Iron Hill racks up No. 6

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, the Delaware/Pennsylvania chain making its own niche in the East Coast market, is opening a sixth location.

The newest will be in October in Phoenixville, PA, a Philadelphia suburb, in October.

“We’re thrilled to open in the heart of this up-and-coming area,” says Iron Hill founding partner Kevin Finn, who along with Kevin Davies and Mark Edelson began the Iron Hill concept in 1996. Edelson is in charge of the brewing operations at each unit.

Tim Stumpf will head the new brewery. Steve Ciampaglia, who was executive chef at Iron Hill’s Media, PA, location, will oversee the kitchen operations.

Iron Hill’s beers have been awarded top honors at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), including “Large Brewpub of the Year 2005.” In the nine years Iron Hill has participated in the GABF, it has received 19 medals for its beers including: Belgian Strong (Gold 2005); Kriek De Hill (Gold 2005); and Ironbound Ale (Bronze 2005).

The chain, named after a Revolutionary War landmark in Delaware, was chosen by Philadelphia Magazine as "Best Brewpub in the Mid-Atlantic Region" this year.

To mark the upcoming 10th anniversary of its first unit, in Newark, DE, Iron Hill is planning a Belgian-style Trappist ale, similar to a Rochefort 10, a strong brown ale with an alcohol content of 10 percent or more. It will be released on Nov. 14.

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