Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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4.36/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
11-09-2011 16:43:46 | More by woodychandler
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