30 March 2009
IRON HILL BREWERY & RESTAURANT
ANNOUNCES HEAD BREWER CHRIS LAPIERRE
FOR NEW LOCATION IN MAPLE SHADE, NJ
MAPLE SHADE, NJ – The region’s most celebrated brewery and dining destination, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, is pleased to announce that Chris LaPierre will take the reins as head brewer at their eighth location in Maple Shade, New Jersey (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300). LaPierre, a native of South Jersey, is a veteran of Iron Hill West Chester, where he served as head brewer for the past six years. Iron Hill Maple Shade is scheduled to open in July 2009.
“I’m very excited to be a part of the team at Maple Shade, to bring our beers to a new audience,” says LaPierre, who is also Iron Hill’s company-wide safety committee chairman. “I’ve even involved myself with the construction of the brewery itself, to make sure that I have a hand on every beer that leaves our facility.”
LaPierre is the winner of five medals for Iron Hill: gold (for Cannibal and Saison) and bronze (for Bourbon Baltic Porter and Ironbound Ale) at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and silver (for Cannibal) at the World Beer Cup. He is an avid cyclist who founded West Chester Cycling Club and plans to ride to work in Maple Shade from his home in Center City, Philadelphia. He was also instrumental in creating the popular “Belgium Comes to West Chester” event, an annual celebration of local breweries that craft Belgian-style ales which is well-attended by the brewers themselves and highlights as many as 25 area offerings. LaPierre began his career at Iron Hill in 2002, bringing to bear his experience working at Philadelphia’s Dock Street Brewery and Boston’s Harpoon Brewery.
“We are pleased and proud to turn this exciting responsibility over to Chris LaPierre,” said Iron Hill’s Director of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson. “His sterling record with us and his commitment to producing the finest quality beers give us great confidence in his ability to perform in his new role.”
Iron Hill Maple Shade will accommodate 280 guests and serve Iron Hill’s menu of new American favorites alongside an impressive selection of their celebrated, house-brewed beers, including: Vienna Red Lager, an Austrian lager with bread-y malt aroma and a clean, crisp finish; Pig Iron Porter, dark, flavorful and chocolate-y with good balance and a slight bitterness; Raspberry Wheat, a filtered American wheat beer with a touch of natural raspberry flavor; and Ironbound Ale, a celebration of American ales made from the nation’s finest hops varieties such as Cascade, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook. Iron Hill Maple Shade is set to open in July 2009.
Since 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has consistently been recognized for its outstanding beers and cuisine, accruing over 100 “Best of” awards from regional magazines. Their hand-crafted beers have also won acclaim and in total, they have received 39 medals from the three most prestigious beer events, the GABF, World Beer Cup and Real Ale Festival. They operate seven award-winning locations: Newark, DE; Wilmington, DE; Media, PA; West Chester, PA; North Wales, PA; Phoenixville, PA and Lancaster, PA.For more information about Iron Hill, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit their website at http://www.ironhillbrewery.com/.