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Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing CompanyTired Hands Brewing Company
BA SCORE
100
world-class

176 Ratings
Ratings: 176
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.73%
Active Beers: 336
Beer Ratings: 9,458
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
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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Photo of MeganandDana
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%

This place opened over the summer here, and my wife has wanted to try it ever since. We started going a month or so ago, and have gone every week. They brew new brews constantly, and the beer menu evolves pretty regularly, concentating on Saisons and American IPAs. We have never had a bad beer, and I particularly like their single hop series, gives you a good feel for the individual hop flavors. The food is simple, non competing with the beer, mostly cheese plates and paninis (I particularly love the Lancaster bologna and cheddar panini). My wife is a cheese fanatic and loves pairing the cheese and beers. The staff is very knowleable about the food (all relatively locally sourced) and particularly the brews, and are very invested in the business of brewing. We will be going here very regularly for the long future.

MeganandDana, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of dnb128
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%

Atmosphere: Great vibe at this place...just what I look for in a bar. Low key, with good music (lots of classic Smashing Pumpkins lately), not loud music which is key. Very relaxing place to have a few great beers.

Quality: Top notch beers...I've had almost everything they've had on tap, and would rate every beer from good to world class, not a crapper in the bunch. I've loved all of the hop-forward beers (especially HopHands and Vampire), but even styles that I usually don't go for have been a very pleasant surprise.

Service: Best service you can find, I prefer to sit at the bar and my glass is never empty for more then a few seconds. Very friendly, and knowledgeable ladies and gents tending bar as well.

Selection: There are always 8 different beers on tap, and usually many different styles of beers to try, they certainly are not afraid to try something different...and a look at what is to come would show an even more diverse selection on its way.

Food: While I do not usually go to Tired Hands for food, the few things I have had have been very good, especially the paninis. They have a small food selection, but everything is farm fresh, and the small menu is a very nice pairing to the beer menu.

Overall, since this bar opened in June it has quickly become my favorite bar in the area...I get here at least once a week and they always have a new beer or 2 to try every visit. Can't wait to get back in a few days!

dnb128, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev -13.1%

Took a trip down to this place to get a growler for a trade. I hadn't even heard of the place before so I was pretty excited to check it out. Got there shortly after it opened for the debut of Zombie, their Double Black IPA. Grabbed a table upstairs since the main floor area was pretty full at the time. The vibe of the place is interesting, it's got big windows that open like an inner city pub, there is some crazy looking art on the walls, exposed brick with paint on them, wooden tables and chairs, It's quaint to say the least. It's very relaxed in other words. The selection was pretty nice. There were several Saison's on the draft list, and a couple other styles as well. All the beers were pretty good in my opinion. The service was really good, our server was very attentive, asking about the next round before my glass was completely empty so that by the time I was in need of the beer it was already at the table. The food was good but the bacon on my Panini was too chewy... personal preference I like my bacon crispy. Other than that the food was good and from what I hear the Pickles that they make are also pretty good as well. The price was right, we drank quite a bit we all ate and for three people the bill came to just under $100 without the tip. I'd probably go back to this place one day if I'm in that area or if I see they're drafting a beer I wanna get my hands on.

Knapp85, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Retail1LO
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%

I've lived in the area for 20 years now, and I've been waiting for a place like this to open in the general vicinity ever since. It's hard to believe they've only been open for 4 months. I feel like I've been going there for years already. Tired Hands just has a good vibe to it. The upstairs in particular is an incredibly chill place to hang out. It gets busy for the happy hour crowds, and Friday and Saturday nights nearly always generate a packed house. They nearly always have their house saison FarmHands and their house pale ale HopHands on tap, along with 6 rotating beers. Rotating may not be the most appropriate term, however, as there hasn't been a single beer to make an encore appearance on the taplist since they've opened. The beer here is top shelf. Most of their offerings have rung in at 7% or less, although some bolder offerings are on the horizon. Jean puts mad love into his beers and the ingredients are a bit off the beaten path, which produces some classic styles in a fresh, not often experienced melange of unique flavors. The service is fantastic. I'm treated like nothing short of family here, and there's always someone willing to engage in conversation given the opportunity to do so. The beer selection is good with 8 types on draft at all times. The food here is excellent too. Simple, but absolutely wonderful. They only have a couple varieties of panini to choose from at any given moment, along with a few cheeses and pickled items. The bread, baked on premise is stellar. They've even sold baguettes to take out the door. If there was a 2.5 rating for price, I'd have selected it. Most pints of the six rotating beers run roughly $6-$7 for a pint. Fortunately, you have options at your disposal, and can also order all brews in 8 or 4 oz. sizes as well. The food items are made in house or sourced locally, and I find to be fairly reasonably priced as well. Overall, it's a top notch experience. I can't even fathom how many times I'll return to this place going forward. I doubt I'll be able to count.

Retail1LO, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%

New brewery up in PA, popped in shortly after this place opened, really nice atmosphere, nice staff, good beer, decent food. Yeah, I'll be going back whenever I can.

This is a nice little corner shop with a bar, several tables and an upstairs that I did not venture up into. It is relatively spacious and the brewery is in the back I believe. Everything sort of looks rustic but is really nice, looks really finished.

Beer is really good, there are usually several saison like beers on draft and some hoppy beers. I drank a few gallons of moderately low alcohol beer in the few hours I was there, so easy drinking and so enjoyable.

I sat at the bar and the place was relatively dead so I got good service from both the owner and from the bartender. They were very attentive and filled an absurd number of growlers without any comment or complaint. And I was being quite unreasonable.

I ordered some food and it was fine, a little pricy for what it was but I don't think this place is trying to be a serious restaurant.

Overall this is a great place. A definite must try sort of deal. I'd go here every weekend if I lived closer.

drabmuh, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of rumorsofsurf
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%

Tired Hands is a great beer bar. Their focus is on session beers - lighter alcohol saisons and IPA's. Only two of the beers are permanent, with the other taps being rotating styles and experiments, assuring you will always have a chance to try new beers. To date, my favorites have been the Undertow, Mysterious Mood, Blood Root, Killgore "Stout" (more of a black IPA) and LazyFeet (earthy fruity and funky). They are also collaborating with great places like Hill Farmstead and 't Gaverhopke, which is impressive for such a new spot! They just recently started bottling - but haven't sold anything yet (many are destined for the original investors/early supporters); otherwise they have $5 growlers and are happy to CO2 purge.

Beyond the beer, there is a limited food menu - meant to complement the beer. The homemade bread and local cheeses have all been great. Lately they've started a few additional menu items

So, don't expect some 90's style "micro brew pub (this ain't no Rock Bottom); instead picture a great European café where locals of all ages gather together for great drink and a light snack.

rumorsofsurf, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Dippyandthemaniac
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%

Visited labor day weekend 2012 Nice that you can get a small 4 oz pour. Food here is small in scope but absolutely fresh and top-notch in quality. They bake the bread fresh here and it's an excellent companion to their brews. 8 beers on tap. Tried the hop hands, the artisnale which with the escargots ranks among the oddest combos I've ever tried., and a wine barrel fermented beer called ooey gooey. We are curious about an upcoming brew called "the everyday complications of modern human life.". What would that taste like, I wonder?

Dippyandthemaniac, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of stblindtiger
4.9/5  rDev +7%

I live within walking distance of this brewery, and that may influence my opinion a bit, but I absolutely love this place! I agree with just about everything that was said by previous reviewers, so I won't repeat what the place looks like. I do find it funny that everyone else has commented on the hipster sort of feel to the place though! I totally agree with that assessment! I almost feel as though I don't have enough hair on my head (facial/otherwise) to be in this establisment, but they haven't kicked me out yet!

I have been here more than 10 times, and have had just about all the beers they have made so far. There have been a few that really weren't my favorite, but the ones I didn't like, my wife loved (Tabel Verbena, Tabel Suckle, Lil Lady) so take that for what it is worth! There is always something very unique and interesting to try, and I'm always surprised at all the different ingredients they are able to use in their beers.

Whether you are a beer geek or not, it is a great place to go for a few beers. Like I said before, I take my wife here for a few drinks before or after we go out for dinner and she has always found something she likes. Which is saying something since she really isn't a big beer drinker. It also has enough of a selection to keep me interested as well, and I absolutely LOVE beer!

This place is definitely worth a stop if you want to try some great beer. Just don't expect a huge obnoxiously decorated place with burgers and fries. Expect an artsy intimate setting, and get ready to try some unique tasty beer like you've never had before! You won't be disappointed!

stblindtiger, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%

**Can't believe that it has been over a year since my first visit. I have got to be closing in on 50 now. Food, atmosphere and service all get a bump up.**

Even tho I live nearly two hours away, I have been here three times already. I think it is time to give this place a proper goings over. Here we go.

Downstairs is kinda small overall. Decent sized bar on the right with the "kitchen" right behind it. Chalk menu's let you know the menu and drafts. A few tables and the bathrooms on the left and the brewery at the rear of the building. Upstairs feels much bigger. Large bar at the back with quite a few tables in the front. Just as downstairs, menu's are located on the wall.

Atmosphere is pretty good. There is definitely a hipster feel to the place but I kinda like it. Its really laid back and the servers are all really nice and helpful. I have had to wait a few times but they have been when it was packed for events. The whole place feels top notch.

Lots of saison's and hoppy beers to choose from, it is what they do best after all. I have liked everything I have tried so far, and that is pretty much everything. The food is sparse but very good. If they add a few more options I will definitely bump this score up.

Overall a really great new brewery that I look forward to getting to know better over the future. I wish Jean and the guys nothing but the best.

orangesol, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

rfgetz, Jul 02, 2012
Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
100 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.