Yards Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 5,596
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
4.19/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
I've been to the Yard's tasting room a few times now. They have basically all of their standard beers on tap (and a few on cask) including one or two specialties/seasonals. The decor is pretty interesting, rustic meets contemporary, highly inspired by the various beers as well as Philadelphia's history/Founding Fathers.
The drafts are reasonably priced (freshly squeezed of course) and delicious. 64oz growlers are available for five dollars. There are two different types of growler pours; 'Signature' and 'Revolutionary' for $10 and $12 respectively. I think it's a pretty good deal and always remember to bring my growler for a visit.
They offer tours on weekends about every half hour between noon and 4. Guides are knowledgeable and have a sense of humor. A few 4oz pours are offered for sampling during the tour.
The tasting room does not offer food, but on Saturdays a rotating selection of food trucks park out front and always smell delicious.
Overall, I really like their offerings and try to stop by whenever I can.
Philadelphia. Craft Beer.
01-29-2014 03:07:45 | More by ZagZagg
4.21/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $
During a recent weekend trip, I finally took an opportunity to visit this wonderful brewery. Located on Delaware Avenue, and near Fishtown with its' many liquid pleasure houses, Yards Brewery, whether for the tour or the Tasting Room, is a Philadelphia must-see. I stopped by the Tasting Room (on my way to the aforemention Fishtown); there was a bustling atmosphere around the circular bar area. The bar was equipped with an I-Pad, where one could check out the many styles available or just go onto their website. The room is of moderate size with the typical industrial décor, high brick walls adorned with Yards swag. To the right, adjacent to the bar, and behind the glass, is the brewery. Look inside for Yards One, the original brick system. Tours are frequent and very popular.
Yards offers their Basic Signature beers on tap along with "Ales of the Revolution," which included the wonderful George Washington Tavern Porter. The special was Rye IPA for $5.00 a pint. Food is served; however, I did not partake. Should you wish to avoid a DWI, the brewery is accessible to public transit: Bus 25 or the Spring Garden subway station.
Honestly, this is one of the best tasting rooms I've ever visited.
01-23-2014 18:04:32 | More by jjboesen
3.84/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited the brewery on a Saturday afternoon with friends to enjoy some brews.
The tasting room is attached to the brewery -and consists of a large bar, some tables, shuffle board and pool table all in a high ceilinged industrial space. Decorations consist of a lot of Yards swag. They have brewery tours for those interested.
Beer selection consisted of their 8 flagship beers (two 4 beer flight options), plus some specialty beers both on draft or bottle. As I've come to expect from Yards, all the beers were of high quality. Especially great if your a fan of English styles.
Bartenders were average, and prices were pretty reasonable. Draft beers and flights were all $5 I believe. We did not try the food.
08-26-2013 21:05:36 | More by jmdrpi
4.8/5 rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Great time, went on a Saturday and the place was hopping. Sampled all the Yards I wanted and the tour is FREE and very informative. You can get rare selections from Yards that aren't sold in most stores. The beer was flowing, overall well worth the trip. Will definitely be going back.
07-30-2013 02:23:22 | More by Joshuwutphilly
3.41/5 rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$
A: Right off the waterfront, the brewery located perfectly for summer evenings. However, the restaurant was small and the walls were cluttered with t-shirts, glassware, and accessories. Overall, it was okay.
Q: I enjoyed the beer, but the bar lacked selection.
Ser: All in all, the bartenders were pretty good at keeping glasses full.
Sel: As stated before, the selection of beer was limited.
V: Reasonable pricing.
06-20-2013 23:42:37 | More by SlidersAce814
4.39/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Four of us visited Yards on the last day of our PA brewery trip. We arrived Sunday morning about 15 minutes before the brewery opened but they let us come in and sit at the bar and sample. The gentleman behind the bar was very friendly and knowledgeable about the beer. Overall the beer was good. The Love Stout on cask was delicious and even had my wife wanting to try one of her own and she does not enjoy cask beer. The Spruce beer was an interesting twist and we ended up getting three to bring home along with three of the IPAs which were smooth.
05-22-2013 17:08:00 | More by NJBeer265
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Walked over from Barcade post Phette having just realized how close it was. Been here a few times since the divorce, but haven’t been out since that smoked beer event where Phil’s car was broken into, a few years back. Or I should say ‘had all his shit stolen out of his car’. Technically, your car was not broken into if you stupidly leave your car unlocked (as we discovered in the “So, how’d they break in?” inspection). Oh, Philip…
Large open room with a massive brewery behind the far wall of glass; fermenters to the ceiling. Yellowy concrete walls with black uppers, high arched ceiling done in black, with ductwork, high spinnys, & drop quisp colored glass lampings in rows and scattered, and concrete floorings.
Slat bowling lane topped bar shaped like the Hebrew letter Tav (kind of like a horseshoe with a tail), with a yellow panel base on trim, seating 20 on hightop chairs all around. Or at least on the U; the spur lost to service only. 2 towers of 4 each on the bar alongside glassware stacked, and 2 more towers of 4 along the spur with a single handpump there.
Back wall is boxed shelving holding all shirts and sizes, holiday lighting lined, with mannequins sporting shirtwear lining atop. Flat screen in the rear corner and over the opposite wall tap board. Logo banners drop along the perimeter, and some from 610WIP sports radio meaning little to me. Far wall holds a collage of Yards logo stickers over shared paisleyed benching. Pieces above slightly stashed; barrels, trophies, a suit of armor, the devil stirring some shit in a vat, a chaise lounge on wheels (I say ‘rickshaw’), another barrel, the big mallet, a Yards variety pack, etc. Bridge mural drop shade up front in the windows.
Long hightop table for 8 off the bar with stools if you can muster (yes, of course we did, having moved in on it quickly as people abandoned it for the tour). And otherwise, a row of 3 shorty square tables & a pair more angled, 3 tables sharing some church pew seating, 3 hightop roundys, a pair of shorty long low tables, 4 hightops and another square table just inside the door. Yes, I probs could have just said ‘yeah, there’s like a dozen and half tables for the sit at’, but I know you love my detail drivel. Table shuffleboard along the brewing room wall and a single pool table up front with bar counter space alongside.
Large blackboard space off the bar listing tap selections and pricing for beer to go (6 packs, cases, kegs, growls). You can do samplers of 4 of the ‘Signature Ales’ (Brawler, Extra Special Ale, Philadelphia Pale Ale, IPA), or ‘Ales of the Revolution’ (General Washington’s Tavern Porter, Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale, Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce Ale, and rounding out the sampler, the seemingly random Love Stout). Additionally, the one off ‘Trubbel De Yards’, and the cask Russian Imperial Stout. Drank a Brawler (solid session beer), the ESA (always excellent), and the cask RIS (quite nice, albeit 8.7% and I need to play chill). Would have liked to have seen the ESA on cask, as it is king, but alas, it was not to be. And, no, I will not be venturing into what Trubbel De Yards is.
They do list food here, a small menu of 9 items (chili, chips & salsa, hummus plate, 3 sandwiches, 2 wraps, and a quesadilla), but it seems that it’s the Sunflower food truck outside curbside that sees all the action. Ed grabbed some sort of Chicago Dog from them, but claimed it was more a Chicago Monte Crisco dog (There was French Toast, true, and yes, it was all cheesed up).
They really oughta buy up that little triangular patch of land out front and build themselves a beer garden, just sayin’. Some solid offerings I feel like I’ve been drinking for years now. They do some good business here. Mostly the ebb & flow of brewery tour tide coming and going, but still.
04-24-2013 19:06:02 | More by slander
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
A: It used to be an abandoned warehouse and still has the feel to it (in a good way). You can see the brewery from the tasting room which is really cool.
Q: They have very good beers and I heard the food was very good but I didn't try any.
Ser: The service is not better anywhere else. The bartender was very quick and very polite.
Sel: They had 10 beers on tap, all Yards beers. There were a lot of similarities between the beers thought.
V: The beer is pretty cheap especially because it is very good.
01-24-2012 03:30:42 | More by jvillefan
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I visited Yards Brewing Saturday, December 17, 2011. I had some friends in from out of town and they really wanted to try their beer. Parking is a bit tricky here, but we were able to find a spot on one of the adjacent side streets. They have a great bar area with both billiards and shuffle board! They also have a few TVs and we were able to catch some of the Flyers game. For $5 each, we were able to purchase a flight of their regular beers and a flight of their revolutionary ales. While we did not order any food, they were offering a soup and chicken wrap for bar patrons. We also were able to catch a tour of their facility. Overall I would say that this a great place to sample all of Yards beers and a fun tour, but also could be a cool place to hang out and watch a sports game.
12-21-2011 15:16:03 | More by DrKnoskelson
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Stopped by on a late friday afternoon in December. Big, open, and airy environment with a horseshoe shaped bar in the back and about a dozen folks chatting, eating chili and pulled pork, and having a few. Quiet and chill, I liked it and it was just what the doctor ordered as I neared the end of a very long day and road-trip. The bartender was a friendly sort, perhaps not super well-informed about his beers, but low-key and courteous. Only knock was he spent a little too long chatting with his pals and had to wait to settle up my bill for a few minutes as I couldn't get his attention.
Beer is good, not great. Flights, pints, growlers, sixers, cases, and kegs are all available. Plenty of merchandise on offer as well; left with a pretty sweet Yards Brawler T-shirt.
I'll definitely come back next time I'm passing this way. Food looked pretty tasty and I need to try some of the "Beers of the Revolution," as I stuck with their flagships the first time out. They had a cask offering on as well but I can't recall exactly what it was.
12-14-2011 14:38:41 | More by tobelerone
Yards Brewing Co. in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.