Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing CompanyTired Hands Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.03/5
Based on:
283 Beers
7,283 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 265
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

16 Ardmore Ave
Ardmore, Pennsylvania, 19003-1302
United States
phone: (610) 896-7621

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @tiredhandsbeer

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Place added by: Rifugium on 02-10-2012

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Ratings: 265 | Reviews: 81
Photo of ccnorthwest
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Amazing beer across the board, when I was there two kegs blew at the bar. Growlers were being filled one after another. The food was great, their panini's and candied bacon was top notch. This place is killer.

Photo of BrianKauffman
3.51/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Drinks solid but vibe not too impressive

Photo of Apearn87
3.9/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

First visit, decor is unique but very cool. Beer list is awesome, everything on tap was exceptional. Only had an appetizer based off that can't wait to go back

Photo of jvodom
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Love the beer here!! Never had food, so did not rate. It gets crowded, so be prepared. The bathroom situation (or lack there of) sucks.

Photo of Mfbda1daonly
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I went to Tired Hands for yesterdays Para3 release. After my buddy and I grabbed our beers, we grabbed lunch upstairs. There was a ton of great options on tap. If I wasn't driving, I would have enjoyed them even more. The fig panini was amazing. All and all a tremendous experience

Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Great staff, creative and delicious food. Good Vide between staff and patrons. Beer selection was lacking coming from a brewery that has 200+ beers active in this site... Mainly IPAs, a pale ale, a Gose and a couple saisons on. Hoppier beers were a mess more or less, was not inspired by what was on. Too bad, had fond memories of beers I tasted in the past.

Photo of TOnEz31
3.9/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

I've been going to Tired Hands regularly since they opened. Love the beer menu staples. Appreciate the creative recipes, freshness and use of local ingredients in their brews. You'll always be surprised with their recipes. Could do without the pretensions, absurd house rules and those darned hipsters. Table service tends to take a while too. Nothing like the rural vibe you get from the luminaries in Vermont (which I prefer) but I am truly thankful Jean chose Ardmore to set up shop since it's my back yard. IMO, it's some of the better brew on the east coast but still behind Hill Farmstead, Alchemist, Maine, Prairie (not really "east"), Oxbow, etc. They have a good chance of receiving better scores when they open the new facility around the corner from their current spot, if they bottle more, age more, expand the menu and mature a bit more.

Photo of saemick
4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Small little place, but worth the trip there for sure. Not a big selection of beers (possibly due to the time of year) nor food, but what they do have is very good. Went on a Saturday right when they opened & by 1 the place was completely filled & seats were at a premium.

Will definitely go back.

Photo of WackJeller
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

One of my favorite places to stop on my way down or up 476. Just nearby Nova, this place is tucked away in quiet Ardmore. Love the house-made bread, probably some of the dankest around. Candied bacon you say? Yup, they have that too, along with a nice offering of locally sourced charcuterie and fromage. Only 8 draft lines, but they never disappoint. If you ever find yourself in the area, do yourself a favor and stop by.

Photo of tonyrocknroll
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Tired Hands beers are ridiculously delicious. Their fresh Pale Ales on draft taste like they are made out of sunbeams crafted by goddesses. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is wonderful, feels more like a quirky psychedelic coffee shop than a brew house. Bonus, the grilled cheese here is off the charts.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

I found free on-street parking a few doors down and walked in at 4:00pm sharp on a weekday. Took a seat at the end of the bar and was greeted with a beer menu by the bartender. They had eight beers on tap almost all of which were available in 4/8/16 oz. servings. I opted for 4 oz. servings of each of the following: Cyclical Paranoia (mahogany-hued saison), Manananggal (pear gose), SaisonHands (four-grain saison), HopHands (pale ale), Funny Top Hat Serenade (classical progressive saison), and Oktüberfest (sweet potato fest bier). I love that they offer small serving sizes so that you can sample several different beers. All of the beer was great, my only knock being that they were a little one-dimensional. But the quality of everything was second to none. to go along with the beer, I made my own plate consisting of DiBruno hot abbruzze sausage, excelsior cheese, and whiskey dill pickles. Again, the quality was exceptional and even came with some of the house-made bread which was delicious.

The staff was friendly, yet not overly willing to talk about the beer or food. I can understand thought due to how busy they got in a short amount of time, just would have appreciated a little more detail about their offerings. Their "cafe"-style brewery model is right up my alley and creates a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy yourself in. They have a great thing going and know it. I'm sure their success will only continue as they expand with a new production facility. My time here was something I will always remember, albiet way too short.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -12.7%

After hearing so much about Tired Hands, I couldn't wait to check it out now that I live in Philadelphia. So there we went, to an odd location in a kind of dead part of town in the suburb of Ardmore.

Tired Hands is a small warm place, reminds me of Earth Bread in Germantown. They had 8 beers on tap when I visited, including Single Hop Saison Cascade, Yeast and Cats, Hop Hands and Can’t Keep Up 9.

The joint is quiet, chill and off-beat, with a nice indie vibe that makes it stand out from the average brewpub. I’m sure it gets busy, but not on a Sunday afternoon when we visited.

I was drooling looking at the open kitchen behind the bar- the food menu is short but enticing, will have to come back and try it out. The paninis look particularly great, on homemade bread.

Beers are served in 3 sizes: 4/8/16 oz, and range between two and seven dollars. I wasn't wowed by any of them, considering the hype, but they sure are nice and "different".

Photo of stlpatrick
5/5  rDev +9.2%

The beer was superb, the food was delicious, and the noise level was perfect to have a conversation on a Saturday night.

Try the whiskey pickles!

Photo of GlennF
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Tired Hands brews some fantastic and strange beers. Every time I go, there's an almost entirely new tap list, which is awesome. I rarely have something I don't enjoy here. Food is quite good too, although their menu is rather limited. Keep up the good work TH!

Photo of grimey68
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Not being partial, as I'm from the area and make at least two visits a month, but this place is amazing and should not be missed - especially for the IPA/DIPA and saison fanatics. The consistently rotating tap menu is very unique, and the flavor combos they have come up with are great. In my opinion, Tired Hands is as good as it gets in Pennsylvania and are hands down the best brewer in the state. The food menu is OK and fairly narrow, as they do not have a real kitchen (yet) and everything is made behind the bar. But who are we kidding? No one comes here for the food. If you're in the area, stop by for some amazing beer.

Photo of BillRoth
5/5  rDev +9.2%

A place that beats the hype. Outstanding beers. Really distinguished base beers e.g. Hophands (probably most enjoyable American pale ale I have ever had) and their imaginative and highly flavorful variations. Every beer is superbly crafted and some of the very best looking pours you will ever see. Beers are bursting with gentleness. Incredibly delicate carbonation with full head and lacing, I mean here is where the word "craft" is truly indicative of the care and thoughtfulness of the brewer...and honored by the team that pours and explains each beer. The setting is in a crowded old world Philly suburban village, but inside you are transported to a small continental brasserie or gasthaus like setting. Vibrant. Lots of lively lots of cordial people sharing beers and sharing stories. The team never takes a break as beer is poured without stop, and awesome creative terroir food prepared non-stop. The beer is great; the food is great; the customers are great and the Tired Hands team is absolutely first class.
A small diversion off of I-476 that should not be missed.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.1/5  rDev -10.5%

Atmosphere: a nice little spot with a cozy and well decorated interior. Certainly a slightly hipster aspect to it, and a heavy use of everything fresh, local and green. Not the most unique of motto and set up today, but they certainly do it well and with a high standard of quality

Selection and Quality: not the longest row of taps or the widest variety of styles but they certainly brew some good beers. Their saisons are well brewed and tasty as are the IPAs. A constantly rotating of small batches is enough to keep it interesting, especially since that rotation is up near the 300 mark of beers.

Food: Not a huge menu again but remains very seasonal and tasty.

Overall: A cool little place just off the Villanova campus. Great beers and food. worthwhile to a wide variety of people from hipsters to beer nerds

Photo of beerdedking
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%

Arrived right before opening on a Saturday as the line was backing up at the door.
Good knowledgeable service, great beer, Spartan menu. Their Pale Ale, HopHands, is the best PA I've had.
Very citrusy and thirst quenching. Also enjoyed the Blueberry IPA despite myself. It was surprisingly dank and bitter with a hint of blueberry.
Missed out on the Mago Tago. Did enjoy the Uyawa Pog Dipa and Shambolic. Also put down an unremarkable Panini with a side of Kim Chi.
All things considered I wish I could pop in more often, but at 2 hours away it'll be 1-2 times/year.

Photo of mertzhb15
5/5  rDev +9.2%

By far some of the best beer I have ever had. Truly unique and such an interesting twist on beer. The inside is super cool and well furnished, great staff. And it turns out the food might actually be better than the beer.

Photo of MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +9.2%

I've been to Tired Hands twice a few months apart from each visit, once downstairs, once upstairs. Both visits saw outstanding beers, outstanding food, good service, and a great atmosphere. It is not often that I reach the state where I laugh out loud at how good food and drink can be, but I've done so a few times at Tired Hands at both the beer and the food. I can't wait to visit again.

Photo of Gvsccraftbeer
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Incredible! Awesome atmosphere and incredible food and beer. We went through here on an East Coast Beer run and it was one of the highlights of our trip!

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Get the candied bacon!!!!!

Photo of Navysqurl
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

OMG!!!!! ARTISAN BEER AND FOOD!!!! (not sorry for the CAPS) I can't begin to explain how wonderful this place is. Only drawback is the size of this place. I'm not sure how they do it in such a small place. These guys should be on your radar if you love beer and good food(pssst. they make their own bread and have a great pork terrine)

Photo of HopBomb515
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Great beers, great atmosphere, great staff, and great food. What more could you want? Will visit regularly.

Photo of AGust82
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Most everyone agrees that Tired Hands makes amazing beers and is a very cool place, as do I. But I figured I would go the constructive criticism route and talk about the things that weren't great.
First and foremost, Their growler policy sucks. It's a shameful way to make a few more bucks. If State law allows for filling of outside growlers then you are just being greedy and arrogantly placing yourself above the local beer market. I would fully understand if they were picky and refused to fill a questionable one but their policy is a slap in the face to the micro market/community that allows them to be so successful.
Second is the bathroom situation. The restaurant/bar area is large, well used space and is decorated very nicely. Very inviting and comfortable. This, coupled with the tremendous beers obviously attracts crowds. There is one bathroom. I apologize if there is another one I couldn't find but the line leads me to believe I was correct. Not one men's room, just one customer accessible toilet. You can imagine how that works out.
Last, and perhaps in some way not even TH's fault, is the 4 growlers I took home with me didn't travel well at all. All 4 were among the best beers I've ever tried at the bar, but were mediocre less than 24 hrs later out of the growler. I've been all over and bought tons of beer in all types of glass. Some travels better than others. These lost the most quality in the shortest amount of time/distance traveled that I've experienced.
My review may come off as aggressive. That is not my intention, I just wanted to touch on some things not mentioned in most other reviews. I will absolutely go back next time I'm close by. Hopefully some of these things are different.

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Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
100 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.