Yards Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
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 +8.2%
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 +1.4%
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 -10.3%
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
3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
Nice layout for Yards. There's a refurbished industrial theme going, on but mostly the focus here is on the beer, with simple decor and some brewery operations in sight. A good-sized bar seats a decent crowd and there are plenty of tables and lots of room to accommodate a fairly large crowd. Service and bartenders are generally fine, but I've gotten a lot of grumpiness almost every time I've gone there. Beer selection is nice, particularly if you like Yards' beer, which is all they serve here, as one might expect. They keep a good amount of stuff on tap, basically anything they have available at the time, from their year-round selections, to specials and seasonals. Food menu is basic and somewhat limited, but everything looks good. I've yet to actually sample their wares (other than the beer of course). Nice layout, simple and to the point, great beer, and worth multiple visits for sure.
11-17-2011 10:38:54 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev -3.8%
So happy we stopped here. Maybe a 2 minute drive from the Old City area. No parking lot, but parking on the street. There is a casino down the block with an open lot, but tons of signs warning against parking there.
Went in early on a Friday. My wife and 2 year old were with me. Cool vide to the place. Warehouse feel, but clean. Pool table and shuffleboard. A bunch of seats and a decent sized bar. People seemed cool, no one complained as my daughter played shuffleboard.
On to the beer. Started with their standard sampler, which included the excellent Brawler and ESA. Both good quality session like beers.
From there, had to try to bourbon aged GW Porter. Strong, but subtle. Not crazy alcohol flavor and rather smooth. Highly drinkable. Afterwards, had a pint of the Franklin Spruce Ale. Another unique and quality offering.
Loved it there. Wish we could have stayed longer. Plenty of other beers, Love Stout and the rest of Founding Father Ales. Wish I had a chance to sample the scotch ale as well.
Plenty of items to buy, from shirts to signs to pint glasses. I highly recommend making a stop.
10-17-2011 20:56:29 | More by Nutleybeer
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
A decent tasting room that features all of Yards regular brews and Ales of the Revolution plus a few rotating options like a cask, seasonal, limited release and even a root beer. Overall about 10-12 options at a time, which is very good good for a non-brewpub. Flights can be had for either the regular or Revolution ales. I question the $5 a pint price, but am told that Yards does not want to undercut all of the bars in the area that carry their product. That is also why they only stay open until 7 and serve a handful of snack type items instead of being a fully functional brewpub. The food is good and will satisfy your hunger, but don't expect gastropub or old school bar food.
The atmosphere is hard to describe as it is a weathered, used and lived in industrial space filled with recycled and reclaimed decor. The bar itself is interesting as the top is an old bowling alley - high gloss and all. Their website gives a good overview of their mission to be green. Also, don't expect to go and catch a game, as they only have 1 TV which is sometimes on, sometimes off. The people who work their are fantastic but bar service does slow down at times.
The brew house itself is well kept, lots of open space. The 45 minute tours are very informational and are a much more personal experience than many other brewers in the area. They throw some fantastic small scale events as well as larger beer festivals that make use of the bar area and brew house - cant think of a better atmosphere for that.
While i wish this place would strive to provide the complete brewpub experience, but you cant fault them for doing what they want and continuing to produce good beer.
08-09-2011 21:17:18 | More by rfgetz
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
I went to Yards on the way to the airport and had 4 by 4oz flight of there beers and had lunch as well. Food was average, beers were average, service was prompt and polite. Nice place and enjoyed although I didn't stay long and didn't have time for the free tour. Atmosphere was ok. Parking was dicey as you had to park on the street. I could tell that a lot of the furnishings and fixtures were old and asked about then and I was told that they were reclaimed. As well as parts of the building itself.
They also claim 100% wind powered brewery. They also use recycled paper and cardboard for the packaging. They are a green company.
07-18-2011 22:35:11 | More by bayougutter
3.33/5 rDev -20%
I'm torn writing this review because I really love having a quality Philadelphia brewery that makes its beer inside the city, but touring and spending time atthe actual facility was disappointing.
First the good:
-The tourguide was knowledge about the brewing system. He answered my questions about their yeast handing, whirlpooling, brewhouse capacity, pilot batches etc.
-we got samples of beer as soon as we walked in and also at the beginning of the tour
-All of the standard beers and the rotating beers I know of were available at the bar
-The space is beautiful. Tall ceilings open floor plans bright windows outside and into the brewery
-there were tons of birds in the actually brewhouse a fair bit of bird poop inside the brewery and on some of the fermenters. Not exactly appetizing
-The beers were expensive. $5-6 for most of their beers which is about as expensive as you'll find them at any bar. I think down the street at the Sugarhouse Casino you can get almost every beer for $4. The $5 sampler is a good deal though
-Bartender was rather apathetic to our presence even we got there early on a Saturday before it was busy. It took about 5 minute to get our beers after we ordered them. Also the tour guide was rather snarky when he said, "I know where the broom and mop are, but since you don't can pour your beers in a plastic cup at the bar?" He could have asked us more nicely like adults do or imagine this, grabbed a couple cups for us when he saw us walk in with beers we bought.
-The food was okay. It was fairly reasonably priced but $3 bought you a regular grilled cheese with a pickle, no sides not even a bag of chips. The bison chili I had was barely warm. If you are going to serve food it had better be good otherwise why bother? At least they let people bring their own food eventhough they have food (usually a good sign that it's a disappointment)
-Merchandise was very expensive. A love stout t-shirt was $18 and a ales of the revolution tulip was either $8 or $9 according to the bartender, I forget exactly how much it was even though glasses were listed at $5 on the chalk board. I didn't argue because I wanted to support the brewery and like the glass but damn that is a rip-off.
-The crowd there was not people interested in beer necessarily--some were just there for the free beer and went on a couple tours in a row
Overall, I still like Yards, they have really solid beers Philadelphia can be proud of. However, they need to have more affordable beer in the tap room and merchandise and better food
05-02-2011 05:23:24 | More by Soonami
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
This newer Yards location has added a good bit of difference to the what they had at the amber street location. the focus is on giving the customer a complete experience with a great views of the brewery and operations and lots of space for gathering, pre/post tour and just anytime.
Quality of everything is good, have all beers on draft as well as whatever seasonals are current. Service is acceptable and food is simple but very well done.
Service is mixed, if you are at the bar it is ok, if you are not and its a saturday its a littler harder as you have to order from the bar. Not a big deal but it can get busy and crowded.
Selection of food and beer is good. Obviously all the yards standards plus seasonals. basic food, sandwiches, etc.
Menu for food was small and basic but everything we had was very good; nice sandwiches, great bread from spent grains and nice mix of locally based eats.
value is just a bit more than you would expect to be purchasing from the source. food prices are reasonable
04-10-2011 04:52:39 | More by mvanaskie13
Yards Brewing Co. in Philadelphia, PA
93 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.