Iron Hills Brewery with Mark Edelson – BeerSmith Podcast #203

by Brad Smith on November 15, 2019 · 0 comments

Mark Edelson joins me from Iron Hills Brewery to discuss the evolution of Craft Beer Brewing in the US.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (45:53)

  • This week I welcome Mark Edelson, brewer and co-founder of Iron Hill Brewery in Philadelphia. Mark joins me to discuss the early days as well as the evolution of Craft beer brewing in the US. Mark has brought home over 20 consecutive GABF awards as well as world beer cup awards.
  • Mark and I first discuss his early years in the early 1990’s when he started as a homebrewer.
  • He shares his transition to pro-brewing in the mid-1990’s and some of the reasons that drove him to open Iron Hills with his two partners.
  • Mark shares some of the challenges he ran into starting his first brewery in 1996.
  • We talk about some of the differences between home and professional brewing.
  • He shares some of his favorite beers over the years, as well as a few mistakes he made.
  • We discuss his dozens of GABF awards as well as some of the things that have made Iron Hills a success.
  • Mark shares his thoughts on the business aspects of brewing versus brewing itself.
  • We talk about the Craft Beer revolution in the 1990’s, the industry shakeout in the late 1990’s and also how Craft Beer has evolved.
  • Mark talks about his “Brew with a Legend” contest for home brewers where you can win the chance to brew your own beer on a professional system at Iron HIlls.
  • Mark shares some of his closing thoughts after nearly 30 years in brewing.


Thanks to Mark Edelson for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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