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Tired Hands Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
4.06/5
Based on:
298 Beers
8,701 Hads
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 87
Visits: 308
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 | map
www.tiredhands.com

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Place added by: Rifugium on 02-10-2012

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Reviews: 87 | Visits: 308
Reviews by rfgetz:
Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Corner rowhome, renovated, minimalist decor showcasing brick, plaster, wood and metal. Bar with seating for about a dozen, a few tables will seat a few more downstairs, upstairs also has seating. Bread oven, panini press and prep area immediately behind the bar. Back room exposes brewining equipment.

8 beers on tap, available in 4oz, 8oz or 12oz pours, as well as growlers. Brewery focuses mostly on saisons, which are executed very well and all have unique charachteristics. Hoppy alea their secondary specialty and are solid. A few other styles will make the rounds from time to time. A few local wines available as well as home made soda.

Menu is minimalist and offers homade bread, and a selection of 3-4 each of cheese, charcuterie, pickled vegtable options as well as 2-3 paninis and various items. Fresh, tasty. Only concern was most of the breads, cheeses and meats cut for serving well ahead of times and placed in large plastic bins.

Service was generally nice... all hands on deck approach by all, certain customers seemed to be prefered over others based on their knowledge of what was going on.

Lots of promise here, will be back for sure.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of AMarkle6524
3.4/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Photo of LeeeMare
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jodybrutal
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of JMcBride415
4.98/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Wesley_Legg
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jtsang1
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Dave_Treat
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went on a bottle release day, very organized and smoothly ran. Draft selection was good, and everyone I had I enjoyed. Food was outstanding. Friendly and fast service.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of cmhain
3.63/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75

Photo of Alequine
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This place is a cozy, comfortable and and rustic brew pub. Lots of thick dark wood with open face brick walls, a small seating area on the first floor and a slightly more open space upstairs but still very small and intimate. This place offers great food unlike many brew pubs I have been to and the food is outstanding. The beer selection – outstanding. Tired Hands is known for its outstanding saisons and great IPA’s and in these two areas the beer doesn’t disappoint. Service was and always is good although when it gets crowded which is usually on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday order what you can and don’t expect the wait staff to come around often. There is no parking lot for the brew pub so you have to park on the street or in a municipal parking lot down the street.

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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 Devman171
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of dljames10
3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of madelf66
4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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 LTreezly
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Ultimate
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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 schroeder1200
3.8/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mgmccreary
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of dlazze01
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
97 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.