Came here for dinner on 25/05/12. Beers were Iron Hill only, pretty typical brew pub range. I tried two an IPA that was pretty dull and an ok ish Saison. Wasnít inspired by the beers so overall rating at the lower end. Service was decent enough and every one seemed to be there for the food. Burger was excellent. Canít say Iíd head back here with the Side Bar a few blocks away and Victory and TJís 10 or so minutes in the car!
Loved everything about this place. The decor reminded me of a restoration furniture The square bar is very conducive for conversations with random folks. The service at the bar was outstanding. The pizza, especially with barley dough, was flavorful with fresh ingrediants nicely prepared. They had 10-11 things on tap including a cask-conditioned, a couple of belgian styles, some hoppy bastards, and a barleywine. I will definitely come back if Iím in the area.
One of our stops on RBSG 2011. Interior is very nice- loved the decor and ambiance. Food was quite eclectic and very delicious. Our service was mediocre to poor. The place was crowded, lively, very hopping. Fun to visit. Beers were very average with a few brewmaster reserves and seasonals that were impressive to excellent. Worth going to, though there a many locations and this is the only one Iíve been to so have no comparison.
Similar description as most of the Iron Hill reviews. Same typical clean and ďsquareĒ 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 youíve 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.
Another stop on the RBSG 2011 bus trip. Werenít here overly long, and it seemed as though in spite of the group having made contact with the place ahead of time to let them know we were coming, the were not expecting us. I guess the person who had been contacted wasnít there that day, and hadnít actually told anyone else to expect 50+ people all at once. The did handle the group fairly well though all things considered. The place is fairly sizable so they were able to accommodate us all. As we heard a lot of grumbling from the servers going by about everyone ordering samplers, our table opted for full pints of a few things and just made our own super sampler. Worked out well for us as we got our beers rather quickly and ended up with a happy server because of it. Beers were pretty solid, but we werenít there long enough to get food or anything. Iíd stop in again provided that I wasnít with a huge bus full of people.
A nice brewpub with the decoration done in a combination of steel, glass, and wood. Outside seating on the sidewalk. I prefered the large bar area, at the horse shoe shaped bar. The menu has a really good explanation of all the beers, of which they had 8 on draft (4 I hadnít tried before) and 8 reserve bottles (of which Iíd sampled 3 earlier), but the reserve bottles are quite pricy ranging from $13 to $22, whithout any of the beer being outstanding. I had an OK turkey burger.
Stopped in after lunch at Kildares across the street. Had their sampler of beers, which was generous at $6 for nine healthy samples (eight beers really, but their porter was also on cask). Sat at the bar, and despite being graduation weekend at West Chester, it wasnít too smoky. Decor is upscale but not stuffy. Staff was helpful in answering questions, and would find out information if they didnít know the answer. Beers were decent with the APA and Saison standing out.
I stopped in for a sampler as a diversion from Victory. The venue is very nice. Contemporary decor with a british pub influence (lots of wood). I sat at the bar and it was very loud, crowded, and slightly smokey. Iíd hate to be there on the weekend. Crowd was a mix of locals, young professionals, and college students. I did not eat, but the menu looked nice but creeping on the pricey side. I was wanting an appetizer to clear my palate between beers, but the cheese plate was $11. Ouch! Beers were ok, but nothing worth going back for. If you are in the area, itís worth a stop. But if you only have time for one place, Victory is 6 miles away with much better beer and a more reasonably priced menu.
To Newark s twin town for a visit (they really do have a lot in common), and to another IH sibling. Sunday after Christmas and the town was deserted, so no problem with parking. Clean and wooded atmosphere, mood lighting and ambient warmth. Food was typical Iron Hill, i.e., good and tasty but not particularly cheap. Had only one of the commons (the Vienna) and four, yes, four seasonals on rotation. Service was great, knowledgeable, and even somewhat flirty. Felt catered to, had a great time.