01/30/2015  |  A Farewell to Bob Barrar

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Iron Hill Friends, Guests and Family,

It is with mixed emotions that Iron Hill bids farewell to Bob Barrar, Head Brewer in our Media, PA restaurant.
Bob has been with Iron Hill for 15 incredible years and is leaving to start his own distributing brewery, the 2SP Brewing Company in Chester, PA.

In February of 2000, I got a call from Jim Cancro of Red Bell Brewing, who told me they were closing down operations and he had a really great brewer he wanted to find a good home for and wanted us to consider hiring Bob. I interviewed Bob and the rest is history. In those 15 years, Bob has delivered literally world class beers each and every day to the customers in Media, and almost every Friday night, Bob and his family could be found in the bar booth by the brewery, sharing beers with guests.

Over almost 20 years, Iron Hill has won 64 medals at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup and 30 of them are for beers brewed by Bob and his staff. Bob is best known for brewing our 15 time award winning Russian Imperial Stout. While putting the best beers in the world in the hands of customers, they could also find him in the corner booth to say hello or talk about a new beer they just tried. Although we are sad to say farewell to Bob, we are equally excited that he is going out on his own and bringing world class beers to a wider audience. Bob’s last day at Iron Hill is today, January 30th, but customers will have an opportunity to say goodbye and wish Bob well at the annual Polar Bear Plunge held in the Media restaurant on Friday, February 6th from 4-8 PM.

-Mark Edelson
Owner/Director of Brewery Operations

 

01/28/2015  |  Stock Up on Local Beer for the Big Game

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Your Big Game bash is sure to be a smash if Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is on the guest list. Grab your growlers and fill them up for Sunday’s festivities at any of our 11 locations. Stock up, hunker down, cheer on your favorite team…or enjoy the commercials and dance along to the halftime show. However you decide to celebrate, Iron Hill is your go-to spot for liquid refreshment on the biggest sports day of the year.

Our Big Game Growler Grab will be in full effect throughout the weekend of January 31 and February 1, from Ardmore to Wilmington and all points between. Check out our on-tap list at your favorite Iron Hill location; then stop by and bottle up.

Last year we gave your our top 5 recommendations for big day party prep, from how to complement your game day grub to the best style of beer to please party-goers’ palates:

1. Stick to sessionable beers.

2. Keep it interesting—offer your guests something new.

3. Select beers that complement your gametime grub.

4. When in doubt, go Belgian.

5. Take advantage of our takeout features.

Get the play-by-play here!

Whether your favorite team is the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks, one thing’s for certain: Iron Hill will always be the most winning way to spend the Big Game Day!

With 11 locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, there’s an Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant near you. We specialize in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine. Monthly releases vary by location, so scout out our beers on tap and visit us soon.

01/22/2015  |  Why You Need to Attend Iron Hill’s 2015 Belgium Comes to West Chester Event

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20+ breweries. 1 day. Think you can handle it?

On Saturday, January 24, Belgium Comes to West Chester for our annual Belgian beer-infused event, with a host of regional breweries heading to the DubC to showcase the best of the best craft-brewed, Belgian-style beers.

Join us at Iron Hill West Chester for an all-star lineup with these heavy-hitting breweries: Turkey Hill Brewing Company, McKenzie Brew House, Sly Fox Brewing Company, ShawneeCraft Brewing Company, Stewart’s Brewing Company, Yards Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Vault Brewing Company, The Brewer’s Art, Evolution Craft Brewing Co., Tröegs Brewing Company, Flying Fish Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Philadelphia Brewing Co., Cambridge Brewing Co., Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, Weyerbacher Brewing Company, 3rd Wave Brewing Co., Brasserie Dupont, Round Guys Brewing Co., Victory Brewing Company and Allagash Brewing Company. And those are just the ones confirmed so far. You never know who might show up on tap!

Of course Iron Hill’s own brewers and beers will be there as well, with Iron Hill Chestnut Hill, Lancaster, Maple Shade, Media, Newark, North Wales, Voorhees and Wilmington coming to town to show off their finest Belgian beers.

The King of the Hill Rewards Club exclusive preview starts at noon; everyone else, you’ll need to wait until 1 p.m. to join in the fun. Grab a seat, order a sampler, pair it with our fabulous fare and enjoy!

Safety always comes first, of course, so we encourage everyone to keep the phone number for Restaurant Valet in their pocket for the ride back home: (877) 721-6155.

With 11 locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, there’s an Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant near you. We specialize in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine. Monthly releases vary by location, so scout out our beers on tap and visit us soon.

12/24/2014  |  5 Family Christmas Traditions from Iron Hill Co-owner Mark Edelson

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There’s no place like home for the holidays, and those special things we do each year to “make” Christmas are what tie us to that carefree, childhood place in time.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant co-owner Mark Edelson and his wife, Maureen, share five ways they always celebrate with their five children, friends and family.

1. They believe.

What better way to feel that Christmas magic than with The Polar Express? This is particularly fun for the four girls (second, seventh, ninth and tenth grades). The family chooses a special night, dims the lights, stokes the fireplace and breaks out big mugs of hot chocolate. “This is such a great movie as the girls transition from Santa to no Santa, especially for the youngest. When you really want to be back in that place of belief, The Polar Express is two hours of magic that sends you there. It’s very special.”

2. They honor the reason for the season.

The Edelsons attend Christmas Eve mass each year, and that’s no small task in a huge parish. They pack up the kids and arrive an hour early so they can celebrate in the church and avoid the overflow seating in the gymnasium. “We go to church regularly, but on Christmas Eve an early arrival is key. This was even more critical when the kids were little—at one time we had four kids under five. But they were very good; we’d always bring non-electronic toys to keep them busy during that hour. They’re still great; no more toys, but now I’m collecting cell phones before mass.”

3. They play Santa Claus.

Life is hectic, and we don’t always get to see our neighbors as much as we’d like. That’s why the Edelsons host a yearly Christmas Eve bash complete with gifts of Iron Hill beer. Their home was the first built in the development in 1999, and as the neighborhood grew, so did the party. “Sometimes we go way later than we should because everyone can walk over and hang out. That means Maureen and I end up wrapping presents into the wee hours. But that’s OK; all our neighbors are good friends and we love hosting. I’m still deciding on what beer to give. Maybe this year it will be the four-pack of canned Bedotter?”

4. They play lumberjack.

No artificial tree for the Edelsons. They’ve been selecting their own tree from the same local farm for 15 years. It’s a family affair Thanksgiving weekend, complete with the hayride out to the field and hot chocolate. “We travel for Thanksgiving, but we always get back early so we can get a tree on Sunday. And we’re at the farm early, too, to get the best pick of the trees. There’s nothing like riding out into the field and seeing the trees. It’s the start of the rest of the Christmas traditions.”

5. They’re always home for the holiday.

Christmas day is spent at home, in part because both Maureen and Mark are one of five. Trying to juggle seeing everyone became impossible, so they decided years ago to find time to see the family after they spend a relaxing Christmas at home. “When we first had kids, we talked about how we were having ‘Christmas in the car.’ We quickly decided to establish our own traditions at our home. We don’t mind traveling, and we do as most of my family is still in New Jersey and hers in Philadelphia. But we never travel on ‘the day.’

“We always think of the place where we grew up as home,” Mark reminisced. “At this point, I’ve lived the least amount of time there, but I still think of it as home. I remember when I left for college that suddenly the holidays became more important. With all those siblings there was a lot of bickering growing up, but once we started going to college, everything changed. We’d come home and go out together, go shopping, drink beer at the mall, really connect. That made coming home for the holidays much more important.”

It’s becoming the same for the Edelson kids. They range from a second grader to a high school senior, and the older kids are starting to think about going away to college. Yet, Maureen and Mark know their house and neighborhood will be what their kids will always think of as home. As parents, they relish establishing traditions that will become memories down the road.

“We foresee the day when the holidays arrive and the kids come home to our one-horse town and get together,” Mark added. “And they’ll look forward to spending time each other.”

Party Like an Iron Hill Boss

Like Mark, you can be the season’s best gift-giver with handcrafted Iron Hill bottled reserves or the very on-trend canned Bedotter, growlers, gift cards or King of the Hill Rewards Club memberships.

Hankering to host but don’t want the hassle? Pick up growlers, shared plates, gourmet pizzas and goodies-to-go from your favorite Iron Hill. Drool over the options here.

With 11 locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, there’s an Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant near you. We specialize in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine. Monthly releases vary by location, so scout out our beers on tap and visit us soon.

Content provided by Dish Works author Nina Malone.

12/23/2014  |  Iron Hill Owners Act as Santa Claus, Award Employees Appreciation Ale

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Yes, Iron Hill staffer, there is a Santa Claus. Look for the jolly old elf to pay a visit to your restaurant soon to deliver holiday cheer you can use to shout “cheers.” Not an employee? Read on to find out how to get your holiday on in delicious style.

How can Santa be at all 11 Iron Hill restaurants? He has some helpers, of course, in the form of owners Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies. They’ll be decking the halls as ol’ Saint Nick and gifting over-21 employees with Appreciation Ale. Those not yet of drinking age need not worry: there will be no coal in your stockings, just something fun from your manager to mark the season.

“We started bottling beer in 2006, and shortly after I started delivering ‘thank you’ beer at the holidays to the over-21 employees,” explained Kevin Finn. “At some point I began dressing up as Santa, and it just took off from there. Once we got to around five or six restaurants, Mark and Kevin got involved. It’s a really great time and a fun tradition of giving back to our employees.”

Like Kevin, Mark and Kevin’s yearly gifting visits, the type of beer also evolved over the years, and has settled into the aptly named Appreciation Ale. Originally crafted by Chestnut Hill Head Brewer Chris LaPierre for his staff when he was in West Chester, the 2014 vintage is a big, bold American IPA. This clearly takes the “employee benefit” concept to a new level.

The sentiment on the festive hangtag accompanying each gift is a tribute to the respect and admiration the owners have for each and every employee. Iron Hill recognizes employee achievement throughout the year and encourages employees to dedicate time to community service. That attracts a certain caliber person, one who is proud to wear the Iron Hill logo and one who makes Iron Hill proud in return. The beer and food are outstanding, but customers also return for the exceptional service.

“As owners, we’re living our dreams, and we know we have everyone who works for us to thank for that,” Kevin F. added. “It’s our way to raise a glass to the best staff in the business.”

Kevin Davis concurs: “I always enjoy doing this and our employees get a kick out of it. They  appreciate that we make the effort. The part I enjoy the most is when you first walk into the employee meeting dressed up as Santa Claus.”

Non-employee fans of Iron Hill beer, take heart. There is a good selection of bottled beer—and one limited-time canned gem—available to grab up as gifts for your nearest and dearest (note: you count as a “nearest and dearest”). Eliminate the regift with Special Reserve 750 ml bottles. These tasty selections vary, so ask your server or bartender for a menu of our current selections. Or let us choose for you with the Belgian Abbey gift package (Abbey Dubbel, Tripel and Belgian Quadrupel) or the Gold Medal package (The Cannibal, Russian Imperial Stout, Saison and Wee Heavy). Completely on-trend right now is our Bedotter in a four-pack of 16-oz. cans. And it goes without saying that Iron Hill gift cards and King of the Hill Rewards Club memberships make perfect gifts, too.

Happy holidays to our employees and our customers, and here’s to a delicious 2015!

With 11 locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, there’s an Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant near you. We specialize in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine. Monthly releases vary by location, so scout out our beers on tap and visit us soon.

Content provided by Dish Works author Nina Malone.

12/05/2014  |  6 Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Gifts for Beer Lovers

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It’s time to start decking those halls and making merry, and Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is the perfect place to do it. We’re here with an array of gifts that will make the beer-lovers and food-lovers on your list jump for joy. Ready to make this holiday season the brightest one yet? Let’s get going!

Gift Cards

Keep it simple with an Iron Hill gift card. Cards can be purchased at your local Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant, or shop from the comfort of your own home and send an online gift card via email. The recipient can redeem an e-gift card by bringing in a printout or by showing it to an Iron Hill server on a mobile device. Available in denominations ranging from $25 to $250, gift cards can be used at any Iron Hill location, are reloadable in store and have no expiration date.

To make your spirits even brighter, through the holiday season you can earn a $20 bonus card for every $75 you purchase in gift cards. Buy $75–$149 in gift cards, get one $20 bonus card; buy $150–$224 in gift cards, get two $20 bonus cards; buy $225–$299 in gift cards, get three $20 bonus cards! Click here to purchase yours today.

King of the Hill Rewards Club Membership

Treat your loved one like royalty and surprise him or her with a membership in our exclusive King of the Hill Rewards Club, a loyalty card that earns points for purchases and visits. Members receive 150 free points at sign-up and enjoy member-only events and other exclusive perks, like a $25 credit for every 250 points earned, a free birthday gift, an exclusive handmade beer mug, direct contact via email with the head brewer about upcoming releases and events and much more. Cost of membership is just $25 (annually). Visit your local Iron Hill and find out more (and join yourself, while you’re at it!).

Bedotter 4-Pack to Go

For a limited time, one of our most popular Belgian-style ales is available in a can. Give the gift of a four-pack of Bedotter ($18.50, 9.5% ABV). But hurry: these cans, which you can purchase at each of our 10 locations, won’t last long!

 

 

 

Bottled Reserves

For a real indulgence, add one of our 750 ml bottled reserves to your loved one’s stocking. These beers have a special place in the Iron Hill family, and for very good reason. Iron Hill’s fine handcrafted and hand-bottled ales and lagers are the ultimate in beer craftsmanship, so much so that most have earned national and international medals. Bottles range in price from $17.50–$24.50, come with complimentary beer tote packaging and are available for purchase only at our restaurants. To check availability at your local Iron Hill, visit our website and click on “Fresh Beer,” “Bottled Reserves” and then choose your location, or ask your server for the list of selections.

For the ultimate indulgence, treat the beer-lover on your Nice List to one of our bottled reserves gift packages. Choose from the Belgian Abbey Gift Package ($50), which includes one each of Abbey Dubbel, Tripel and Belgian Quadrupel; or the Gold Medal Package ($65), featuring The Cannibal, Russian Imperial Stout, Saison and Wee Heavy. Complimentary beer tote gift packaging included.

Growler

Fill ‘er up! Who wouldn’t want to find a growler of their favorite Iron Hill beer in the fridge on Christmas morn? It’s the gift that keeps on giving, really. Once the holiday growler is empty (which we know won’t take very long), the recipient can use it at any of our locations to purchase refills with our house and seasonal brews. Cost for growler fills varies by style of beer; check your local Iron Hill for availability and pricing.

 

A Night Out on the Town (and Out of the Kitchen)

Gather up your friends, your family or that special someone and treat them to dinner at Iron Hill. With the hectic holiday season upon us, a night of relaxation—with someone else doing the cooking—is just what everyone needs to recharge their batteries. (Trust us; your wife would love this.) Reserve a table on our website! Another option: bring your officemates to Iron Hill for Happy Hour. With $4 and $6 wine, spirits and appetizers and $2 off house and seasonal beers every Monday through Friday from 4–6 p.m., you can play Santa without breaking the bank.

With 10 (soon to be 11!) locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, there’s an Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant near you. We specialize in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine. Monthly releases vary by location, so scout out our beers on tap and visit us soon.

11/25/2014  |  Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Debuts Brand-New Company-Wide Menu

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News flash! We’re cooking inspired new dishes at all (soon-to-be 11) Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations. We trust you’ll be as excited as we are about the 14 additions to our re-imagined menu, which—don’t worry!—still includes many old favorites.

Assistant Director of Culinary Operations Dan Bethard serves up the tasty details for us in this Chef Q&A.

What’s the inside scoop on the new menu?

The biggest difference with the new menu is the number of offerings. We’ve decreased its overall size by roughly eight percent (or about nine items), which not only is on-point with industry trends but is also what we consider the sweet spot for Iron Hill. We’ve always been focused on quality and having the “right” dishes for our guests, and these 14 new dishes are just another way we’re keeping our menu fresh and exciting.

What else can you tell us about this new menu direction?

We tend to have a touch of seasonality in our bi-annual menu change, but this time we’ve rolled out the same menu to all our locations. Rest assured: We have crowd favorites and our signature dishes that cannot leave our menu. It’s a great mix.

How’s the menu influenced by Iron Hill’s beer?

Since day one, our beer has always influenced our food menu. We create dishes that pair well with our award-winning beers, and that covers a wide range of cuisines. You’ll find Asian, German and Vegetarian right alongside burgers, big salads, seafood, steak and pasta.

So what’s new?

Here’s what’s new at all our restaurants:

  • Four small plates—Roasted Beets, Warm Bavarian Pretzels, Baja-Style Fish Taco and Fried Goat Cheese.

  • Two appetizers—Asian-Style Meatballs and Honey Sriracha Popcorn Chicken.

  • Four entrees—Blackened Ahi Tuna, North Atlantic Salmon that changes daily, Shrimp Penne and Beef Stroganoff.

  • Two brewhouse favorites—Mixed Grill and Vegetable Penne.

  • One pizza—the Parma is back.

  • One dessert—the Banana Bread Pudding is back.

What’s your favorite new item?

Asian-Style Meatballs—the flavors in the dish are amazing. The meatballs are to die for! But, I love the beets as well. It’s just an awesome dish that highlights roasted red beets.

Since it’s autumn, what’s your favorite fall ingredient, and how do you like to use it?

I don’t have a favorite fall ingredient, but I love braising meats this time of year. Slow cooking a “tougher” muscle to make it tender is awesome. The heartiness of autumn dishes helps me tolerate the cold temperatures outside! And if I had to pick one ingredient, it would be local apples. I visit the local orchard throughout the fall.

We assume you’ve been drooling as you’ve been reading, and we don’t blame you one bit. Luckily, we have the solution: Grab your King of the Hill Rewards Club card and head on over to your local Iron Hill. Then leave a reply and let us know which dish—old or new—is your go-to, must-order favorite.

With 10 locations (soon 11) in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, there’s an Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant near you. We specialize in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine. Monthly releases vary by location, so scout out our beers on tap and visit us soon.

Content provided by Dish Works author and salmon spring rolls enthusiast Nina Malone.

11/24/2014  |  9 Iron Hill Beer Releases You Can’t Miss December 2014

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As the temperatures drop, we’re heating things up here at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant with a post-Turkey Day lineup to kick off your December. These are the events you just can’t miss over the course of five fabulous days, December 2–6:

December 2

Iron Hill Lancaster: St. James Brown Ale Beer Release

The party starts at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 2, at our annual release of St. James Brown Ale. Medium-bodied and deep brown in color, this classic English-style brown ale (5.2% ABV) has a slight roasty, nutty malt flavor and aroma and a well-balanced bitterness in the finish. Additionally, it comes with a blessing—proceeds from the beer benefit the good works of St. James Episcopal Church on North Duke Street. King of the Hill Rewards Club Exclusive: complimentary miniature caramel popcorn ice cream sundae.

December 4

Iron Hill Chestnut Hill: Winter Warmer Release Party

Thursday, December 4, Chestnut Hill is the place to be from 5–8 p.m. for the release of our most popular spiced beer, Winter Warmer. Served with a special Penzeys Spices sugar rim, this beer will warm you up from the inside out. Come early: While supplies last, our 2013 Bourbon Winter Warmer will also be on tap. King of the Hill Rewards Club Exclusive: complimentary spiced apple tartlet.

December 5

Iron Hill West Chester: Steal the Cheer

This is one Friday night party you need to attend. From 5–9 p.m., join us at Iron Hill West Chester for the release of Scrooge IPA and Winter Warmer. Swag alert! We’ll have limited edition Santa beard glasses for the first 50 customers who order either of these seasonal favorites. King of the Hill Rewards Club Exclusive: complimentary holiday cookie.

Iron Hill Maple Shade: Om Nom Nom Beer Release

Cookies or beer? No need to choose. Come to Iron Hill Maple Shade from 6–9 p.m. for the release of Om Nom Nom, our version of an oatmeal cookie in a glass, brewed with oats, cinnamon, whole vanilla beans and five pounds per barrel of pureed raisins. We’re not the only ones who love it—this 6.5% ABV beer was named the winner of the 2012 Iron Brewer competition! King of the Hill Rewards Club Exclusive: complimentary house-made oatmeal cookies.

Iron Hill Phoenixville: Milk and Cookies with Santa

Welcome the jolly old elf himself to town during the Phoenixville Christmas Parade. Bundle up for patio seating to watch the parade, with free cookies and a visit from Santa for the kids. Grown-ups can enjoy the release of our English-style Milk Stout. We’ll have plenty of holiday cheer on tap from 5–7 p.m. King of the Hill Rewards Club Exclusive: complimentary house-made cookies.

Iron Hill Wilmington: Scrooge IPA Beer Release

No bah-humbugging is allowed at the release of our Scrooge IPA at Iron Hill Wilmington from 6–8 p.m. (And anyway, it’s impossible to be grouchy when sipping on this American-style IPA with full malt flavor.) Curious about the origins of the beer’s moniker? Scrooge is dry hopped with one pound of hops per barrel, resulting in a pronounced flavor and a bitterness that matches the beer’s namesake. King of the Hill Rewards Club Exclusive: complimentary house-made spicy popcorn.

Iron Hill Newark: Ugly Sweater Party

Bad Santa Brown Ale will be hitting the taps at Iron Hill Newark on December 5, so don your ugliest sweater and head to the party from 4–8 p.m. The best “worst” sweater will win a Gap gift card! One more chance to take home a prize: The first 50 guests to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for Ronald McDonald House Charities will receive a treat-filled Iron Hill pint glass. King of the Hill Rewards Club Exclusive: hourly raffles of Christmas Ales.

Iron Hill Media: Holiday Ale Beer Release

Say goodbye to the work week and hello to the holidays with the annual release of this seasonal favorite—a copper, full-bodied American-style Imperial IPA—at Iron Hill Media. The party kicks off at 5 p.m. with the release of a special batch of cask-conditioned Holiday Ale. Once the cask is kicked, the draft version will be on tap throughout the season. King of the Hill Rewards Club Exclusive: complimentary holiday cookies.

December 6

Iron Hill Phoenixville: Burning of the Phoenix

Return to Iron Hill Phoenixville on Saturday, December 6, from 5–8 p.m. for a “fire”-inspired menu and the release of Winter Warmer, our medium-bodied dark ale finished with classic winter spices. It’s all to celebrate the 11th annual Firebird Festival, a fabulous collaboration of local artistic and creative talent that celebrates the mythology of the Phoenix. King of the Hill Rewards Club Exclusive: toasted marshmallow cupcake with the purchase of Winter Warmer.

With 10 (soon to be 11!) locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, there’s an Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant near you. We specialize in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine. Monthly releases vary by location, so scout out our beers on tap and visit us soon.

11/03/2014  |  Iron Hill Ardmore Preview: Story Behind the Location’s Jeff Schaller Mural

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A happy woman raising a mug, a friendly face pointing to “Beer on Draught,” an iron—of course—but, wait: is that a classic car front and center in the new mural set to grace Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Ardmore? You betcha, and there’s a great story to go with the artwork.

Whether it’s local lore or local flavor, you’ll find a hint to it in our murals, designed by internationally acclaimed artist Jeff Schaller. You’ve no doubt spied the following in our eye-catching art while enjoying a beer at our restaurants:

Next up: Ardmore, set to open later this year on the property that used to be home to the Autocar factory. Born in Pittsburgh in 1898 as the Pittsburgh Motor Vehicle Company, it was cranking out horseless carriages that evolved into cars, trucks and tractors.

Production moved to Ardmore in 1900, and for many years was Lower Merion’s major employer. The factory and its workers have a storied past, including converting its operations during World War II to support the war effort. The property survived significant fire damage in 1954, the same year White Motor Corporation bought the company. White was acquired by Volvo Trucks in 1980, and then sold to GVW Group in 2001, yet three models of Autocar trucks still are being manufactured.

“Finding that spot in Ardmore was serendipitous,” said Iron Hill President Kevin Finn. “We’ve been looking at Ardmore for a while, and it’s a great site with good parking across the street. We heard about Autocar, did some research and it was a natural for Jeff to incorporate it into the mural.”

How Jeff became the artist to create the visual centerpiece for our restaurants is a bit of kismet, too. During an art show in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square, Jeff met an architect who mentioned Iron Hill was looking for something “new and jazzy” to grace the walls. That lead to a chance meeting with Iron Hill’s Brand Manager Susan Finn, and the rest was almost history.

“I pretty much hounded Sue until she called me back,” Jeff laughed. “And then it just took off. I used the existing murals with showing the landscapes as a backdrop and started working in the local angle. As an artist, it made sense to come up with a formula to weave into the brand.”

This whimsical imagery takes Jeff a month or two to create. He works in a mix of acrylic and—for the iron, for example—silkscreen plus acrylic. All that’s transported to the soon-to-be restaurant near the end of construction. Jeff installs each mural personally.

“Everyone at Iron Hill is so easy to work with,” Jeff added. “I appreciate that we hand-craft a mural for each restaurant. It underscores the brand message of delivering fresh, handcrafted and made-from-scratch products.”

Our customers will begin to see Jeff’s unique style incorporated more into the brand. It already graces beer labels and t-shirts, and soon you’ll see his original designs illustrated on the kid’s menu and on the cover of our new menus.

“It’s great to have Jeff as part of our brand,” Kevin said. “We love having a local artist tied into what we do. It’s important to us to keep it local. And Jeff’s become a friend, too.”

See how this creative collaboration began, and make sure to keep an eye out for Ardmore’s grand opening. Meanwhile, visit an Iron Hill near you and check out Jeff’s work on our walls.

With 10 locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, there’s an Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant near you. We specialize in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine. Monthly releases vary by location, so scout out our beers on tap and visit us soon.

Content provided by Dish Works author Nina Malone.

10/22/2014  |  All Hail Pumpkin Beer—Gathering of the Gourds Returns to Iron Hill

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In our humble opinion, you can never have enough pumpkin beer. If you agree, then you definitely want to clear your calendar on Saturday, October 25, and head to Iron Hill West Chester’s Gathering of the Gourds multi-tap event.

Here at Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant we take both pumpkin and beer very seriously. So on this most wonderful day we’ll be celebrating the holiest of squashes with 18 pumpkin beers on tap, 11 from Iron Hill Brewery and 7 from guest breweries. Check out the lineup:

Iron Hill Brewery beers:

  • Ichabod Imperial Pumpkin Ale

  • Blanche De Pumpkin

  • Charlie Pumpkin Brown Ale

  • Pumpkin Ale

  • Bruce Camp-Ale

  • Dr. Funkenstein

  • Imperial Pumpkin Ale

  • Pumpkin Weiss

  • Pumpkin Porter

  • Punktoberfest

  • Bruce Camp-Ale Vintage 2013

Guest brewery beers:

  • Hansel and Gretel Pumpkin Pilsner (Elysian Brewing Company)

  • Fat Jack (Sam Adams Brewing Company)

  • Pumking (Southern Tier Brewing Company)

  • Brett Sematary (Cambridge Brewing Company)

  • Hopsquash IPA (Elysian/Ninkasi Brewing Company)

  • Imperial Pumpkin Ale (Weyerbacher Brewing Company)

  • Pumpkin Ale (Schlafly Brewing Company)

Ready for your share of pumpkin love? These 18 special beers will be tapped starting at noon.  Two beer flights (both featuring a mix of Iron Hill and guest brewery beers) will be available, each with nine samples. Also on the schedule for the day: a pumpkin firkin will be tapped at 3 p.m., and giant jeroboam bottles of Ichabod and Bruce-Camp Ale will be poured at 2 and 4 p.m. Since it’s almost Halloween, costumes are encouraged too!

You know we wouldn’t let you go hungry, either. Throughout the day we’ll be serving a pumpkin- and squash-inspired featured menu to pair perfectly with the day’s tap list. King of the Hill members, be sure to enter our raffle drawing for a pumpkin-themed basket filled with 2013 and 2014 Imperial Pumpkin Ale, pumpkin glasses and other goodies.

Join us for the ultimate party in honor of fall’s finest fruit. We’ll be looking for you on Saturday, October 25! While you’re here, Tweet with us, follow along on Facebook, or tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #GatheringOfTheGourds.

With 10 locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, there’s an Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant near you. We specialize in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine. Monthly releases vary by location, so scout out our beers on tap and visit us soon.