WHISKEY PLACES – Iron Hill Brewery

We hit up the Iron Hill Brewery for lunch before seeing the new Batman movie yesterday. We were seated in one of the long wooden booths as we were a party of five, and the only reason I comment on it is that the table and seats were so tight as to be just barely comfortable. My son and his girlfriend are each like 100lbs, and they sat on on side while the bigger adults sat on the other. Even with the table against their chests, the adults just barely squeezed it. So if you are a bigger person, don’t get a booth.

I had the Baja Fish Tacos, which are my favorite.

The fix is light and the coating nice and crispy, while the slaw and other toppings just blend so well together.

For my libation I selected the Kentucky Connection.

It is made from Maker’s Mark, Amaretto, and expressed orange peel. Is it technically a Manhattan? I’m not sure, but I’m going to consider it a Manhattan for the purposes of this review.

The Kentucky Connection itself doesn’t look like much. It is ice, the drink, and two mixing straws. It doesn’t even have the orange peel as a garnish, so not overly visually appealing.

Kentucky Connection

On the flip side the drink is tasty. I normally consider Maker’s Mark to be an easy to get, but moderate quality bourbon, so I was skeptical about how this Kentucky Connection would fare and I was pleasantly surprised. It is a tad sweet, but it sips very smoothly and ends with a nice orange finish.

I might just have to get get me a bottle of Maker’s Mark and some Amaretto to see if I can reproduce this.

This Kentucky Connection scores an 71/100, making it very Sip Worthy. What cost Iron Hill some points?

  • Overall there is not a huge selection of bourbons at Iron Hill Brewery, which kind of makes sense as they focus on beer.
  • It can get pricey very quickly.
  • Some of the booths are oddly tight. Like my son and his girlfriend are under a hundred pounds each, and they could barely squeeze into the one edge of the booth. (Maybe it was just that booth?)
  • The roofing on the first floor is metal and it gets so loud you can’t have a conversation if you are inside.

Overall, the Kentucky Connection is worth the trip, and I absolutely love their Baja Fish Tacos but next time we will wait for a warmer day and eat outside so we can hear each talk.

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Saltgrass SteakhouseOrlando, FL91LowManhattan
The Irish Whisper National Harbor, MD90Moderate to HighManhattan
Tortoise Supper ClubChicago, IL85HighManhattan
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks National Harbor, MD80ModerateManhattan
The Dead RabbitNew York, NY75HighManhattan & Old Fashioned
Iron Hill BreweryWilmington, DE71Moderate to HighManhattan
Cadillac Ranch National Harbor, MD70ModerateManhattan
Harry's Savoy GrillWilmington, DE67HighManhattan
Ted's Montana GrillNewark, DE66ModerateOld Fashioned
Creekside InnWoodstown, NJ65Low to ModerateManhattan
roanokeChicago, IL55HighManhattan
Blue Line Lounge & BarChicago, IL53ModerateManhattan
Montserrat ManorPunta Cana, Dominican Republic35HighManhattan
Dave & BustersDeptford, NJ30Moderate to HighManhattan
Cock'n BullLahaska, PA26HighManhattan & Old Fashioned
The Brass Tap National Harbor, MD25ModerateManhattan
Big Fish GrillWilmington, DE10HighManhattan
The LegendNew Castle, DE5LowManhattan
TGI FridaysNew Castle, DE1Low to ModerateManhattan

Cost Scale

Up to $30 per person – Low Cost

$31 to $50 per person – Moderate Cost

$51 and above per person – High Cost