Massive place, but still jam packed on an early Saturday evening. When I asked if I could just stand at the bar, the hostess said, "doo wuteva ya wanna, hon." That’s when I knew for sure I wuz in Joisey.
Visited mid-afternoon on Tuesday. Strip mall location right off of the Kings Highway. The front of building is a large bar, bar tables, and a couple of booths by the window. Behind the bar is several rooms with restaurant seating. Service was a touch slow for the thin crowd, though it was friendly and knowledgeable. They had the 5 main Iron Hill beers, plus 7 seasonal and locals. I had 4 ounce samples of 5 of the beers, and was happy with all of them. I always enjoy Iron Hill.
Visited here on 4th of July on the way south. I was afraid it would be closed but there was a light crowd there. This is one of 9 locations but the only one in NJ so far (another is coming soon to Voorhees). The others are in DE & PA. I was able to get flights and taste all 5 house beers (these 5 are available at all locations) as well as another 8 specialty beers (these vary location to location). Overall the beers were quite good...some were a little plain...but most are worth the trip. They also sell large bottles of additional varieties. The space itself is very nice...big but with a welcoming feel. I enjoyed the food very much and the server we had was excellent. I am actually surprised that a "chain" of 9 brewpubs can be this good (assuming the others are equal to the Maple Shade location).
Typical Iron Hill location. Same typical clean and “square” Iron Hill layout. Average Iron Hill size, which means it is a pretty big brewpub. We had food, again, typical Iron Hill food, which means above-average brewpub fare. Just like other Iron Hill locations they have many of their own beers on tap (around 10) and just like other Iron Hill locations the quality was there. Some classic styles and some more experimental brews. Just like other Iron Hills you can get growler fills and they have 750ml bottles for sale at high $. This is an Iron Hill brewpub, if you’ve been to one you know what they fill like. And because each brew their own beers, you want to visit them all even though they all feel a bit the same. I love all Iron Hills.
Large space with a big initial bar area and large restaurant seating area. We had a couple pints at the bar while waiting for our seats and the barkeep was knowledgable and friendly. The pale was real nice and ultra fresh. Very well done. Food was all top-notch. The place was pretty loud in the seating area but it was at capacity so I guess that is expected. Our server was real friendly and always quick with a new beer (and I had plenty). Really enjoyable experience, food, and beers. This is the only IH I’ve been to but it inspires me to try one or two more.
Saw the sign along the road and took of from the highway for a late brunch. It’s a quite large place, with several big rooms, all on the same floor. Sort of chain look interior-wise, Nice, but a bit too clean. The same can be said about the beers. They’re clean, but too filtered and lacking on aroma and flavor. None of them off though. Nice food and service too. Not worth a detour, but it’s close to the highway if you drive from Philly towards NYC.
I NEED to go back to this place next time I’m home. Since I’ve relocated to NYC I havent had the chance to go back in over a year or maybe even two. Great, big restaurant with high ceilings. Friendly staff with lots of good beer on draft, what else do you want???