Iron Abbey Gastro Pub
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by slander:
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
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
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4.09/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Iron Abbey Gastro Pub
1 pm on Sunday, 20 July 2014; a few tables, a handful of people at the bar
I certainly can't blame the Iron Abbey for doing it, because you've got to sell what people want, but I'd hardly call fish & chips, nachos, and hot wings "Gastro Pub" fare. Pub fare yes, "Gastro"... not really. That's not to dismiss the chefs though because there are a few interesting items including Gorett's Original Sin (Brioche bread, beef, chorizo, ham, gouda in gravy topped with an egg), the Smoked Salmon Wrap (salmon, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, red onion and mango vinaigrette), Chorizo & Crab Mac N Cheese, and the Brazilian Steakhouse Sampler from next door. I thought the fish & chips were very nicely done and well presented, but beyond that everything else my table sampled was fairly basic. I'd say their food is better than Applebee's or Chili's, but not really by that much. On the other hand, my children were happy.
It's an interesting looking and nicely done place, although perhaps a bit over the top and Disneyland-esque. I appreciate that they've put money into it and invested in some important areas (like an actual wood floor versus the plastic look-alike). I also like that they've added the football theme, and to a certain extent that makes the whole thing work except that it's not just a bar where fans come to watch games and drink good beers, it's also a restaurant. On the other hand, my children really liked the decor.
So I won't discount the atmosphere, because honestly, it's kind of cool and you should really check it out just for that, but the added bonus, actually the main reason for visiting is the beer. There are 39 taps, all good stuff, and a hand pump (gotta love cask!). They've also got exclusive "house" beers that are done as collaborations with local breweries. That's both interesting, and it supports local breweries.
The service was OK. It wasn't "high end" but nor did I expect it to be, and the server for our table was pleasant and attentive. In fact, the only fault came from the bar. If indeed they are using 16 oz. pint glasses, and I believe they are (the bottoms looked thinner than the normal 14 oz. shaker "pint" glasses that most places use), I received a cask beer who's head had dropped leaving me with an estimated 10 to 12 ounces... kind of a bummer. I could have said something, and if I was in Europe I would, but here in the U.S. I just let it slide because although the bartender dropped the ball, the server then dropped it again by not saying something herself.
Overall: really interesting decor, comfortable and cozy atmosphere, average service, slightly better than average food (meaning very good), and a great beer selection. The pricing for me falls between "reasonable" ($$) and "a bit pricey" ($$$).
07-21-2014 14:27:32 | More by NeroFiddled
4.39/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
ate dinner here, drank some beers, and bought a couple of bottles to go from upstairs in the Loft.
decor is lots of wood. 4 sided bar is in the center, surrounded by tables for dinning. a bit cramped.
the selection, and quality of beers available would be hard to beat. 40 beer draft list has a good mix of styles, and some limited release selections. Mix of American, English, German, and Belgian. The bottle list is long, well organized, and has some rare stuff if you're willing to fork over some serious cash.
food was quite good. Menu is pub fare - I had the Steak Fritz - the strip steak was cooked a nice Medium Rare as ordered, and came with a fried egg, along with the fries which were tasty.
Our waiter was very attentive, and friendly.
07-20-2014 15:00:33 | More by jmdrpi
Iron Abbey Gastro Pub in Horsham, PA
94 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.