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Tuesday, October 11, 2011


October 11, 2011
CONTACT: Profile Public Relations
Clare Pelino or Jennie Hatton


WILMINGTON, DE – Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, with eight locations in the mid-Atlantic region, brought home three medals from this year’s prestigious Great American Beer Festival (GABF), held in Denver, CO:  Head Brewer Bob Barrar (Media, PA);  Head Brewer Vince DesRosiers (North Wales, PA);  and Head Brewer Chris Lapierre (Maple Shade, NJ).  Marking their 15th consecutive year as GABF medal winners, this latest win brings Iron Hill’s company-wide total to 35 medals.
“Competing in the GABF is a huge honor,” says Director of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson.  “We are tremendously proud of all our talented brewers, particularly Vince, Chris and Bob, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate 15 years of consecutive wins as a team.”  
Iron Hill’s award-wining beers are: 
·         Russian Imperial Stout, a silver medal winner for “Imperial Stout,” from Media, PA.  Iron Hill’s most “decorated” beer from Iron Hill’s most “decorated” brewer, Bob Barrar, who has won a medal at the GABF for 10 consecutive years.  Russian Imperial Stout’s medals include:  GABF gold medal 2010;  GABF gold medal 2006;  GABF gold medal 2003;  World Beer Cup [WBC] gold medal 2010;  WBC bronze medal 2006.
A full-bodied beer that starts with a complex malty sweet and high roasted character, wonderfully balanced with the generous use of citrusy American hops. 
·         Vienna Red Lager, a bronze medal winner for “Vienna-Style Lager,” from Maple Shade, NJ. GABF gold medal 2008;  GABF bronze medal 1999;  and WBC silver medal, 2008.
One of Iron Hills “house” beers, a wildly popular European amber lager with delicate malt aroma, slight sweetness and a clean, crisp finish.
·         Grand Inquisitor, a bronze medal winner for “Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout,” from North Wales, PA.  DesRosier’s first GABF medal-winner, an exciting achievement and a milestone for all Iron Hill Head Brewers. 
Russian Imperial Stout, aged in bourbon barrels, with complex malt character balanced by distinct bourbon flavors.

The GABF is an annual event celebrating the best in American brewing culture.  This year’s competition attracted more than 46,000 visitors, including 3,930 beers from 526 breweries in 48 states, plus Puerto Rico, vying for the 248 medals.  Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 84 beer categories, establishing the best examples of each style in the U.S.  For more information, including a complete list of winners, please visit www.gabf.org
Founded by home brewers Edelson and Kevin Finn and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is the region’s fastest-growing restaurant group, blossoming from one restaurant and brewery to eight locations across the mid-Atlantic.  Each 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.  Their acclaimed beers have accumulated a wealth of awards from the nation’s top beer festivals, and their restaurants have earned more than 100 “Best of” nods from local and national publications. 
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant’s eight locations include:  Newark, DE (147 East Main Street, 302-266-9000);  Wilmington, DE (710 South Madison Street, 302-472-2739);  Media, PA (30 East State Street, 610-627-9000);  West Chester, PA (3 West Gay Street, 610-738-9600);  North Wales, PA (1460 Bethlehem Pike, 267-708-2000);  Phoenixville, PA (130 East Bridge Street, 610-983-9333);  Lancaster, PA (781 Harrisburg Pike, 717-291-9800);  and Maple Shade, NJ (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300).   Their ninth location, in Chestnut Hill, PA, is projected to open in 2011.
For more information about Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit www.ironhillbrewery.com.  You can also like them on Facebook at Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant and follow them on Twitter @ironhillbrewery.  

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