Tired Hands Brewing Company
Active Beers: 311
Beer Ratings: 8,673
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 58 | Display Reviews Only:
3.08/5 rDev -32.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5 | $$$$
Easy to find, hard to park. The atmosphere is great with exposed brick, and high ceilings. 4 of us got a table upstairs. We did seem to be under a speaker which was louder than we would have liked.
My father walked up to the bar, while a waiter came to the table. My father asked for an "ale". He received a long discussion about the differences between ales and lagers. He finally got a taster of a dark beer. (Surprisingly this taster cost $3!!!)
The other 3 of us read the beer menu, with descriptions like "Notes of spicy chocolate, green pepper, toffee, the great outdoors, and a hint of flaming lips". (Flaming lips? the band, the candy, or what it does to you?). The Great outdoors -what does that taste like?
We all got different beers, and passed them around. None of us loved any of the beers! A few had off flavors, and the rest were nondescript. 2 of us ordered a second beer, and one of those was certainly better.
We tried a meat platter called " abbruzze". It came with a rather long description. What we got were 6 thin slices of sopressata (dry salami-recognizable to any Italian), 2 pieces of bread and mustard for $8. Sadly we could have bought a whole sopressata at Carlino's market 3 blocks away for the same price.
After leaving we went 1 block to Cricket Avenue where there are multiple bars, and drank better beers (Sierra Nevada Celebration, Troegs Mad Elf, Sly Fox Winter). At John Henry's Tavern we had 2 for 1 appetizers (Happy Hour), a big plate of Nachos, and wings (All for $8).
In Summary, the building is great. the beer at 6-7 dollars/pint was mediocre, and the food laughable. There is much better in Ardmore.
01-02-2013 21:32:14 | More by Cascade
3.43/5 rDev -24.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
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.
02-03-2014 03:59:12 | More by ZagZagg
3.46/5 rDev -24.1%
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.
07-13-2013 00:29:26 | More by Beerisheaven
3.55/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
03-24-2014 00:43:07 | More by memory
3.85/5 rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is definitely a fun place to go, although the space is a little cramped and the Air Conditioning was broke:( the beer more than makes up for it. There beers have never been the same in the times that i have been there. There saisons and IPAs are fantastic and always changing. I don't know how they do it. the place has been open a year and they already have over 100 retired beers. Thats insane! The food is great for what it is. You'll find Candied Bacon and Home Made Bread that are amazing with some great sandwiches as well. There is not a full menu but what they got is very good.
06-08-2013 14:17:41 | More by djrn2
3.98/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
10-22-2012 13:59:00 | More by Knapp85
3.99/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
06-12-2014 02:53:51 | More by amano_h
Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
100 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.