Main Line Happenings: Ardmore Becoming Beer Destination

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Ardmore has become a beer geeks destination with the rise of Tired Hands Brewing. The tiny brewery  was just named to First We Feast’s 12 Bucket-List Breweries That Every Beer Lover Should Visit. The Main Line town has some other things happening as well. The eleventh Iron Hill Brewery location, grandly opened on Sunday at 44 Greenfield Avenue, just a block from Tired Hands. And speaking of Tired Hands, the brewery continues to make progress on its second Ardmore location. The larger location’s brewhouse was just delivered yesterday and the brewery will open in the first half of 2015.

The Saint James is closing. The much ballyhooed restaurant from Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500º) and Michael Schulson (Sampan, Izakaya) opened in 2012 but was slammed by critics. Schulson left the partnership earlier this year and Wasserman will close the restaurant on December 30th. Michael Klein reports that the space will undergo six weeks of renovations before producing what Wasserman says will be a “‘very family-friendly'” restaurant.

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Brewing Equipment Arrives at Iron Hill Ardmore

iron-hill-ardmore-equipment-400The Iron Hill Brewing Co.’s Ardmore location has been in the plans since at least December of 2012. And though it looked like it might not happen at all for a time, the brewing equipment has arrived on site today.

The brewpub will be located at 44 Greenfield Avenue and will be the eleventh location for the chain, which stretches from Newark, Delaware to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The brewpub is aiming to open before the end of the year and has named Paul Rutherford, formerly of Iron Hill Chestnut Hill as its head brewer. That move set off a chain reaction in the Iron Hill family. Chris LaPierre, who opened the Maple Shade location has moved to Chestnut Hill and Andrew Rubenstein will be brewing at Maple Shade, with Iron Hill Voorhees head brewer Kevin Walter overseeing both locations. Got it? Good.

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Local Brewers Bring Home Medals from Great American Beer Festival

gabf-2014Seventeen medals, including seven gold were brought home by local brewers this weekend from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Earth Bread + Brewery, Fegley’s Brew Works, Flying Fish, Sly Fox, Tröegs and Victory each were among the gold medal winners. Also a winner in its first year of existence, Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery.

Iron Hill also had a strong showing with three medals including two from its Media, PA location.

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Drink Award Winning Beer This Weekend

Nodding Head is pouring George's Fault | J. Fidance for Visit Philly

Nodding Head is pouring George’s Fault | J. Fidance for Visit Philly

Joe Sixpack makes a good point in his Daily News column today. Though the Great American Beer Festival is in October, the beers that are judged are due into Denver this weekend. That means local breweries that are submitting beers for judging are putting those beers on tap in Philadelphia this weekend. And Joe Sixpack being Joe Sixpack, he has where you should be heading.

Raise a glass to summer’s final days with local brewers’ championship beers and these beer events [Philadelphia Daily News]

New Happy Hour at Iron Hill

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All ten locations of Iron Hill Brewery have updated their happy hour offerings. Happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will feature $2 off seasonal beers, as well as $4 wine specials, $4 mixed drinks and $6 specialty cocktails. In addition, small plates and appetizers will be available for just $4 to $6.

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Eagles Specials for the Season Opener

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Tonight marks the beginning of the Chip Kelly era in Eagles football. And in this football crazed town that means bars are getting into the spirit by offering special Chip Kelly themed specials and other deals for the evening.

All ten Iron Hill Brewery locations will be offering the Chip Kelly burger. First served during Iron Hill’s burger month,  the Chip Kelly burger features Oregon blue cheese, a nod to Kelly’s previous job as head coach of the Oregon Ducks, as well as red onion confit, crushed potato chips and mushroom spread.

Shank’s Original on Delaware Avenue is offering “The Chip” tonight. $5 gets you a cheesesteak and bag of chips for $5.

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Iron Hill Voorhees Officially Opens Tonight

 

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This evening the second New Jersey and 10th overall location of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant officially opens in Voorhees Town Center. The mayor of Voorhees, Michael Mignogna along with the Iron Hill owners will be there for the ceremonial “First Pour” and then the brew pub will be officially open to the public at 5 p.m.

In the brewery will be Kevin Walter. Walter comes from Iron Hill’s Lancaster location where his Rauchtoberfest won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival.

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Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers Festival Is This Saturday

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Iron Hill Brewery will be hosting the Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers Festival this Saturday, May 18, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Iron Hill’s Media location. 25 breweries from all over the Brandywine Valley will be showcasing their brews at the event, which will also feature live music. Tickets to the event cost $45 if you are drinking and $5 if you get stuck as the designated driver. Make sure you get your tickets fast because there are only a handful left. Food prepared by the Iron Hill Brewery will be pay as you go. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Media Youth Center.

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