Are you a strictly by-the-can sipper? Do you prefer to pour your beer into the proper glassware? Is draft beer the only option for you? Do you always opt to take our growlers home?
In conjunction with the launch of our award-winning Russian Imperial Stout in cans, we tapped our Facebook community to see how they prefer to enjoy their Iron Hill beer.
By the Glass:
Over 20 locals chimed in to share their beer-drinking preferences, with the leading option to enjoy Iron Hill beer being by draft, in the glass (13 locals agreed). Gregg K. of Moorestown, New Jersey, even recommended a specific beer: “Tried Luca Brasi [Coffee Stout] on tap at Maple Shade a couple weeks ago. Phenomenal.”
Yes, We Can:
Of course, not all Iron Hill guests are strictly by-the-draft beer drinkers. Matt S. of Washington D.C. suggests our inquiry is a “trick question,” strongly in support of imbibing beer by the can. (Hope he scored his four-pack of stout!). And while drinking beer in house by our draft system reigns supreme, area-wide beer fanatics were sure to take home a few Russians when our latest can release hit the local market. Rich M. of Upper Darby and Kathleen F. even showed us their stouts (see below).
Beer with Food—and a Sense of Humor
Maria B. of Blackwood, New Jersey, took our call for opinions to the next level, sharing that she enjoys her beer not simply by draft, glass or can, but “with crab cakes!” And of course, considering the joviality of the beer-drinking community, our Facebook followers had a sense of humor with this too. Tom B. of Washington state shared that he prefers whatever is “cold and within reach,” while Ralph B. of Wilmington, Del., opts for “whatever is in front” of him.
We even took our latest poll off Facebook, asking a few regulars—and even an Iron Hill VIP—about how they prefer to enjoy their favorite Iron Hill beers.
King of the Hill member Jason T. of Media chimed back that he loves his beer by the growler, typically popping into his local Iron Hill to grab whatever IPA is on tap while taking advantage of our two pizzas and growler takeout special (only $25!). (We even caught him in action of snagging this deal!)
Bryan K. of Malvern admitted that he’s particularly partial to our bottled reserve program, revealing that he’s “long enjoyed Iron Hill bottled products and their growing selection of special beers in tastefully packaged 750ml caged/corked bottles. Their limited distribution lends a sense of rarity that has made them an even more attractive talking point with wait staff and neighboring diners at our favorite BYOBs.”
His favorite bottle? “F.red—which fits a category all unto itself. It’s a wonderful sour full of both sweetness and puckering sourness and is a delight that doesn't come around often enough for fans of the style.”
Always a pleasure to scout out our Director of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson haunting around a local Iron Hill. He also chimes in about the beauty—and rarity—of our reserves. “Part of the fun of crafting these limited-editions beers is making them collectible,” he suggests. “Jeff [Schaller] has created some amazing art for us over the years by sketching memorable labels for our most special beers.”
How do you prefer to enjoy your Iron Hill beer? Share with us in the comments! And be sure drink socially with us by following along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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 Amy Strauss.