Iron Abbey Gastro Pub
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Sunday, sans Davo, who has Hannah, and Ed, who is bullshit. I’m Phillying for one reason or another but I suspect it involves growlers somehow. Early Sunday, with things out in the burbs to see; this one, a short short jaunt up 611 from the turnpike. I don’t mind working for ‘em, but sometimes I need an easy breezy. This is that...
Shared parking lot with another place behind it, possibly attached. And in. Big room with an ovaltangle marble topped bar, wood panel & ornate brick faced base, and a brass foot rail; seating for 28 all around on brown leather hightop chairs. Bar island holds 18 taps on this side, and 18 on the flip side on long brass row towers, plus a few single handles on the corners, and a handpump makes 40 in all. A single flatscreen above with horizontal boards to both sides listing 18 each; beer, ABV, price, & serving size. Shelved booze to both sides of the tap towers. A giant Paulaner mug & 3L Stone Vertical Epic 121212 bottle countered. Glassware shelved below and bottles coolered to each side. Flats on the narrow ends of the bar; fore & aft.
Walls of white stucco or stone face over panel wood lowers. Floors of wood slat plank play & soccer jerseys adorning the white stucco ceiling with rafters. Drop wrought iron looking hooks with faux candle lighting tracing the bar, and wall mounts of the same. Pen to the rear with some long tables on cushy cushion seating. Flatscreen on the back wall over a fireplace mantel; okay, it’s dead space; nothing cooking there. And glass lantern lamps over the seating. Another dozen and a half tables all around the room; hightops & shortys, and an out front seating area penned over 611.
39 taps; roughly 2/3 of them American craft from PA (Troegs Perpetual IPA, Sunshine Pils, Dead Reckoning, Troegenator, Flying Mouflan, & Scratch Beer ’99 - Wit, Manayunk Abbatia Tempore, Abbatia Decem 10, & Siembra Tequila Saison collabs, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, Rivertowne Halakahiki), regional (Brewer’s Alley 1634 Ale, Southern Tier Unearthly, Ellicottville Nitrous Hopcide, Sixpoint Otis, Allagash White, Maine Beer Mo, Smuttynose Big A IPA), and beyond (Boulder Cold Hop, Great Divide Dopplebock Lager, Port Mongo, Ballast Point Sculpin, Moylans Hopsickle Imperial IPA, Alesmith Nut Brown Ale, Lost Abbey 10 Commandments, Green Flash Odyssey Citra). The remainder are imports Belgian heavy (Dupont Cuvee Dry Hop, Liefmans Goudenband, De Struise St Amatus 12, Chimay Cinq Cents, La Chouffe, Palm, Lindemans Framboise), Germs (Weihenstephaner Hefe, Spaten Lager, Sunner Kolsch), mix & match loners (Mikkeller Yeast Series 2.0 Saison, Guinness), and a sole cider (Strongbow Cider). And Manayunk Monk from the Yunk on cask.
I started with the Dupont Cuvee Dry Hop and then had the Port Mongo. A server; not the bartender, but one of the servers, dealt me a Manayunk Siembra Tequila Saison instead of the requested Port Mongo. Servers are banned from playing behind the bar forthwith.
A very large bottled beer menu; seasonal, one time, rare, & large format bottles (750’s, 1.5L, 3L, & 6L), and the rest of the list broken out by style. It looks like they’ve got nearly 200 bottles including ciders, gluten frees, and macro heavy “pilsners and lagers”. (Lovely) Orval runs a big $10 and is grouped with Lindemans Framboise, Petrus Oud Bruin, Kasteel Rouge, Unibroue Ephemere Apple, Monks Flemmish Sour, & Timmermans Strawberry under the header “Lambic (sour)/Fruit Ale”. I commented that it would be better suited under Pale Ales but Witzel said it doesn’t belong with the Pale Ales (which are all not like Orval), but rather that they need to expand the “Trappist” header. I then declared that Orval should have its own category marked with sparkles and horseys.
Far wall holds a few doors leading to a shared room between here and the Brazilian BBQ place attached next door. Wait… wait. Meat & beer, and I can run back and forth? Or more to the point; I can meat next door and order (beer) from here? I want to go to there.
We didn’t eat but we did give a looksie over the menu. Place was dead when we arrived but filled in nicely. Chill crowd, good tunes, and a pretty kickin’ beer selection, which by the way, were served in larger format servings than shown on the menu. Whoopsie. They are a soccer bar with crazy beer, yeah! I will do this again, knowing how easy on easy off the turnpike it is.
02-06-2014 19:42:32 | More by slander
4.16/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here for dinner last night after the Tired Hands release. My first trip here, I may have been more interested in the steaks next door but this was a close second.
Atmosphere was pretty good. Lots of people all over the place enjoying themselves, a few TV's on the walls and a nice space overall. Quality was pretty high as well. Our drinks were served in the correct glasses and the food was fresh made. Speaking of food, I got the smoked and oaked ribs. The sauce was a little spicy for my tastes, I prefer my BBQ on the sweet side, either way they were pretty good, as were the potato's.
Service was a bit hit or miss. She definitely seemed like she was stretched pretty thin with all the people in there. We had to wait a few times but she was doing her best. Selection was pretty solid, I saw quite a few things I would have gotten. I went with an authentic german kölsh and fallowed it up with a passion fruit caipirinha, wish they offered my usual orange. Prices were a tad high on a few menu items and a couple of the drafts but overall they are on par with the other places in the area.
Overall a pretty solid Gastro Pub. I may return to go to na'brasa, might have to stop in again if I do.
02-18-2013 23:47:28 | More by orangesol
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
A great place in the middle of the bedroom burbs of Philadelphia/New Jersey. The most impressive thing about the place, structurally is the big facade and arched door. Inside it feels like any other pub, with sports on the tube and a big rectangular bar with taps on both sides. It has some "medieval" themed areas and exposed beams in the ceilings that give it some additional appeal.
The staff I dealt with (two bartenders, one of the owners and a waitress) were all knowledgeable in the beers. I sparked up a conversation with one of the bartenders and I soon had the attention of the other bartender and was later introduced to one of the owners. This immediately let me know that they were interested in critical feedback. They were quick to offer samples and suggestions. A++
They have an impressive cellar (of unlisted beers) in addition to their regular offerings. One of the only drawbacks would be no cask offerings. You don't really notice because the staff was extraordinary and they are willing and able to find what you like.
The selections are outstanding. Visiting around the holidays they had an inordinate amount of the myriad of Christmas and holiday ales, but remained as diversified as one can in the realm of mediocre spiced brown ales and whites/wheats.
The prices are a bit inflated from what I am accustomed to but not out of line with the area. One of the establishment's main drawbacks for the international crowd is a lack of vegetarian dishes. I'm not a vegetarian, but I work with many Hindus who won't visit here because there is nothing they can eat (main dishes).
12-05-2012 04:41:47 | More by raleigh_blue
4.03/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Finally got around to checking this place out. Nice tidy facade in a building shared with a Brazilian steakhouse. Walking in revealed a lot of stone, a lot of wood, quasi-European feel with a contemporary, causal-dining sterility. The main room has a nice large bar that seats at least 30-40 people, I'd estimate, and there are plenty of tables around to accommodate a large crowd, as well as a huge separate chamber with ample room for even more people. Lots of TV screens and an unfortunate sports bar vibe, which was a real disappointment, but oh well, it's a bar, what can you do? Nice overall, but it kind of felt to me like someone bricked over an Applebee's and called it an abbey.
It wasn't very busy at the bar on my first visit, and the service was fine, the bartender seemed knowledgeable and on the ball. I went dry once, but it was not nearly over the threshold of tolerance. Nothing really to complain about with the beer selection, with 36 on tap and more in bottles, including a good number that I had not had yet. Good mix of imports and domestics, and most if not all the taps were reserved for micros, with your typical macros in bottles. Four-glass sampler flights for $9 was a decent option. Food menu was extensive and impressive, and really makes me want to go back. A bit on the pricey side, especially if you're getting an entree, but the beer prices aren't too outrageous, and some of the smaller plates are more wallet-friendly. My bill was in the $35 range for a delicious fish & chips platter, a sampler flight, a Hopslam, and a De Dolle, so take that as you will.
I'd definitely like to go back...as long as there isn't a game on.
04-06-2012 13:08:41 | More by Rifugium
4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
This place is located right on Rt. 611, just about 2 miles north of the PA Turnpike exit. There is plenty of parking behind the building. Upon entering the big wooden door, you will see a dimly lit but very clean room. The atmosphere is comfortable and very much a pub. A large bar can seat about 25 and the dining area is in the same area as the bar. Plenty of TVs playing several soccer games, and the crowd seemed to be there to enjoy the games.
Beerwise there were 36 beers on tap and cover a wide variety of styles. Beers ranged from Scotch Ales, Stouts, DIPAs, and Strong Ales. Specific selections like St. Bernardus 12, Founder Centennial, Southern Tier 2X IPA, Chimay White, and Yard's GW Porter, were some of the beers on tap during this visit. The beers we had were fresh and of good quality.
The food we ordered was off the pub menu and was decent. The menu is also quite varied so everyone should find something they like here. Service was OK but not overly prompt, but there was a decent sized crowd here.
This is definitely worth a stop if anyone is in the area. I plan to make this a regular stop when I am in the area.
02-26-2012 00:21:08 | More by Gavage
3.8/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've been to this place twice and will go back again. The atmosphere is old world British, but with an Belgium feel. There is a large bar in the center of the pub that it easy to access even when crowded. The service at the bar was amazing, but the beer knowledge not so great. The table service was pretty poor. The waitress kept forgetting about us and hence we sat there with empty glasses a few times. They could update their online beer list more frequently because many of the beers that they listed online were no longer available and had run out 2 days ago. Probably the best selection of craft beers in the NW Philly suburbs.
12-29-2011 15:18:30 | More by KMcG
4.72/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
went here to due a recommendation from my brother. If you're in the Philly area...GO HERE! you won't be disappointed.
Atmosphere: looks like a medieval drinking hall, but they styled it so with no expense spared. the crowd seems to be tamed and well mannered. the layout is more restaurant style than bar style, which i generally appreciate since at late nights, that means you'll most likely be able to find a seat. i appreciated the TVs everywhere so that i could watch the NFL games.
Service: helpful and knowledgeable
Quality/Selection: amazing tap list. lots of IPAs! lots of seasonals! i'm sure its constantly rotating too. you could probably go here often and always find new beers to try. the bottle list is also impressive, it includes Russian River.
Value: not cheap, but reasonable. you'll be so excited about what you just ordered, that you won't realize you forgot to ask the price.
10-18-2011 01:02:53 | More by AdamBear
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Have frequented this establishment a couple of times, mostly because they are the only worthwhile craft beer joint within 20 miles. Really nice vibe on the interior. Kind of an old world pub with a nuance towards an Irish Football Pub.
Taps are really great. Clean lines, wide variety, knowledgeable (to a point) staff. Stuff from all around the USA as well as an assortment of Belgians. Prices are reasonable, especially for the big-name stuff when they have it in. Their bottle list is exceptional as well although not very unique for the area.
I've never had an actual dinner here but their appetizers are delicious and the mussels are other-wordly. I know that they do hold beer events relatively frequently. I have yet to attend one but I've heard only excellent things.
I would definitely check out Iron Abbey if you're in the area. Highly recommended.
01-21-2011 20:04:11 | More by hippityhops85
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here on my birfday and afterwards for some world cup games, hey it's a soccer bar, it only makes sense.
A big looking building outside with some nice decor and outside seating, inside a nice big bar with seating around it and larger tables for bigger parties. A seperate room with even more tables and a projection screen for big sporting events. I really like how this bar is lit, it's just right and easy on the eyes. This place is really clean with a nice stoned bartop.
I guess they had about 20 taps in total with good beer and BMC mixed in to keep the lights on. Most people were drinking BMC out of the bottle but that's life. I had a Russian River Registration ale, Petrus Aged Pale and a Weyerbacher Kilo, they all tasted fine, no issues, clean lines and all. Other than those the tap list had some respectable stuff on it, enough to keep me coming back. A good bottle list as well on the pricey side though but this is PA.
Food was pretty good and well portioned, at least the hummus plate was with alot of pita bread and sides. I need to get back here to get the whole brazilian experience going. Service was speedy and friendly even on a fairly busy friday night. Our bartenderess really knew her beer, I mean she really was on top of her shit. She even pronounced Cantillon correctly. I was about to ask her out on a date, I was in awe. Not sure about table service here though.
All in all, I will be stopping back and I wish I would of came here sooner. It's still a young bar so we will see where this goes. Make a visit if you can.
07-03-2010 14:29:30 | More by BARFLYB
3.83/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I visited Iron Abbey for the first time last weekend with StonyB, MicroChris, and another friend on our way home from Norristown.
Atmosphere: The building itself is massive but is shared with a Brazilian restaurant w/ separate entrance. The architecture has a Flemishesque thing happening. High celiings, exposed wood and stone, fairly nice actually. The bar is large...holding about 30-40 stools plus there are lots of tables to sit at. We were here on a Sunday afternoon and the place only had about 12 people in it but I could see it getting obnoxiously crowded on a Thursday - Saturday evening.
Quality: Very good overall...the atmosphere, the beer, and the food satisfied.
Service: Our bartender (Rob I believe) was nice and pretty knowledgeable but I got the feeling he was the only one who I could say that for.
Selection: Pretty nice selection of basic German/Belgian/English imports plus some decent American Craft options on tap.
Food and Value: Menu choices were above average for a bar and a bit pricy. They had a nice 1/2 priced appetizer special from 12pm - 5pm on Sundays so I got 3 Filet Mignon Sliders w/ caramelized onions and fries for $4.50 which was awesome but would have been lacking for $9.00 in my opinion.
I'd stop back again, but probably only on a sleepy Sunday afternoon.
06-10-2010 15:47:22 | More by koopa
Iron Abbey Gastro Pub in Horsham, PA
94 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.