Tuesday, January 03, 2012

A new year, A new Iron Hill

For the first time, I can tag an Iron Hill-based posting here with the "Philadelphia" tag. As of tomorrow, 1/4/12, Iron Hill will have nine locations. From Newark, Del. to Lancaster, Pa., over to Maple Shade, NJ, and now to Philly's last westerly neighborhood, Chestnut Hill, in the city of wonderful neighborhoods.

The brewery family of perennial award-winning brewers has been hosting soft-opening "practice" lunches and dinners in expectation of the grand opening this week.

I was invited to stop by for dinner and check things out. Veteran fans of the brewery and restaurant will find many parallels in keeping with the company design, decor, and delivery.

What they'll also notice is a menu of beers that head brewer, Paul Rutherford, and assistant, Derek Testerman, have brewed themselves, save for the long-running favorite, Pig Iron Porter. For a grand-opening, they certainly timed the schedule of the brewhouse quite well. Rutherford's brewery has something the other IH brewers don't...a hopback. For opening night, expect to see the "standard" house five and three other specialities. Plus, a lineup of six more to come.

More to come, for sure. Enjoy, Chestnut Hill!

(Exterior facing Germantown Avenue)

(Interior front bar and dining room)

(Proud brewers, Derek Testerman and Paul Rutherford, standing in their shiny new brewhouse in front of a brew kettle and the hopback)

(Back restaurant dining room)


Richard said...

Looking forward to visiting and sampling some of Paul's brews. I enjoyed the specials and seasonals he brewed when he was at the Lancaster IH. Just curious, how was the on-street parking....any foreseen challenges or problems???

Bryan Kolesar said...

I guess it really depends upon your perspective and the direction from which you're coming.

For example, if you're more of a public transit person coming from the Center City-ish area, a SEPTA stop is just steps away.

If you're the type of suburbanite who loathes parallel parking and/or searching for on-street parking spots, then this may not be the stop for you (nor many other fine establishments from Center City to Doylestown to West Chester). Though, there does seem to be very limited parking behind the building.

So...problems/challenges? From my perspective, I don't see any more of an issue than going just about any other place. You might have to circle around once or twice...or park several blocks away. Just roll with it and factor it into your plans so that you're not later disappointed.

The beauty of the location is that, just as with several of their other locations (Newark, Media, and West Chester at the top of the list), there's plenty of other interesting scenery and shops to browse along your walk through the town/neighborhood.

Oh, and the night I went? It was a Friday night at 8 p.m. and I lucked into a corner parking spot one block away...that's how things sometimes go :)

Cheers and Enjoy!