Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing CompanyTired Hands Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.04/5
Based on:
275 Beers
751 Reviews
Place Score: 98
Reviews: 79
Visits: 273
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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -9.9%

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". (958 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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. (3,117 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (358 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 Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 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. (1,273 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

**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. (1,379 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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 ! (831 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Attention BA's in the Pennsylvania, NJ and Delaware area...you need to get to this place and provide them your support as this place is brewing outstanding beers.

Finally got to this place around 7pm on a Tuesday night. I am not sure that I can really provide a whole lot more of a description of the place than the other reviewers have not covered, but on that night, the place had a decent crowd, both upstairs and down. I was there for about 2 hours and by the time that I left, the place had pretty well cleared out. Nonetheless, the place had a great vibe to it, great bartenders, very knowledgeable and loved to just talk beer. I tried the Caskette, on cask, which was an exceptional if not a world-class beer, and the Eye 4A Face, both very sessionable beers. The service was good, I also had a grilled cheese that was very good. It did seem that the place was a little pricey, which I did expect, but this was a little more than expected.

I could only wish that a place like this would open up in Atlanta. This is an absolute must for any BA. I will be back here every time that I am back in Philly...and I mean every time. FYI - They do not take AMEX. (1,164 characters)

Photo of djrn2
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (1,392 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Corner rowhome, renovated, minimalist decor showcasing brick, plaster, wood and metal. Bar with seating for about a dozen, a few tables will seat a few more downstairs, upstairs also has seating. Bread oven, panini press and prep area immediately behind the bar. Back room exposes brewining equipment.

8 beers on tap, available in 4oz, 8oz or 12oz pours, as well as growlers. Brewery focuses mostly on saisons, which are executed very well and all have unique charachteristics. Hoppy alea their secondary specialty and are solid. A few other styles will make the rounds from time to time. A few local wines available as well as home made soda.

Menu is minimalist and offers homade bread, and a selection of 3-4 each of cheese, charcuterie, pickled vegtable options as well as 2-3 paninis and various items. Fresh, tasty. Only concern was most of the breads, cheeses and meats cut for serving well ahead of times and placed in large plastic bins.

Service was generally nice... all hands on deck approach by all, certain customers seemed to be prefered over others based on their knowledge of what was going on.

Lots of promise here, will be back for sure. (1,158 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have been going to Tired Hands just about once every other month since they opened. The beers are top notch across the board and the small food items they do have are all made very well.

There are two levels. Downstairs holds the primary bar and some smaller tables towards the front of the building. The back of the room features a separate room with glass where you can see some of the brewery operations. Upstairs features about 10 small tables with another bar that is about half the size of the bar downstairs. The windows upstairs are adorned with various drawings announcing new beers they are putting on tap.

Every time I go to Tired Hands, the staff and service are excellent. Everyone is friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable.

The beer is all top notch. The two house beers, FarmHands and HopHands, are on tap year round and are perfect introductions to Tired Hands style. They have 8 total on tap plus a cask. The latter is tapped every Friday and is typically a double dry hopped version of one of their beers, highlighting a different hop. Of the remaining 6 on tap, they are usually a mix of saisons and hoppy ales. All of their beers are served in 4, 8, or 16oz pours, which is super nice.

Minimal food options: 2-3 panini's, 4 cheese plates, 4 meat plate's and a variety of side dishes are all categorized on the large chalkboard on each floor. I have had a couple of the panini's, candied bacon, and a variety of the cheese plates and all have been on point.

Overall, this is a must visit if you are in the area....or even if you're not in the area, make the special trip. (1,597 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A very out of the way obscure place, tucked in a nice neighborhood with winding backroads this little place pops out also off a main drag that hints at a little charm, while the corner turns to strip mall central.

A real wonderful space. Warm, dark wood and inviting. It is a brewery, and the beers here excel tremendously, with emphasis on hop aromas, and solid saisons. Excellent quality brews made and served, and love the variety of sized pours.

The star of the show though is the bread. It's made with house yeast from the beers, dense but not a brick, crackles nicely under a panini press. House sandwiches are made with this bread such as the house Tired Hands, or even a basic Grilled Cheese. Served with a pickle and a hot mustard punching horseradish dip that will knock you on your ass.

A fantastic place to grab some real tasty brew, and worth it for the trip. (875 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Finally got to make it here after so many good thing's were mentioned about this joint. Nice open floor area with a decent size bar. Very spacious and not jam packed with tables. A nice draft list chalkboard sits right above you as you sit at the bar and another one for food just as you walk up a staircase for extra seating. All the brewing gear is in the back behind glass windows... Yeah I'm liking this place.
The bartender and staff were very informative of what was on tap and really knew their stuff. The beers were tasty and I love the fact that you can get a 4, 8, and 14 oz. pour. And a helluva alot to choose from. So nice not to have a list of beers and not have to drink pints or buy beer flights. 8 beers on tap and not a similiar tasting beer in the bunch. All of them were well crafted and stayed true to the style.
The only negatives about this place is the prices for certain thing's. Meats and cheeses in particuliar. Also I would have to add the locals were snobbish and rude, NOT the staff just the locals. Besides that. If you are in the area or the city I would definetly make the trip out there. It is well worth it and you won't be disappointed. (1,174 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Love the atmosphere / interior of the place, especially around the second floor bar. Loads of exposed brick and beams, cool mismatched / uniquely shaped metal tap handles, ample seating upstairs, 2 bars, etc. 4oz, 8oz, and 16oz pours available. Staff was quite attentive and easy to talk to. Had lots of homebrew discussion with our bartender Jake before my group was seated for dinner. Really enjoyed the candied bacon and the quality of the house made bread. Beers were all pretty solid. I feel like they will improve more over time, but it is undeniable that this place is on to something and pretty much everybody who visits wants to be a part of it! My favorites today were "Wiggle Wurm" DIPA and "My Briefcase Says Time is Money" Dark IPA. (745 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

New brewery up in PA, popped in shortly after this place opened, really nice atmosphere, nice staff, good beer, decent food. Yeah, I'll be going back whenever I can.

This is a nice little corner shop with a bar, several tables and an upstairs that I did not venture up into. It is relatively spacious and the brewery is in the back I believe. Everything sort of looks rustic but is really nice, looks really finished.

Beer is really good, there are usually several saison like beers on draft and some hoppy beers. I drank a few gallons of moderately low alcohol beer in the few hours I was there, so easy drinking and so enjoyable.

I sat at the bar and the place was relatively dead so I got good service from both the owner and from the bartender. They were very attentive and filled an absurd number of growlers without any comment or complaint. And I was being quite unreasonable.

I ordered some food and it was fine, a little pricy for what it was but I don't think this place is trying to be a serious restaurant.

Overall this is a great place. A definite must try sort of deal. I'd go here every weekend if I lived closer. (1,133 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Tired Hands recently hosted it's 1 year anniversary party and I realized I never wrote a review for any of my visits. Living more than 2 hours away, I dont get here as frequently as I would like but in it's first year of being opened, I have gone 3 or 4 times with my last visit on Sunday being my first exposure to how they handle a bottle release.

The place is clean and neat overall with a comforting feel but it is a little tight considering the crowd that is present even when there is no special event taking place. Seating at the bar downstairs is 10 or 12 with a couple tables for additional seating. Upstairs has a smaller bar area (8 or so ?) but has significantly more table seating.

The quality of their food is pretty nice. While the selection isnt the biggest, they offer a solid variety of fresh locally made/sourced options and bites. Cheese, meats, pickles and panini made with their house bread. Initially I thought their portioning was quite dainty but it seems to be getting better. Candied bacon...how can you say no to that?

The beer selection usually hovers around 8 and when/if something kicks, it gets replaced immediately. You can find a strong focus on farmhouse offerings with at least 2 being of the hoppy sort, 1 a stout or porter and usually at least 1 or 2 wild or barrel aged brews. Draft sizing is 4, 8 and 12oz which is priced with a discount the larger you order.

Service is prompt and attentive when it is not crazy busy. Obviously, the more busy times get a bit frustrating. It is most certainly worth a visit if you are ever in the area. I make it a point to try and swing by anytime I am in the area. Now that I have been to a release, I think I will be attending more. (1,713 characters)

Photo of baybum
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

A - The atmosphere here is great, a solid mix of uptight mainline people, down to earth beer lovers and a young crowd. The inside has amazing charm of an old building. Downstairs you have the main bar with a 3 tables(no servers). Upstairs is another bar and several table with servers.

Q - The quality of everything is top notch! The beers are very unique, but represent some of the best of each style. The food is just amazing. The bread brings me back everytime, and the candied bacon is great. Don't miss out on the local cheese selections.

S - A very laid back atmosphere. If you are in a rush or want to be pamper go someplace else.

S - Selection is limited. The beers they have are outstanding, but there is no guarentee they will have the beer style you are looking for. The food menu is also limited, but hey you can only do so much with a panini maker. That being said I've never had a bad meal here.

F - See above. Outstanding food but very limited. 2 paninis, 4 cheeses, 4 meats, bread, pickles, bacon, and a salad. But I'll take it everytime, no need to have wings or typical bar food here, IMO. No great kids food here(but my young kids are glad to eat the bread, bacon, & meats instead of fries and chicken nuggets like most pubs)

V - Yes things are a little expensive, but you are on the mainline! If you don't understand how expensive it is to live or run a business on the mainline, then it might be more then you expect. Example: Beers are offer in 4oz, 8oz, 16oz pours. Prices are $2-3, $3.5-5, $6-8. Food: Meat plate $12, Cheese plate $15ish, bread $3, paninis $8.

Overall this is a great addition to the mainline, and I hope they stay around for a long time. I wish I didn't live 30 min away! I stop here every chance I can, and my wife and kids love the food. (1,787 characters)

Photo of gopens44
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Google maps sent us here instead of Fermentorium, so we enjoyed. First off, I'd say this place is far more "cozy", comfortably rustic and generally more conducive to beer geekness than the Fermentorium (not saying the other place is not good, just different). While I didnt' try any food (therefore I can't honestly rate it) it is prepared right there for all to see, so it's gonna be clean and made in painstakingly sanitary way. It also looked and smelled excellent. Selection was dominated by Saisons, so if they aren't' your thing it's gonna be limited but what was left over was excellent. Finally, best for last - service was epically incredible. Bar staff was beyond helpful and acted more like buddies at a bottle share than bartenders. Just a great visit in every way. (778 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.35/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A/Q - Can't really think of many places with a better atmosphere for a brewpub. Renovated old building with many open, visible structural elements like wood and steel beams and brick walls, open rafters. Rustic wooden upstairs bar. Alternative music mostly played. Having never been to Belgium, I feel like this is what a Belgian cafe may be like.

Service has always been great. Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff.

Selection is the only knock in my book. Usually about 6-7 beers on tap, saison and IPA heavy. If darker beer styles are your thing, you may be hard pressed to find one. And it may be a dark saison. No flights are served either, bummer. While what food they have is always good, there is a small selection. But I like how it's mostly light fare with house cured pickles, local meat and cheese selections, a couple sandwiches, a salad or two and the excellent house made bread.

For the most part, prices are reasonable, especially for the beer. If you go with a few meat and cheese selections, though, you could wind up paying a bit more. (1,064 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Tired Hands is a great place to go when you want to try some very good beer. They typically have about 8 different beers on tap and recently added a cask option. Their staple beers are a hop-forward pale ale and a saison, but their selection typically includes some diverse options. 4, 8 and 16 oz pour options are a nice feature. The actual location is pretty neat in a converted row home, but is not huge. Food is very good, but is designed to complement the beer, not a ton of options for a big dinner. Definitely worth making a trip to anytime you are in the area. (568 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)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Stopped here on a Saturday, apparently the day before a bottle release, but you wouldn't have known that from the crowd. The pub was about half full when we arrived, got a nice seat at the bar. Bartender was very helpful and polite. Eight beers on tap and one on cask downstairs. All of the taps were available in 4, 8, or 16 oz pours, while the cask was available in just 8 or 16 oz. All of the beers were tasty, though some of the saisons lacked uniqueness. The food looked insanely good, but we passed for now. We tried everything they had, and ended up getting something like 64oz worth of beer for $33 before tip, which is a steal in my mind. Definitely going to be back again, though I'm not sure it's worth the absurd amount of hype it gets.

UPDATE 11/10: I tried the food this weekend. The candied bacon was ridiculous, and the local cheese and house-made bread was excellent. I'll also modify my critiques of the beers to note that they had a brown ale on that was quite good, a nice departure for them. (1,013 characters)

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4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,724 characters)

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Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
98 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.