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Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing CompanyTired Hands Brewing Company
BA SCORE
100
world-class

175 Ratings
Ratings: 175
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.73%
Active Beers: 335
Beer Ratings: 9,418
Beer Avg: 4
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
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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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

Sammy, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

InspectorBob, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

Rifugium, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of aoampm
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

aoampm, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of seanchai
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

seanchai, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

Slatetank, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%

**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.

orangesol, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

claspada, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of mltobin
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%

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 !

mltobin, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.85/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

djrn2, Jun 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

tobelerone, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.49/5  rDev -2%

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.

PhillyStyle, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Kegatron, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

ColForbinBC, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

rfgetz, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Gatordaddy, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
5/5  rDev +9.2%

williamjbauer, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of markgugs
5/5  rDev +9.2%

markgugs, Jun 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

acurtis, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

TheFightfan1, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

drabmuh, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

smakawhat, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

hoppymcgee, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of koopa
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

koopa, Apr 29, 2013
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Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
100 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.