On Tuesday, August 2 at 5 p.m., the region’s most-awarded and fastest-growing collection of brewpubs, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, will add a new location, their 12th across DE, NJ and PA, in Huntingdon Valley Shopping Center (785 Huntingdon Pike, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006).
The newest Iron Hill will focus on serving hand-crafted beer and from-scratch food, using only fresh, high quality ingredients designed to delight customers, all with the invitingly casual service and welcoming setting that have become the company’s signature over the past two decades.
Co-Founders Kevin Finn, Kevin Davies and Mark Edelson will continue Iron Hill’s company-wide commitment to giving back to the communities where their brewpubs are located through a range of ambitious and worthy charitable initiatives.
Head Brewer Doug Marchakitus will guide brewing operations in Huntingdon Valley after spending the past three years at Iron Hill North Wales, and will open with Iron Hill’s six house beers on draught. In addition, Iron Hill Huntingdon Valley will serve the brewery’s most award-winning beers spanning their 20 years in business, including Bedotter, Crusher and Mahalo, Apollo! Following Iron Hill’s forward-thinking brewpub model, where each individual location has their own head brewer, Marchakitus will be free to experiment with interesting ingredients in the brewhouse and will debut Hopicana, a brand new IPA brewed with Chinook hops and infused with orange zest.
Finn, Davies and Edelson enlisted Street Sense, a design firm with offices in Bethesda, MD and Washington, DC, to create their new Huntingdon Valley restaurant, featuring comfortable dining areas, an open kitchen and an exposed microbrewery. The architects have created a brighter, more contemporary design allowing for all-access views of the brewery, which is highly visible behind the bar and enclosed in glass. Iron Hill Huntingdon Valley’s open footprint also showcases convivial communal tables and reach-in refrigerators at the host stand, permitting guests ample opportunities to take home their most popular and award-winning seasonal beers in both 16-oz cans and 750mL reserve bottles.
Huntingdon Valley will also feature Iron Hill’s first-ever Beer Garden, an outdoor bar and patio area with 40 communal seats and tables, complemented by free-standing Adirondack chairs, that will remain open year-round, weather permitting. The outdoor bar, covered by a canopy, will include 16 draft taps and a thoughtful selection of house wines. The restaurant’s full menu of tantalizing shared plates and composed dishes will be offered to guests choosing to dine al fresco. The Beer Garden will open in early August.
Iron Hill Huntingdon Valley marks another massive step in the careful growth of the company, after announcing their partnership with A&M Capital Opportunities, a private-equity firm. With a sterling reputation for great beer, Iron Hill collected five medals at the 2016 World Beer Cup held this past May. Company-wide, their beers have accumulated 44 medals from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and 30 medals from the World Beer Cup (WBC), the nation’s top beer festivals, including WBC top honors of “Champion Brewery and Brewmaster” on three separate occasions (2010, 2012, 2014). In addition, their restaurants have earned more than 100 “Best of” nods from local and national publications.