This past weekend we took a trip over to Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant for day filled with craft beer made by most award-winning brewery east of the Mississippi. Since first opening in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has grown to 12 locations including Chestnut Hill, PA, West Chester, PA, North Wales, PA, Ardmore, PA, Maple Shade, NJ, Voorhees, NJ, Newark, DE and Wilmington, DE. You’ll be happy to find that many of these locations are only a short trip from Philadelphia. A unique experience awaits you, Iron Hill aims to be a place where award-winning beer and homemade food come together, each elevating the other for a truly unexpected and great experience.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has won many awards, in fact their beers have earned 47 medals from the Great American Beer Festival in an unbroken 21 year winning streak that continues today. Staff are trained in the fine art of pairing together this beer and the variety of dishes on the menu. Many of the menu items are inspired by beers or incorporate them in their recipe. Food and beer are meant to be experienced – together as one.

We enjoy that the menu truly offers something for everyone. And of course this includes the beer selection, including Iron Hill’s own Signature Beers. Some classic favorites include the Pig Iron® Porter, which is a classic porter, dark and full of roasted malt flavor. Chocolate notes are well balanced by a slight bitterness. The White Iron Wit is another beer that seems to be loved by all. It is brewed to give a crisp, clean, refreshing taste with very subtle malt and hop flavor.

Iron Hill offers beers on tap, can, and 750 ml bottled reserves that can be ordered for the table. We also can’t resist the opportunity to select a Brewer’s beer flight or create your own! We did this for sampling some of the newest seasonal favorites like Reindeer’s Revenge, which is an American-style Belgian golden ale with complex aromas and flavors of grapefruit, spice and banana with a refreshing hop bitterness. You’ll feel mighty festive while sipping on Santa’s Little Helper, a fuller-bodied version of the classic Belgian Witbier. This beer has a sweet wheat malt flavor balanced by additions of coriander and orange peel. And if you enjoy something a bit darker, don’t miss the most awarded beer on tap, the Russian Imperial Stout. This full-bodied stout that start with a complex, malty sweet and high-roasted character that is wonderfully balanced with the use of citrusy American hops.

One can easily make a meal out of starters on the menu. One of our favorite plates was the Baja Style Fish Tacos  made with Vienna Red Lager-battered haddock. This beer pairs perfectly with the fish tacos; its an European amber lager, medium-bodied with a delicate malt aroma, slight sweetness and a clean, crisp finish. And don’t forget the Hand-Cut Sweet Potato Fries served with a side of bourbon vanilla cream and smoked paprika aioli. I’m sure it  will come as no surprise that the most popular appetizer on the menu at Iron Hill is the Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, fried to crunchy golden perfection.

The bowl of 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. We also love that there are both small and large salads offered on the menu. Keep your New Years resolution to eat more greens and try the Asian Grilled Chicken Salad. This filling salad has got mesclun greens, grilled chicken, red and yellow peppers, avocado, orange segments, toasted almonds, crispy wonton strips, and a ginger sesame vinaigrette.

When it comes to the main course guests can choose from entree salads, burgers, sandwiches, hearth baked pizzas with handcrafted artisan dough made fresh daily, and more. “Brewhouse Entrees” include some of the biggest plates perfect for dinner. Iron Hill also offer options of the healthier variety. The “Healthy Selections” part of the menu features dishes under 600 calories including Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Breast, Pan-Seared Filet Mignon, Moroccan Salmon, and Red Chile Shrimp. We suggest ordering the Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak. This mouth watering 12 oz. black angus cut ribeye is served sitting atop smashed yukon gold potatoes, asparagus spears, topped with crispy onion rings and a chimichurri sauce.

If you’re looking for comfort food make sure to try the Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Fried Chicken, or Meatloaf. And if you love barbecue we’d recommend the beer inspired Gold Medal Baby Back Ribs. These are slathered in a Bedotter Ale barbecue glaze, served with a side of coleslaw, and wedge fries or hand-cut sweet potato fries. Plus these plates taste even better with a 20 oz. signature draft beer.

If there is room in your stomach and something sweet is calling your name, the Triple Chocolate Hill is unlike any other dessert. And for each sold, 75 cents will be donated to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and an additional 75 cents will be donated to a local charity chosen by each Iron Hill location. This dessert is a true delight including a double fudge brownie, vanilla ice cream, peanut butter-caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. This is perfect for sharing–or not if you have an undeniable craving for chocolaty goodness.

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For dessert Iron Hill even offers Signature Ice Cream. They’ve partnered up with the University of Delaware Creamery to create delightful varieties like classic Vanilla with Tahitian, Mexican and Madagascar vanilla; Malted Bourbon Pecan with vanilla malt ice cream, pecan pralines and maker’s mark bourbon; Gold Medal Stout, with chocolate ice cream made with the award-winning Russian Imperial Stout; and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, with vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookie dough.

History:  Started by two experienced home-brewers, Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson and one restaurateur, Kevin Davies, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant was on the front lines of the craft beer revolution. They’ve been committed to serving food along with great craft beer from the start. 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.

This post was sponsored by Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant and The Motherhood.

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