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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & RestaurantIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
BEER AVG
3.8/5
Based on:
340 Beers
3,517 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 52
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.94
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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Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of EBeckett3
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Photo of Dcunicelli
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of garuda
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of dionlbc
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of VegasBill
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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