On Saturday, October 8, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant earned their 45thmedal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), extending their record-setting 20-year consecutive winning streak, the longest by a craft brewery in GABF history. Founders Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies are proud to congratulate their talented team of brewers, as Iron Hill commemorates their 20th year in business this November.
Iron Hill’s award-winning beer, Bridge Street Bock, was brewed by Matt Gundrum, the head brewer at their Phoenixville, PA location. The beer earned a bronze medal in the Bock category, its second GABF medal; it also earned a World Beer Cup (WBC) bronze in 2014 under the name Bock. Iron Hill’s 20-year run is the longest by a craft brewer and represents an unprecedented history of excellence. In addition to their success at GABF, Iron Hill has long been recognized as an innovator in the hospitality industry and earned the coveted “World Champion Brewpub” title at the WBC three times and Brewpub of the Year title at GABF once.
To put Iron Hill’s remarkable achievement in perspective, consider the ever-changing landscape and overall state of the craft beer industry in the United States. In 1997, the first year Iron Hill participated at GABF, there were only 1,700 total beers entered in the competition, from just 400 breweries nationwide in only 50 categories. In 2016, an estimated 7,227 total beers were submitted and judged at GABF, from 1,752 breweries nationwide in 95 categories – an astronomical jump that further proves Iron Hill’s dedication and commitment to brewing the highest quality beer.
“Our established history of earning national awards for our beers, along with our many repeat wins such as Bridge Street Bock, is a testament to the exceptional quality and consistency of our beers as a result of standards set by our brewers,” says Iron Hill’s Director of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson. “Each of our 12 locations has their own individual head brewer each of whom brews world class beer day in and day out. We’re proud to recognize our winners and congratulate them as they carry on our winning ways.”
Iron Hill has earned 45 medals in 20 consecutive years at GABF. Their most award-winning beers include:
About Iron Hill…Founded by home brewers Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE 20 years ago, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to 12 locations across the mid-Atlantic. Each restaurant is dedicated to producing and serving top-quality hand-crafted beers and cuisine in a warm and hospitable setting, and all are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. In 2014, Zagat honored Iron Hill by naming them the most popular restaurant in Philadelphia, and their beers have earned 45 medals from the Great American Beer Festival in an unbroken 20-year winning streak that continues today. They debuted their 12th location, in Huntingdon Valley, PA, in August 2016.