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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & RestaurantIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
BEER AVG
3.85/5
Based on:
362 Beers
1,559 Reviews
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 34
Visits: 54
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

30 E State St
Media, Pennsylvania, 19063-2904
United States
phone: (610) 627-9000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ironhillmedia

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Large, woody facility with brewing operations visible behind glass. Adequate TV’s for sports viewing but unobtrusive if unwanted. 9 seasonal taps + 6 house beers + a RIS available in cans. 4 beer flights [4 oz] available at $6. (230 characters)

Photo of EBeckett3
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Large restaurant, brewery on a city street with a small parking lot beside. Large bar and lots of tables & booths. Very large & varied menu & a dozen beers on tap ( six house & six seasonal). Large screen TVs with local sports on. Loud room, but didn't interfere with conversation. Very busy. I'd imagine it could be tough to get a seat once everyone is back from the shore!

Food was good - much better than typical pub grub. Enjoyed two ultimate warrior ipas & my friend did a Belgian dubbel followed by a black ipa (Hey, Henry). We both finished with a white ipa (American wheat ipa with Belgian witbier yeast). Beer was quite good, properly served and thoroughly enjoyed. Service was very attentive and quick. A very pleasant dinner.

Definitely recommend this (764 characters)

Photo of Dcunicelli
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

This is a nice place to drink a few while with the family. Food is chainy fare with a ton of salt. The Media site is friendly and always super busy. Prices are reasonable. Burgers are your best bet.

The beer can be very good to fair. The brews brewed specifically for this location / by this location outshine the beers brewed at any of their other locations. Their head brewer is a gregarious and knowledgable man who, when given enough leeway, can brew a great and tasty brew. (480 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Consistent with the other Iron Hill's in terms of atmosphere and quality. A little dark inside with a lot of wood accented architecture inside. A little noisy in the dining area when it starts to get full. Nothing to really complain about service-wise, but it shouldn't be a surprise if you get somewhat slow service from a server that's not entirely knowledgeable. The food menu is huge, and pretty good too. Not a problem finding something that everyone likes. About 12 beers are usually on tap, with a nice diversity in styles. Seems like prices have gone up recently, pushing it to be a little more pricey. (610 characters)

Photo of dionlbc
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I've only been to the Media, PA location. The beer was good, food was decent. It reminded me of a large corporate restaurant in design, like a less flared Chili's or something. Interestingly, there is an amazing bottle shop around the corner called "Pinocchio's Beer Garden To Go" that has one of the best beer selections I've seen. (332 characters)

Photo of VegasBill
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

First lets start with parking. Media has a very small charming downtown area. The city fathers decided to let a Trader Joes come in, right smack dab in the center of downtown, add to this the micro and parking is impossible. I parked six blocks away. The micro itself has a very warm atmosphere with lots of wood and a very nice bar area looking over the street .
For beer I had the Hopilicous IPA and the Gary Nelson IPA, I was surprised as many reviews said the beers were so so and both I tried were good, not outstanding but good, I enjoyed both. I had a order of steamers also very good with some great bread for sopping up the sauce.
The bar was full and one bartender but he did a good job in keeping up with the demand. (727 characters)

Photo of Dennycurr
2.55/5  rDev -35.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

OVER-FRIGGIN-HYPED!!

I was so revved to go to this joint, after reading the website.

I am basically only a drinker of Belg/Germ, beers, but these Belg-Style beers nowadays, made in the good ol',U-S of A, have expanded my horizon. Because of such things---I look forward, now, when I experience a new place with good American micro-brews. There have been great steps to make the usual bs American beers into great Belg/Style beers. Many times----succeeding.

Let me tell ya about the Iron Hill Brewery/Restaurant...

What is offered...and what is presented, (at least on my occasion), were 2 diff things.
The website boasted so much.
The actual result was not close to the promise.
In March, one was promised in the Iron Hill seasonals---2 Belgian Style Saison's.
Was only 1 and it was a Budweiser-ish 5%. Was also supposed to be a Belg/Triple, there, but that was not there either,, (On tap that is--More on that later). I had a few of their standard micro brew beers...but....none of which I had hoped for. The website lied.
Had to settle for a "Real Boy" and had "Hopilicious". They sort of tasted the same and had that very, micro-brewed taste and after taste, if you get my drift. They, were....OK. Weren't anything to write home about. BUT...were opk.
Also had a India Pale Ale. That also...was a boringly---ok.

Now----the service...

I looked at the beer menu....and was astounded they only had about 15 choices.
With only a half a handful over the B/M/C, Alc %'s, of 5%. I lump the 5.2%, 5.3%, etc...in with that.
I asked the waiter, "Is this, really----all you have in beers?. He said..."Yes".
Then---I asked..."On the website it said you have a bunch of other beers---on reserve. Was that wrong?" The waiter said---"Oh yeah..., we have reserves but...they are in bottles".

????!!!!...Wtf...!!!???

Not only were they on reserve---but they were actually on another menu! A menu, I wasn't privy to, until I asked. In fact---if I didn't ask---I would never have known they even had this reserve. Not only that---but..THAT particular menu had the beers I wanted. 1 in particular, was, the Russian Imperial Stout. I never had one and was seeking one out.
I'm thankful I read the website 1st.
Well....the Iron Hill, had the Russian Imperial..
But...
It was warm!
I told the guy I didn't want it warm & had another choice ...and that was the Belg/Triple that was supposed to be one of the March, Belg-Seasonal choices on draft. I was ok with it in the bottled reserve tho.
They told me---it ALSO was warm.

Amazing!

In any case---I had the Real Boy and the similar Hopilicious and a India Pale Ale. As I said above, they were all...sigh...fine.

What this place had going for it was, fresh beer but nothing on draft that was, of good Belg stock. Then....when I went to the, "secret", reserves, (so to speak)....none there that were cold. I went away very let down.

Words to the wise---
Do not go expecting to have a bunch of beers to choose from. Diff beers?---yes.
GOOD diff beers?----it looks like it's a crapshoot.
And---if you want the reserves---beware. Unless---you like warm.

Den (3,114 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.14/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in a few times now while visiting my grandfather in Swarthmore. It’s been so long since I ate here I can’t really speak to the food, although I have heard it’s very good and has improved greatly over the years. Now and then I will pop in for a drink when paying a visit to Pinocchios down the street to grab some bottles or something unusual off the tap. This place can be a real madhouse, it’s extremely popular and is obviously a big family destination judging by the amount of kids in here. Not the place for a quiet drink unless it’s during a real off hour. I came in on an early Saturday night and folks were practically spilling out into the streets waiting for a table. Fortunately I just walked past them all and sat myself at the bar. Watched some playoff football, staff and patrons were all pretty friendly and chatty despite identifying myself as a Giants fan in Eagles country.

You can do flights or full pours, probably a good idea to do a flight your first time, as I found the beers ranging from fair and boring to excellent, most falling somewhere in between. They do some things obviously geared towards the BMC/light beer drinking crowd, which I found to be forgettable, and some more beer-geeky stuff like very good Wee Heavies and RIS. Prices are about average, being from NYC nothing seems all that high to me. The flight is a good deal, I think it’s gone up to 9 or 10 bucks but you get 6 4oz pours so it’s still a pretty good deal. You can choose from between their regular line-up and their seasonal stuff. There were at least 10 different beers on offer the last time I went in.

Not a must-see for me but a serviceable brewpub if you’re in the area. I hear this one is amongst the best of the locations; the head brewer is certainly the most-lauded. (1,801 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Transcribed from notes dtd W, 29 Dec 2010.

This was NOT my first visit to the home of "Big" Bob Barrar by any stretch of the imagination, but previous visits have either yielded incomplete or unusable notes or worse, the notebooks have been lost or stolen. Grrr.

It is in the site of a former grocery store, but they have done a brilliant job with the long, bright windowfront overlooking State Street. The brewhouse sits in the window on the east end of the building with the entry on the west end and the middle of the space filled with high tables and chairs for the bar area. The bar itself was a dark wood rectangle surrounding a central island which was used to house glassware, wine and liquor.

I am ahead of myself, however, as you must transit a short vestibule upon entering, followed by a pair of long benches that act as a waiting area, then to the m.d.s. I however, chose to make a hard left just inside the entry and then further make a beeline for the bar area. From my vantage point at the bar, the brewhouse and FVs ran down the east wall with more high tables and chairs along the west wall of the bar area. The majority of the south end of the building was taken up by the restaurant, which consisted of a mix of standard tables and chairs and booth seating. The extreme south end of the building housed the kitchen which was on full display. The lavatories were in the southeast corner, if you don't like asking. I really liked the warm ambiance given to the interior by all of the deep-brown shades of wood throughout the building. This has to be one of their prettiest locations. I know, I know - since when did I become a budding aesthete?

Beers: You should know upfront that Barrar is their most award-winning brewer, so if you do not like his beers, you are in a decided minority. They had the standard five as well as seven (7) seasonals - Noel, IPA, Hopilicious, Holiday Ale, Sasquatch, Hefeweizen and a Belgian Tripel.

You should also bear in mind that this is the site of the annual Delaware Valley Craft Brewer's Festival in May and which is one of the few fests that I have never missed. (2,125 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I go to this Iron Hill the most, because it's the closest to home for me. As far as atmosphere, quality, selection, and food go, it's right on par with the others. Service has left something to be desired though.

I always make reservations, and on one occasion, I had to wait for nearly 20 minutes. I think the hostess may have forgotten me, which was pretty upsetting considering we had a reservation. Another time, the hostess tried to seat my wife and I at a table where there were lots of families and kids. It was also a very high traffic area, right off the kitchen. Fortunately, I insisted that we be given a different seat, and the manager was eventually accommodating.

Despite the few times service was poor, I've gone here often enough with good service to give it a 3.5.

I always love the food and beer selection. (827 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Several other locations, but I've only been to the one in Media. This is a pretty decent place. Atmosphere is pretty basic: casual dining / family friendly, and not too intimate, but still nice. Staff is friendly enough, and typically well-educated at least when it comes to the house beer. All microbrews of course, and all pretty non-threatening, though they do tend to get daring once in a while. Everything is on tap, but there are vintage bottles available. Generally, the beer is very good, and often excellent, and at any given time there are about 10-15 choices. (Try the roggenbier, which is probably my favorite.) They have a pretty extensive menu with some items that make the place worth revisiting (mac n' cheese, ahi tuna, what have you), however, the prices can be a bit steep, with some entrees reaching into the $20-30 range. I guess the best thing about Iron Hill is that it's so close to me. The more I sample their beer, the more I like them. (962 characters)

Photo of cevafm
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

After visiting Iron Hill many, many times over the past few years I finally decided to review.

Took my dad to dinner for his birthday last night. There was about a 45 minute wait. Not bad considering it was 6:30 on a Saturday night. However, the wating area is way to close to the door, so we were freezing cold the whole time. Points off for bad layout.

Once we were seated the service was fast and efficient, but points off for the waitress asking me if I was talking about the Ironbound Ale when I asked for the IPA, which is a January seasonal.

We both ordered steak dinners because of the special occasion, but at $21 bucks a pop, the portions should have been larger. Or, a caesar salad should have been included in the price. However the steaks were exceptionally seasoned and the pepper sauce was delicious. Another quality meal from Iron Hill.

Their house beers are $4.50 a pint and seasonals are $5.50, which I don't mind paying because the beer is delicious. What really kills me though is the prices on growler fills. I brought mine with me that night and it was $12.50 for the Pig Iron Porter. There should be a better discount for buying in bulk.

When I can get Storm King for $10.99 a sixer, it kind of bugs me to pay $12.50 for a growler of 5% abv porter.

All in all, another good, yet not GREAT, experience at Iron Hill. I will continue to visit this establishment because of the beer and it's proximity to my house. (1,439 characters)

Photo of pburland23
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to Iron Hill Media several times, but haven't attempted to review it until now. Last night, I had dinner with my family there.

Iron Hill is located on State Street in Media which is the county seat and usually hopping on a weekend night. Parking is a little tricking, but I was able to find parking in a municipal lot about a block and half away.

The restaurant has a quasi-industrial feel to it. It's loud and a dark, but if you get seated in one of their large booths you are afforded some privacy.

The large bar area is to the right of the entrance and has tables as well as ample seating at the bar. The tap list is hanging by the bar as well as on one of the walls near the entrance. You can get a drink while you wait for your table or grab a growler to go.

Iron Hill usually has about 10-12 beers on tap. Their signature brews are always available as well as several season beers. I always find Iron Hill's beer enjoyable and try to try several different kinds each time I visit.

The menu is upscale pub food and the quality of the food is pretty good. The menu is large and diverse. You can get anything from burgers to pizza to meatloaf to duck breast. Their seafood dishes are usually quite good as well.

My biggest problem with Iron Hill is that the service can be quite slow. I know it's busy, but the wait staff seems to disappear at times.

All in all, Iron Hill offers good beer and good food in a fun environment. It's worth seeking out if you are in the area. (1,492 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

had lunch on a Sunday afternoon. atmosphere was clean, modern, well lit. classy looking, upscale.

quality of the beers and food was pretty good, no real disappointments. I had pints of the porter and english bitter and both were good. waitress service was attentive.

the selection of beer was average, they had their 6 "house" beers, and then 6 seasonal. my only complaint is that they had no brown ales or stouts, two of my favorite styles.

Everyone seemed to be pleased with their foo. , I had a burger and fries which were good, but my caesar salad was kinda bland.

It was a bit pricey for the food and on-tap beers.

I was considering taking home some of their bottled special releases, but they all were between $15 and $20 for 750mL bottles, which I thought seemed very high compared to what kind of beer you can get at local bottle shops for that kind of price. (876 characters)

Photo of dpcoz
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant opened in 2000 and was part of a renaissance along State Street in Media. Always a popular location in Town, Iron Hill is a stable fixture and I always look forward to a visit.

Atmosphere - Clean, vibrant, trendy and enjoyable. Love the rich wood fixtures and bar

Quality - upper end in terms of quality, although the bar area can get packed very quickly

Service - Service is average due to volume, especially on weekends. At times you can wait a while for service, especially at the bar

Selection - Decent Iron Hill Offerings, my personal recommendations would be the Lodestona Lager and Pig Iron Porter. Decent seasonals - I like the Wee Heavy and the Oktoberfest, although I wouldn't recommend the Pumpkin Ale.

Food - Good Selection, great pizza, but the menu doesn't offer anything unique. For the appetizer types, the nachos are awesome.

Value - Good but a tad on the pricy level. Per Pint cost is about a buck too much and while the food's decent, I tend to come out feeling I pad a couple dollars more than it was worth. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Always manage a visit here each time I am in the area (we have a local office). I have been here probably a half dozen times in the past few years and each visit has gotten better.

I think I've sat at the bar every visit, very nice, bright, comfortable, and clean place.

The beers are the biggest area of improvement. What was once "eh, decent" prewpub libations are now "hey, thats actually really good". This past trip I sampled the Berliner Weiss, APA, and DIPA (very good!) which convinced me to get bottles of the RIS and Kreik to go.

Service has always been pretty prompt and corteous, no complaints but I've never felt like a rock star there, so "good".

Prices are a touch high (for food, and beers are around 4.50-6$ a pour), but usually work is paying for the majority of my visits so I dont seem to mind.

Always pleased with the food, I love the salad with chicken, peppers, avocado, etc in it and usually get that, but the burgers are good and so are the cheesesteak egg rolls.

Overall, always worth a visit when in the area...especially if the improvements keep up. (1,085 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.18/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I made little trip to Media from Levittown on a beautiful Saturday. As you walk in there are tables outside on the side of Trader Joe's. You walk down a little hallway and are greeted by the hostess. Tables to your left and a bar area that is sectioned of with walls right in the middle. A great dining area with a bunch of booth seatings along with some tables and chairs. The grill is in the back of the restaraunt to were if you wanted to be nosey you could watch them cook your food. Bathrooms are back there as well.

Very comfortable atmosphere in which you could probably sit there all day and have a good time.

Service was very pleasant and very helpful. All of the beers were explained in detail of how they taste and what they coul be compared to.

The selection had about four seasonals and six permanent's on tap.

The food is excellent and very well worth the money. There is one strike about all of the Iron Hill breweries. All of there bottled beers are very expensive and that has knock the credability down a bit. (1,043 characters)

Photo of bgildea
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Iron Hill is a great brewpub in Media. They only serve the beer that they brew, so don't come expecting to order a generic macro-brew. The place is large with a relatively new outdoor seating area. The beer selection has 6 staples and a group of rotating seasonals. Iron Hill is definitely a place to check out because the only place to drink their beer is actually at an Iron Hill.

Atmosphere - The atmosphere is usually very lively. The bar can get very crowded on the weekends but is still rather large. There are a few TVs that will be showing Phillies games, which also can liven up the mood.

Quality - The quality is great at Iron Hill both food and beer included. The beer is brewed by Iron Hill so it's always fresh and local. The food is also very tasty, and I highly recommend the pizza, burgers, and fish entrees.

Service - The service at Iron Hill is fast and friendly. The wait staff is definitely able to handle the place when it gets very crowded. They are also well versed in the beers that they serve and are willing to offer samples. The bartenders know the beers that they sell as well and it's usually pretty easy to get their attention even during the busy times.

Selection - The selection at Iron Hill is only Iron Hill brews. Luckily their beer is very, very good. I highly recommend the Pig Iron Porter and it is one of their regular beers. Their seasonals also vary with the season (go figure) and there is usually one or two gems in the seasonal brews. They also offer a tasting round where you can taste each of the beers that they have on tap. I highly recommend starting with this for any first timers.

Food - The food is very good at Iron Hill. I've never been disappointed with a meal. The pizza, burgers, nachos, and fish are all excellent. Some of the fancier entrees can be pricey, but generally the food delivers for the price.

Value - Iron Hill is definitely a reasonably priced brewpub. Their 16ozs go for $4.50 usually and they also sell by the pitcher. The seasonals are generally more expensive, but also usually pack a punch with their ABV, so the price is warranted. The food prices are standard and the fancy entrees are a little expensive, but nothing is going to break the wallet.

Overall - Overall Iron Hill is a great place to eat a meal and drink some great beers. Because it's a brewpub, they only serve their own beers. I recommend trying Iron Hill because their beers are very tasty and they don't bottle and sell them, so the only place to get them is at an Iron Hill. They also sell growlers to go, so if you find something you really like, at least you have one option to go with. I would definitely recommend Iron Hill to any beer lover that is in the Media/Philadelphia area. (2,741 characters)

Photo of boatshoes
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

As a graduate of Swarthmore College, I spent many a visit to Iron Hill, Media. The atmosphere of the place is quite nice and is a cross between a rustic bar and restaurant, with the brewing section visible behind glass. A pleasant place with a separate bar area, in addition to dining room seating, and friendly enough to bring a family.

In general, all the house beers range from mediocre to decent I found, with the Vienna being my favorite of the house beers. However, some of their seasonals are quite standout and there are usually a fair amount to choose from. Winter was always my favorite, as I loved their bourbon porter and imperial stout. Their cellar reserve bottles are occasionally quite nice as well, though rather expensive. I did enjoy the framboise and kriek.

The food also ranges from decent to good, with their appetizers being on the better side as well. I recommend the nachos and burgers. For what it is and the high quality of the restaurants in surrounding Media, Iron Hill is a touch expensive however. The servers are usually quite friendly as well and at least familiar with the beers being served.

Overall, this is a nice place to go hang out and has some pretty good beers generally as well. Definitely worth the occasional visit. (1,263 characters)

Photo of drcarver
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Iron Hill Brewery is a nice place. The restaurant area is large and spacious. The tables and booths are spread out so you have room, but not so much that you are a mile from the closest table. The bar area has tables and booths around and the bar itself is nice and big.

Beer (which is not a category and should be) is okay. They do some nice things and have decent regulars, but it isn't anything I would go out of my way to get.

The service is nice with pleasant people who know what they are talking about both with regards to food and beer.

With rotating seasonals the selection is large for the size of the establishment. During the late winter they had three Belgiums and two Irish styles on top of their regulars.

I went with four kids (yeah I know the Quakers and Puritans can crucify me for drinking in front of kids and not hiding in the closet) and they all had something to choose from. The kids menu was HUGE! For us real people the food is good. Almost too large and I wonder how they manage in the kitchen.

To gauge value it was over $10 for a burger. It was a big burger, but it was over $10. (1,114 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was here for dinner some days ago with my wife. We got there early enough it was still relatively quiet.

The internal architecture of this place is quite nice with the high ceiling in part of the dining area. (This used to be a supermarket and when it was refurbished as a brew pub they decided to make use of some of the orginal design features to make it unique inside. But if you didn't know the history of the building you'd never know it was once something else.)

The variety of food and drink was impressive and the meals we ordered were of good quaility. To drink I had the Wee Heavy and was impressed both with the beer and how well it went with my Memphis style barbecue sandwich.

Service was just fine with no major delays, etc. (741 characters)

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

I have lived less than 10 minutes away from Iron Hill yet had never stopped in for food or a beer, despite the rave reviews from relatives and friends.

I finally decided to stop in one Saturday night with my girlfriend for a quick bite and the hopes that they were serving the Russian Imperial Stout that I had read so much about.

We were seated immediately and I quickly read the beer menu in hopes I would see the Russian Imperial Stout. Jackpot. It was phenomenal.

We were not really that hungry, so we just went with an order of Prince Edward Island mussels in a tomato white wine broth, which were simply mouth watering delicious. We also split a Fresh Mozzarella pizza, again, no complaints at all.

Overall, the food was great, the one beer I had was great, service was on par, prices were reasonable, and the atmosphere was pleasant. I hope to stop back in at least once more while they have the RIS on tap. (922 characters)

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

This Iron Hill is located in the heart of historic downtown Media, PA. It's right next door to a Trader Joe's and about a block away from a decent beer distributor. There's parking available in front of Trader Joe's, but I'm not sure if that's just reserved for Joe's customers. No need because there's plenty of street parking near by. From the outside it looks like it's going to be a tiny place, but when I walked in I was surprised to find that it open up big time. The bar area is huge with a square wooden bar that can sit at leat 20 people, a limited number of small wodden tabels, and this is where you can see their brewing operation through glass. Just pass the bar is the dinning room. From the looks of it from the bar, it was huge. I saw tabels everwhere and in the back of the place, one of those open kitchens. There is no shortage of tables at this Iron Hill.

I didn't have any problems with the service. The bartender knew what he was talking about, they knew how to correctly pour the beer and despite being busy, they looked everywhere for a bottled beer menu.

Their food menu was about average for a family stlye restaurant. The menu had your burgers, salads, appitizers, entrees, etc. I don't remember seeing anything that wasn't too much out of the ordinary. For me, I ordered the Southwestern Turkey burger. The burger was cooked just right and the salsa on top was just right. The salsa was spicy, but not too spicy.

Their beer selection consisted of 10 to 15 taps of their own brewed beer. No outsiders! They didn't have any casks, but they did offer a Nitro tap. Their beer style range was great! It ranged from a light beer to a fruit beer to a Dunkelweizen to a Porter and then all the way up to the top with a Bourbon Russian Stout. They do carry their own 750ml hand bottled limited edition beers, but be careful with those. The prices were $18.50 to $24 for one bottle. I know it's PA, but that's still too much for the state. The beer menu said nothing about any of those being barrel aged. They were just regular limited edition.

This was my first visit to an Iron Hill brewpub. If the other ones are like the one in Media, then I think I'm going to like the Iron Hill brewpub chain. (2,220 characters)

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4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is the second of the Iron Hill's that I've had the opportunity to visit and I am pleased to say that I was just as impressed with this location as I was with the one in Wilmington.

While the layout is obviously going to be different, the decor is much of the same: dark woods and very modern at the same time. The entire place is kept exceptionally clean as well.

Selection of course varies, but on my visit they had about a dozen of their brews on tap. All the regulars plus about six seasonals, and all were solid to excellent. Vintage and other IH bottles are also available for purchase (for both on and off premise consumption). While the bottles are pricey, the pints and food are quite reasonable and the deal at IH is that the sampler price stays fixed (as far as I can tell) but you always get a sample of everything they have on tap, which meant that I got about a dozen 4 oz samples for only $6 bucks...you just can't beat that.

As always, the staff is friendly and quite knowledgeable when it comes to the beer. Yes, it's usually obvious that they basically make them memorize a "routine" regarding each of the selections, but it increases not only their beer knowledge, but the patrons as well, and most of the servers tend to throw in their own little tidbits and favourites to give it more of a personal feel.

I only had a burger this trip but it was cooked as requested and quite tasty.

Again, I really enjoy these brewpubs. I wish I was able to visit more often and/or that they would open one closer to me, as I'd be there all the time. Well worth the trip if you're in the area. (1,607 characters)

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4.14/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

When you walk in the door you are greated by a server and you can find a seat to the right or to the left is the bar.Nice square shaped bar,nice wood,very industrial feel.Behind the bar is the brewing eqiupment.for a sampler of 12 beers it cost 6 bucks and the samples are 4 oz. Thats a great deal,cant be beat anwhere that brews there own beer.Good bartender.I would recommend this place to anyone.I'll go back here again when they have new beers available.I didnt try the food,I just went there for the sampler. (513 characters)

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, PA
90 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.