Iron Hill Brewery
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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is an award winning chain of brewpubs in the Delaware Valley region. Founded in 1994 in Newark, Delaware, the chain is named after the nearby hill on which the Battle of Cooch's Bridge took place.
Iron Hill beers have medaled at every World Beer Cup since 2002 and at every Great American Beer Festival (GABF) since 1997. At the 2008 GABF, their Roggenbier, Vienna Red Lager, Saison, and Lambic de Hill were awarded gold medals. Their Cherry Dubbel took silver and Cassis de Hill took bronze. At the 2012 World Beer Cup, in addition to their beers earning two gold and a bronze medals, Iron Hill repeated their 2014 honors as the World Beer Cup's Champion Brewery and Brewmaster.
As of 2012, there are locations in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The chain's newest location recently opened in the Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Iron Hill also has locations in Newark and Wilmington in Delaware as well as Media, Phoenixville, North Wales, West Chester and Lancaster in Pennsylvania and Maple Shade, New Jersey.
Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant is a privately owned company run by the Chesapeake and Delaware Brewing Company. This restaurant and brewery serves their own, unique beers along with modern American cuisine. The casual restaurant in each location is divided into a bar area and an area with tables for dine-in. It was created “to operate establishments that provide the highest quality of fresh food, fresh beer, and great service”, according to Iron Hill’s mission statement. The company also strives to maintain a positive atmosphere for employees, customers and even the surrounding communities. In addition to creating unique brewing combinations and fresh cuisine, Iron Hill Restaurant and Brewery also gives back to the communities it is located in and is involved in several different charities. Each restaurant and brewery is paired with a different charity close to its location. The restaurant and brewery operates 9 different locations in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with several new locations expected to open in the future.
A historic Revolutionary War battleground in Delaware was the inspiration for the name “Iron Hill Restaurant and Brewery”. This battle site was where the revolting British colonies in what is now America fought against the British for their freedom and liberty. The American and French officers, General Washington and General Lafayette, earned a victory over the British and General Cornwallis in order to establish the United States.The company was formed in 1994 under the name “Iron Hill” and has grown to three different states with nine locations.
Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson began creating their own different types of beer in the 1990s. The two homebrewers would create a brew combination, test it, and then improve upon it. Eventually, they entered their hand crafted beers in different competitions and contests, and earned several accolades. After creating many award winning beers, they decided to create their own brewing company. However, they needed the guidance of someone who had been involved in the restaurant business, despite having backgrounds in advertising and engineering. With the hope of creating a successful restaurant and brewery, they sought out the help of Kevin Davis, who had 24 years of restaurant experience. Several years later, they established their company after accepting a $400,000 loan from the Small Business Administration and combining their personal savings. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (also known as Chesapeake and Delaware Brewing Company) opened on November 14th, 1996, in Newark, Delaware.
In the next decade, the company experienced significant growth in size and revenue. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant opened their second site in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1998, taking advantage of the $308,000 loan they received from another Small Business Administration program. Two years later, Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant had around $12 million in revenue from sales and three hundred employees. Iron Hill has also increased the amount of beer they can produce, because New Jersey state laws regarding how many barrels of beer brewing companies can make have become less strict. Companies used to be able to produce only 3,000 barrels every year. However, after restricting laws were changed, these companies can brew up to 10,000 barrels of beer per year. Microbreweries in New Jersey can now sell more to-go beers than they could before certain laws were changed. Companies can now sell 15.5 gallons of beer (equal to a keg) to go, as opposed to the previous amount of only two six packs. Iron Hill now sells a good amount of their beer to go, and earns a decent amount of revenue from it. The brewing company expanded to New Jersey after a change in state laws regarding microbreweries in 2013. Before the law was adjusted, restaurants that brewed their own beer combinations could only maintain 2 separate pubs and sell their beer on site, instead of at liquor stores and beer festivals. Now, brewing companies that run restaurants, like Iron Hill, can open up to 10 different pubs in the state of New Jersey, in addition to selling their beer in other locations. The changes made in New Jersey laws regarding the brewing process have vastly increased business for Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant and other microbreweries or restaurants that produce their own beer. Iron Hill operates one location in Maple Shade, New Jersey, and hopes to open several more in New Jersey within the next few years. The privately owned company has been able to increase the amount of locations and how much beer they can sell because of the change in New Jersey state beer laws. Today, the Chesapeake and Delaware Brewing Company runs nine different restaurants in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They employ around 800 people and continue to create more jobs, as they open new locations. The restaurant and brewery plans to operate 20 different locations in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, by adding one new location per year. Kevin Finn and his business partner, Mark Edelson, hope to open several more locations in the near future, including a two news sites in South Jersey.
Charity and Foundations
All the branches of Iron Hill Breweries and Restaurants also participate in community service. One of the main services that Iron Hill provides deals with one of their popular desserts, the Triple Chocolate Hill. For each Triple Chocolate Hill sold, every branch of Iron Hill Restaurants donates 75 cents to a charity called CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. CureSearch is a non-profit, national organization that helps fund advancements in research and technology in regards to childhood cancer. Along with this service that all Iron Hill branches provide, each individual branch also donates another 75 cents to a charity of their choice with each Triple Chocolate Hill sold. Below is a list of the specific charities that each Iron Hill branch donates to:
- Wilmington, Delaware branch donates to the Delaware HIV Consortium. This is a local, non-profit organization that’s goal is to make sure that enough HIV prevention and treatment services are provided throughout the state of Delaware.
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania branch donates to the local YMCA.
- Maple Shade, New Jersey branch donates to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This is a national organization which helps provide services to individuals and families that are affected by mental illness.
- West Chester, Pennsylvania branch donates to a charity called Home of the Sparrow. This organization’s mission is to provide services and shelter to homeless women and children.
- North Wales, Pennsylvania branch donates to the North Penn Valley Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club provides educational and recreational activities to local kids who usually are living in poverty.
- Newark, Delaware branch donates to a charity called Variety - The Children’s Charity of Greater Philadelphia. This local organization provides services to children with disabilities.
- Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania branch donates to Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels. This local, non-profit organization mission is to deliver meals to local individuals that are burdened by disability or old age.
- Phoenixville, Pennsylvania branch donates to Main Line Animal Rescue. This organization sets out to rescue animals that have been abused or mistreated.
- Media, Pennsylvania branch donates to Easter Seals Southeastern Pennsylvania. This organization goal is to help out in creating independence for people with disabilities. The Media branch also hosts a annual brewery festival with all proceeds going towards the Media Youth Group.
In addition to these charities that each Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant branch donates to, Iron Hill sponsors other charitable events such as Muscular Dystrophy Lock-Ups. These Lock-Ups benefit people with neuromuscular diseases by helping provide adequate medical clinics and summer camp opportunities for people suffering with these types of diseases. Iron Hill also participates in a unique event where they brew signature beer with former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jon Runyan. All the proceeds from this event go towards research and treatment of Cystic Fibrosis. Many branches also partner with local chapters of Habitat for Humanity.
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