Tired Hands Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
12-09-2012 06:44:16 | More by Sammy
4.41/5 rDev -3.3%
Conveniently located just off Rt. 30, and not too far from where I live. Tired Hands' brewpub is a modestly small place, simple, and rustic, no flashy decor going on; it looks like a newly renovated rowhome on a smaller budget, and that's basically what it is, though they've done wonders turning it into a cogent brewpub. They've done extremely well with their setup, converting a simple space into a quaint, organic environment. Hmm...a little too much of a hipster vibe for my liking, but oh well, what can you do. It's the quality that matters after all; I can deal with the hipsters, and it doesn't stop me from visiting whenever possible. Plus it's the "main line," so what can you expect? On a quiet day when the crowd is a bit more subdued, you really can't beat the atmosphere.
There are two floors to the brewpub. Downstairs you have a pretty small bar that seats about 15 people, maybe 20 max if you really squeeze 'em in, and there are a few small tables against the adjacent wall. Brewing processes in clear site straight ahead as you walk in. Upstairs is a much larger seating area, with another smaller and somewhat darker bar.
Service is generally fine all over, and the bartenders are all well-educated in the house beers, and in the beer scene in general. Jean is a nice guy to talk to as well, if you can catch him when he's not busy. As a regular customer, I'm a bit biased to the service, but even during busy hours, the staff is typically on the ball.
There tends to be a very nice selection of 8 or so house brews on tap, and they're all consistently quite solid to excellent, and seem to be getting better and more diverse with time. Clunkers are rare. The focus is mainly on saisons and sessionable IPAs, often with a unique twist, however you will often also see variations on brown ales, stouts, or lagers. There is also a weekly cask-conditioned offering, putting an inventive twist on a brew from their current lineup. As usual, I love seeing pour options, and here they give you options of 4, 8, and full/16 oz. pours. Nice! Prices were about spot on, though if you're going to get a 4oz, you might as well just go for the 8 and get your money's worth. Also available are 1 & 2 liter growlers.
Food options have truly evolved since they opened. The "kitchen" is essentially right in front of you at the downstairs bar, and consists of a pair of panini toasters, a bread baker, and selections of local cheeses, meats, and veggies. Prices for these items can sometimes be a bit on the steep end for what you're given, but at least everything is tasty. I love fresh baked bread, and honestly I could probably just get a loaf of their bread and nosh on it at the bar all day and be a happy camper. Other things like the meat and cheese options...meh...I tend to avoid these, because they are considerably overpriced. But the key is the emphasis on local foodstuffs, with mostly everything coming from local farms. And their rare beer dinners really give you insight as to what innovations the chefs can produce with limited kitchen tools.
Quite possibly the best beer on the East Coast.
06-19-2012 00:02:24 | More by Rifugium
4.45/5 rDev -2.4%
**Can't believe that it has been over a year since my first visit. I have got to be closing in on 50 now. Food, atmosphere and service all get a bump up.**
Even tho I live nearly two hours away, I have been here three times already. I think it is time to give this place a proper goings over. Here we go.
Downstairs is kinda small overall. Decent sized bar on the right with the "kitchen" right behind it. Chalk menu's let you know the menu and drafts. A few tables and the bathrooms on the left and the brewery at the rear of the building. Upstairs feels much bigger. Large bar at the back with quite a few tables in the front. Just as downstairs, menu's are located on the wall.
Atmosphere is pretty good. There is definitely a hipster feel to the place but I kinda like it. Its really laid back and the servers are all really nice and helpful. I have had to wait a few times but they have been when it was packed for events. The whole place feels top notch.
Lots of saison's and hoppy beers to choose from, it is what they do best after all. I have liked everything I have tried so far, and that is pretty much everything. The food is sparse but very good. If they add a few more options I will definitely bump this score up.
Overall a really great new brewery that I look forward to getting to know better over the future. I wish Jean and the guys nothing but the best.
07-03-2012 01:01:32 | More by orangesol
4.13/5 rDev -9.4%
I decided to go to Tired Hands on one of the busiest times - their 1st Anniversary so I am reviewing with a grain of salt. I waited to have the chance to try Only Void and some other anniversary treats - the wait was worth it in my opinion.
the place is kind of small compared to most brewpubs, but the interior has a elegant yet rustic feel with wood and lots of interesting art including a wall with wood for a tap list and beers listed in chalk on the upstairs and there is more chalkboards behind the bar downstairs for tap listing and food is displayed on other chalkboards. The beer selection is great considering you can get a lot of tasty sessionable beer in addition to some nice hoppy beers like the St. Oner which was brewed for the Anniversary. We had 4oz of the Handfarm batch 2 which was aged in Chardonnay barrels. The service was a little slow but they were busy as heck and did the best they could so better than average in all respects.
I loved the quality and the overall prices were a little high maybe but for the area it isn't unusual. I like the fact that they are trying to bring their own spin to the farmhouse styles and still have cask beer available and are not resting on their laurels either since they release at least a new beer a week.
06-12-2013 18:47:57 | More by Slatetank
4.15/5 rDev -9%
Located right along the "Main Line", very close to Villanova University.
It is a bit crazy to me that Tired Hands is not too far ahead of 1 year in business. Already, they have accomplished much and certainly captured the attention of not only Philly area craft beer drinkers, but the Northeast and in some cases, the rest of the country.
Upon visiting them a couple times, I would say this is merited. The building is very nice, both the outside and inside, are very much welcoming. Inside, there is a good sized bar, as well as a handful of tables, and some more tables on second floor as well. The beer is quite good, from FarmHands to Nigel to Only Void, they do a fantastic job with the different styles they put out. And it served by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Their food, as a plus, is locally sourced and tasty !
07-06-2013 03:18:10 | More by mltobin
3.85/5 rDev -15.6%
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
Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
100 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.