Iron Hill brews up location in South Carolina

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Wilmington-based Iron Hill Brewery plans to open its first brewpub south of the Mason-Dixon line in Greenville, SC.

Founders Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies announced the location, which will open in Spring2018.

The more than 7,500 square foot space was designed by Boulder-based Bray Architecture and will have a seating capacity of 250 including a bar area and outdoor space.

“ The Carolinas continue to be a hotbed of activity for the craft beer industry with Greenville as one of the more prominent cities within that fold,” says Finn. “ Our team is thrilled to become part of this vibrant community and assist with its growth through new jobs and a new place to enjoy great food, great beer and each other.”

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Up until now, the company has focused on Delaware and the Delaware Valley region with upscale casual restaurants, each with a small brewery. Each of the dozen Iron Hills brews its own beer and does not offer other brands.

In the works are new locations in Rehoboth Beach and Center City Philadelphia.

Iron Hill got its start a quarter of a century ago in Newark. Its name is derived from a Newark landmark that was the site of iron mining. The hill played a role in the Revolutionary War as a lookout post for George Washington’s troops as the British marched toward Philadelphia after landingonthe Chesapeake Bay.

Iron Hill went on to expand into Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with Main Street, riverfront and strip center locations.

The company earlier announced plans to expand beyond its current footprint, with the help of a private equity investor.

Greenville, a fast-growing city at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, has attracted technology companies. BMW’s assembly plant is a half an hour away in Spartanburg, a part of a metropolitan area.

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