Nate (330) Indiana, Pennsylvania | January 4, 2009
Stopped in for a sampler around 5pm on a Friday. Sat in the bar area and got a seasonal sampler. Service was sketchy but not rude at least. It has been a while since I have been to an Iron Hill, but I imagine they are have a formula to their design. The beers were fine and the menu looked pretty good though I did not order food. Good location and not hard to reach - a bit more interesting than Lancaster Brewing.
KornDogg (25) Lancaster, Pennsylvania | October 8, 2008| Updated July 10, 2009
I was fortunate enough to get invited to the opening night Taste Testing by Miver... Food is excellent, I would highly recommend the sweet potato fries, thick fresh cut, with 3 dipping sauces, bouron vanilla cream, smoked paprika aioli, and habanero-lime.... Beer selection is the best in lancaster with a nice frequent change of new brews... As said before though, it can get very busy, you would def need to call for reservations on the busier nights... I have received great service in the dining area even at the busiest times... Highly recommend stopping in...especially if you are a Belgian beer fan
cazort (25) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | September 8, 2008
Like most brewpubs, this place loses on the beer. The beer here just doesnít cut it. I even think that the beer here is considerably worse than in the Newark location, and why, I donít know. Itís also *much* harder to get a table here for dinner. Most nights? Forget about it. This place is packed a lot of the time and thereís often a wait. The only time Iíve found that is good to go is sunday night. In terms of everything else? Nice beer sampler trays. Nice outdoor seating. Great location, very walkable from F&M college and surrounding neighborhoods. Perhaps a bit on the expensive side, especially given the mediocre nature of the beers. Service was very good thoughon the nights when you can actually get seated.
Located in a new building right next to a college. Very nice inside, although the atmosphere seems somewhat uptight and corporate. Most of the beer I sampled was pretty unimpressive. Just because you brew it on premise doesnít give you the right to serve weak style interpretations at inflated prices. The food was good, the beer was forgettable.
Visited last weekend. Front area is open with lots of tables. The bar area is in the middle, and there are more tables in back. Food was the same as other IHs, which is to say very good. The beer sampler was 12 strong, ranging from good to great. Service was excellent.
visited on beer tour, 08/17/08. Bill Moore from Lancaster directed us to this location (we didnít know it existed!), and we stopped by shortly after leaving Lancaster Brewing Co. I ordered a sampler, my choice 6 beers, and the ones which stood out were the Ironbound Ale, Pigtown Porter and Vienna Red, all of which were well done and flavorful. I liked the porter best (I generally do like dark beers better). I ordered lobster bisque, which was above average, my wife ordered french onion soup, which she liked quite a bit. In addition to the food and beer, we had requested a tour of the facility, and the manager PJ gave us a quick tour. He seemed knowlegable about beer and his opinions concerning various breweries and styles matched mine, so he must have been very informed! He took a lot more time than he originally suggested he had available, so I would have to think he was very interested in beer and the art of brewing. I was especially interested in the draft system in the facility,
Well located on one of the main roads into/out of Lancaster and directly across from Franklin & Marshall College. There is also a minor league ballpark right around the corner. Exterior is business park-like, but the attractive interior is warm, woody and inviting. Sat at the bar where the service was great. Food was good as well, although we did not stray far from the lunchtime standards. Beer selection and quality was very good, with maybe 9-10 on tap, plus a nitro and cask conditioned offering. Styles ranged from pilsners to Belgians. Definitely plan on returning when in the area again.
Nice place, great to have another brewery in the area. Service was prompt and pleasant and the food was good but a little pricey. Beer was all there stuff, fresh and most of it was tasty. Good variety. Liked the seating and the atmosphere only thing I donít get is the logo. What does it have to do with Iron and or hills?! But whatever good stuff.
This was my first visit to an Iron Hill, and itís pretty clear that they spare no expense on the place. Cavernous interior, high ceilings, huge oak bar, brass, and all the upscale bells and whistles. Despite this, itís a bit ostentation and sterile-feeling. A large bar area and a semi-separated restaurant area as well. Our service was pretty crappy though, waited about 10 minutes after being seated before we even saw another server. After she brought our food and beer, I didnít see her again for another 45 minutes. The place wasnít busy at all when we were in, so there was very little excuse for the neglect. The beers however, were incredible. High quality from virtually every style I sampled. The sampler is a great deal too, at 7 bucks for a taste of everything theyíve got. Definitely worth going to.
This is an excellent location for an Iron Hill: plenty of parking, nice area, and very accessible. Iron Hills tend to be pretty expensive, but, being across the street from a rich-kid college, I donít necessarily agree that itís expensive of the area. In any case, the ambiance was pretty typical of an Iron Hill. The service was excellent. The manager, PJ, treated us to a private tour of the brew house (which is a bit different than other brew houses Iíve seen). The selection at the moment is VERY good: Barleywine, Bier de Garde, Triple, Vienna Red, Belgian Pale Ale, and Bourbon Barrel Indulgence (a chocolate stout). The food was excellent as usual. Iíll be back when the casked Krypotnite is tapped.
machfive55 (45) Columbia, Pennsylvania | April 28, 2008| Updated June 3, 2008
Iíve been here twice and the food and service is great. The prices are a little high for the area, but if you are looking for a nice night out then check out Iron Hill.
As far as beer is concerned they have a decent selection, and to ge the biggest bang for your buck, get the sampler. With the samplers you get at least 8, 4 oz beers, for around $7 and pints are $4-5 depending on the beer. What Iíve noticed with the samplers though is they will give you every beer on tap so weíve already gotten 12, 4 oz beers for $7, not a bad deal!
I will also add here that they will give you small samples of the beers before you order a pint, if you are undecided.