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Yards Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Yards Brewing Co.Yards Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

82 Ratings
Ratings: 82
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Active Beers: 65
Beer Ratings: 6,892
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

901 N. Delaware Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19123
United States
phone: (215) 634-2600

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Photo of Robjvoorhees
3/5  rDev -28.2%

I really want to love this place because I work so close to it and pass by it everyday. The place is very cool, but the beer always falls short for me. I stopped there recently, excited to try the Cape of Good Hope. Like the majority of beers that I've had at Yards it was average.The beer that I keep going back to is the Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale which in my opinion is their best beer.

Robjvoorhees, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3/5  rDev -28.2%

TheNakedStiletto, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Soonami
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

The Bad:
-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

Soonami, May 02, 2011
Photo of SlidersAce814
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.

F: N/A

V: Reasonable pricing.

SlidersAce814, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Unknownreasn
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Unknownreasn, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

david18, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

scottbrew4u, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of bayougutter
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.

bayougutter, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
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.

tobelerone, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of SwG237
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

SwG237, Tuesday at 01:42 AM
Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

BeerForMuscle, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

dexterk1, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

wvbrewcrew, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of slander
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

slander, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of misternebbie
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

misternebbie, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

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

mvanaskie13, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

jmdrpi, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%

Visited 9/11/10

After a filling lunch, an easy drive from South Philly led me straight to Yards. I'd anticipated giving their beers a taste or two on my weekend visit, but changed plans upon reading on their website that free hourly tours were given on Saturdays AND that they'd opened a taproom earlier in the year. Sold.

Located along busy Delaware Ave, yet in a somewhat desolate industrial area (despite the towering condos on the neighboring riverfront), Yards has established themselves as the 'green brewer' for the city, perhaps the region, in the two years since this location opened. Their website and tabletop placards proudly boast of an extensive reuse/recycle program; a reliance on wind power, floors made of sustainable 'soy-crete', spent grains feeding livestock and so on. Hell, even the bar tops are crafted from old bowling lanes. The taproom, like the brewery, is a large volume, industrial-feeling with exposed floors, block walls and steel trusses. South facing windows allow for a fair amount of sunlight, which filters across the room through large screens (though the space stayed cool enough, thanks to several ceiling fans). One side of the room is mostly glass, providing views to the extensive brewing facility; a few booths line the walls, clusters of tables (short and tall) fill the center and surround and a long peninsula-shaped bar. Banners featuring different Yards beers sway in the rafters. On this day, there was a small bachelorette party ongoing in the midst of the crowd (staff said it was a first, but that they've hosted plenty of events, anniversaries and parties, including ones for children!).

Before this day I was a complete novice when it came to Yards beers, having never tried ONE before, let alone the NINE that were on draft (mostly their bottled standards with one or two exceptions). Beers could be ordered individually as pints or as 4-pour flights. For $5, I could choose from either the 'Core' flight (Brawler, ESA, Philly Pale, IPA) or 'Revolution' flight (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Poor Richard, Saison). Having a great base after a hearty lunch, the decision was easy: Both! Pints are $5 (tax-included), with the exception of the ESA 'special of the day', a paltry $3. Also, the Love Stout was available on nitro-tap, $5 for a 12 oz.+/- pour to slimmer stemware. There was also a house root beer, which I kinda wish I'd tried. It's all scribed on a large chalkboard to the left of the bar, so no worries if you're as unfamiliar as I was.

The place was lively at 3pm (see comment above), as the last tour of the day was about to commence. Roughly 50 people crowded into the brewery, I being one of them until I realized that the Beer 101-focused tour was keeping me from one of many suddenly vacated bar seats. After 10 minutes, I bailed on the tour and grabbed a spot near the taps and coolers. The decision was a smart one, as those throngs refilled the room 20 minutes later while I sipped comfortably and chatted with a couple of the bartenders (Mark and, uh, Matt and...) about beer and the Phillies and such. I also heard some great recommendations for places to visit while in the city (once they learned I was from Oregon).

One thing I skipped was food. The menu showcased local ingredients and seemed to have options for both vegetarians and carnivores alike. Fare is pretty simple: soups, grilled cheeses, paninis. Prices ranged from $3-5 for many items, $7-9 for combos - all reasonable and what I witnessed passing by looked/smelled good.

Besides enjoyable conversation and a belly full of good/very good and extremely fresh beer, I took away a mixed 6-pack ($12). They also sell cases, growler fills, and kegs to go. Me? No room in the suitcase... Glad I made the effort to get here and would recommend the tour and a trip to the taproom for anyone visiting...or local.

msubulldog25, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%

I've held a private event here - a really nice but quirky brewery with no-frills here. I came down here in the middle of the day to scout out the brewery for a private event I was holding later on that year. This place is situated inside this large warehouse row in a not-so-safe area right off I-95. The manager there is awesome and extremely laidback. Very reasonable with pricing and flexible. He even bartended my event and took me and some colleagues on a private tour and let us drink out of one of the vats that was just wrapping up. Yards has made an explosion in presence everywhere with their beers. I am quite partial to their Jefferson beer which I think is the best of their usual suspects line up. The brewpub area is small and has a few tables surrounding a pool table. Good times.

CuriousMonk, Feb 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

dcurse, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Nutleybeer
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Nutleybeer, Oct 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Mrduprey215, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Jimbodini, Mar 04, 2014
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Yards Brewing Co. in Philadelphia, PA
93 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.