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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Active Beers: 177
Beer Ratings: 5,391
Beer Avg: 4.02
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
16 Ardmore Ave
phone: (610) 896-7621
(Place added by: Rifugium on 02-10-2012)
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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Stopped here on a Saturday, apparently the day before a bottle release, but you wouldn't have known that from the crowd. The pub was about half full when we arrived, got a nice seat at the bar. Bartender was very helpful and polite. Eight beers on tap and one on cask downstairs. All of the taps were available in 4, 8, or 16 oz pours, while the cask was available in just 8 or 16 oz. All of the beers were tasty, though some of the saisons lacked uniqueness. The food looked insanely good, but we passed for now. We tried everything they had, and ended up getting something like 64oz worth of beer for $33 before tip, which is a steal in my mind. Definitely going to be back again, though I'm not sure it's worth the absurd amount of hype it gets.
UPDATE 11/10: I tried the food this weekend. The candied bacon was ridiculous, and the local cheese and house-made bread was excellent. I'll also modify my critiques of the beers to note that they had a brown ale on that was quite good, a nice departure for them.
11-10-2013 15:56:05 |
More by bigfnjoe
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere- From the outside this place may look like an abandoned building but inside it's lots of brick and exposed beams. Very sort of hipster-cool.
Quality- Thumbs up
Service- Knowledgeable wait staff, friendly, prompt service
Selection- FarmHands and HopHands I believe are year-round and are great. They have cool rotations as well, this last time I had their sweet potato ale- awesome alternative to the ever present pumpkin ale.
Food- Everything here is local and/or house made. Good but a tad $$ for portions.
Value- I really enjoy coming here, usually just stick to beer... or maybe the candied bacon.
10-14-2013 23:26:31 |
More by cakimbrough
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Had heard about this place when I was in town earlier but couldn't make it out so made sure I hit it this time. Great little space. I love open beams & brick so this fits the bill. Cozy without being too small. Staff was friendly and attentive. They all seems like they truly enjoy working here. Lots of locals with growler fills going on constantly. Hand the Hophands oth on cask and regular. Nice to be able to compare. Didn't eat but the food looked like a good addition to the beer.
Will be back next time I'm in the area.
10-13-2013 17:56:22 |
More by rmdownward
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Been there a dozen or so times (and counting...)
A- had read / heard a lot about TH before my first visit. The whole place really "fits" the brewpub model to a "t" (or would it be a "b")
Q- I mean... Fresh beer is great. Good fresh beer is amazing. And then there are (the overwhelming majority) of AMAZING fresh pale ales, IPAs, DIPAs they bless us with. I'll get to their food in a minute...
S- solid service, knowledgable, timely
S- 8 beers on tap, 1 on Cask, and I'm always intrigued by at least 6 of them. The food menu is limited, but...
F- ok, the food is all locally sourced, farm to bar, and while the menu is miles from extensive... It's rather amazing. The sweet lebanon bologna and cheese panini (ask for spicy!) is insane. And no, I am not 9 years old. A friend of mine looked like he needed privacy while eating their grilled cheese sandwich. True story. the meat / cheese plates are top notch as well.
08-28-2013 23:49:35 |
More by nuggetlover
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Fantastic place just beginning what is sure to be a great and hopefully very long run. Small storefront on a city street with two levels - bar, brewworks (incredible what they are producing out of a shoehorn size facility!) with some tables and an upstairs with tables only. Obviously a hot spot - lots of foot traffic, refilled growlers, folks having one while the growler is filled and a surprising (to me) number of folks coming in to eat. Clientele quite pleasant and conversant - no hipster 'tude detectable.
Sat at the bar. Quite a nice spot - open full window view of the street, side view of the brew making, very friendly staff - knowledgeable & helpful. Music a little loud, but didn't get in the way of conversation.
Blackboard menu with sandwiches, cheese and meat plates, pickles, other items (candied bacon, etc.) and crème brulee. Cheese and meat plates were outstanding - 4 cheeses, with honey & fig accoutrements - loved the Birchrun Hills Blue - & outstanding in house artisanal bread. At least three people asked if they could buy a loaf of the bread (sorry, no, was the reply) - meat plate with same bread outstanding, as were Thai pickles. Sampled 6 beers at 8 ozs per portion over the course of 2.5 hours. (They also serve 4 & 16 oz portions.) They had 9 beers available.
Service was very good and, from all appearances, the service upstairs was quick whether it was food, drink or both. Again, amazing to see what they're doing in so small a space.
Highly recommend. Took three growlers out. Looking forward to another seisiun sometime soon.
08-25-2013 04:39:34 |
More by EBeckett3
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been going to Tired Hands just about once every other month since they opened. The beers are top notch across the board and the small food items they do have are all made very well.
There are two levels. Downstairs holds the primary bar and some smaller tables towards the front of the building. The back of the room features a separate room with glass where you can see some of the brewery operations. Upstairs features about 10 small tables with another bar that is about half the size of the bar downstairs. The windows upstairs are adorned with various drawings announcing new beers they are putting on tap.
Every time I go to Tired Hands, the staff and service are excellent. Everyone is friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable.
The beer is all top notch. The two house beers, FarmHands and HopHands, are on tap year round and are perfect introductions to Tired Hands style. They have 8 total on tap plus a cask. The latter is tapped every Friday and is typically a double dry hopped version of one of their beers, highlighting a different hop. Of the remaining 6 on tap, they are usually a mix of saisons and hoppy ales. All of their beers are served in 4, 8, or 16oz pours, which is super nice.
Minimal food options: 2-3 panini's, 4 cheese plates, 4 meat plate's and a variety of side dishes are all categorized on the large chalkboard on each floor. I have had a couple of the panini's, candied bacon, and a variety of the cheese plates and all have been on point.
Overall, this is a must visit if you are in the area....or even if you're not in the area, make the special trip.
08-13-2013 17:56:51 |
More by ColForbinBC
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Atmosphere- No tv's. Rustic vibe with lots of wood. I like the eclectic music choices.
Quality- Top notch! Great beers and food.
Service- On my first couple of visits I was a little bit put-off by having growlers that I brought rejected from being filled for various reasons (wrong brewery name on it or wrong color). That is not an issue at very many of the other places that I go to for growler fills. But rules are rules and I think it was worthwhile to add some Tired Hands growlers to my collection since they only cost $5. That aside, I always find the servers to be friendly and attentive.
Selection- 8 beers on tap and one on cask is the sweet spot as far as I am concerned.
Food- House-baked bread paired with fresh local meats, cheeses, and produce. The candied bacon and pickles are pure bliss!
Value- Not the cheapest, but worth every cent!
08-09-2013 19:52:57 |
More by tenderbranson69
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Tired Hands is a great place to go when you want to try some very good beer. They typically have about 8 different beers on tap and recently added a cask option. Their staple beers are a hop-forward pale ale and a saison, but their selection typically includes some diverse options. 4, 8 and 16 oz pour options are a nice feature. The actual location is pretty neat in a converted row home, but is not huge. Food is very good, but is designed to complement the beer, not a ton of options for a big dinner. Definitely worth making a trip to anytime you are in the area.
08-04-2013 21:21:19 |
More by stephenjmoore
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by this place for lunch on the way back to VA from New Jersey. Tired Hands is a tiny little "Brew Cafe" in Ardmore, on the outskirts of Philly. The atmosphere was very cool, with a decent sized bar and a few tables downstairs. The upstairs area was closed, so I didn't get a chance to check that out. As advertised, the "Cafe" had a very Belgianesque feel. It would be easy to walk right by the place assuming it's nothing more than a coffee shop.
The beers were absolutely phenomenal - definitely some of the best I've had. Between my girlfriend and I, we tried Fossil Evidence, Guillomot, Hophands, Farmhands, Lil Lady, and Sunbather (the highlight for both of us). All of them were very tasty, which was not surprising given Tired Hands' reputation along with my love of hops and saisons.
The service was excellent. The bartender was also one of 3 brewers for TH; he was very knowledgeable and happily answered all my questions. The selection was good, with 8 taps. I believe all of them were either saisons or hoppy offerings this time around and I had no problem with that.
The food was very high quality, but selection was limited to meat/cheese plates, paninis, bacon, and pickles (not bad at all considering they don't even have a kitchen). We had a cheese plate and split a delicious bacon and mozzarella panini. The homemade bread is fantastic, and I regret forgetting to ask if they sold it to go.
My one gripe with this place is that it was a bit pricey. We drank several beers each, although a few were tasters, and both got enough to eat, but the total came out to 65 bucks. 4-5 bucks for an 8 oz pour or 7-8 for a full pint is a dollar or two more than I'd like to spend per drink on my fresh out of college budget. The cheese plate was also pricey at $16, but at least the quality was impeccable.
All in all, the prices were fair enough considering the quality and location. Tired Hands is a fantastic experience and I'll be back every chance I get.
07-15-2013 16:57:20 |
More by JMUbrewz
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$$
A - I liked what they did with the property a LOT. Very pleasant inside with a bar area downstairs with limited tables and a bar upstairs with more generous seating area. Major props to the design of this place. Feels intimate, cozy, and comfortable. But there is an over the top attempt to be somewhat edgy and cool, almost forced to some extent. Music, artwork, logos and branding all are designed to appeal somewhat to a certain demographic which they capture successfully no doubt, but this emphasis probably shuts out or diminishes the feel that others might get from the place.
Q - The beers are interesting and flavorful for what they focus on (saisons principally) but their lineup does reflect some real inconsistencies when they go outside their sweet spot. The descriptions of the beers are vastly overstated. Some of the interesting descriptions for their beers simply don't deliver. I sometimes wonder if anyone gets some of the nuances or flavor profiles that they list in the descriptions. Interested to see how they move forward here and if they can grow to be more consistent across styles a la Hill Farmstead to whom they are frequently compared.
S- TH gets dinged a bit for the wait staff whose coolness and hipness has been duly chronicled in many forums previously. I have generally had good interaction during my times there but I have had waitstaff who were simply rude at times. My wife made a simple remark one time about one of the staff's motorcycle's which was parked outside and he gave her the most condenscending expression possible. Service at time can be spotty if your questions, etc. offend the staff. Recently, someone posted a review on an online service about TH, and the response by owners and fans was basically to make fun of the review and to name a future beer about the complaint. TH is EXTREMELY popular now but if you ignore feedback etc. and make light of it, at some time, you will be wishing you paid attention to the feedback when your business is not nearly as popular as it was initially. The ownership is young but I am of the opinion that you take what customers say and not make fun of it since they pay your bills. It is disappointing and somewhat reflects some level of immaturity. I am of the opinion that TH probably can replace any customers who choose to patronize other places but the fanboys will eventually move on to the next new shiny toy of breweries at some point and then TH will wish that they treated feedback on service, etc. more seriously than simply naming a future beer about the complaint.
S - A constant changing tap list which is both a curse and benefit. They have a couple of beers that seem to be somewhat staples, but the rest of the offerings rotate QUICKLY. I have always wondered about this strategy. On the one hand, you make people follow your business because they are always interested in what you might have next but on the other hand you somewhat miss opportunity to brand. Which is best, who knows but I would guess for the short term that people like the variety and intrigue about what is next. But it would be nice to know that this season will have this beer, etc. I guess at some time, you run out of ideas to some extent and return to more popular beers, but for now a ton of one and dones. Who knows how this ultimately plays out but it will be interesting.
F - Again somewhat on theme with a somewhat eclectic menu of cheese, meats, salads, etc. You won't find burgers, wings, etc. but you will find candied bacon, pickles, etc. Funky and somewhat cool like you would think they would want. Some will really enjoy it, some will wish they had a bit more of the regular stuff.
V - Everything tends to run on the moderately expensive side here whether it be the food, beer, swag, or growler fills. $10-$12 glasses compared to $6 glassware at a lot of other places. The growlers will run anywhere from $15 to $30 depending on size of growler fill and beer. Seems a bit high. The quality is good but you certainly pay for it and then some.
Overall, I would say that this brewery reflects the current state of the beer community in general. Tremendous hype with a ton of their product being sold to be simply traded away to others. Not sure if that is the most sustainable model in that this beer bubble will eventually subside so that the places that remain are breweries focused on their craft who make a quality product for a rerasonable price which appeals to as wide an audience as possible. I think TH will have a long and successful history given that its demographic is a young hip crowd from a ton of neighboring colleges, etc. and they have tapped into that successfully. If there is a purge in the beer world where people don't see the value of camping out to try every limited beer or obtain beers simply as a means of currency to trade for other beers, then a lot of places including TH will bear the brunt of this.
07-13-2013 00:29:26 |
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