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Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing CompanyTired Hands Brewing Company
Based on:
283 Beers
7,668 Hads
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 81
Visits: 290
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: 81 | Visits: 290
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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Photo of MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

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Photo of Gvsccraftbeer
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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!

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Photo of Navysqurl
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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)

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Photo of AGust82
4.51/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of amano_h
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Tired Hands has been picking up a lot of hype and steam in certain beer-oriented online communities and I can clearly see why; they model themselves after the whole farmstead/homegrown beer and food/living off the land idea that some other more famous and successful breweries before them have done (*cough cough* Hill Farmstead *cough* *cough*) but I digress.

First of all, yes the growler policy sucks, but they only charge $5 for either a 32/64oz to buy their delightfully crafted, sturdy growlers when they're available in-house. The growler fills are around 8-10 bucks per 32oz growler per beer (yes, they're all the same price) so I would like to say that they're a bargain, except they don't actively bottle beer so there's really no way to compare their beer prices.

The beers. I like their idea of "Beautiful, Forward-thinking, and Strange Beers..." but for some reason, none of their beers seem to have much of a mouthfeel -- this is especially true for their "Perfectly Preserved Brain" which I would have expected to have a rich, creamy, lather around your tongue consistency being a Barleywine. I was somewhat disappointed when it went down like water, but it still didn't take away from the overall taste, smell, appearance and... yeah all the other "beer geek" aspects of the beer.

They rotate their beer selections around pretty often, save for maybe Saison and HopHands which I've seen each time I've been there, but most of their offerings are indeed quite hop forward (they have a rotating wheel heavily inundated with Galaxy/Simcoe/Centennial) which wasn't as awesome for my 42 yo "my favorite beer is Blue Moon/Leinenkugel" buddy as much as it was for me.

The food here is pretty niche and awesome; I was particularly impressed by their haricot verts and their duck prosciutto; their paninis are humongous; their peppered dills aren't all that impressive, but at least it came with their kickass bread.

A dream addition to any neighborhood, but I wouldn't drive three hours just for it like a lot of people seem to be doing.

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Photo of RPH2327
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Tired Hands is the best thing to happen to the Main Line since… well, train tracks. My simultaneous complaint and compliment is that Demand >> Supply; I guess it depends on your perspective. Always a great place to stop in on an afternoon and have a couple beers. On weekend nights, better be prepared! Good thing they're about to open a new -- and larger -- space just down the road!

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Photo of ari32
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Tired Hands is rather small, but they make the most of their space. The decor is appealing. The staff is very friendly and quick to address any new patrons. The beer selection covered a nice range of styles. Most were good with a couple of standouts (Severed Goddess Hand and the UnSun cask). The turkey sandwich I had was also quite good and seemed to be made from quality ingredients. Overall, I really enjoyed my visit to Tired Hands and wish it could have lasted longer.

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Photo of Tconroy
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Went to Tired Hands this past Sunday at roughly 4pm. The atmosphere was fantastic with the wood interior and solid bars. We ventured to the upstairs bar and were greeted by a very knowledgeable tender. He was able to answer all of our questions and even offered some recommendations that worked out perfectly. I would love to live closer so that I may visit more often.

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

Heard great things about this place and decided to check it out. Exceeded all expectations. Went with my girlfriend and found a seat at the bar. Enjoyed that you could get beers in various sizes so if you didn't want to commit to a full beer you didn't have to. Tried the Hop Hands and was really impressed. Next was the UYAWA Pog IIPA which I enjoyed a lot, then Alien Church which was the chapion of the night. Got a few growlers and a glass and was on my way. Great prices and a great atmosphere. Can't wait to go back when I have more time to spend and try the food.

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Photo of big789J
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Tiny place. Some beers were more impressive than others. The Perfect Crystalline Structure was amazing, the SaisonHands was really good, just a little underwhelming. The food was awesome. The bartender is super nice but can be hard to flag down. Tiny place with an awesome atmosphere, very cool. She told me they're opening a production facility so increased bottling! Huzzah!!!

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Photo of memory
3.55/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

First time there, had a couple brews which both were cloudy for whatever reason which did not matter to me and personally think the mouthfeel gains from it. Lots of twenty somethings there and kind of electric atmosphere of things to come. The beer reminds me of really good homebrew, not commercial tasting. I think this should continue thru the expansion they are planing. Cause and effect of success. Remember, it's called MICROBREW. If you want to get rich then do the COORS thing. Hopefully not.

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Photo of rmerling
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Love this place. Growler fills and draft pours are very inexpensive for the quality of beer you get, in my opinion. Service is always great and they have some pretty decent food items to quell the tummy rumblings while drinking. I have loved every beer I've had here, but it's unfortunate (maybe not) that it's such small quantities. Really the main tragedy for me is that I live too far away and can't make it over for every new release. Can get pretty busy on weekends and especially for bottle releases, but that's obviously expected.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been here more times than I can count, and it's about time I give the feedback they deserve. Tired Hands is perfect. They make amazing beer, ranging from "boring" English Bitters to American Wild Ales brewed with locally sourced fruit. All of their beers are amazing though, and one of my favorites was their English Bitter. Jean does an amazing job when he makes traditional ales. Some of the most memorable for me were Trendler's Altbier and Shep's Memory. There is no contest though when he comes out with another sessionable pale ale or IPA or saison. It's their forte. Everything in those styles really blow me away. Their bottle releases are always an event. Well organized and quick. It draws major crowds, and when they first started releasing bottles, people driving by would stop and ask why people were lined up for blocks on a Sunday morning. (Definitely not for church...but maybe an Alien Church?)

I love the atmosphere at TH. They play a wide range of music, from jazz to metal, but more often featuring bands like the Flaming Lips or Local Natives. The place is well decorated with art from Jean, and with other oddities (deer horns, local flora). The windows are covered in unique and colorful drawings from Jean as well. The tables are massive hunks of beautiful wood. The menu is on a chalkboard. The bathrooms are clean and private.

All their food is locally sourced, or made on the premises. I consider that a major plus! They offer 4 various cheeses, 4 meats, and a range of paninis than include some vegetarian options. They have the best pickles anywhere. They have candied bacon with a bourbon-maple dipping sauce. Their salads rival the candied bacon in their deliciousness....seriously. Though their food menu is incredibly limited, everything on it is done to perfection. All their bread is baked fresh daily in house.

The people that work their are super friendly and seem to be genuinely happy. They are very helpful, and if you have a question, they are well-versed on all the beers and food. The place is pretty small, so even if they are packed, the service is still pretty quick.

I am a regular there, and I will continue to be...a truly remarkable gem in the Philadelphia beer scene.

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Photo of larryi86
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Decor is great, love the big bay window in the front. Staff was very friendly. Music was good, no top 40 bs. The quality of the beers are great, had a chance to try four different beers and all were solid beers. Selection of beers was good, just heavy on IPAs and Saisons. I also got a grilled cheese and it was tasty. Overall a very good brew pub, can't wait until next time I get to go there. Lives up to the hype!

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Photo of mikefuski17
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Tired Hands is awesome! The vibe there was so chill. I was there on a Friday night with a group of six and there were no issues ordering drinks. Service was great and very friendly. The food was fantastic. We ordered a cheese and meat plate with excellent quality for from local farms. They also have paninis which looked fantastic. Very cool relaxing place. Highly recommended. Don't forget to grab a growler before you leave.

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

This was absolutely the best beer experience I have ever had. People were welcoming. I wasn't rushed to get in and out. The food was great and complemented the beer very well. And the variety, uniqueness, and complete deliciousness of the beer won me over. Will absolutely visit again when I am in the area and look forward to more delicious brews.

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

I can see why these guys get the accolades they do.
There was 15 people lined up outside at 3:45 waiting for them to open at 4.
You can just taste something special in each beer they brew. The mouthfeel, balance, and flavor profiles are spot on. I tried 6 different beers. All different styles and all fantastic. I'm sure you'll be hearing more about this little gem of a place.

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Photo of philerman
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Tired Hands is fast gaining a reputation as a top brewbar and with the half-dozen or so times I've been here, I'm proud to say that this place is approximately in my neighborhood. As others have said, the beers are all excellently crafted and the availability of 4, 8 or 16 oz pours (don't ask for a flight) makes everything accessible to the first time visitor. Judging by the fellow visitors coming from all over, looks like word is getting around.

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Photo of ZagZagg
3.43/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Visited Sunday - Midday

Atmosphere: Really enjoyed the atmosphere, the ambiance was quite nice. The whole place reminds me of a large tree house. The lighting is somewhat low which makes it intimate. Very rugged or rustic, seems Earth conscious

Service: Beer servings are offered in three sizes 4, 8, and 16 oz servings, although not all offerings are offered in every size. Sat at the bar, nothing really jumped out about the service. Staff was knowledgeable and polite, water was promptly served with my draft.

Selection: This was one of the downsides for me. I understand their brewing rotation/strategy, but it needs to be better planned. When I visited 90% of the taps were saisons. Usually I like to see more variability by a brewery. I wasn't able to enjoy their take on more than two styles, which takes away from the brewery visit.

Overall: I can tell this place has a cult following, even a bit hipster (if I dare use that terminology). I enjoyed my visit and will most likely return (especially given its proximity). I'm hoping next time the brew on tap has a little more diversity.

At a glance (menu and served dishes) the food seems appetizing, looking to indulge if a round two is in my future.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A very out of the way obscure place, tucked in a nice neighborhood with winding backroads this little place pops out also off a main drag that hints at a little charm, while the corner turns to strip mall central.

A real wonderful space. Warm, dark wood and inviting. It is a brewery, and the beers here excel tremendously, with emphasis on hop aromas, and solid saisons. Excellent quality brews made and served, and love the variety of sized pours.

The star of the show though is the bread. It's made with house yeast from the beers, dense but not a brick, crackles nicely under a panini press. House sandwiches are made with this bread such as the house Tired Hands, or even a basic Grilled Cheese. Served with a pickle and a hot mustard punching horseradish dip that will knock you on your ass.

A fantastic place to grab some real tasty brew, and worth it for the trip.

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Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Great atmosphere. Always different beers on draft to try. A downside is that the menu items do not change that often, but the food they make is excellent. Can get crowded on weekends, but for the most part, it is relatively calm. A must see if you are in the philly area.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Stopped here on a Saturday, apparently the day before a bottle release, but you wouldn't have known that from the crowd. The pub was about half full when we arrived, got a nice seat at the bar. Bartender was very helpful and polite. Eight beers on tap and one on cask downstairs. All of the taps were available in 4, 8, or 16 oz pours, while the cask was available in just 8 or 16 oz. All of the beers were tasty, though some of the saisons lacked uniqueness. The food looked insanely good, but we passed for now. We tried everything they had, and ended up getting something like 64oz worth of beer for $33 before tip, which is a steal in my mind. Definitely going to be back again, though I'm not sure it's worth the absurd amount of hype it gets.

UPDATE 11/10: I tried the food this weekend. The candied bacon was ridiculous, and the local cheese and house-made bread was excellent. I'll also modify my critiques of the beers to note that they had a brown ale on that was quite good, a nice departure for them.

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Photo of cakimbrough
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere- From the outside this place may look like an abandoned building but inside it's lots of brick and exposed beams. Very sort of hipster-cool.

Quality- Thumbs up

Service- Knowledgeable wait staff, friendly, prompt service

Selection- FarmHands and HopHands I believe are year-round and are great. They have cool rotations as well, this last time I had their sweet potato ale- awesome alternative to the ever present pumpkin ale.

Food- Everything here is local and/or house made. Good but a tad $$ for portions.

Value- I really enjoy coming here, usually just stick to beer... or maybe the candied bacon.

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Photo of rmdownward
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Had heard about this place when I was in town earlier but couldn't make it out so made sure I hit it this time. Great little space. I love open beams & brick so this fits the bill. Cozy without being too small. Staff was friendly and attentive. They all seems like they truly enjoy working here. Lots of locals with growler fills going on constantly. Hand the Hophands oth on cask and regular. Nice to be able to compare. Didn't eat but the food looked like a good addition to the beer.

Will be back next time I'm in the area.

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Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
97 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.