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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3,725 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 52
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: 19
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

147 E Main St
Newark, Delaware, 19711-7313
United States
phone: (302) 266-9000

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Reviews by orangesol:
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here with Deuane, thain709, and StormKing47 on our trip around DE and MD last week. I have been to a few of the other Iron Hill locations so I was happy to stop at this one as well.

Upon entering you are greeted with a choice of two sides. To the left you have the bar area and the brewing setup. To the right is the dining room. On this trip we will be sticking with the bar area. The atmosphere is pretty good. Like the other Iron Hill locations they have a nice big bar, a few TV's, and a bunch of seating behind you. There was a good amount of people in there for that time of day. Some of the managers were sitting at the bar with their laptops doing god knows what, I though that is what offices were for but I guess not...The quality is good, just like all the other locations. Their beer is top notch and the food is even better, tho I did not try any this time because we had just eaten. The prices were pretty reasonable for what you get, I would like to see a few of the beer prices reduced but that isn't a huge deal.

The service was pretty good. The bartender was pretty knowledgeable but at times it felt like he was lecturing us, and with the group of guys we had, we really didn't need that at all. He did try to recomend quite a few beers to us but we have all had them already so we just stuck to the plan. The selection was decent. I would have liked to see a few more specialty's and a few less year rounders. They had one cask offering but it wasn't anything special. I got a pumpkin and it was pretty good but nowhere near the best I have had.

Overall yet another quality Iron Hill location. Next time I am in the area I may have to stop here again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BranfordBound
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went to the one in Newark, DE right by the University of Delaware. This was right around Easter 2015 so I think school was a bit slow at the time and the place was about 75% full. Noise was acceptable, service was attentive, and the beers were OK. Maholo, Apollo! was our favorite. Had the Pig Iron Porter on cask and it seemed weak.

The place looked like a normal restaurant + bar. There wasn't really anything that made it stand out or seem like a brew pub, I think the Wilmington location is better for that. Food was actually pretty good, though.

Photo of Crentakey
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Unfortunately it seemed like this place is a restaurant first and then a brewery. None of the beer strayed away from what would be considered old standards. IPA's, Lagers, Wheat, no stouts on tap. The pizza I ordered was great and the food along is worth it, but don't expect anyone pushing the envelope of beer.

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I made the stop here with a few friends from Central PA as we jumped around Maryland and Delaware for the day.

The street entrance was nice, as it was in a building by itself. Upon entering, the inside is set up like other Iron Hill locations. A big area with tables for those who want dinner and a big bar with tables for those who want to watch TV.

The selection here was pretty normal, but normal for Iron Hill is great anywhere else. They had their year round offerings and few specialties. I had the Pumpkin Ale and an American IPA. I also remember Red Dawn (elderberry saison) and a Tripel. The two beers I had were fresh. My only complaint was, when I asked for a sample of Red Dawn the glass had a lot of dish detergent smell coming out.

The bartender was a nice guy. He said he was covering from the Wilmington location. That's cool that they can go back and forth and still have the same operations. He offered us samples, was quick to refill our glasses, and answer any questions we had. There was also a beer leak while we were there. The brewer didn't make a big fuss about, but he cleaned it up very quickly.

No food this time, but the menu looked the same as other locations.

I enjoyed myself here, but I think I like the Lancaster location a little better. It's probably because I've been there a few times, but oh well. The Newark location does not disappoint with their service nor their beer.

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Downtown, college town, one of multiple Iron Hill locations in the area.

Outdoor tables and seeting as you enter...comfortable, clean, well maintained sort of place. Decent sized seating area, raised bar tables and nice wooden bar tot he right as you enter.

Extensive food menu, featuring a "healthy" menu, which I greatly appreciated as well as the burger, soups, salads and other assorted entrees that you would expect in a quality brew pub and restaurant.

Beer wise they are putting out a half dozen house regular brews supplemented by another 6 seasonal options. Add to that about a dozen of their brews available in bottles (to drink there and/or to take home, and they have your beer choices covered quite well.

Well run joint, you get the feeling that they know what they are doing and they are having a fun time doing it. Well worth a visit

Photo of akorsak
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A brief side trip on the way to Philly.

Atmosphere: Like many other Iron Hill restaurants, dark woods are the required decor. A small patio out front leads into a foyer adjacent to the bar. The brewing area is to the left, fronted by tables. More tables stretch long past the kitchen. I settled into the bar, a long L-shaped wooden one, for a few pints.

Quality: Early lunch, relatively small crowds. The bar was long, save for the rather annoying couple beside me. The taplist was impressive and service fast.

Service: I was greeted immediately and offered a menu. I also had the opportunity to use my mu club card for the first time. 24 Oz of beer may be a bit much! The service greatly benefitted from the slow atmosphere.

Selection: 5 house beers and at least 8 seasonals, including Czech and German Pilseners. I opted for the dunkelweizen and west coast golden ale - both good choices although the WCG was a little hoppy. Elvis's Sideburns, a Double IPA recently kicked...

Food: The menu is unvarying - good things come from repetition. May is National Burger Month, as I was told on entrance, so I opted for the New Mexico burger, complete with chilis. A good choice.

Photo of larryi86
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The vibe in this Iron Hill can change depending on the number of college students looking for a good time. This is localed on UD campus so the college students show up, but it doesn't never feel like a fart party; if you want that cross the street. The beer selection is good and the food is even better. I feel that the prices are very good and I feel that I don't visit this Iron Hill enough because I live in walking distance from it. From what I have heard the Wilmington location is better, I have only there once, and did not have anything to drink being in my teens; so I feel I can't really compare the two. The renovations made are very good, and I feel make it better than it was when I was going to UD.

Photo of Minotaur
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I find each of the Iron Hill brewery restaurants have unique assets and character.

This particular location has the best atmosphere. It is a bit smaller than some of the other locations but definitely has more of the "pub" atmosphere vs. the "big bar" and family restaurant of North Wales or Wilmington.

The service is generally good, though the level of beer knowledge is not expert. I haven't been misinformed or ignored at any point.

The beer here is high quality, as it is in all the Iron Hill establishments; the menu is comparable and the food is well prepared and of decent quality.

Photo of pwoody11
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I prefer the Wilmington Riverfront location to this one particularly during the school year. The college girls coming in and walking by outside are nice to look at, but the quality of service seems to go down a bit during the school season. The food is really good and reasonably priced. The beer selection is decent. They offer only Iron Hill beers. They typicaly have the regulars with 3-4 seasonals on the menu. I have heard they sometimes have casks, but I have yet to be around when it was available. I would recommend Iron Hill to someone who happened to be in the University of Delaware area.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped here on a trip back from State Line liquors recently. Right near the Univeristy of Delaware campus. As you walk ing the bar is directly in front of you. Lots of seating was available when I stopped. The service was quick and very friendly. The beer selection was OK. They had the standard Iron Hill offerings plus four seasonals. No cask when i was there which was dissapointing. The food, as with all the Iron Hills was very good. This was the fourth Iron Hill I have been to and my least favorite.

Photo of slander
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

On a strip on East Main Street on the heels of hitting that beer store on the Delaware/Maryland border on a day trip to Philly the long way around. Thing about the Iron Hill chain is that every time I visit one, they open another. I haven't seen the Lancaster location yet, but I'm sure if I do, they'll go and open another one in say, New Jersey. Wouldn't be a bad deal if they did, food and drink, they are consistently consistent...

Almost a blur amongst college town Newark theme bars and eateries, it's an easy walk up with 9 roundies in a seating pen out front. Inside, I gone parked myself at the standard Iron Hill "U" shaped wood bar, with a copper foot rail and seating for a dozen and a half. A wood unit within holds slight glassware shelved to both sides of a bit o' booze stacked on the mirror backed center piece, and more bottles displayed around the sides of the unit, below and wrapped around the bar some. Stacked glassware and ceramic mug club mugs line below the bar and above. And the obligatory Iron Hill pieces; the slat nameplate pieces listing "beer on tap" selections mounted above split half on one side, half on the other, and the large wrought iron weather vane (points to points south just now) atop the unit with not enough room for it to swing freely beneath the low ceilings.

A lone handpump currently unused on the bar up front and an 8 tap tower on the center of the bar. And I'm like, where are the other taps? There's like 10 beers on just now, they've got to be pouring from somewhere. Looking over, nope, not down sunken below, not up front, what the, where the? Wait, that mirrored center piece of the bar unit is not mirrored, I can see my reflection and it's someone else, I guess it just looks through. What I thought was a reflection of the tap tower sitting right in front of me is actually another run of 8 taps behind the center unit on the service bar side.

Tilings around the bar area, and the walls pale green over wood posts & reddish outer walls. Some mounted TV's above the bar, baby track spots over the bar & mounted horn lamps run all the way around the exterior shining on the pale yellow overhang, decorated with small square & rectangular boxed twisted grain paintings.

Seating all around. 3 raised roundies up front along the bar divider, and 6 raised tables in a space to the rear of the bar in an open area corralled by framed windows on 3 sides. And a back back room past there with 9 tables below a hanger ceiling and a kitchen somewhat exposed in the corner. To one side of the bar, 3 shorty booths adjacent to the bar and 4 booths forward there offering views of the brew room behind glass; a row of fermenters to the side and a copper lauter tun & brew kettle up front. To the other side of the bar, the main dining room sits, 2 dozen booths and tables (8 small tables on the inside wall, 8 angled square tables down the center of the room, and 8 booths on the far wall below an Iron Hill logo done faint in paint). A different feel here versus there, just a matter of what you're looking for.

I lunched 'cause that's what they call it when you eat at this time of day. Took in a bowl of chicken gumbo (my head is sweating, I wonder if anyone notices, no, well, maybe), and the firecracker wings (seriously, can you ever have too much scallion? I think not). They were cooked well, and what they tasted was good is what it was.

And unless I'm mistaken, don't they make, what's that, beer, here, right? 5 house standards (Light Lager, Ironbound Ale, Vienna Red Lager, Pig Iron Porter, Raspberry Wheat), and 5 specials (American Brown Ale, Russian Imperial Stout, Bourbon Wee Heavy, Belgian Tripel, Bourbon Porter). As I've had the 5 house standards multiple times at multiple IH locations, I figured I'd sample up on the specials and head north. The American Brown Ale holds an absurdly maltiness, and alcohol, and a big hop face; the Russian Imperial Stout, tasty, dark roasty goodness; the Bourbon Wee Heavy, scotchy & bourbon, I don't like, no! You totally lose the wee behind the bourbon; the Belgian Tripel, 8 and change %, a bit too sweet and oooh, alcohol, although it nicens up some as it warms, correction, it gets a whoooole lot better as it warms; the Bourbon Porter, on nitro, same thing as the wee over bourboned, and somewhat thinnish. The American Brown Ale & the Russian Imperial Stout were the best of the lot, and the Belgian Tripel didn't suck either.

Bartender Melissa was able to talk intelligently about the beers on, and let me taste a little of this and that before hitting into them samplers. Food was good, prepared well and showed up quickly. Quiet, chill afternoon, decent crowd, light tunes. I like the IH beers for the most part and what they do here is no exception, although I easy could've done without the bourbonnin' dealt to a couple of the special beers. Another strong link in the chain.

Photo of Deuane
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I haven't been to this location in years but was drawn in by a cask ale festival. Sat at a BIG round table with eight, including myself, BA's.

Being the first, and smallest Iron Hill, location I found it to be in line with what the others have done. Lots of cozy wood and a cozy atmosphere.

Standard line of beers, plus a handful of seasonals was GREATLY augmented this day by a stellar lineup of sixteen casks from IH and other area breweries.

A table of eight, and at times rather demanding BA's, with full flights of cask sample trays AND food...well our waiter did a fine job. Didn't leave us really hanging for too long for anything, except my malt vinegar.

I had fish and chips that were very nicely done and a very tasty roasted carrot soup. C had some kind of southwestern shrimp salad which she seemed to like very much.

As with most Iron Hill's food prices run from average to high, with nothing being a bargain. But, I expect this at IH so I wasn't surprised. I felt that the cost for the cask sampler trays were very reasonable.

A nice stop and one that I wont let years go by till I visit again!

Photo of sholland119
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped in here with some BA friends for a cask ale festival.

Atmosphere is good. This is the first IH in the chain. Some of the design elements are familiar from other Iron Hills. This one is the smallest IH I have been to.

Like all IH locations, the standard beer lineup is supplemented by some locally brewed seasonals. We had a very nice, moderately acidic milk stout.

Service was really excellent. 4 full samplers of 16 beers each for the table and our server got it all right and got it to our table very efficiently. Very nice.

Nachos, a staple and safe choice at other IH locations, were terrible here. Overcooked chicken, undercooked black beans, oh well.

Like all Iron Hill retsaurants, food prices run from moderately high to outrageously high. Beer prices are fine.

HV

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

Stopped in here after noticing it was 10 minutes away from State Line Liquors.

I'm a frequent guest of the Iron Hill chains, so I was excited to visit one I had not been to.

It's situated right near the University of Delaware, so it has the feel of a college town. I parked my car, and walked down to what is a pretty small Iron Hill, by Iron Hill North Wales standards.

I took a seat at the bar, and ordered up a beer. Given that it was barely 1pm, I limited myself to a single beer. As per usual, it was tasty, fresh, and served quickly in my 22oz Mug Club mug.

They had the new menu out, which was nice considering I've been asking for Iron Hill to get a new menu for a year now. I had the Bacon Cheeseburger (Yeah, I know, not very healthy), but it was darn tasty, and came with a huge pickle spear.

I was the only person at the bar, so the service was top notch. I can't speak of when they are busy, but I'm sure you can estimate what it's like at a busy bar at night.

Photo of countmeoutt
3.9/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here this evening after a trip over the bridge to grab an iphone with my wife. I've been wanting to get to an Iron Hill for a while now, especially after sampling their double IPA at good dog in philly. I wish it wasn't a Thursday night so i could have stayed and tried more of their offerings.

It was located right on the main street in Newark, which seemed like a pretty cool little drag. There were quite a bit of people dining outside... but I'm not big on eating outside..so we walked in a grabbed two seats at the very nice wood bar. The overall atmosphere of the place was very welcoming and a few tv's so I could watch the phil-mets game. The crowd ranged from young to old, which was cool, but i assume during school years it leans a bit heavier towards the younger crowd.

I couldn't drink much as I was driving but i did get a witbier(which i thought was going to be a dubbel..i guess i should have asked what the belgian ale of the week was.) and a West Coast Golden Ale. My wife had their pale ale and a red ale..the names of are escaping me at this moment. The beers were quite good, I've had better but I've also had a lot worse. As for the food it was good. I'd go as far as to say it's a notch higher than standard pub fare...and 36 bucks for 2 dinners and 4 beers was fine by me.

I really want to get back here on a day where I can put in some hours and also check out the other bars right next to the place..seems like a Saturday waiting to happen. check it out if youre in the area.

Photo of everetends
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here with a friend during Christmas time to visit his family. He lives in Maryland and it is just a ten minute drive to Newark. It was nice to walk down the main drag and find this beautiful bar. There is very little parking out front but there is a lot around back that seems pretty convenient. The bar is beautiful, heavy wood, right in the middle of the restaurant. The establishment is nice on its own with a lot of wood accents. We got there around 8 and sat at the bar. The beer selection is mostly in house and this beer is good. I had their porter and then fell in love with their milk stout. I believe my girlfriend had a raspberry wheat, and it too was pretty good. They have fantastic beers here and they are definitely worth stopping at if you are in the area. They have a view of the brewing tanks and the space is very well kept and inviting. We ended up coming back later that night, and I guess they turn into a 21 and up bar where they card at the door. Still there were a few people in there but nothing too bad (probably because of the holidays). We sat at a table this time and the bartender and server were both very helpful and knowledgable throughout the night. The food was pretty darn good, we had calamari and bruschetta. Good food, great beer, decent price. Will be back, hopefully to get a hold of the Imperial Stout that I have heard so much about.

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

Located in the heart of Blue Hen country, it's right on the sidewalk on Main Street, with some street parking, but go around back and you'll be more likely to find a spot in the lot behind the buildings.

It's got plenty of dark wood, a warm interpretation of contemporary mixed with stately, I guess. The bar is big and airy, with plenty of stools ringing it. The tanks are to the left, and the main dining room is to the right, with booths and tables, and the open kitchen to the rear. Seats are comfy, and the clientele is diverse, from local business people to college profs to the more well-heeled students. The few televisions provide a fix for a sports jones, though no big screens are to be had, and I'm fine with that. The mix of folks and welcoming decor and design make this an easy place to be. Oh, and for some reason I really like the perforated, corrugated ceiling.

Quality is high, for the most part, but I have to ding it a bit for the light beer offering. I know, sometimes it helps to try to be all things to all people, but that can lead to issues, and in this case, it's a misstep. Likewise there were a couple less-than-special moments, but the overall quality of the beer is high, as it's fresh, well-made, and enjoyable.

Service is a consistent strength, but it also comes across as a tad robotic. On each visit I got very willing, pleasant attitudes, but the beer descriptions feel rote as opposed to the product of a genuine understanding. And as it's a college town, the piercings are expected, but man, some of the staff looks like it should be in some serious pain. But I leave there happy I went, and very happy to tip, so like I said, it's a strength, if not a stellar asset.

The beer selection is another strength, and I'm not going to ding it for the light beer because I already hit the quality for it. Maybe a good light beer just isn't possible. Anyway, from hoppy to lighter to heavier to spicier, there's no palate disregarded here. There's fruit in your beer, and there's some serious stout action. The house and seasonals are all pleasing in their ways, and the cask-conditioned offerings are a step beyond the usual. Try the sampler the first time you're there, then go more granular in future visits. And the sampler is a great value, with nine beers on tap. But beware if you're driving, of course.

The food is better than pub grub, and that's a selling point, even in a college town. The calamari is excellent, lightly breaded and with a splendid aioli, and the sweet potato fries are wonderful, though the bourbon-vanilla dipping sauce is a serious non-starter in my book. The waldorf chicken salad sandwich is well more chicken than waldorf, but it's still tasty. The tuna is solid, and there are vegetarian offerings, though not vegan as far as I could tell. And I'd very much like to get back one day soon for some of the two course dinner promotions. They look like great vallues if the food is as good as I've experienced.

The prices aren't overly high, but they do tend toward a bit dear. Lunch for two at $80 won't break the bank, but it won't holler frugality either. I mentioned well-heeled students earlier. I think it likely that the only way the less affluent ones will enjoy themselves here are in the presence of their parents, up or down for the weekend, and footing the bill.

I'll be back, as well as to some others in the area, though I'll be even happier when they finally open one in South Jersey. Yes, I am a glass-half-full kinda guy at times. Anyway, grab a bottle of one of their reserve beers on the way out, maybe a tee-shirt too.

Photo of 86sportster883
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Brewpub #40

The Iron Hill brewpub in Newark, DE has to be one of the top 25 brewpubs in the country. The Newark location is one of a chain of seven brewpubs in northern DE and southeastern, PA. As indicated by my ratings above, there just wasn't anything they did that they didn't do well.

I stopped in on a Tuesday evening for dinner around 7:30. Parking in the area is certainly a pain in the ass, and I could not imagine what it would be like on a weekend. But once inside, you'll find yourself in a deceivingly large, friendly and comfortable restaurant/brewpub.

I sat in the bar area, which itself is huge, and ordered a sampler of beers which included eight draft beers and a pull off the beer engine. All of their draft beers were solid offerings that scored highly for drinkability. And, there was something for everyone:

Light Lager - A perfect thirst quencher with character.
Raspberry Wheat - Very drinkable. Even the non-beer drinker would like this one.
Vienna Red Lager - Spicy Noble hop nose and clean lager finish. Nicely done.
Ironbound Ale - An APA that stood up well to my spicy seared tuna entrée.
Belgian Ale - A sweet Abbey Dubbel.
Brown - A hopped up version of an English brown ale. Bitter. I liked it on tap better than out of the cask. A draft of the brown was the beer I ordered when I was done with the sampler.
Pig Iron Porter - Silky smooth and robust with great caramel and chocolate flavors.
Russian Imperial Stout - BIG 9.5% abv, complex, yet very drinkable. An excellent RIS that, I think, would be outstanding if you laid it down for a year or so. A beer geek's beer.

The service at the bar was top notch. The bartender knew her beers and delivered a short Dick and Jane for each when she brought me my sampler. My food came out super quick and the seared tuna, side salad and mashed potatoes were great. The atmosphere on this Tuesday night was friendly, mellow and relaxing. I would imagine that the Iron Hill gets a much larger crowd on the weekends, and the atmosphere might be significantly different given its college town location.

The Iron Hill brewpub is definitely worth driving out of your way for. Next time you're cruising along I-95 through Delaware, set aside some time to stop in for a visit.

Photo of dsa7783
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Being a former University of Delaware student, this place was conveniently located on the main street of this hip college town... At the time this was a popular hot spot that was frequently attended by many from the University... The interior has an awesome, clean, inviting atmosphere with quality food and drinks and a very friendly and attentive staff eager to help... The selection is decent, they usually have a rotating list of products on tap, and the food is really good, albeit a little expensive, which didn't really make much sense to me since it was in the middle of a cash-strapped college town and mainly frequented by 20 - something college kids... Even though I only went here once, I would definitely go back if I was in the area because my first and single impression was really great... Recommended...

Photo of rodrot
3.86/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in on a Sunday afternoon while visiting the area on a work related trip and was pleasantly surprised to find the pub virtually empty, except for a few folks at the bar. The inside decor is typical for most brewpubs. Lots of wood, a large rectangular bar with a board showing whats on tap, a glass wall with some brewing tanks behind it and chalkboard showing what's in the tanks. I only had time to try a couple of the beers, but they were excellent. The Anvil ale(on cask) was very tasty and sessionable. The Pig Iron porter was dark and roasty. I didn't try the food, but the folks sitting next to me said the food is quite good for a brewpub. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, was that the bartender seemed more interested in conversing with the waitresses than taking care of the customers. Regardless, next time I'm back in the Wilmington/Newark area I'll definitely be back.

Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Located right on Main Street, the front of the building had a wrought iron railing attached to it to create an outdoor patio along the sidewalk. Entering, there was a short vestibule followed by the m.d.s. at a hard left, the bar area on a left oblique, and the restaurant area off to the right, past a glass and wood partition. The bar was a rectangular shape with the back bar an island in the middle, topped by the compass that incorporates a bird, hops, and barley into its design. The bar area was ringed by four television monitors. The left wall was dominated by the "Fish Tank" - the fully visible brewhouse and FVs behind glass, fronted by a line of booths that stretched back to the washrooms, all of the way aft on the left-hand side. Aft of the bar, in the centerline, were a number of high tables and chairs, followed by the kitchen with its wood-fired oven. The decor was earth tones of yellow, red, and dark wood, all of which added up to a relaxing atmosphere. My server that day was Jody.

As to the beers - fantastic! The managing partners really know how to sniff out brewing talent and put it to work for them. I usually swear by the Ironbound Ale, but in doing my homework in preparation for my visit, I noted that in mentor Lew's book on the area, he recommended the Pig Iron Porter, both on CO2 and on cask. I couold see why once I got some - it was smoky, not at all sweet, with a full mouthfeel. Still, it was not hoppy and that was what I am usually after. In addition to the six flagship beers, they also offered Fe10 and a Pumpkin Ale during my visit.

Also worth noting is the idea that they now offer a selection of 750-ml. bottles available for take-away. Just ask your server for a list.

Photo of mobud
3.7/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped in on a Thursday night and found a fairly full house. Located in the middle of a university campus, the flagship of the Iron Hill "chain" is usually loaded with a nice mix of locals vs. students. The food can not be considered cheap for a student, so it is not overrun with alot of power drinkers looking for Mug night. The food was great; I had woodfired pizza and my wife had fish. They run monthly beer dinners (2 food items paired with 2 beers) for a fixed price that seems fair. The beer is consistantly great and the staff is always talking beer and food pairings as help. I enjoyed my visit and will go back again to focus on their selection of cask conditioned beers that they run out from time to time.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This Iron Hill location is right on Main Street in Newark, home of the University of Delaware. So as expected, there is a college crowd...about 50/50 I would say. There is a decent sized square bar right in front of you when you walk in. Off to the left, through the glass, you can see the brewing equipment. Good amount of tables and there is some outdoor seating (on the sidewalk, out front), weather permitting. Lots of darker wood in the decor, just like the Wilmington location. Food is really good here...better than Wilmington...IMO. The beer is always good. Helpful and knowledgeable staff. Parking on the street can be tough, but there is a parking lot right behind here, make the left in between the stores right before Iron Hill. Nice stop if you're in the area. If the weathers good, so is the scenery.

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3.98/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Located right around the corner from the University of DE. Stopped by on our way home from Baltimore. They have outside seating, facing the main strip, but it was far too hot to sit there.

Inside was a typical trendy style brewpub. Dark mahogony colored wood...the same look that so many brewpubs have fashioned themselves after. Not sure why.

The selection was quite good. They do offer a sampler to try. I believe it was 8 in all...6 or so regulars with 2 seasonals...including the Hefe (a bit heavy tasting) and a West Coast Lager (which was good...not overly hoppy, but tasty).
The raspberry wheat was excellent...the porter was fine as well (mild roasted flavor). My wife loved the Anvil Ale, an amber ale...they had a lager and a lite lager as well...along with a few others.

The waitress was a young girl, but she was clearly well trained in the beers. I hate it when brewpub bartender/waiters don't know their stuff. She was pretty good. She pointed out her favorite and took the time to explain each beer.

A good place to go for a nice selection of beers. The food was a bit expensive. The nachos were "okay." The ground beef on top didn't have too much flavor. The cheese platter was better. But, you go for the beer anyway!

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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Weekend night, so it was crowded, but we got a table fast enough. The waitress was friendly and seemed to know a little about the beers. We got a sampler and a pizza to share, Food was decent, nothing special and the beers were good, but nothing great. I might be jaded, because i had heard and read great things about this place, but it didn't seem to have much character, or a "standard" brewpub/hip restaurant atmosphere. I might have liked it better sitting outside or at the bar. Overall, check it out, but there are better places.

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Newark, DE
89 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.