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Tired Hands Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Tired Hands Brewing CompanyTired Hands Brewing Company
Based on:
290 Beers
7,991 Hads
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 85
Visits: 298
Avg: 4.42
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

Place added by: Rifugium on 02-10-2012

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Reviews: 85 | Visits: 298
Photo of Bruce5
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

This review is about the Fermentaria which has a different vibe and selection from the original brew house. Much more spacious, you can find a seat and a parking place.

Great selection of hoppy beers and if you are hungry go with the tacos (carnitas are a definite).

Definitely the place to go!

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Photo of Rastacola
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Ever since Tired Hands opened three years ago, I've been going regularly and have tried at least a hundred of their different beers and not once have I been disappointed. The people are great, the food is local, unique, and delicious, and the beer is my favorite in the world. Tired Hands saisons are mind blowing and ever since the opening of the ferm and the new foudres, they have changed a bit in flavor and all for the better. Their stouts are decadent and smooth. I'm mostly into IPAs and they're are unlike any others ..silky, creamy, perfect carbonation levels, low IBUs and DANK, citrusy pine tastes.

That said, the only argument I ever hear is that "all of their IPS taste the same" ..which is fair, but I think some people fail to realize that just because the name of a beer is wildly different from another, does not mean that the beer itself will differ. There are nearly 300 beer reviews on this website for them and that might not be half of what they've tapped. It's common for TH to have two IPAs on tap with the exact same malt profile but hopped with singularly with two different hops.

But perhaps the best thing about Tired Hands is that they're constantly pushing the boundaries in tasteful ways ..both in their food and beer. Long live Milkshake IPAs and bow down to the Alien Church..

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Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited the Tired Hands Brew Cafe last Saturday afternoon. It's a nice, smallish space in the posh little Philly suburb of Ardmore.

When you enter, you're told to sit wherever you like, with the understanding that ordering takes place at the bar. We pulled up chairs at a wooden table, complete with a re-purposed bottle vase that emphasized the same point: "sit where you like, order at the bar."

Beers are poured in 4 oz, 8 oz, and pint volumes and are priced accordingly. The glassware is lovely...I especially like the narrow flute-like glasses used for the 8 oz pours.

Tired Hands' beers are good and interesting. Nearly everything is unfiltered and most beers are rather hazy. They all look good in a glass. While we were there, we hand their Trendler Rauchbier (okay...restrained), their Craven Baltic porter (excellent), Big Wheel (a very fruity low-ABA IPA), Retinal Stem (an interesting IPA brewed with Szechuan peppercorns), and Waiting for the Bloom (a tasty oat IPA).

They've chosen the moniker "brew cafe" to differentiate themselves form "brew pubs" as their food operation is rather diminutive and focuses on fresh bread, pickles, meats, cheeses, and some other snacks. We had a trio of pickles (whiskey dills, peppery dills, and cumin carrots) with some of their bread and salted butter and it was fantastic. We also tried some of the candied bacon, and while the maple syrup served along side was superfluous, it was great, as well.

I found the brew cafe to be an excellent place to grab a few beers and nosh on some well-considered bar snacks.

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Photo of JamLand
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

This review is for the Fermenteria. I went there with some friends for a recent bottle release. The vibe was great. Everything was relaxed even though there was a bottle release happening. Plenty of space inside to grab a table after picking up our bottles. There was also plenty of lot and street parking, which is always nice for breweries near a major city like Philly. Service was slightly above average as was the food. They had about ten of their beers on draft, no guest taps. Overall, a great experience and I would definitely recommend checking them out if you are in the area.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The interior of the brew pub is quite cool with the brick. Parking is not so good because it's "on street" and that varies based on time of day and day of week. Hours are limited and only say that because I live 45-60 minutes from the brewery which equals too far to drive after having a beer or two, no fault of Tired Hands.

Food is very good. Beer is very good but beer names rank amongst the weirdest I've ever encountered. Beer selection is good and they only serve their own beer.

Definitely recommend stopping here if you are in the NW/W 'burbs of Philadelphia,

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Photo of nickontherun525
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This brewery is the real deal. A friend of mine turned me onto these guys when he was wowed by their top tier Saisons. I was a little skeptical because I am not huge on belgian ales, but after perusing their website I decided it was worth the trip. I first went to their brewcafe, and it is a wonderful hole in the wall filled with character. I had a cask pumped stout conditioned on citra hops (Nope) and a grilled cheese pannini. The food and beer were both delicious and affordable. They seem to carry a greater variety of styles and experimentation here (I had Pineapple Milkshake IPA here). However the real treat has been my repeated trips to the Fermentaria. The first day I went I stumbled upon a bottle release (Astral Plane) and got to pick that up. Then my girlfriend and I went into spilt dessert and try some brews. The menu is definitely a little more pricey here but the selection is a lot bigger. Same with the beer menu. I have been able to enjoy some truly remarkable beers from there since I have gone. Hophands, Shambolic, Only Void aged on coffee and cherries, Freedom from the Known, and my favorite which was Such Passion. The service also has always been pretty great. The first two times I went we had the same woman, she remembered us, was very friendly, and also very helpful. She was quick, and knowledgeable of the many brews on tap. The third time I went I had someone else, and she was kind and apologetic due to how busy it was, but she was a little forgetful. It didn't ditract from the overall experience too much. The growler fills a bit expensive, but since I am not a local I never mind filling up to enjoy from home. If it was habitual I might not be so consistent with that. Overall the beer is definitely worth the visit alone, but at both locations you will stay for the great cuisine, location, and service. You will find that not every beer knocks it way out of the park, but you will not have anything less than really good beer. The merchandise is also great, with shirts of a great variety of colors, and three types of glassware, which I happily added to my collection. I will definitely continue to support these awesome locations!

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Photo of thampel09
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Tired hands gets nothing but 5s from me because making the 30 minute trip from NJ is always worth it. Never had a bad experience here between the staff, beers, food or crowd. Atmosphere is really chill and I've taken maby of out of state friends here whom have all come to love it. Candied bacon is to die for and their spicy mustard is amazing. Great beers as well!

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Photo of VetsPackage
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Few places I've been to cooler than this. Awesome atmosphere, fantastic pales and farmhouse styles, and a simple but elegant finger food menu that compliments their beers and ties the experience together. Candied bacon was out of control.

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Photo of gopens44
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Google maps sent us here instead of Fermentorium, so we enjoyed. First off, I'd say this place is far more "cozy", comfortably rustic and generally more conducive to beer geekness than the Fermentorium (not saying the other place is not good, just different). While I didnt' try any food (therefore I can't honestly rate it) it is prepared right there for all to see, so it's gonna be clean and made in painstakingly sanitary way. It also looked and smelled excellent. Selection was dominated by Saisons, so if they aren't' your thing it's gonna be limited but what was left over was excellent. Finally, best for last - service was epically incredible. Bar staff was beyond helpful and acted more like buddies at a bottle share than bartenders. Just a great visit in every way.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Apearn87
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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Photo of Mfbda1daonly
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of TOnEz31
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of saemick
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of WackJeller
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of tonyrocknroll
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -9.5%

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".

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Photo of GlennF
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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!

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Photo of grimey68
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of BillRoth
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%

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

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Photo of beerdedking
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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Photo of mertzhb15
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

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Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
97 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.