Baseball season is here, and there’s no better a way to root for your favorite home team—the Philadelphia Phillies!—than over handcrafted beers and inventively themed hot dogs.
All of our Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations are throwing on their bright red baseball caps to celebrate the return of the Phils’. As of 11 a.m. Friday, company-wide taps will release our signature Phillies-themed beer, Phightin’ Phils Pils (OG: 1.048; Color: 3; IBU: 45; ABV: 5.0%), just as our home team goes into battle against the Chicago Cubs. The refreshing Northern German-style pilsner brewed with traditional German noble hops is now an Iron Hill tradition, a perfect spring-and-summer beer that’ll boldly complement your cheers for the Phillies.
But, it gets better. As baseball fanatics go gaga over stadium snacks, Iron Hill makes sure you have some of those too. A hearty quarter-pound hot dog menu will hit Iron Hills near you, themed around the Phillies’ most iconic players and packed with home run flavors.
In preparation for Friday, we chit-chatted with our head chef Tim Andrews of Iron Hill Phoenixville, who’s gearing up to launch a location-specific roster of seven specialty hot dogs for hungry weekend fans.
5 Questions with Chef Tim Andrews:
Tim Andrews: We wanted to hit every kind of hot dog lover. The Harry K Dog is more traditional, with sauerkraut, onions and mustard, and the Big Piece Dog is for topping lovers, with smoked brisket, onions and chipotle BBQ sauce. Everything on the menu is more than just hot dog—it’s a meal in a bun.
Of all the ingredients and toppings, which are you most excited about?
I’m excited about the Big Piece; it takes it to the next level with meat on top of meat and the sweet smoky heat from the chipotle BBQ sauce finishes it off.
With such an impressive hot dog lineup, which would be best to pair with the Phightin’ Phils Pils?
Pils is light-bodied and crisp with a slight hop bitterness. I would say the Ryne Dog would go best with it. The tomato, pickle and onion would go great with the crispness of the beer, and the slight hop flavor will balance out the heat of the sport peppers.
Let’s produce a second inning hot dog and beer pairing.
IPA and Cliff Lee Dog. The hops in the beer will not only cut through the richness of the avocado and bacon, but balance out some of the heat from the jalapenos.
Wild card: when it comes to the hot dog, do you consider yourself a ketchup-and-mustard purist, a Chicago-style traditionalist or a more-toppings-the-better trailblazer?
I love making dishes with complex flavor profiles, so I would say more-toppings-the-better is what I would like to cook. But when it comes time for me to eat it usually needs to happen as fast as possible so I’m more likely to throw a hot dog in the microwave and wrap a slice of white bread around it with yellow mustard.
7 Phillies-Themed Hot Dog Creations:
In addition to the Harry K Dog, the Big Piece Dog, the Ryne Dog and the Cliff Lee Dog detailed above, these three flavor-packed hot dogs join the Phoenixville lineup:
- Reuben Amaro Dog — sauerkraut, swiss cheese, thousand island dressing
- J-Roll Dog — smoked pork, creamy coleslaw, sweet mustard sauce
- Revere Dog — smoked bacon-tomato jam., chopped red onion, cheddar
Entice your taste buds with Phillies-themed hot dog menus from other Iron Hill locations. And, if you’re greedy for another beer and hot dog pairing option, we suggest you order up an Ironbound Ale. The medium-bodied, crisp pale ale allows the big flavors of the hot dog to shine, without duking it out for the spotlight.
Are you a King of the Hill Rewards Club member? If you’re hitting Phoenixville, you’ll score an exclusive brown sugar-roasted peanut and bacon snack mix for Friday’s game day. Other locations will offer equally exclusive KOTH snacks like housemade crackerjack in West Chester, pretzel sticks with beer and cheese dip in Chestnut Hill, corn dogs in Newark, and much more. Become a new King of the Hill Rewards Club member here.
The Phoenixville location is one of ten Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurants in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey that will air Friday’s game, with the first pitch flying out at 2:20 p.m. Iron Hill specializes in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine. Make your online reservations to Friday’s event and in the meantime, start scouting Phoenixville’s current beer list to join chef Andrew in his hot dog and beer pairings.
Content provided by blogger Amy Strauss.