Yards Brewing Co.
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
3.33/5 rDev -20.3%
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
3.41/5 rDev -18.4%
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
3.58/5 rDev -14.4%
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
3.7/5 rDev -11.5%
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
3.73/5 rDev -10.8%
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
93 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.