In its 20 years, Iron Hill Brewery has built itself an empire, an empire that’s virtually cornered the Philly suburb brewpub market. Twelve locations exist between Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, and come spring 2018, a 13th will be added to the line-up, but it won’t be in a suburb.
Number 13 will be 8,450 square feet of brewpub inside the upcoming East Market project, smack-dab in Center City (1150 Market Street), serving as the company’s first-ever urban location.
Last year, Iron Hill armed itself with a new investor in A&M Capital Opportunities which CEO Kevin Finn said would help massively expand Iron Hill brand to 20 locations by 2020. And just like that, a few months later, it opened a Huntingdon Valley brewpub, complete with the a summer beer garden. Obviously, opening in the $16 million dollar mixed-use urban development will be a little more intensive — a bustling metropolitan city block is no suburban shopping mall — the stakes are higher and the competition is fierce. But when it does open, it’ll become the model for all urban Iron Hills to come. Given that the company’s already invested so heavily into the surrounding region, launching its urban-experiment in Philly only makes sense.