January 6, 2012

This weekend: Iron Hill Chestnut Hill

Paul Rutherford, Head Brewer Chestnut Hill
Iron Hill's 9th location- but first in Philadelphia County- opened this past Wednesday. Chestnut Hill hopheads have many an IPA to look forward to in 2012 because head brewer Paul Rutherford loves to brew them. 

He's made the move from Lancaster-where he spent the last three years riding Amtrak to get to work.  His dedication has paid off because he's commute has been cut down by hours. Now he gets to spend his days satiating the thirsty strollers on charming Germantown Ave as the new location is flanked by funky shops and galleries.
Kevin Finn, one of Iron Hill's founding partners, gets to scout out the brewpub group's locations. He shares, “We’ve wanted to join Philadelphia’s restaurant scene for a long time.  We were looking for a place with a vibrant community where we could become a part of a great neighborhood, and Chestnut Hill is exactly that."

This weekend is the PERFECT chance to head up there. You can even take The Chestnut Hill West Line and have a .2 mile (4 minute) walk.

And just think in the spring-- a nice bird-chirping bike ride through East falls, followed by beers in Mount Airy at Earth Bread + Brewery and/or the great Mcmenamins then a little west on Germantown and you're there. 


  1. I went this Saturday to meet a friend who lives in CH, and we were both very happy with the food and service. They have a large front bar section that looks out into the street, as well as some cozier dining areas in the back (nice and quiet - that's where we sat). Being in my post-holiday diet mode, I ordered the tuna from the healthy menu - it was delicious! And the seasonal Belgian beer was incredibly tasty (at a surprising 5.5%). It kind of tasted like a mashup of Rare Vos and German weiss. I would have taken a growler home if I hadn't just ravaged Total Wine...

    All in all, definite thumbs up. Oh, and they take Open Table reservations on their site.