very promptly.

My only caveat is that this may not be an appropriate place for young children. My wife and I have already made plans to return with a few friends.

Photo of bl400315
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Dropped in when I swung through lancaster. Reservations a week in advance (typically a day or two is good enough). Besides for the brewing equiptment on display, you wouldn't be able to tell this is a brewpub.. looks more like a 4 star resteraunt.
Service was exeptional, my waitress explained the menu and seasonal beer selection quite well and food came out in about 25minutes because of appetizers. Food was decent, nothing I ordered was extrodinary.
Beer was phenomenal. Only had the opportunity to try a few because I was sick but they were above average. A little bit on the expensive side but a must-stop if your in lancaster

Photo of slander
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Taking my time winding out to western Maryland on a Sunday afternoon instead of dealing the Monday morning ebb tide. Gives me some time to take in the sights of fermenters in the glass front rooms of brewpubs I wouldn't otherwise get to see; seldom getting out this far, me. Going to cut the corner today back before Harrisburg, as the shortest distance to, is through. Still, the trek out to what I want to see is a good long slow scenic ride to be sure...

In a big moderny brick building on the corner where the college is. Enter off the corner through and to an 18 seat straight bar with a foot rail, on the far wall of the middle room of rooms of rooms. 3 towers of 8 apiece (two along the bar and the third on the serving station off the end), and a single handpump on the bar; I wonder, um, no, empty. Barback is boxed framed shelving with house bottled reserve 750's, ceramic logo mugs & growlers above in singles or pairs, and booze & glassware below over glass look through backing. A single flatscreen lays mounted on center, with slat boards at both ends of the bar listing tap selections; they show 9 but there are more than a dozen, I just knows there is. A big 3 liter bottle of IH something sits displayed on the barback counter with some booze, and cupboard coolers below. Up atop, a wrought iron logo piece with something extending that isn't the standard weather vane. TV's in the corners opposite the bar and boards on the far wall list "fermentation"," upcoming", and "in the cellar". Ooooh, a Coffee Impy Porter. I'm sure it won't suck. And an organic Saison due, too. Nice.

The walls pale pale green over framed wood lowers and trim. Corrugated curvy hanger piece ceiling with drop spots, caged chandelier lamps & spinny fans. Slate floorings running around a center seating area on wood. A half dozen hightop tables against the far panel box windows looking in on the side dining area & a dozen raised 2 seaters pushed together where need be across the floor. The side seating area holds 6 booths running an "L" on the inside and 18 tables along the windows and down center with views of the row of fermenters in the back brew room. On the other side of the bar, a rear room holds 10 booths in red & green and 10 tables down the center in 2 rows. An open kitchen area runs the length to one side, and there's something of a party room down on the end. Also, a small pen out front holds 10 tables sidewalkside.

Asked for the sampler and was told that you get the standard house 6 and then you get to pick 2 more from the seasonals. What?! What happened to the famous Iron Hill "you get everything they've got on sampler?" Well, I'm telling you right now that I will be sampling everything, even if I have to ask politely and you know, pay. The Iron Hill Light Lager, clean, a crisp light lager, like the sign says; Raspberry Wheat, not bad for a raspberry, not of the sickly sweet; Pig Iron Porter, always wonderfully roasty, chocolatey goodness; Vienna Red Lager, malty wonderful, slight sweetness, I like; Ironbound Ale, better than I remembered it being, very nicely hopped; Wit, the rotating Belgian, spicy, pleasant enough, seems more Saisony; and seasonals, Rye Saison, not bad, but I don't get the rye, okay wait, yeah, um, maaaybe; Berliner Weisse, tart, it's good, not great, but good, still, I'm glad to see it; Munich Helles, solid, seriously, that's a nice fucking Helles, I'm liking this style more and more; ESB, malty sweet and wow that's an interesting ESB; Hefe, sure, some pleasant banana cloviness; Rauchweisse, ooooh, there's some bandaidiness, and then it goes banananaid; and the Pig Iron Porter on nitro, I'm thinking I like the non nitro version better. The standards Vienna Red Lager, Ironbound Ale, Pig Iron Porter and seasonals Munich Helles & ESB were the best of the lot.

Paced it with a little food, having ordered the Chicken gumbo with Andouille sausage, rice & okra, a bowl, 'figging it'd reasonably be twice or so as good as a cup and one seldom goes wrong with the gumbo, you know. Definitely the goods; it had a fine viscosity, some nice heat and much flavory. Had I not done the gumbo, or had just a cup instead of a bowl like a smart person, I would've hit them Asian lettuce wraps hard, but that's so not happening now.

Quiet, chill place on this Sunday afternoon. Servicewise, Alan's knows his game and's a good 'tender. He may stay. And as chains go, the food at the Iron Hill locations is always good, and the beer, well, they consistently offer up a broad range of interesting selections, and the beers they make are of good quality. This site is no exception. Saw this one in Lancaster as they were opening Maple Shade, I'm always running one IH behind. They keep building 'em, I'll keep scouting 'em out; they just don't disappoint.

Photo of Heman36
1.75/5  rDev -57.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 3

I cannot believe that people actually think that this a good place for a beer. Their beer is over priced and lacks any complexity. It is a regional brewery that has sold out to make a buck. There are 8 different locations and they are all the same. Their food is average, but again over priced. Also, if you are at the bar you have no room to walk or even stand. They did not leave any room between the bar a tables. The only good thing is that F&M girls work there when school is in session otherwise the wait staff is bad.

Photo of y2jrock60
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Iron Hill actually brews their own beer. They have a Lager clone which I believe is better than the real thing.

Service is relatively good with a nice selection of food. The decor is very well kept and organized in an open fashion.

There's a huge parking lot in the back, finding a parking space is something you never have to worry about.

If your looking for a place to go for a nice steak and some freshly brewed beer, Iron Hill is a nice suite.

The brewery is a bit pricey. It's not a place I would recommend frequenting, unless your an F&M student with wealthy parents.

Photo of Bierman9
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Daughter Caitlin and I hit this place on D-Day, 06JUN09. We had spent the day at the Reading PA WWII Weekend, and then had some grub and grog at Victory. Heading back to our couch in Lancaster (at RichWood Manor), we met up with Woodychandler at Iron Hill for a nightcap.

Found the place fairly easily; had Googled the location, and from their website I got an idea what the place looked like - a big-ass, 4-5 story industrial type structure. The pub itself is on the ground floor, on the northwest corner (left/front). In we go, and there are lots of tables to the left and ahead of us. Looks like they have various sizes, seating from 2 to 8 people. Place was a bit dimly lit, with warm, soft incandescent lighting hanging from the fairly high ceiling. There was more seating straight ahead (along the window fronting the building on the main street). Beyond the dining was the bar, a long, dark-wooded L-shaped thingy. We found Woody there, parked in front of the gorgeous high-def TV - watching his beloved Pens get spanked by the Wings (in game 5). It was 4-0 at that point late in the 2nd, and I thought Woody was going to cry.... (he'd be redeemed 2 games later with the Pens Cup victory). They had a solid amount of brews on (10-12x), and I opted for their Weizenbock, always one of my favorite styles. This one was nicely made, for sure, and hit the spot! Our 'tender was supremely helpful and friendly; shame we only spent a short time there. If in the area, I'd most assuredly give Iron Hill another visit.

Prosit!!

4.14
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 - $$

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Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My visit to Iron Hill was last weekend after a brief stop at Lancaster Brewing Company (which is only a mile and a half away from Iron Hill.)

I cannot fully express how impressed I was with the beer related knowledge of the waitress we had. My friend and I each ordered their house beer sampler which featured 6 of their staple beers and you could select a pair of seasonals to add to it. Our waitress presented our beverages and gave a fully detailed analysis of what they were and characteristics of each. As she was placing my stout selection before me, she immediately noticed a lack of head which she was not pleased with and brought out another to replace the stout which was lacking a head.

My original intension was to visit Iron Hill to try their Bourbon Russian Imerial Stout. I was not impressed with that particular beer, but the rest of my experience definately compensated.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

As a surprise to the Mrs. for our 5 year anniversary, I took her on a weekend trip to Lititz, PA. I wanted to try this establishment since it was close (within reasonable taxi distance) and had some very positive reviews on this site. Suffice it to say, each one of those good reviews was spot on.

Without at doubt, the thing that stood out the most with this restaurant was the service. Every employee, from waiter to bartender, was friendly, attentive, and was all about the beer. Generally, I don't like being called "Sir" unless I'm being asked to leave, but here it was most welcome.

The atmosphere was good. It was a little too crowded for my taste, but I'm not much of a people person, so take this comment with a grain of salt.

The beer was good. I think the worst thing I could possible say about any of the brews I tried was it was "average". Unfortunately, this comment would be towards one of my more favorite styles of beer...Oktoberfest. My favorites for the evening would have to be the Vienna Red Lager (malty sweetness, very smooth, clean finish) and the Pumpkin Ale (just the right amount of pumpkin spice balanced with hops and sweetness). The beer was a tad on the pricey side, but given the style of restaurant I would say it was on par.

The food was ok. My wife and I both ordered burgers, and they were good (can't really botch a burger). The sweet potato fries, however, were some of the best I've ever had.

Overall, I would say this place was worth the money, and I am looking forward to visiting again.

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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here with BA Phatz on a Lancaster pub crawl.

As a huge fan of the Iron Hill chain, I had to see their newest creation. The brewmaster is the former assistant brewer from Iron Hill North Wales, so I knew the beer was going to kick ass.

They had some good seasonals on tap, like a Hefe and an Abbey Ale. The stars though were the beers the brewmaster poured for Matt and I. His Weizenbock and Rauchbier were delicious to say the least.

As I said, the Lancaster location still has that "New Brewpub Smell", so I'll wait to see how this location matures. I expect some great beer being brewed by Paul, as he's an awesome brewer. Whenever I'm in Lancaster, I'll have to make it a point to stop here.

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Lancaster, PA
92 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.