Posted on July 27th, 2009
As a Delaware native, I’ve long been proud of local craft-brew heroes Dogfish Head. So when the Beeriety team expressed an interest in touring their facilities, I called my parents and said I’d be home for the weekend – with a team of beer-experts in tow!
On Friday afternoon, Carleton, Ryan, Chris, and I left Boston behind us and hit the road for my home-town of Dover. We got into Delaware just before 10:00pm and decided to stop off in Newark for some food and a few beers at my favorite college haunts, Iron Hill Brewery. Iron Hill is a small, Delaware-based Brewpub chain with locations in DE, PA and recently NJ, known for their award-winning beers and their innovative cuisine (cheesesteak egg rolls? Yeah, they have that.)
Each of the guys got a flight, which consisted of 4 oz. pour of all EIGHT of their current taps, plus an additional pour of their cask-conditioned Pig-Iron Porter. [As the driver, I limited myself to one pint of their delicious Vienna Red Lager. Safety first.] The list consisted of their year-round brews and several seasonals, including a German Pilsner, a Hefeweizen and a Belgian Witbier brewed with coriander and orange-peel. Our waitress was knowledgeable and helpful, taking special care to explain the characteristics of each different beer-type (often offering comparisons to more well-known brews), what to look for when sampling each one, and a suggested-order for tasting specific beers. All in all, Iron Hill provided us with an excellent jump-start to a very beer-filled weekend!
Stay tuned for Carleton’s take on DFH’s Brewery and Brewpub!