Iron Hill Brewing – Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Iron Hill is a chain of  brewpubs in the Delaware valley region. Their beers have medaled at every World Beer Cup since 2002 and at every Great American Beer Festival (GABF) since 1997. At the 2008 GABF, their Roggenbier, Vienna Red Lager, Saison, and Lambic de Hill were awarded gold medals. Their Cherry Dubbel took silver and Cassis de Hill took bronze. At the 2012 World Beer Cup, in addition to their beers earning two gold and a bronze medals, Iron Hill repeated their 2014 honors as the World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster.

While visiting Lancaster, PA we tried their location at 781 Harrisburg Pike twice during the week. This location is adjacent to Franklin & Marshall College with abundant parking and easy access. On each occasion, we were seated quickly and the waitstaff were friendly and attentive.

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The beer here is really good, and I enjoyed quite a few glasses of their Pumpkin Ale which was well balanced and enjoyable.

The Kabouter Belgian-style tripel is delicious and pleasantly complex with an earthy personality. At ~8% ABV it certainly does not disappoint.

Their Flannel Shirt ESB was not as exciting…it was on nitro with pleasant mouthfeel, but seemed muddled. Not horrible, just not what I expected at all.

The Witberry pleased the ladies in our group and even the snobs said it wasn’t bad – Belgian wheat beer, low ABV, with a hint of raspberry – what’s not to like?

Food-wise, they have modern American fare. We enjoyed the fish tacos, Bavarian pretzels (Not spectacular, but most delicious), and fried goat cheese (very good indeed). The Fried Brussel sprouts were very nicely prepared and flavored with pecorino romano. Very good indeed.

Their hamburgers were particularly tasty. We shared the Big Bold, Brewski, and Santa Fe burgers. All were distinctively good, and my favorite was the Brewski with Swiss Cheese.

My girlfriend enjoyed the Triple Chocolate Hill for desert. She loved the peanut butter-caramel sauce, but it was a bit too sweet to me.

Fun place. Good food, good drink, definitely worth visiting.

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