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Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing CompanyTired Hands Brewing Company
Based on:
280 Beers
7,205 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 251
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.59
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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2.75/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of Cascade
3.08/5  rDev -32.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

Easy to find, hard to park. The atmosphere is great with exposed brick, and high ceilings. 4 of us got a table upstairs. We did seem to be under a speaker which was louder than we would have liked.

My father walked up to the bar, while a waiter came to the table. My father asked for an "ale". He received a long discussion about the differences between ales and lagers. He finally got a taster of a dark beer. (Surprisingly this taster cost $3!!!)

The other 3 of us read the beer menu, with descriptions like "Notes of spicy chocolate, green pepper, toffee, the great outdoors, and a hint of flaming lips". (Flaming lips? the band, the candy, or what it does to you?). The Great outdoors -what does that taste like?

We all got different beers, and passed them around. None of us loved any of the beers! A few had off flavors, and the rest were nondescript. 2 of us ordered a second beer, and one of those was certainly better.

We tried a meat platter called " abbruzze". It came with a rather long description. What we got were 6 thin slices of sopressata (dry salami-recognizable to any Italian), 2 pieces of bread and mustard for $8. Sadly we could have bought a whole sopressata at Carlino's market 3 blocks away for the same price.

After leaving we went 1 block to Cricket Avenue where there are multiple bars, and drank better beers (Sierra Nevada Celebration, Troegs Mad Elf, Sly Fox Winter). At John Henry's Tavern we had 2 for 1 appetizers (Happy Hour), a big plate of Nachos, and wings (All for $8).

In Summary, the building is great. the beer at 6-7 dollars/pint was mediocre, and the food laughable. There is much better in Ardmore.

Photo of ZagZagg
3.43/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Photo of Beerisheaven
3.46/5  rDev -24.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

A - I liked what they did with the property a LOT. Very pleasant inside with a bar area downstairs with limited tables and a bar upstairs with more generous seating area. Major props to the design of this place. Feels intimate, cozy, and comfortable. But there is an over the top attempt to be somewhat edgy and cool, almost forced to some extent. Music, artwork, logos and branding all are designed to appeal somewhat to a certain demographic which they capture successfully no doubt, but this emphasis probably shuts out or diminishes the feel that others might get from the place.

Q - The beers are interesting and flavorful for what they focus on (saisons principally) but their lineup does reflect some real inconsistencies when they go outside their sweet spot. The descriptions of the beers are vastly overstated. Some of the interesting descriptions for their beers simply don't deliver. I sometimes wonder if anyone gets some of the nuances or flavor profiles that they list in the descriptions. Interested to see how they move forward here and if they can grow to be more consistent across styles a la Hill Farmstead to whom they are frequently compared.

S- TH gets dinged a bit for the wait staff whose coolness and hipness has been duly chronicled in many forums previously. I have generally had good interaction during my times there but I have had waitstaff who were simply rude at times. My wife made a simple remark one time about one of the staff's motorcycle's which was parked outside and he gave her the most condenscending expression possible. Service at time can be spotty if your questions, etc. offend the staff. Recently, someone posted a review on an online service about TH, and the response by owners and fans was basically to make fun of the review and to name a future beer about the complaint. TH is EXTREMELY popular now but if you ignore feedback etc. and make light of it, at some time, you will be wishing you paid attention to the feedback when your business is not nearly as popular as it was initially. The ownership is young but I am of the opinion that you take what customers say and not make fun of it since they pay your bills. It is disappointing and somewhat reflects some level of immaturity. I am of the opinion that TH probably can replace any customers who choose to patronize other places but the fanboys will eventually move on to the next new shiny toy of breweries at some point and then TH will wish that they treated feedback on service, etc. more seriously than simply naming a future beer about the complaint.

S - A constant changing tap list which is both a curse and benefit. They have a couple of beers that seem to be somewhat staples, but the rest of the offerings rotate QUICKLY. I have always wondered about this strategy. On the one hand, you make people follow your business because they are always interested in what you might have next but on the other hand you somewhat miss opportunity to brand. Which is best, who knows but I would guess for the short term that people like the variety and intrigue about what is next. But it would be nice to know that this season will have this beer, etc. I guess at some time, you run out of ideas to some extent and return to more popular beers, but for now a ton of one and dones. Who knows how this ultimately plays out but it will be interesting.

F - Again somewhat on theme with a somewhat eclectic menu of cheese, meats, salads, etc. You won't find burgers, wings, etc. but you will find candied bacon, pickles, etc. Funky and somewhat cool like you would think they would want. Some will really enjoy it, some will wish they had a bit more of the regular stuff.

V - Everything tends to run on the moderately expensive side here whether it be the food, beer, swag, or growler fills. $10-$12 glasses compared to $6 glassware at a lot of other places. The growlers will run anywhere from $15 to $30 depending on size of growler fill and beer. Seems a bit high. The quality is good but you certainly pay for it and then some.

Overall, I would say that this brewery reflects the current state of the beer community in general. Tremendous hype with a ton of their product being sold to be simply traded away to others. Not sure if that is the most sustainable model in that this beer bubble will eventually subside so that the places that remain are breweries focused on their craft who make a quality product for a rerasonable price which appeals to as wide an audience as possible. I think TH will have a long and successful history given that its demographic is a young hip crowd from a ton of neighboring colleges, etc. and they have tapped into that successfully. If there is a purge in the beer world where people don't see the value of camping out to try every limited beer or obtain beers simply as a means of currency to trade for other beers, then a lot of places including TH will bear the brunt of this.

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3.5/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of memory
3.55/5  rDev -22.7%
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 TOnEz31
3.9/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

I've been going to Tired Hands regularly since they opened. Love the beer menu staples. Appreciate the creative recipes, freshness and use of local ingredients in their brews. You'll always be surprised with their recipes. Could do without the pretensions, absurd house rules and those darned hipsters. Table service tends to take a while too. Nothing like the rural vibe you get from the luminaries in Vermont (which I prefer) but I am truly thankful Jean chose Ardmore to set up shop since it's my back yard. IMO, it's some of the better brew on the east coast but still behind Hill Farmstead, Alchemist, Maine, Prairie (not really "east"), Oxbow, etc. They have a good chance of receiving better scores when they open the new facility around the corner from their current spot, if they bottle more, age more, expand the menu and mature a bit more.

Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Great staff, creative and delicious food. Good Vide between staff and patrons. Beer selection was lacking coming from a brewery that has 200+ beers active in this site... Mainly IPAs, a pale ale, a Gose and a couple saisons on. Hoppier beers were a mess more or less, was not inspired by what was on. Too bad, had fond memories of beers I tasted in the past.

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of amano_h
3.99/5  rDev -13.1%
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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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

After hearing so much about Tired Hands, I couldn't wait to check it out now that I live in Philadelphia. So there we went, to an odd location in a kind of dead part of town in the suburb of Ardmore.

Tired Hands is a small warm place, reminds me of Earth Bread in Germantown. They had 8 beers on tap when I visited, including Single Hop Saison Cascade, Yeast and Cats, Hop Hands and Can’t Keep Up 9.

The joint is quiet, chill and off-beat, with a nice indie vibe that makes it stand out from the average brewpub. I’m sure it gets busy, but not on a Sunday afternoon when we visited.

I was drooling looking at the open kitchen behind the bar- the food menu is short but enticing, will have to come back and try it out. The paninis look particularly great, on homemade bread.

Beers are served in 3 sizes: 4/8/16 oz, and range between two and seven dollars. I wasn't wowed by any of them, considering the hype, but they sure are nice and "different".

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of EBeckett3
4.05/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Fantastic place just beginning what is sure to be a great and hopefully very long run. Small storefront on a city street with two levels - bar, brewworks (incredible what they are producing out of a shoehorn size facility!) with some tables and an upstairs with tables only. Obviously a hot spot - lots of foot traffic, refilled growlers, folks having one while the growler is filled and a surprising (to me) number of folks coming in to eat. Clientele quite pleasant and conversant - no hipster 'tude detectable.

Sat at the bar. Quite a nice spot - open full window view of the street, side view of the brew making, very friendly staff - knowledgeable & helpful. Music a little loud, but didn't get in the way of conversation.

Blackboard menu with sandwiches, cheese and meat plates, pickles, other items (candied bacon, etc.) and crème brulee. Cheese and meat plates were outstanding - 4 cheeses, with honey & fig accoutrements - loved the Birchrun Hills Blue - & outstanding in house artisanal bread. At least three people asked if they could buy a loaf of the bread (sorry, no, was the reply) - meat plate with same bread outstanding, as were Thai pickles. Sampled 6 beers at 8 ozs per portion over the course of 2.5 hours. (They also serve 4 & 16 oz portions.) They had 9 beers available.

Service was very good and, from all appearances, the service upstairs was quick whether it was food, drink or both. Again, amazing to see what they're doing in so small a space.

Highly recommend. Took three growlers out. Looking forward to another seisiun sometime soon.

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4.07/5  rDev -11.3%
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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4.08/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.1/5  rDev -10.7%

Atmosphere: a nice little spot with a cozy and well decorated interior. Certainly a slightly hipster aspect to it, and a heavy use of everything fresh, local and green. Not the most unique of motto and set up today, but they certainly do it well and with a high standard of quality

Selection and Quality: not the longest row of taps or the widest variety of styles but they certainly brew some good beers. Their saisons are well brewed and tasty as are the IPAs. A constantly rotating of small batches is enough to keep it interesting, especially since that rotation is up near the 300 mark of beers.

Food: Not a huge menu again but remains very seasonal and tasty.

Overall: A cool little place just off the Villanova campus. Great beers and food. worthwhile to a wide variety of people from hipsters to beer nerds

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4.1/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A solid place. Two bars, the lower being smaller and more of the bar. Upstairs having more tables, more of the mature crowd. Always eight beers on, every one a solid offering. Very enjoyable, though nothing outrageous. Servers were on the young side, but trying. Basic knowledge about the beers, but no wrong answers. Good prices for these beers. Saisons and pales, reminds me of Bellwoods in my town. Bottles on the way.I will be back for the beer. Just do not expect Dieu du Ciel or Russian River despite high ratings.

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Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
100 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.