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Iron Hill Brewery Brings "Feel Good" Food and Beer to Georgia

The most award-winning brewery east of the Mississippi opened its second GA location last summer.

Iron Hill Brewery Brings "Feel Good" Food and Beer to Georgia

On August 2, 2021, Dunwoody welcomed Iron Hill Brewery to its ranks – the 20th location for the most award-winning brewery east of the Mississippi.

It would be Iron Hill’s second location in Georgia, fast on the heels of a 2020 opening for a Buckhead location, which managed to find firm footing amidst pandemic chaos. How did they iron out the kinks? Here’s the inside scoop on one of Atlanta’s hottest new craft establishments.

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Fresh Iron in Dunwoody

Founded in 1996, in Newark, Delaware, Iron Hill distinguished itself as many other successful brands have – by focusing on quality and standards. The decision to ensure every location would brew beer onsite helped keep beers and creativity fresh. The model was in line with what craft is all about, and the results spoke for themselves.

The Dunwoody location, or Iron Hill Perimeter, boasts its own on-site craft brewing facility and scratch kitchen on top of a 7,500-square-foot space with seating for approximately 350 guests in the bar area and dining room plus additional patio seating. Its menu features Appetizers & Soups, Burgers & Sandwiches, Hearth Baked Pizzas, Salads, Entrees and several craft kitchen items inspired by award-winning beers – including the Vienna Red lager-battered Baja-Style Fish Tacos and the Chicken & Baby Back Ribs with Bedotter Ale barbecue glaze.

In addition to the core menu, the Head Chef offers rotating selections of feature dishes made to be paired with Iron Hill’s signature beers, and a rotating list of seasonal offerings made on site, which are available on tap. Online ordering, take out, delivery, plus beer to-go are also available at this location.

Iron Hill’s signature dessert, the Triple Chocolate Hill, is truly a “feel good” choice. For each one sold, Iron Hill donates $.75 to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, and another $.75 to a local charity. As part of this program, the Perimeter location partnered with Malachi’s Storehouse, an organization dedicated to addressing food insecurity in Metro Atlanta.

iron hill brewery dunwoody taproom and dining room before grand opening

Ironclad Legacy

The brewery gets its name from the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge, also known as the Battle of Iron Hill, fought on September 3, 1777, between the Continental Army and American militia, outside of Newark, Delaware, where Iron Hill was founded.

200 years later, Delaware local Kevin Finn began homebrewing with friend Mark Edelson, quickly entering and winning competitions for their beer. Not long after, they would partner with restaurant professional Kevin Davies to cement the core Iron Hill model, and within a year they would be an established brewery with a GABF gold medal win for their Lodestone Lager.

Iron Hill’s cycle of growth made a full revolution in 2020, when it opened a large-scale production brewery at the Exton, PA location, entering the off-premises retail beer market in Delaware and surrounding states.

A key to Iron Hill’s continued success is its proper delegation of power. Its general business ‘charter’ sets it up for success, and individual locations employ talented brewers, chefs and knowledgeable servers to fully localize each experience. Iron Hill Perimeter is no different.

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Iron Hill Perimeter Food and Beverage

There’s no shortage of beer to try at Iron Hill. With over 15 beers on draft and as many in cans, you’ll have plenty of styles to pair with the extensive food menu. Standouts include Imperial Stout, Bedotter Tripel and the Vienna Red Lager, each heavily decorated with GABF and World Beer Cup hardware. The newly canned Lemon Cerveza lager promises to quench summer thirst.

To add to its roster, Iron Hill also has a few Bottled Reserves, pieces of ‘drinkable history’ with a heap of medals to their names. These bombers are perfect for special occasions. These include Big Pig Porter, Russian Imperial Stout and Solzhenitsyn, a 9.8% aged version of the RIS named after the famous Russian novelist. These two sister beers have taken home 17 GABF and WBC medals between themselves, which says all you need to know about their quality.

The food menu is extensive. There are a dozen appetizers from fried Brussel sprouts to mushroom and brie egg rolls, as well as many soups and salads and shareable table foods such as warm mini croissants with housemade whipped orange honey butter – a good option to pair with the pineapple-infused INKredibly Juicy IPA.

You’ll find 12 burgers, sandwiches and tacos to choose from along with 10 Brewhouse Entrees from blackened chicken linguine to Moroccan salmon served with buttery mashed potatoes, haricots verts with toasted almonds, red onion jam, scallion sauce and lemon – perfect to pair with a Lemon Cerveza.

Iron Hill Perimeter’s menu is versatile enough to make it a perfect location for a light weekday lunch and happy hour drink or a weekend celebration with friends. You can keep things easy with finger foods and focus on the beer or come for an all-out feast. There may be wilder, more experimental options in Atlanta, but few can guarantee quality as confidently as Iron Hill.

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