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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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Key peopleKevin Finn, Mark Edelson, Kevin Davies
Iron Hill's 2018 King of the Hill membership mugs.
Iron Hill's 2018 King of the Hill membership mugs.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (Iron Hill) is a scratch brewery and craft restaurant founded in 1996 in Newark, Delaware. The company is recognized for their craft kitchen concept and award-winning beers. Iron Hill has claimed 47 medals over 21 consecutive years at the Great American Beer Festival, along with several World Beer Cup and restaurant awards.[1]


Iron Hill was founded in 1996 by Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson, and Kevin Davies. Soccer friends, Finn and Edelson, enjoyed home brewing in the early 1990s; their love of beer inspired the duo to create a business plan for a future brew pub.[2]

Finn and Edelson began raising money, researching the restaurant industry, and visiting location sites for a potential brew pub in the early 1990s. Eventually, the two invited Kevin Davies, a career restauranteur, as a third partner in their venture. Finn acquired money through family and an SBA loan to open the first Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant on Main Street in Newark, Delaware.[2]

The team estimated that the Newark restaurant would produce $2 million in sales within the first year, however their success in the college centric town produced an extra million in revenue, which can be attributed to food sales.[2]

Origin of Iron Hill name and brand[edit]

Finn discovered the geographic landmark, Iron Hill, in a Delaware book of maps, which explained the site's rich historical background. Finn, Edelson, and Davies chose the company's name after discovering that Iron Hill is considered the highest hill in Delaware and was the site of a significant battle during the Revolutionary War known as the Battle of Cooch's Bridge.[2]

The company's mark is a bird holding barley and hops, which represents two main ingredients found in beer.[2]


One of Iron Hill Brewery's signature beers, Iron Hill Light Lager.
One of Iron Hill Brewery's signature beers, Iron Hill Light Lager.

Iron Hill Brewery exclusively serves its own beers and offers new American cuisine. Each location brews a variety of beers that are influenced by the season. The brewery's goal is to focus on small batches of beer that are creative and in line with desirable styles and flavors.[2] Currently, hop forward session IPAs are trending in America, and according to Edelson, the brewery aims to offer beers in line with this and other trends.[3]

Each location carries 6 signature beers that consistently remain on tap:[4]

Iron Hill Light Lager: Low calorie, light, refreshing lager with minimal hop and malt flavors. (ABV: 4%)

Vienna Red Lager™ (previously known as Ironbound Ale): Medium-bodied European lager with caramel, malty flavors. (ABV: 4.4%)

White Iron Wit®: Unfiltered Belgian-style wheat beer with orange and coriander flavors. (ABV: 4.6%)

Witberry®: Unfiltered Belgian-style wheat beer with orange, coriander, and raspberry flavors. (ABV: 4.6%)

Ore House IPA®: Traditional American-style IPA was citrus and pine flavors. (ABV: 6.5%)

Pig Iron Porter®: Medium-bodied porter with notes of chocolate and coffee. (ABV: 5.6%)


A 4-pack of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant's most award winning beer, Russian Imperial Stout.
A 4-pack of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant's most award winning beer, Russian Imperial Stout.

Great American Beer Festival Awards 1997-2018:[5]

Year Award Beer
1997, 2000 Gold, Bronze

Munchener-Style Helles Category

Lodestone Lager
1998, 2001 Bronze

Scotch Ale Category

Wee Heavy
2008, 2011 Gold, Bronze

Vienna-Style Lager Category

Vienna Red Lager
1999 Bronze

Vienna-Style Lager Category

Vienna Lager
1999, 2000 Gold, Bronze

Bock Category

2002, 2003, 2004, 2014 Bronze, Bronze, Bronze, Silver

Belgian-Style Abbey Ale Category

Belgian-Style Triple Category

2002, 2010 Bronze, Gold

Robust Porter Category

Pig Iron Porter
2003 Bronze

Munchener-Style Dunkel Category

Munich Dunkel
2003, 2008 Gold

Belgian-Style Sour Ale Category

Lambic de Hill
2003, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 Gold, Gold, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Silver, Silver, Silver

Imperial Stout Category

Russian Imperial Stout
2004 Bronze

Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer Category

Bourbon Russian
2005   Bronze

American-style Pale Ale Category

Ironbound Ale
2005, 2015 Gold, Silver

Belgian-Strong Specialty Ale Category

The Cannibal
2005 Gold

Belgian-style Sour Ale Category

Kreik de Hill
2006 Bronze

Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer Category

Bourbon Ivan
2008 Bronze

Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale Category

Cassis de Hill
2008 Silver Medal

Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer Category

Cherry Dubbel
2008 Gold

French and Belgian-Style Category

2008, 2012 Bronze

Rye Beer Category

2009 Silver

American-Style Sour Ale Category

Raspberry Torte
2009 Gold

German-Style Schwarzbier Category

2011 Bronze

Barrel / Wood Aged Stout Category

Grand Inquisitor
2012 Bronze

American-Style Black Ale Category

Black IPA
2012 Silver

Smoke Beer Category

2014 Bronze

English-Style IPA Category

Burton IPA
2014 Silver

Rye Ale Category

Rye of the Tiger
2016 Bronze

Bock Category

Bridge St. Bock
2017, 2018 Silver, Bronze

Aged Beer Category


The company has also won several World Beer Cup and restaurant awards spanning from 2002-2018.[6]


  1. "Iron Hill Earns 47th Medal in 21-Year Winning Streak at Great American Beer Festival 2017 | Philly Beer Scene". Beerscenemag.com. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Interview with Kevin Finn, 2016 February 2 | Hagley Digital Archives". Digital.hagley.org. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  3. "Interview with Mark Edelson, 2016 February 2 | Hagley Digital Archives". Digital.hagley.org. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  4. "Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant Announces 10th Location in Voorhees, NJ - All About Beer". All About Beer. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  5. Association, Brewers. "Past Winners - Great American Beer Festival". Great American Beer Festival. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  6. "Awards". Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant. Retrieved 2018-12-03.

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