Something refreshing will debut at all 11 Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations on Monday, February 2. That day heralds the tapping of our new house beer lineup. You’ll see old friends and soon-to-be favorites that pair perfectly with our tasty menu items.
Never fear, thirsty Iron Hill enthusiasts! The new house beer lineup was carefully crafted to showcase the delicious variety you’ve come to expect. We’ve been pouring the current list since 2006, but once we tasted the three additions we knew the time was right to make the change.
“We always try to have a good mix of varieties so there’s something for everyone on our house beer list,” explained co-owner and Director of Brewery Operations Mark Edelson. “We’ve already tested the new beers at four locations and they’re getting rave reviews.”
Drum roll, please, for our three new house beers:
White Iron Wit: Pale, unfiltered Belgian-style wheat beer, light-bodied and very refreshing. Features complex orange and spice flavors. OG: 1.048, Color: 3, IBU: 17, ABV: 4.6%
Witberry: Classic, unfiltered Belgian wheat beer with a touch of raspberry. The complex orange and spice flavors blend perfectly with the berry. OG: 1.048, Color: 3, IBU: 17, ABV: 4.6%
Ore House IPA: Golden IPA with a balanced hop bitterness and wonderful citrus and pine aroma and flavor. OG: 1.060, Color: 4, IBU: 55, ABV: 6.5%
Still earning applause:
Light Lager: Our lightest beer. Brewed to give a crisp, clean, refreshing taste with very subtle malt and hop flavor. OG: 1.038, Color: 1.8 L, IBU: 10, ABV: 4.0%
Vienna: A European amber lager, medium-bodied with a delicate malt aroma, slight sweetness and a clean, crisp finish. OG: 1.046, Color: 11, IBU: 22, ABV: 4.4%. Awards: 1999, 2011 GABF Bronze Medal; 2008 GABF Gold Medal; 2008 World Beer Cup Silver Medal.
Pig Iron Porter: A classic porter, dark and full of roasted malt flavor. Chocolate notes are well balanced by a slight bitterness. OG: 1.057, Color: 23 L, IBU: 37, ABV: 5.4%. Awards: 2002 GABF Bronze Medal; 2010 GABF Gold Medal.
“Wits are some of our most popular beers, so we added the White Iron Wit,” Mark noted. “We also like a fruit beer, and in our test locations Witberry is selling better than the old Raspberry Wheat. But the biggest story is the Ore House IPA.”
With Ironbound Ale being retired, our brewers opted to add an IPA to replace that APA. IPAs are wildly popular with Iron Hill customers as tastes have shifted to hoppier products. We’re confident you’ll give this new addition a bottoms-up.
Ore House IPA, which came to life while celebrating IPA Day in 2013 and 2014, is a testament to the true collaborative spirit among our head brewers. Both years, our brewers each crafted a different offering. Last year, we got everyone together at a blind tasting panel to sample all 10 on IPA Day. Everyone voted, and we took the top three as the basis for Ore House IPA’s formulation; it’s the best of those beers.
“We did a test batch in Maple Shade in the fall, then tweaked that a bit,” Mark said. “Everyone really came together on this one; everyone had a hand in it. This is maybe the most fun I’ve had during my time as head of brewery operations.”
An epic beer deserves a storied name, and we’ve done just that with this hoplicious IPA. Iron Hill’s very first house beer was called Ore House Amber, so bestowing the Ore House moniker upon our newest gem is a nod to our humble beginnings as a small brewpub in Delaware.
“We’re approaching our twentieth anniversary, and this is a great start,” Mark added. “We’re acknowledging our past and getting ready to celebrate the future.”
Highlight the date on your calendar, grab your King of the Hill Rewards Club card and make haste to your local Iron Hill on February 2. You want to be among the first to taste these rising stars, don’t you?
With 11 locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, there’s an Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant near you. We specialize in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine. Monthly releases vary by location, so scout out our beers on tap and visit us soon.
Content provided by Dish Works author Nina Malone.