Sunday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. marks the "first pour" at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant's first Main Line location.
It now fills a former carpet store in Ardmore Plaza (60 Greenfield Ave., 610-228-2280). (For all the chatter and whining about the dearth of parking in that center, know that Iron Hill has struck a deal with the shopping center across the street.)
Iron Hill, a giant in the region, counterbalances Ardmore's tiny Tired Hands Brewing Co.
Head brewer Paul Rutherford, formerly at Iron Hill Chestnut Hill, opens with eight beers on tap, including: Crusher, a light session IPA low in alcohol but loaded with Cascade, Amarillo and Nelson hops; Biere de Garde, a classic French farmhouse beer, amber-colored and brewed with lager yeast; Belgian Pale Ale, a medium-bodied, copper-colored Belgian session ale with fruity yeast character and spicy, light citrusy hop character; and Pioneer Pils, a pre-Prohibition style pilsner, with flaked corn and whole-leaf Hallertau hops.
Starting Monday, Dec. 15, it will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Something-for-everyone menu includes soups, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and entrees.
Sandvold Blanda Architecture + Interiors, which have designed all 11 Iron Hills, went with an open kitchen and an exposed microbrewery. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to the street and a beer-inspired mural, created by artist Jeff Schaller, set the scene.
Floor covering is slate, for the record.