03/02/2015  |  Guest Post: Kevin Finn talks about Iron Hill Brewery in Huntingdon Valley

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Hello Iron Hill and “Save the Corner Cafe” Fans,

As you are all aware, we recently announced that we have signed a lease and intend to open in Huntingdon Valley, PA. We are extremely excited to be a part of Huntingdon Valley community but there seems to be some misinformation circulating regarding the site and Iron Hill in general and I would like to respond with facts.

  1. Iron Hill’s lease does not force any of the current tenants at the Huntingdon Valley Shopping Center to be moved, closed or evicted.
  2. Iron Hill’s lease has no restrictions on cafes or coffee shops such as Corner Café. We did ask for restrictions on other brewery/restaurants and gastropubs.
  3. Iron Hill is not going into the space occupied by Corner Café. We are occupying the space that was recently vacated by Rite Aid.
  4. Iron Hill is a restaurant with over 70% of our sales coming from food.
  5. Iron Hill is family friendly: Iron Hill was named “Best Kids Restaurant” and “Best Adventurous Restaurant for Kids” by Philadelphia Magazine, “Best Kid’s Menu” by Main Line Today Magazine and are continuously recognized as “Kid Friendly” on OpenTable.
  6. Iron Hill gives back to the community. Through Iron Hill’s Triple Chocolate Hill dessert program, each of our eleven locations raise money for local charities such as Weavers Way Community Program in Chestnut Hill and the Ardmore Food Pantry. The Triple Chocolate Hill program has also raised over $200,000 for our national charity, CureSeach for Children’s Cancer. We also help hyper local charities raise money through our Give 20 Local Fundraising Opportunity, which donated over $40,000 in 2014. Finally, Iron Hill has been recognized five times by the National Restaurant Association “Restaurant Neighbor Award” in Delaware and Pennsylvania.
  7. Iron Hill is a locally owned company. All three founding members are still actively engaged in the business and live in Chester County, PA.

As a member of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association board of directors, I work hard to support Pennsylvania restaurants and the restaurant industry and would never jeopardize any other restaurateur’s business or livelihood.

We are truly excited about the opportunity to open Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Huntingdon Valley and hope to see you at our restaurant.

Thanks for your time.

Kevin Finn
President
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

 

 

03/01/2015  |  Welcome to the Family: O’Sullivan Stout Debuts Just in Time for St. Patrick’s Day

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The very Irish name to be newly bestowed upon our signature Irish Dry Stout comes with a tale as charming as the Emerald Isle itself. It starts with two lads on a journey and ends with this year’s release of O’Sullivan Stout.

Four years before Mark Edelson and Kevin Finn opened their first Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant with Kevin Davies, they found themselves heading to a wedding in Belgium and decided to detour through Ireland. Mark and Kevin both have Irish roots, and Mark’s family homestead still stands proudly in Glanworth, County Cork. They’d heard tales of the town from Mark’s grandfather, who, though US born, spent summers in Ireland. Mark’s great uncle, Tomás O’Sullivan, still lives on the family homestead and, even in his late 80s, keeps himself busy raising greyhounds. And mowing the family cemetery.

“You would not believe how important the cemetery is there,” Mark explained. “That’s the first place he took us, telling us about the entire family history as we went from gravestone to gravestone. He even had my great grandmother’s obituary that proudly talked about the sons she raised and how they fought for Ireland.”

The day was filled with many stories, as the homestead dates back more than a century. Mark and Kevin no doubt gave Tomás a new tale to tell, as they didn’t call ahead about their visit but instead surprised him. Glanworth is such a small village that they simply stopped in the post office, asked where Tomás lived and made their way to his front door, where they were greeted with back slaps and hugs and a trip to the pub for a pint (or several) of that other dry Irish stout.

As avid award-winning homebrewers, Mark and Kevin’s four days in Ireland did include a pilgrimage to the Guinness Brewery. Yet all these years later the moments that really stick are family and a small Irish village, and relatives and new friends so happy to meet the boys from the states.

“We ran into one of my grandfather’s childhood friends, and when Uncle Tomás asked, ‘Guess who this is?,’ he was close—he thought I was my uncle, but he knew I was family,” Mark added.

As of Friday, March 13, at 5 p.m., O’Sullivan Stout will return to the Iron Hill family—which first debuted in 2014. Simultaneously released at all 11 Iron Hill locations, the Stout will be celebrated through St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17. O’Sullivan Stout (OG: 1.038; Color: 50; IBU: 20; ABV: 3.8%) is a classic made in the Irish tradition: it’s black in color with a toasty malt flavor and a pronounced bitterness, served on nitro for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. It will be the perfect accompaniment to the Irish food specials running St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Better yet, for 2015, we will be offering an Iron Hill “Black & Tan” crafted with O’Sullivan Stout and Ore House IPA. If you haven’t tried our new house IPA, this will be the perfect opportunity to do so!

Mark’s family has been ecstatic over the renaming since the O’Sullivan Stout officially debuted last year. You’ll be delighted when you get your share and taste what it’s like to come from the Land of Saints and Scholars. Sláinte!

Content provided by Dish Works author Nina Malone.

02/26/2015  |  The Force Runs Strong at Iron Hill Wilmington’s Dark Side Event

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Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi may not crave these things, but you can. Join Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant this Saturday, February 28, for The Dark Side, Delaware Valley’s annual premier dark beer event.

There is no try. Just get yourself to Iron Hill Wilmington from 1–5 p.m., when we’ll not only be releasing The Dark Side—a full-bodied, dark German-style lager with toasted malt sweetness balanced with a slight hop bitterness—but will also have these other dark brews on tap:

 

The idea for the annual event came from the naming of the beer. Brian Finn (head brewer and creator of The Dark Side) wanted to make a lager that was stronger than Schwarzbier and darker than Munich Dunkel. The name is a nod to his love for both Star Wars and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. At the third Dark Side party someone realized that they had a Darth Vader costume; from then on getting a photo with the Sith Lord has become a tradition at the event.

Try all eight beers in a sampler, or go with your favorite in a full-sized pour. King of the Hill members, come an hour early to the party and also enjoy an exclusive beer just for you: Oak-Aged Russian Imperial on nitro, our award-winning Russian Imperial Stout aged in oak wine barrels for one year to add a distinct mellow oak character. This beer is very limited, with only one wine barrel being filled.

Dust off your light saber, hop in your Millennium Falcon and join us in Wilmington for an afternoon of Star Wars and dark beer fun!

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 Michele Kornegay.

02/20/2015  |  Celebrate Russian Imperial Stout with Steak, Then Take Some Home in Cans

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Foodies, beer lovers and Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant fans can make it hearty from Friday, February 20, to Sunday, March 1, by ordering up one of our mouth-watering Steak and Stout menu selections.

Paired with our most awarded beer, Russian Imperial Stout, these stick-to-your-ribs dinners will be the stuff memories are made of, and we trust you’ll hurry back for more.

“Nothing sounds better to me on a frozen winter’s night than a hearty steak dinner and a full-bodied stout, and that’s exactly what we’ll be serving in honor of Russian Imperial Stout’s continued dominance,” said Director of Brewing Operations and Iron Hill co-owner Mark Edelson.

Russian Imperial Stout is full-bodied and starts with a complex, malty sweet and roasty character, yet it’s wonderfully balanced thanks to citrusy American hops. It has earned a wealth of recognition from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and the World Beer Cup (WBC):

  • 2003 GABF gold medal

  • 2006 GABF gold medal

  • 2006 WBC bronze medal

  • 2010 GABF gold medal

  • 2010 WBC gold medal

  • 2011 GABF silver medal

  • 2012 WBC gold medal

  • 2012 GABF bronze medal

  • 2013 GABF silver medal

  • 2014 WBC gold medal

“Twelve years later, Russian Imperial Stout continues to proudly represent our talented brewers thanks to its peerless flavor and their relentless commitment to quality,” Mark added.

Work up a thirst by sinking your teeth into one of these Steak and Stout stars that range in price from $21.95 to $34.95:

  • New York Strip Steak au Poivre with smashed Yukon Gold potatoes, glazed haricots verts and green peppercorn sauce

  • Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon with Boursin cheese-smashed potatoes, asparagus spears, cipollini onions and Madeira wine sauce

  • Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak, a 16-oz. cut with glazed haricots verts, sweet potato fries, crispy onion rings and chimichurri sauce

  • Steak and Fries, char-grilled flank steak with wedge fries, shallot-herb butter and A-2 sauce

  • Petite Filet Mignons, served with sweet corn and crab sauté, wilted spinach, smashed Yukon Gold potatoes and Madeira wine sauce

But, it gets better…

As if that wasn’t enough reason to hop in the car and get to your nearest Iron Hill, we’re also paying homage to our much-lauded and much-loved Russian Imperial Stout by offering it—for a limited time—in four-packs of 16-oz. cans. Four-packs are $22 each (takeout only) and 16-oz. cans are $8 each, available for in-store purchase at all Iron Hill locations, while supplies last.

Feel like royalty when noshing these meals fit for a king by joining our King of the Hill Rewards Club. Exclusive club perks start the minute you join, so don’t delay. We have 11 locations now, so digging into a steak and sipping our famous Russian Imperial Stout is easy-peasy, not to mention an incredibly delicious way to spend dinnertime.

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.

02/19/2015  |  Iron Hill Donates $1,321 to West Chester Food Cupboard

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Kudos to our West Chester location for raising $1,321 for the West Chester Food Cupboard. Through the month of November 2014, our Assistant Director of Culinary Operations Dan Bethard spearheaded an end-of-the-year charity campaign, where all proceeds from his featured apple butternut squash soup were donated to the local cause.

Each Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant location strives to participate locally in civic and community service, such as sponsoring Muscular Dystrophy Lock-Ups, hosting an annual brewery festival to benefit the Media Youth Center, participating in events to benefit a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and brewing signature charity beer with a local celebrity. Better yet, .75 of each Chocolate Hill sold is donated to a select local charity per location, with our West Chester location supporting the CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and Home of the Sparrow for 2015.

Iron Hill also hosts recurring Give Back 20 nights, where a portion a day’s proceeds are donated to nonprofit organizations in the neighborhood.

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 Amy Strauss.

02/12/2015  |  Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is for (Beer) Lovers

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You know you’ve found your perfect mate when you’re on a first date and beer-heavy conversations are flowing aplenty. That’s exactly what Craig Dulniak thought when he and his now-wife Julia met one another for the first time, via an online dating site, for dinner. “We talked about beer together and she was so open to trying different beers and was even willing to go on beer adventures with me,” recalls Craig.

Fast-forward to 2014. After dating a few years, the Washington, D.C.-based couple decided to tie the knot. Julia, a native of Riverton, New Jersey, always held Philadelphia as a special place in her heart, so that is where the pair decided to celebrate their special day.

“Whenever we visited Julia’s parents (who still live in Riverton), she’d always mention how cool Germantown Avenue was as we were driving north, with its great shops and restaurants, like Iron Hill,” continued Craig. “I don’t remember the exact first time we went to Iron Hill in Chestnut Hill, but we definitely made it part of our regular routine.”

“During our Iron Hill visits, I usually gravitated to the porters and stouts that were on tap,” he shared. “But I always loved the Pig Iron Porter, as well as the wide variety that you guys have.”

With Julia sharing the same affection for Iron Hill as Craig, the couple decided there was no better place to be photographed on their wedding day than our Chestnut Hill location. With the wedding ceremony nearby, at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, we welcomed the opportunity for the beer lovers to strike poses in our brew room—beers in hand, of course. View scenes from the wedding shoot below, courtesy of Daniel Fullam Photography.

The entire Iron Hill team sends well-wishes to these Iron Hill loyalists, who will be celebrating their one-year anniversary on April 5, 2015. Speaking of their wedding, how did the beer situation play out at these beer lovers’ reception? “We built a beer menu much like Iron Hill, featuring six different beers and including a beer description per each, as well as their ABVs and IBUs. We even made Iron Hill a part of our festivities, visiting the Chestnut Hill location following our rehearsal dinner activities and making sure to introduce our out-of-town wedding guests to your quality products.”

How did we do? “Iron Hill was very accommodating,” concluded Craig. “Everyone is very nice, willing to work with special requests. They even brought out the root beer for the children of our party while we adults enjoyed adult beverages.”

After it was all said and done, what did this husband wish he could have changed about his beer-inspired wedding? “I should definitely have had hops in my boutonniere instead of a huge flower,” he laughed.

Have your own Iron Hill love story? Share with us in the comments.

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 Amy Strauss.

02/06/2015  |  Why You Should Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Iron Hill

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The season of romance is upon us, and here at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant we’re pulling out all the stops to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetie.

To get you in the mood for love, on Friday, February 13, and Saturday, February 14, each of our 11 locations will be offering special selections in addition to our regular menu. Vegetarians, pescetarians, meat-lovers and chocoholics—everyone is sure to fall for something on our Valentine’s Day menu:

Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup, 6.50

Heart-shaped grilled cheese

Strawberry Caprese Salad, 9.50

Baby arugula, fresh mozzarella, basil, balsamic syrup and vinaigrette

Blue Point Oysters, 12.95

Garlicky Baked, with white wine, pepper flakes and Parmesan topping or On the Half Shell, with cocktail sauce, mignonette and lemon

Chickpea Croquettes, 8.95

Baby arugula and carrot/roasted jalapeno puree

Slow-Roasted Pork Belly, 12.95

Parsnip puree and pomegranate gastrique

Lemon Apricot Roasted Amish Chicken, 20.50

Sardinian couscous risotto, roasted tomatoes, pea tendrils, pistachios and Manchego cheese

Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak, 29.95

Wilted kale, roasted parsnips, griddled polenta cake, exotic mushrooms, herb sauce and Madeira demi-glace

Pan-Seared Nantucket Sea Scallops, 23.95

Coriander-scented basmati rice, cucumber fennel salad and orange reduction

Warm Chocolate Molten Cake, 6.50

Dulce de leche ice cream and fresh berries

We’ve also got two special releases on tap for Friday, February 13, for those who want to celebrate the greatest love of all…we’re talking about the love of beer, of course!

From 5–9 p.m., Iron Hill West Chester will be releasing Shokolad Stout, a full-bodied Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate and aged with fresh cocoa nibs and whole vanilla beans. Just like love, it’s a little bit sweet and a little bit bitter. King of the Hill Rewards Club members can also enjoy our limited edition cask-conditioned Valentinus IPA, aged on smoked chili peppers for a spicy bite.

From 5–7 p.m., Iron Hill Phoenixville will be releasing Rose Tripel, a traditional Belgian-style golden ale. Aged with rose petals and rose water, this 9% ABV beer has a complex aroma and notes of plum and spice. Complimentary strawberry ricotta tartlets will be available exclusively for King of the Hill Rewards Club members.

Time to play Cupid: Reserve a table on our website and show that special someone how much you care!

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 Michele Kornegay.

02/03/2015  |  Iron Hill Debuts New House Beer Lineup

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Something refreshing will debut at all 11 Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations on Monday, February 2. That day heralds the tapping of our new house beer lineup. You’ll see old friends and soon-to-be favorites that pair perfectly with our tasty menu items.

Never fear, thirsty Iron Hill enthusiasts! The new house beer lineup was carefully crafted to showcase the delicious variety you’ve come to expect. We’ve been pouring the current list since 2006, but once we tasted the three additions we knew the time was right to make the change.

“We always try to have a good mix of varieties so there’s something for everyone on our house beer list,” explained co-owner and Director of Brewery Operations Mark Edelson. “We’ve already tested the new beers at four locations and they’re getting rave reviews.”

Drum roll, please, for our three new house beers:

White Iron Wit: Pale, unfiltered Belgian-style wheat beer, light-bodied and very refreshing. Features complex orange and spice flavors. OG: 1.048, Color: 3, IBU: 17, ABV: 4.6%

Witberry: Classic, unfiltered Belgian wheat beer with a touch of raspberry. The complex orange and spice flavors blend perfectly with the berry. OG: 1.048, Color: 3, IBU: 17, ABV: 4.6%

Ore House IPA: Golden IPA with a balanced hop bitterness and wonderful citrus and pine aroma and flavor. OG: 1.060, Color: 4, IBU: 55, ABV: 6.5%

Still earning applause:

Light Lager: Our lightest beer. Brewed to give a crisp, clean, refreshing taste with very subtle malt and hop flavor. OG: 1.038, Color: 1.8 L, IBU: 10, ABV: 4.0%

Vienna: A European amber lager, medium-bodied with a delicate malt aroma, slight sweetness and a clean, crisp finish. OG: 1.046, Color: 11, IBU: 22, ABV: 4.4%. Awards: 1999, 2011 GABF Bronze Medal; 2008 GABF Gold Medal; 2008 World Beer Cup Silver Medal.

Pig Iron Porter: A classic porter, dark and full of roasted malt flavor. Chocolate notes are well balanced by a slight bitterness. OG: 1.057, Color: 23 L, IBU: 37, ABV: 5.4%. Awards: 2002 GABF Bronze Medal; 2010 GABF Gold Medal.

“Wits are some of our most popular beers, so we added the White Iron Wit,” Mark noted. “We also like a fruit beer, and in our test locations Witberry is selling better than the old Raspberry Wheat. But the biggest story is the Ore House IPA.”

With Ironbound Ale being retired, our brewers opted to add an IPA to replace that APA. IPAs are wildly popular with Iron Hill customers as tastes have shifted to hoppier products. We’re confident you’ll give this new addition a bottoms-up.

Ore House IPA, which came to life while celebrating IPA Day in 2013 and 2014, is a testament to the true collaborative spirit among our head brewers. Both years, our brewers each crafted a different offering. Last year, we got everyone together at a blind tasting panel to sample all 10 on IPA Day. Everyone voted, and we took the top three as the basis for Ore House IPA’s formulation; it’s the best of those beers.

“We did a test batch in Maple Shade in the fall, then tweaked that a bit,” Mark said. “Everyone really came together on this one; everyone had a hand in it. This is maybe the most fun I’ve had during my time as head of brewery operations.”

An epic beer deserves a storied name, and we’ve done just that with this hoplicious IPA. Iron Hill’s very first house beer was called Ore House Amber, so bestowing the Ore House moniker upon our newest gem is a nod to our humble beginnings as a small brewpub in Delaware.

“We’re approaching our twentieth anniversary, and this is a great start,” Mark added. “We’re acknowledging our past and getting ready to celebrate the future.”

Highlight the date on your calendar, grab your King of the Hill Rewards Club card and make haste to your local Iron Hill on February 2. You want to be among the first to taste these rising stars, don’t you?

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.

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.