Tired Hands Brewing Company
Active Beers: 217
Beer Ratings: 6,332
Beer Avg: 4.03
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 45 | Show All Ratings:
District of Columbia
4.94/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
This was absolutely the best beer experience I have ever had. People were welcoming. I wasn't rushed to get in and out. The food was great and complemented the beer very well. And the variety, uniqueness, and complete deliciousness of the beer won me over. Will absolutely visit again when I am in the area and look forward to more delicious brews.
02-15-2014 20:30:10 | More by Yes_Ill_Have_Another
5/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I can see why these guys get the accolades they do.
There was 15 people lined up outside at 3:45 waiting for them to open at 4.
You can just taste something special in each beer they brew. The mouthfeel, balance, and flavor profiles are spot on. I tried 6 different beers. All different styles and all fantastic. I'm sure you'll be hearing more about this little gem of a place.
02-12-2014 23:43:46 | More by BigMike
3.43/5 rDev -23.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Visited Sunday - Midday
Atmosphere: Really enjoyed the atmosphere, the ambiance was quite nice. The whole place reminds me of a large tree house. The lighting is somewhat low which makes it intimate. Very rugged or rustic, seems Earth conscious
Service: Beer servings are offered in three sizes 4, 8, and 16 oz servings, although not all offerings are offered in every size. Sat at the bar, nothing really jumped out about the service. Staff was knowledgeable and polite, water was promptly served with my draft.
Selection: This was one of the downsides for me. I understand their brewing rotation/strategy, but it needs to be better planned. When I visited 90% of the taps were saisons. Usually I like to see more variability by a brewery. I wasn't able to enjoy their take on more than two styles, which takes away from the brewery visit.
Overall: I can tell this place has a cult following, even a bit hipster (if I dare use that terminology). I enjoyed my visit and will most likely return (especially given its proximity). I'm hoping next time the brew on tap has a little more diversity.
At a glance (menu and served dishes) the food seems appetizing, looking to indulge if a round two is in my future.
02-03-2014 03:59:12 | More by ZagZagg
4.21/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A very out of the way obscure place, tucked in a nice neighborhood with winding backroads this little place pops out also off a main drag that hints at a little charm, while the corner turns to strip mall central.
A real wonderful space. Warm, dark wood and inviting. It is a brewery, and the beers here excel tremendously, with emphasis on hop aromas, and solid saisons. Excellent quality brews made and served, and love the variety of sized pours.
The star of the show though is the bread. It's made with house yeast from the beers, dense but not a brick, crackles nicely under a panini press. House sandwiches are made with this bread such as the house Tired Hands, or even a basic Grilled Cheese. Served with a pickle and a hot mustard punching horseradish dip that will knock you on your ass.
A fantastic place to grab some real tasty brew, and worth it for the trip.
01-28-2014 00:34:26 | More by smakawhat
4.34/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
Great atmosphere. Always different beers on draft to try. A downside is that the menu items do not change that often, but the food they make is excellent. Can get crowded on weekends, but for the most part, it is relatively calm. A must see if you are in the philly area.
12-29-2013 16:24:55 | More by HoppyKilaMonster
4.45/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
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
4.35/5 rDev -3.5%
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
4.07/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Had heard about this place when I was in town earlier but couldn't make it out so made sure I hit it this time. Great little space. I love open beams & brick so this fits the bill. Cozy without being too small. Staff was friendly and attentive. They all seems like they truly enjoy working here. Lots of locals with growler fills going on constantly. Hand the Hophands oth on cask and regular. Nice to be able to compare. Didn't eat but the food looked like a good addition to the beer.
Will be back next time I'm in the area.
10-13-2013 17:56:22 | More by rmdownward
4.41/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
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
4.05/5 rDev -10.2%
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
Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
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