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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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3.79/5
Iron Hill Brewery & RestaurantIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1460 Bethlehem Pike
North Wales, Pennsylvania, 19454-2159
United States

(267) 708-2000 | map
www.ironhillbrewery.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
89
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
61
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
20
Cask:
Y
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Y
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 61
Reviews by DevilDogBeer:
Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I had found Iron Hill - North Wales not long after moving into the area. The atmosphere is good for whatever your mood. If you are looking to belly up to the oak counter, there is a nice bar built to hold a great deal of people. If there is not room at the bar, there are side shelves with chairs where you can reside and either go to the bar for your beverage or be helped by the courteous and professional staff. The dining area is large and not over packed with tables. The food selection is creative and has everything from apps to steaks to monthly specials paired with their great beers. The service is top notch; very attentive but not overbearing, orders are filled promptly and any concerns are dealt with immediately. Overall prices are reasonable for the quality of food served.

On to the important item, the BEER! The beer at Iron Hill is excellent. Some microbreweries claim to have a variety of beers but they all taste the same, not Iron Hill. Each beer is true to its style guidelines and offers a distinct taste for the person who enjoys a quality craft brewed beer. The typical selections include a lager, an APA, ale, and a wheat. The seasonals are exceptional and are timed perfectly. For the home brewer, having someone like Larry (the Head Brewer at Iron Hill North Wales) so close is a major asset! He is very approachable and extremely knowledgeable. I am very impressed with Iron Hill all around, with a huge highlight on the beer and the brewer. A great job for an operation that has expanded to multiple locations in the Delaware Valley!

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Photo of zekeman17
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
3.74/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

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

Photo of Devman171
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of zhrike
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of BigMike
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sdw64
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of BigRizz62
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of LehighAce06
3.98/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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

The thing to know about Iron Hill is that each location is well coordinated with the others and so the Food menu is the same from place to place and the basic menu of house beers is the same although brewed and fresh at each location rather than brought in from elsewhere. Where the uniqueness of each location shines is in the liberty they allow each individual brewmaster to put on offer a line of beers of their own choosing. Their "quality control" exends to proper training of each server in what beers are available, etc. So your experience at each location should be pleasant and worth a visit. Plus your stand by beers from the master menu should be available and there should also be a list of beers at each location unique to that location.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of scottbrew4u
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mac1988psu
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sammyt728
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This was my first visit to an Iron Hill. It was close to the hotel I was crashing at, so it seemed like I might as well.

Nice interior. If you've seen one, you've seen them all really. I have passed by many at this point and seen what they looked like, though never went in. There is definitely a formula and system to everything, which is fine. I am glad they've kept a bit of an air of refinement to things. Selection was okay.

I honestly could have dealt with more choices on-tap. Bottles were in the house. I picked up an RIS to take with me.

Food was good enough. About what I'd expect to match the decor.

Service was fine. It was the end of the night, so I think the bartender was wrapping up and ready to get the hell out of there. He didn't seem to care too much about what was going on.

A pleasant enough experience.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Been to this place several times before and wasn't much impressed with the beer quality. Its been maybe two years since my last visit and the beer as far as selection and quality are much better.
Took the wife and fam after church there for dinner and while the wife and kids scoped out the stores I stayed back and seeked out a booth in the bar area. Ten minutes later score, see it pays to be a beer drinker.

Sevice from the staff was good, but it wasn,t too crowded either.

Food was good kids got the standard. Thier meals came with maybe 10 french fries, seriously 10.

Had three beers thier house porter, pils, and a seasonal rojo grande( imp. red) all were very good inquality and taste hovering in the 4pt area.
I think in the future we'll be going back.

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Photo of sholland119
3.7/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I am a huge fan of the Iron Hill chain but this is my least favorite outpost, though the beer was much improved on my last visit here on 3/18/11.

Layout is quite similar to the Media location, with a large u-shaped bar in the middle and dining areas behind and to the side. The beer definitely took a step backward during the transition to the latest head brewer. Not enough seasonals, and mostly underwhelming. My last visit featured Ramrod, the best beer I have had there in the last couple of years. So I am hopeful this is a sign of good things to come.

I find the bartenders here to be generally douchey and slow moving. On my most recent visit, more than half of the bar patrons had either empty uncleared plates, empty unfilled beer glasses or both, while the staff did not appear to be breaking a sweat.

Food is very good, as at all IH branches, but a bit pricey for a brewpub. I love the chain and I am glad there are four other locations that are closer to my house.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This is the only Iron Hill I have ever been to, but I stop here quite a bit since my wife and I frequent some of the stores in this area.

The restaurant itself is warm and inviting with a very nice U shaped bar in the center. Brewing equipment is visible from along the one wall. Bathrooms are always immaculate.

Service has always been prompt and friendly, but now and then you get a server/bartender who does not know a whole lot about the beers. That is pretty standard for this type of brewpub though.

They have your usual roundup of chain pub styles, a lot of them are pretty boring, but all fairly well made. The special brews can range from "meh" to really cool, and occasionally are exceptional.

My real issue with this place is the food. I know a lot of people love it, but I have eaten here quite a few times and though everything is decent, I find that for the price it is really lacking. It has gotten to the point that I now just sit at the bar and have a couple pints and get my growler filled, getting food somewhere else.

Still, this is one of the better chain pubs I have been to and if you are in the area I would definitely stop by.

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

North Wales, off PA-309.

Atmosphere: This Iron Hill feels a lot like the other IH locations: plenty of wood. On entrance, the bar is straight ahead. To the left and right are dining areas. Beyond the left dining area is the brewhaus. A nice feel, especially around the bar.

Quality: Iron Hill may be the best chain around. Consistent quality and cleanliness.

Service: Service is generally efficient, visiting often. I've never had a bad experience. The bar does get a little busy at times.

Selection: I'm no fan of the regular IH line-up. It's the brewer specialties that keep me coming back. A few Belgians, a few barrel-aged offerings. North Wales has a few big notches under its belt (that bourbon RIS from a few years back still gets me pumped up).

Food: Better-than-average food. Sandwiches and entrees run the gamut from decent to very good. I'm partial to the jambalaya and burgers.

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Photo of haazer
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Wanted to try this place out, went there on my birthday from 8/25.

A- Very relaxed and laid back setting. Pretty cool place. Nice sized rectangle bar in the middle of the resturant with booth and table seating.

Q- The beers I tried were pretty decent. Nothing crazy, fairly average for the styles. The standouts were the rasberry wheat, something hoppy, and the oatmeal stout. But for those three I've had better beers of each style, still ok though.

S- The waitor we got was actually fairly helpful. He brought us a sampler to try each individual beer and made recommendations as well.

S- I was less than pleased with their selection. Although I guess I should've expected from a brew pub they might have a few beers to go around, but with limited brewing space theres barely any available at certain times. And they sell out quick. After I was done eating there were 2 750 ML bottles that I was interested in but they were out of course. There was another style they were supposed to have on tap at the time but had already run out too.

F- The food was good, and most of the entree's did sound interesting. I deff wouldn't mind going back for another meal.

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in North Wales, PA
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