Specific gravity is a measure of the density of the beer wort (unfermented beer) compared to water. It indicates the amount of sugar present, which affects the alcohol content. Original Gravity (OG) measures the sugar content before fermentation, while Final Gravity (FG) measures it after fermentation.
Off-flavors are undesirable tastes or aromas that can develop in beer due to various factors like improper brewing techniques, contamination, or aging. Common off-flavors include skunkiness, diacetyl (buttery flavor), acetaldehyde (green apple flavor), and oxidation (stale or cardboard-like taste).
Proper pouring techniques can enhance the presentation and taste of beer. General guidelines include holding the glass at a slight angle while pouring, allowing a moderate amount of foam (head) to form, and serving the appropriate amount in the glass. Pouring methods can vary depending on the beer style.
Malting is the process of converting barley (or other grains) into malt. It involves steeping the grains in water, allowing them to germinate, and then halting the germination by drying them with hot air. This activates enzymes that convert starches into fermentable sugars, which are essential for brewing.
Beer culture encompasses the social, historical, and cultural aspects associated with beer. This includes the traditions, brewing techniques, beer festivals, and the role of beer in different societies. Exploring beer culture can be fascinating and provide insights into regional beer styles and customs.
During the Revolutionary War, a fierce battle is fought atop Iron Hill, outside of Newark, Delaware. Soldiers fight for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – unaware that in more than 200 years, a group of Delaware locals will exercise that right to pursue happiness by opening a brewery right down the road. They will name it Iron Hill in honor of what the soldiers fought for.
Kevin Finn, one of those Delaware locals, receives a homebrewing kit from his wife for his birthday in 1990. What starts as a hobby soon becomes a passion. His friend, Mark Edelson, takes an interest and begins brewing with him. Soon, they decide to enter their beers in competitions. Surprising even themselves, they start bringing home some impressive awards.
During 1994 the duo begins to wonder, “Could we do this for a living?” Lucky for them, a friend introduces them to Kevin Davies, an experienced restaurant professional. It only takes a few conversations to decide that together they could open an innovative brewery and restaurant concept. It’s time to take the brewing out of Kevin’s basement!
On November 14th, 1996, Iron Hill officially pours its first beer and serves its first dish at 147 E Main St in Newark, Delaware. A year later in September, the team decides to swing for the fences. At less than a year old, Iron Hill enters the American Brewer’s Association’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the industry’s premiere competition. Newcomers to the scene, they take the crowd and critics by surprise when their Lodestone Lager wins a gold medal. It is the first of many.
The trio decides to open a second location in West Chester, PA in 19978. They determined, quite boldly, that it, and every future location, would have an on-site brewery. They wanted to guarantee the same quality, freshness, and innovation that had made their first location so successful. Opening day arrives, and the annual West Chester Restaurant Festival is going on right outside. The crowd is so large that they must close for the next few days just to regain inventory and catch their breath
The team decides to up the ante and take their beers to an even bigger stage than the Great American Beer Festival. In May of 2010 they attend the World Beer Cup, the largest global beer judging event. Already excited about the impressive number of medals they have won over the duration of the conference, they are overwhelmed to hear their name called as the world’s “Best Brewpub”. They go on to win again in 2014 and finish as a runner-up in 2016 only by a tie-breaker.
Just in time for their official 20-year celebration in 2016, the team brings back a medal from the Great American Beer Festival. It is, serendipitously, their 20th consecutive year bringing home a GABF award. With years’ worth of awards close by, they celebrate the monumental anniversary with a company-wide toast on November 14th.
With an aggressive goal of having 20 restaurant and brewery locations open by the year 2020, 2018 featured four new locations added to the Iron Hill family. The month of May included grand openings in Greenville, South Carolina, IHB’s first expansion outside of the traditional mid-Atlantic region and an additional Delaware spot located in the popular Rehoboth Beach area. Later in the year, new locations were unveiled in Center City Philadelphia and Hershey, PA to engage craft beer and scratch food fans throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
Amidst construction disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, Iron Hill continues to push forward with two location openings by the end 2020: one in Atlanta, GA, and the second in Exton, PA, which will open as Iron Hill Brewery TapHouse, the first of its kind offering a polished casual dining experience with innovative menu items that pair with IHB’s award-winning beer in a more laid-back environment than the traditional brewery & restaurant setting. Additionally, with the new, large scale production brewery at the Exton location, Iron Hill entered the off-premise beer market, making it even easier for fans to enjoy Iron Hill’s locally brewed beer with availability at retail markets in Delaware and, soon, Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is a privately owned company that produces distinctive, full-flavored handcrafted beers, accompanied by inspired yet informal New American cuisine in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. The goal has always been to produce food and beer that is fresh and inspired, consistently crafted and presented by a knowledgeable and courteous service staff.
Sour – Fruited
Level up with our insanely drinkable passionfruit orange guava (POG) combination. The tropical fruit flavors and a touch of tartness make this beer a true champ
Stout – Irish Dry
Brewed with an unreasonable amount of oat flakes and dry hopped with Sabro, Mosaic, and Citra hops. Super creamy, Notes of juicy fruit, crushed mango and pineapple
IPA – American
Intense grapefruit and pine flavor with bracing bitterness. When someone falls in love with hops, they experience a Lupulin Shift.
IPA – New England / Hazy
This hazy, New England style IPA’s been crafted by our finest, tight-pants wearing brewers. It’s a blend of wheat and oats, unironically dry hopped with All American hops. Notes of melon, mango and pine lead to flavor so cool it’ll curl your mustache.
Pilsner – German
An earthy, bready, crisp tasting German Pilsner
Sour – Other
Light, tart, and sessionable contemporary gose fermented with sweet cherry puree and spiced with coriander and Himalayan pink salt. Come get some before it’s “Outta Here!”
IPA – American
All flavor, no pulp. Brewed using real oranges, this hop-forward IPA tastes like it came straight from the grove. It’s as refreshing and juicy as it is big and bold. Technically it’s a West Coast IPA, but we think it drinks more like a cold glass of fresh squeezed OJ.