Kim Boerema named CEO of Iron Hill as Kevin Finn is Appointed CoB (Press Release)

IRON HILL BREWERY AND RESTAURANT NAMES

KIM BOEREMA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Kevin Finn Appointed Chairman of the Board

Wilmington, DE (June 5, 2018) – Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant (“Iron Hill” or the “company”), a globally acclaimed and award-winning scratch kitchen and craft brewery, today announced a management and Board-level transition that will accelerate the company’s growth trajectory throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Culinary veteran Kim Boerema has been named chief executive officer following the appointment of Kevin Finn to chairman of the board.

Mr. Finn, a co-founder of the company, has spent more than 20 years at the helm of Iron Hill.  Under his leadership and that of co-founders Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies, Iron Hill employs more than 1400 staff members, has operations in 14 locations, and is poised for further expansion. The three founders remain active in every aspect of the business, ensuring a fully integrated and authentic food and beer experience – from Tap to Table.

“I’m honored that our Board has entrusted me with the great responsibilities of chairmanship,” said Mr. Finn, who will also lead the company’s real estate ventures.  “My time as president has been incredibly rewarding, but this is both the next logical step for me, and the right time to take it. Our foundation is strong, our processes and protocols sound, and our staff is the best in the business. I am genuinely proud of them and pleased to turn over day-to-day command to Kim, an outstanding leader whose business acumen, drive and operational knowledge foster success at every turn.”

 Mr. Boerema comes to Iron Hill from The California Pizza Kitchen (“CPK”), where he served as chief operating officer.  Prior to his seven years at CPK, Mr. Boerema was a vice president of Texas Roadhouse, a regional vice president of Brinker International, and a general manager of Bennigan’s.  He is a seasoned executive with 32 years of leadership experience in the culinary industry.  During that time he opened more than 200 restaurants across the country.

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Kim Boerema

“I am privileged to become the CEO of Iron Hill,” said Mr. Boerema.  “For years I have been a fan of the brewery and restaurant, seeing firsthand the pride, artistry, effort and raw talent of its staff. There is attention to detail in every meal and beer, all made from scratch using the finest ingredients; care and precision with every plating and pour; and an insistence that absolute freshness is not an optional luxury, but a self-imposed demand by the men and women of Iron Hill so that every guest receives the best.

“As we move forward and continue our strategic expansion, I see great things ahead for our guests, staff and this company.”

Iron Hill serves local communities, brews its own craft beers on-site, and offers a full food menu made from scratch daily. It prides itself on excellent service and direct engagement with the guest throughout the entire experience.  Demonstrative of the company’s aggressive expansion plans, Iron Hill opened its newest location in Delaware’s Rehoboth Beach on May 24. This followed the award-wining group’s Greenville, South Carolina opening on May 1.

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About Iron Hill

Named after the historic Revolutionary War landmark in Delaware, where General George Washington battled the British, Iron Hill is among the most enduringly successful craft brewers in the United States. Its 21-year consecutive medal-winning streak at national and international competitions is the longest by any independent craft brewery.

Founded by home brewers Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to 14 locations up and down the East Coast, including Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and South Carolina. Each brewery/restaurant has their own scratch kitchen and craft brewery, allowing individual chefs and brewers the creativity to pair the freshest ingredients with the highest quality grains and hops. For 21 years, Iron Hill has incorporated beer in everything they do. As a result, Finn, Edelson and Davies are viewed as innovative business leaders in their home state of Delaware and in the Mid-Atlantic region. They started Iron Hill at a time when small breweries were just beginning to gain mass appeal around the country and their entrepreneurial, forward thinking helped build them into what they are to date. Each individual location has its own head brewer. Each location dedicates itself to the freshest ingredients and friendly atmosphere for all age groups – helping change overall perceptions about brewpubs one meal, one pint, one community at a time.

Locations

Newark, DE (147 East Main Street, 302-266-9000);  Wilmington, DE (620 Justison 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);  Maple Shade, NJ (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300); Voorhees, NJ (13107 Town Center Boulevard, 856-545-9009);  Chestnut Hill, PA (8400 Germantown Avenue, 215-948-5600);  Ardmore, PA (60 Greenfield Avenue, 610-228-2280); and Huntingdon Valley, PA (785 Huntingdon Pike, 610-602-9255); Greenville, SC (741 Haywood Rd. 864-568-7009); Rehoboth, DE (19815 Coastal Highway. 302-260-8000) and two new locations opening in 2018, including: Philadelphia, PA and Hershey, PA.

Iron Hill to Host Job Fair for Rehoboth Location

– looking to fill ~100 positions.

As you should know by now, Iron Hill is opening its third Delaware location in Rehoboth Beach, and as you might expect, they need people to help them bring their food and beers to the masses. To that end, Iron Hill is hosting job fairs for anyone who might be interested. Details are in the press release below:

 

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant to Host Job Fair April 18 – 29

 

WHAT:                      

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant’s 14th location, the third in their flagship state of Delaware, is currently looking to fill approximately 100 year-round,  front and back of the house positions, ranging from servers to line cooks at their Rehoboth Beach location expected to open in May. Job seekers can learn more about career opportunities during a job fair hosted by the Rehoboth management.

Iron Hill team members enjoy ongoing training and career development, complimentary home brewing supplies, paid time off, medical/dental/vision/prescription plans, 401K with employer match, comp cards and 50% off dining benefit plus many more benefits including opportunities for advancement.

Located right on Coastal Highway and across from the popular Tanger Outlets, the restaurant features a craft kitchen and on-site scratch brewery, allowing the team of talented chefs and brewers the creativity to pair the freshest ingredients with the highest quality grains and hops.

WHEN:                      

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, April 23, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.       

WHERE:                    

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Training Facility

Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach

(next to Alex and Ani and Lane Bryant)

36470 Seaside Outlet Drive, Suite 1430

Rehoboth Beach, DE. 19971

                                               

 CONTACT:               

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant                      Food Shelter PR

Rick Whittick                                                  Kelsea Schagrin

(302) 260-8000                                               (267) 242-6849          

RickW@ironhillbrewery.com                         Kelsea@food-shelter.com  

Delaware Bars Weigh in on Mug Club Issue.

As me and a ton of others posted last week, Pennsylvennia regulators have asked Iron Hill Brewery to amend its mug club practices to conform with state regulations.  And even though PA is so far the only state asking for changes, Iron Hill has decided to realign its mug club in all locations, including those in Delaware.

I sent emails to two prominent establishments in the Delaware craft beer scene to ask for their input on this change, keeping in mind that this is at the moment, squarely a PA issue and not a Delaware one.

Michael Stiglitz from Two Stones Pub was the first to weight in with the following

“Certainly if DE goes the route of PA we will adhere to any regulation changes.”

I recently received an email from Al Stewart from Stewart’s Brewing who echoed

“I am unaware of any PA or DE pressure to change mug club requirements but I will be meeting with the Iron Hill folks later this month.”

I am one to believe that our local establishments did their due diligence when setting up their mug clubs, so I don’t fear any involvement from Delaware regulators.  If anything I hope that this issue with Iron Hill does nothing more than to affirm that our Delaware watering holes have their ducks in a row.  Because I can’t say anything better than what Al said himself,

“We originally started the mug club to reward the local, frequent diner/drinker for their loyal support. It is a fun group of folks that feel that they are a great part of the atmosphere of Stewarts and I would hate to see the government take a stand for no good reason.”

Thanks to both Michael and Al for taking the time to respond to my email and weighing in on this topic.