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Tired Hands Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Tired Hands Brewing CompanyTired Hands Brewing Company
Based on:
291 Beers
7,988 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
Reviews by tobelerone:
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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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

Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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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4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of TrackcoachLVPA
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Can't go wrong with their candied bacon. Great food, depending on which place you go there are different tap lists

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Photo of Furley80
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of SRBush1974
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of -NESTO-
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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4.2/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

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