We’re going to run out of ways to say it: Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant continues to take land along the east. Founders Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies have decreed that their brewery’s 14th location will open in the Summer of 2018 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. This will be the third Delaware location for the Wilmington-based company.
“As we continue to grow, we also wanted to deepen our commitment to our Delaware roots,” says President and Co-Founder Finn. “Our guests have long asked for us to open a location at the beach, and we are excited to join the thriving restaurant and brewing community in Rehoboth.”
Iron Hill Rehoboth Beach will reflect the same open and family-friendly atmosphere found inside all of their locations in the region. The menu will highlight their original chef-driven and brewery-inspired philosophy, with gentle nods to seasonal beers and regional ingredients, including their Gold Medal Stout dessert, an educational partnership with the University of Delaware that combines hand-churned chocolate ice cream with Iron Hill’s gold-medal-winning Russian Imperial Stout.
Get to know Iron Hill
Finn, Edelson and Davies started Iron Hill at a time when small breweries were just beginning to gain mass appeal around the country and their forward-thinking concept — each individual location has their own head brewer — helped change overall perceptions about brewpubs. Delaware has seen a significant craft brewing boom in recent years, and Iron Hill’s long-standing popularity among locals helped lead to the state tourism agency’s development of the Visit Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail in 2010. Iron Hill Rehoboth Beach will join fellow craft beer pioneer Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and six other breweries operating in Southern Delaware, one of the trendiest destinations for craft beer in the United States.
Since opening its original brewery and restaurant in Newark, Delaware in 1996, Iron Hill has remained dedicated to producing from-scratch food and hand-crafted beers in a warm and hospitable setting. Their 2016 equity investment from A&M Capital Opportunities positioned them to continue their plan for careful growth, with more brewer-driven locations expected to open over the next several years.
Iron Hill has been involved in the communities it serves, especially in Wilmington and Newark. Since 2005, the company has donated more than $260,000 to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer throughout the region, helped raise more than $230,000 to support efforts of the Food Bank of Delaware in the past three years and given back over $70,000 in additional support to various charitable partners across Delaware alone over the past decade, including: Water is Life Kenya, UDance, Grand Opera House and Variety — The Children’s Charity.
Named after the historic Revolutionary War landmark in Delaware, where General George Washington battled the British, Iron Hill has a 20-year consecutive winning streak at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), including 45 total medals. Iron Hill has also earned the coveted “World Champion Brewpub” title at the World Beer Cup (WBC) three times and Brewpub of the Year title at GABF once.