On Friday, November 11, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant founders Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies will celebrate their 20th year in business with a festive company-wide toast at all 12 locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. At 5 p.m., guests will enjoy a complimentary 8-oz. pour of Ferrous: Fe20 Anniversary Ale, a Brett Saison brewed exclusively for the celebration. In Newark, DE, their first location, all three owners will be on hand and will be joined by elected officials and state dignitaries. Ferrous: Fe20 Anniversary Ale was brewed exclusively for the 20th anniversary by Director of Brewery Operations Mark Edelson on site at the original Newark brewpub.
Starting at 4 p.m., all 12 Iron Hill locations, including Iron Hill Newark, will offer a very special tap takeover featuring eight of their most award-winning beers – all eight medal-winners on draft at one location, for the first time ever. The tap takeover will highlight Iron Hill’s first 20 years in business, while celebrating their future growth and expansion up and down the East Coast as the largest and fastest-growing collection of brewpubs in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The eight award-winning beers are all medal-winners from either the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) or World Beer Cup (WBC). These special and prized beers will be featured for a limited time across Iron Hill’s collection of breweries and restaurants and will include:
Russian Imperial Stout, a full-bodied stout that starts with a complex, malt-y sweet, high-roasted character, balanced with the use of citrus-y American hops
2003 GABF gold; 2006 GABF gold; 2006 WBC bronze; 2010 GABF gold; 2010 WBC gold; 2011 GABF silver; 2012 WBC gold; 2012 GABF bronze; 2013 GABF silver; 2014 WBC gold; 2015 GABF silver; 2016 WBC silver
Bedotter, a traditional Belgian-style golden ale with complex aroma and notes of plum, spice and banana, with refreshing balanced bitterness
2002-2004 GABF bronzes, 2014 GABF silver; 2016 WBC gold
Lodestone Lager, a Munich-style pale ale with malt-y sweetness balanced by Noble hops and a clean, dry finish
2000 GABF bronze; 1997 GABF gold
Rye of the Tiger, an amber American IPA flavored with rye malt and Nelson Sauvin hops for spicy grapefruit flavor and a touch of dryness in the finish
2014 GABF silver
Black IPA, an American-style IPA with full malt flavor, pronounced bitterness and substantial hop flavor and aroma complemented by a touch of roast character
2012 GABF bronze
The Cannibal, a golden Belgian-style ale with complex flavors and a dry finish accented by a nose of tropical fruit and dry spice
2005 GABF gold; 2006 WBC silver; 2015 GABF silver
Overload Stout, an Imperial stout aged on rich chocolate nibs and locally roasted coffee
2016 WBC silver
Lambic du Hill, a traditional, unfiltered Belgian-style lambic made with wild yeast and bacteria, aged in oak barrels for two years for aromas of banana, oak, hay and a nutty flavor with refreshing sourness
2003 GABF gold; 2008 GABF gold; 2010 WBC bronze
Their 20th anniversary caps a period of careful but exciting growth for Iron Hill. In August 2016, Iron Hill opened their 12th brewpub, in Huntingdon Valley, PA, with aims to double in size over the next five years. Earlier in the year, they announced a partnership with A&M Capital Opportunities, a private equity firm based out of Greenwich, CT. The cooperative partnership will allow Iron Hill to accelerate their thoughtful expansion throughout the United States from Massachusetts to Delaware and as far south as North Carolina.
“We are growing the company in a way that feels right to us, and we will never stray from the guiding principles that have made the past 20 years so special,” says Finn. “Our focus is on running a great brewery and restaurant, from top-notch service to the freshest ingredients. We are truly humbled by the reception and loyalty from our guests over the last two decades, and we look forward to raising even more pints in new markets in the years to come.”
About Iron Hill…Founded by home brewers Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE 20 years ago, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one to 12 locations across the mid-Atlantic. Each restaurant is dedicated to producing and serving top-quality hand-crafted beers and cuisine in a warm and hospitable setting, and all are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. In August 2016, The News Journal named them a “Top Workplace” in Delaware, the latest in a company-wide tradition of award and honors recognizing their achievements in business and brewing. Iron Hill has earned 45 medals from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in a record-setting winning streak of 20 consecutive years, the longest by any craft brewery in history; they have also earned the coveted “World Champion Brewpub” title at the World Beer Cup (WBC) three times. In 2014, Zagat honored Iron Hill by naming them the most popular restaurant in Philadelphia. They debuted their 12th location, in Huntingdon Valley, PA, in August 2016.
Locations include…Newark, DE (147 East Main Street, 302-266-9000); Wilmington, DE (620 Justison Street, 302-472-2739); Media, PA (30 East State Street, 610-627-9000); West Chester, PA (3 West Gay Street, 610-738-9600); North Wales, PA (1460 Bethlehem Pike, 267-708-2000); Phoenixville, PA (130 East Bridge Street, 610-983-9333); Lancaster, PA (781 Harrisburg Pike, 717-291-9800); Maple Shade, NJ (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300); Voorhees, NJ (13107 Town Center Boulevard, 856-545-9009); Chestnut Hill, PA (8400 Germantown Avenue, 215-948-5600); Ardmore, PA (60 Greenfield Avenue, 610-228-2280); and Huntingdon Valley, PA (785 Huntingdon Pike, 610-602-9255).