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Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing CompanyTired Hands Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.06/5
Based on:
283 Beers
813 Reviews
Place Score: 98
Reviews: 80
Visits: 283
rAvg: 4.44
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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Reviews: 80 | Visits: 283
Photo of Gvsccraftbeer
5/5  rDev +12.6%

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! (153 characters)

Photo of thampel09
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Tired hands gets nothing but 5s from me because making the 30 minute trip from NJ is always worth it. Never had a bad experience here between the staff, beers, food or crowd. Atmosphere is really chill and I've taken maby of out of state friends here whom have all come to love it. Candied bacon is to die for and their spicy mustard is amazing. Great beers as well! (366 characters)

Photo of BigMike
5/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of GlennF
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Tired Hands brews some fantastic and strange beers. Every time I go, there's an almost entirely new tap list, which is awesome. I rarely have something I don't enjoy here. Food is quite good too, although their menu is rather limited. Keep up the good work TH! (260 characters)

Photo of BillRoth
5/5  rDev +12.6%

A place that beats the hype. Outstanding beers. Really distinguished base beers e.g. Hophands (probably most enjoyable American pale ale I have ever had) and their imaginative and highly flavorful variations. Every beer is superbly crafted and some of the very best looking pours you will ever see. Beers are bursting with gentleness. Incredibly delicate carbonation with full head and lacing, I mean here is where the word "craft" is truly indicative of the care and thoughtfulness of the brewer...and honored by the team that pours and explains each beer. The setting is in a crowded old world Philly suburban village, but inside you are transported to a small continental brasserie or gasthaus like setting. Vibrant. Lots of lively lots of cordial people sharing beers and sharing stories. The team never takes a break as beer is poured without stop, and awesome creative terroir food prepared non-stop. The beer is great; the food is great; the customers are great and the Tired Hands team is absolutely first class.
A small diversion off of I-476 that should not be missed. (1,081 characters)

Photo of mertzhb15
5/5  rDev +12.6%

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. (222 characters)

Photo of tonyrocknroll
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Tired Hands beers are ridiculously delicious. Their fresh Pale Ales on draft taste like they are made out of sunbeams crafted by goddesses. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is wonderful, feels more like a quirky psychedelic coffee shop than a brew house. Bonus, the grilled cheese here is off the charts. (328 characters)

Photo of MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +12.6%

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. (390 characters)

Photo of dnb128
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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! (1,438 characters)

Photo of Yes_Ill_Have_Another
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of Evahflow
4.93/5  rDev +11%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of stblindtiger
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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! (1,620 characters)

Photo of jojox
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Wow, I wish I lived closer!

First, the food. Really great, locally sourced, reasonably priced, delicious meats and cheeses. Bread that was delicious, butter with tons of salt. Yum! If you come here and are not a vegetarian, and do not get the candied bacon, then you have missed an important piece of your life.

Beer. Innovative, hop-forward, drinkable, affordable, and well presented deliciousness. The ones on tap when I was there excluded many of the famous big hitters, but the solera (Brett b., changed 80% for 80% once so far I believe) was really good, black PA also great with thick creamy head from the oats, thought it was N2 at first. All the beers were really good. Sounded like malt bills had lots of adjuncts and were for the most part left simple to showcase the hops. I don't see a lot of ones I tried on the list here, and I don't remember the details to add. HopHands, FarmHands seem to be standard, HopHands was good and a southern hemisphere pale was good too. Tried a sip of Farmhands, seemed good. Wisdomteeth high quality, CuzCuz might have been my favorite.

Summary: Simply killer charcuterie, cheese, bread, and probably everything else. Bacon to kill for. Great beers without a flaw, especially if you like hops. Westvleteren 13 sounded promising, but didn't have many malty beers during my one visit. Not a bad one in the group!

Will be back. Frequently! (1,387 characters)

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Amazing beer across the board, when I was there two kegs blew at the bar. Growlers were being filled one after another. The food was great, their panini's and candied bacon was top notch. This place is killer. (209 characters)

Photo of rmerling
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on Sunday with Amyliz4 and yourefragile. The ambiance is awesome. Laid back atmosphere with some tables and a large bar. Plenty of taps and friendly bartenders who know quite a bit about the beer. Jean himself was walking around and chatting. Selection consisted of 8 Tired Hands beers, which ranged from very good to extraordinary. Didn’t have any of the food, though it smelled fantastic. Updated tap list is available on the website. Pours are available in 4oz, 8oz, and 12oz sizes. Very reasonably priced. If I lived in the area, I’d be here daily. As it is, I’ll make it as often as I can from Northern Virginia. (631 characters)

Photo of VetsPackage
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Few places I've been to cooler than this. Awesome atmosphere, fantastic pales and farmhouse styles, and a simple but elegant finger food menu that compliments their beers and ties the experience together. Candied bacon was out of control. (238 characters)

Photo of philerman
4.75/5  rDev +7%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Navysqurl
4.75/5  rDev +7%

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) (335 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (416 characters)

Photo of rumorsofsurf
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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. (1,109 characters)

Photo of RPH2327
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
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! (392 characters)

Photo of outoffocus
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place is amazing. Obviously the beer is top tier stuff. When I was there they were pouring Guillemot, Perfect Hole in One, Eye 4A Face, Yellow & Green, Caskette, Vision Creep, FarmHands and HopHands. I was heading to the Jersey Shore for a long weekend and needed to bring growlers. The decision was near impossible because everything they had on was delicious. I tried everything (with assistance from my girlfriend) because you can order 4 oz pours. As good as the beer is, I think the food might be better. Which is especially amazing because there is no kitchen and they are making sandwiches on a panini press. This is the type of place that I'll be going out of my way to hit whenever I pass anywhere near Philly. (724 characters)

Photo of grimey68
4.66/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Not being partial, as I'm from the area and make at least two visits a month, but this place is amazing and should not be missed - especially for the IPA/DIPA and saison fanatics. The consistently rotating tap menu is very unique, and the flavor combos they have come up with are great. In my opinion, Tired Hands is as good as it gets in Pennsylvania and are hands down the best brewer in the state. The food menu is OK and fairly narrow, as they do not have a real kitchen (yet) and everything is made behind the bar. But who are we kidding? No one comes here for the food. If you're in the area, stop by for some amazing beer. (636 characters)

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.66/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by this place for lunch on the way back to VA from New Jersey. Tired Hands is a tiny little "Brew Cafe" in Ardmore, on the outskirts of Philly. The atmosphere was very cool, with a decent sized bar and a few tables downstairs. The upstairs area was closed, so I didn't get a chance to check that out. As advertised, the "Cafe" had a very Belgianesque feel. It would be easy to walk right by the place assuming it's nothing more than a coffee shop.

The beers were absolutely phenomenal - definitely some of the best I've had. Between my girlfriend and I, we tried Fossil Evidence, Guillomot, Hophands, Farmhands, Lil Lady, and Sunbather (the highlight for both of us). All of them were very tasty, which was not surprising given Tired Hands' reputation along with my love of hops and saisons.

The service was excellent. The bartender was also one of 3 brewers for TH; he was very knowledgeable and happily answered all my questions. The selection was good, with 8 taps. I believe all of them were either saisons or hoppy offerings this time around and I had no problem with that.

The food was very high quality, but selection was limited to meat/cheese plates, paninis, bacon, and pickles (not bad at all considering they don't even have a kitchen). We had a cheese plate and split a delicious bacon and mozzarella panini. The homemade bread is fantastic, and I regret forgetting to ask if they sold it to go.

My one gripe with this place is that it was a bit pricey. We drank several beers each, although a few were tasters, and both got enough to eat, but the total came out to 65 bucks. 4-5 bucks for an 8 oz pour or 7-8 for a full pint is a dollar or two more than I'd like to spend per drink on my fresh out of college budget. The cheese plate was also pricey at $16, but at least the quality was impeccable.

All in all, the prices were fair enough considering the quality and location. Tired Hands is a fantastic experience and I'll be back every chance I get. (1,983 characters)

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Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
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