Now Open: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Ardmore

The brewery opened its doors for its 11th location on Sunday.

On Sunday, Dec. 14, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant debuted its eleventh location in Ardmore. Following its celebratory First Pour, led by Lower Merion Township Commissioner Elizabeth Rogan, the Ardmore Plaza-based brewpub introduced its first-ever Main Line Iron Hill.

Iron Hill co-founder Kevin Finn revealed back in Dec. 2012 that they had been looking on the Main Line—and particularly in Ardmore—for years. “We were close to signing a lease in Ardmore back in 2009, but the deal just did not happen,” said Finn. “We believe Ardmore will be a great location. Most of our business comes from within the community, and we believe Ardmore will provide the community support that makes us successful.”

Finn operates the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant brand with co-owners Director of Brewery Operations Mark Edelson and Director of Culinary Operations Kevin Davies. “We are thrilled to open our doors and share our beers with our new neighbors,” continued Edelson. “We have always taken tremendous pride in being a part of the community—and that is especially true here in Ardmore. We look forward to serving up fresh beers and great food for many, many years to come.”

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Iron Hill Ardmore comes equipped with the familiar industrial-meets-comfort setup at its sister locations. Swing by to grab a fresh pint in the sweeping, XL bar area or consider having dinner with the family in the expansive dining room, which has ample seating available for 280 guests. A signature Jeff Schaller mural lends to the casual experience with this Iron Hill’s art theme paying homage to the former Autocar factory.

Head brewer Paul Rutherford, a World Beer Cup winner who formerly brewed at Iron Hill Chestnut Hill, helms over the site’s brewroom, which packs an impressive lot of 20 custom-made barrel tanks. His opening tap list includes notable pours like the Crusher, a seasonable IPA loaded with Cascade, Amarillo and Nelson hops and the Biere de Ard, a French farmhouse beer packing fruit and pepper notes. His Pioneer Pils is also worth ordering, styled as a pre-Prohibition pilsner brewed with flaked corn and whole leaf Hallertau hops.

Chef Tim Andrews reigns over Iron Hill Ardmore’s culinary program (Andrews was previously overseeing Iron Hill Phoenixville’s kitchen). The brewpub serves lunch and dinner, seven days a week, featuring an eclectic made-from-scratch menu that includes soups, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and entrees. A gluten-free and kids’ menu is available, as well as an enticing range of weekly specials.

The newest Iron Hill location lends to Ardmore’s recent craft beer boom. Neighboring beer-centric businesses include The Beer Shoppe (44 Greenfield Ave.), Peter Vitale’s bottle shop that touts 900 craft, microbrew, import and domestic beers, and is situated within the same strip mall as Iron Hill. The town’s first brewing company, Tired Hands Brewing Company, owned by former Iron Hill brewer Jean Broillet IV, is found just a block away at 16 Ardmore Avenue. Tired Hands also intends to debut its brand-new, 13,000 square-feet brewing facility in 2015 to be based in the rear of Ardmore’s Schauffele Plaza (35 Cricket Terrace).

Find Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant at 60 Greenfield Avenue in Ardmore; 610-228-2280, www.ironhillbrewery.com/ardmore. Reservations may be made online

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