Center City, Philadelphia is booming with new restaurants and businesses. Something to look forward to in 2018 is that 13th and Market will welcome Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. Since its first opening in 1996, the brewery and restaurant now has 12 locations including DE, NJ, Chestnut Hill and Ardmore, PA. The restaurant takes its name from an historic Revolutionary War landmark in Delaware, where Generals Washington and Lafayette battled against General Cornwallis to ensure American liberty.
A recent investment has allowed the company to continue its 20-year expansion since its start in Newark, DE by brewers Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies. The leased space is 8,450 square feet of the soon to be building of the trans-formative East Market project. This location is perfectly centralized just steps away from Reading Terminal Market and the Philadelphia Convention Center. Scheduled to open Spring 2018, 1150 Market Street will mark the company’s highly-anticipated debut in a major metropolitan hub and fastest growing brewpub. Ironhill Brewery was granted Most Popular Restaurant in Philadelphia by Zagat in 2014. Their beers have earned 44 medals from the Great American Beer Festival in an unbroken 19-year winning streak that continues today.
“We’ve long wanted to join Center City’s exciting and diverse restaurant scene, but we wanted to be part of something from the ground up,”said Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant President and Founder Kevin Finn. “There has been tremendous population growth as places like East Market draw new residents to Center City. We take great pride in embracing the communities we serve, and that is especially true in Philadelphia. We look forward to opening our doors and raising a pint with our new neighbors and friends in spring 2018.”
We would describle Iron Hill’s menu as a culinary encyclopedia with a little something for everyone. And of course there is quite the beer selection, including Iron Hill’s own Signature Beers. Some favorites include the Pig Iron Porter, which is a classic porter, dark and full of roasted malt flavor. The chocolate notes are well balanced by a slight bitterness. The White Iron Wit is another go-to. This pale, unfiltered Belgian-style wheat beer is light-bodied and very refreshing. It features complex orange and spice flavors. The restaurant also offers beers on tap, as well as bottled reserves that can be ordered for the table. They even have King of the Hill Rewards Club Appreciation Day, which is the First Thursday of Every Month from 6:00– 8:00 pm where growlers are half price. March 17th marks the Bandana Extravaganza Beer Release at Voorhees, NJ from 5:00- 7:00 pm. The Bandana IPA is an American IPA with a delicious lemon, melon, citrus and a subtle pine character.
The appetizer menu alone can be quite overwhelming if you’re not the decisive type. Some crowd-pleasers that pair exceptionally well with almost any of Iron Hill’s best brews include the popularonions, american cheese, ketchup and horseradish sauce. If giant scallops and crispy bacon spark your interest as you sip on a cold one, the horseradish dipping sauce and lemon, and are perfect for sharing. The strawberry-thyme compote, onion confit, balsamic syrup and black pepper. If you happen to be a cheese lover, this dish is a must try! The Seafood Bisque is a meal in itself, and perfect for warming up on a chilly day with a combination of baby shrimp, bay scallops and crab.
Sunday Brunch is also served 11:00 am- 2:00 pm. Happy Hour is offered Monday-Friday 5:00- 7:00 pm with $2 off signature and seasonal beer, $5 and $7 wine, spirits and appetizers. Plus take out any 2 Pizzas and 1 Growler of Signature Beer for $25! Reservations can be made via OpenTable. So if you can’t wait for their 2018 opening in Philadelphia, feel free to stop by one of their various nearby locations in PA and NJ to experience Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant for yourself!