Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing CompanyTired Hands Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.01/5
Based on:
258 Beers
6,688 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 223
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.61
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

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(Place added by: Rifugium on 02-10-2012)
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4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.99/5  rDev -13.4%
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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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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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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Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
100 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.