Tired Hands Brewing Company

Tired Hands Brewing CompanyTired Hands Brewing Company
Tired Hands Brewing CompanyTired Hands Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

16 Ardmore Ave
Ardmore, Pennsylvania, 19003-1302
United States

(610) 896-7621 | map
tiredhands.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.17
Beers:
566
Reviews:
2,725
Ratings:
15,490
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.51
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
406
pDev:
8.87%
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Photo of Ieatlambfries
2.95/5  rDev -34.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Food and beer are absolutely a 4. Where the brew cafe utterly fails is in the service. The employees there make you feel as if they are doing you a favor in taking your money. Been there probably 10 plus times in the past few years, and same story each time. So bad service and bad attitudes are not an anomaly.

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Ieatlambfries from New Jersey, Oct 01, 2019
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4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

2 locations a few blocks from each other with completely different vibe. The Fermentaria is an open space with a bar area and a dining area. Very lively. Can releases are at the Fermentaria. Great selection of TH beers, The Brew Cafe is smaller, quieter and more intimate. Still has a large beer selection and only slightly overlaps with the Fermentaria tap list. Different food menus at each location and the food is very good at both.

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dafla67 from Pennsylvania, May 02, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

The two locations (~2-3 blocks apart) have very different food menus and fairly different beer menus. The latter change at a pretty incredible rate, because these guys are always experimenting and their brews are invariably interesting to fantastic. I prefer the Brew Cafe (Ardmore Ave, the original one), but try both if you can.

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trancecylist from Pennsylvania, Apr 17, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Fantastic visit to the Fermentaria, which houses the brewery, a bar and restaurant under one lofted roof. The food was solid and creative, featuring tacos, sandwiches and New American fare entrees. The beer selection was large, offering at least 12 beers at 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64 oz pours. Plus, the back of the menu features a wide selection of their large format bottle beers to enjoy. Server was friendly and knowledgeable, with time and interest in geeking out over beers and brewing process. Good stuff all around and a worthwhile visit if you're in town.

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Sprowt20 from New Jersey, Mar 07, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The original brew cafe, next door to the Geneal Store.

Small, cozy place, with bar on the right and seating to the left. Despite the size, sound volume didn't get too loud, even though the place was fairly crowded.

About ten beers on tap, with very good variety, and a few really weird ones, this being Tired Hands. Everything was well made and tasty. Service was good and speedy, but I didn't engage too much, since I wasn't there alone.

We didn't try the food, but it looked and smelled nice.

Overall, a cozier place than the Ferm, but probably gets very crowded on weekends.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Jan 05, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

About a 3 minute walk from the much larger and more modern Fermenteria location in quant downtown Ardmore.

Smaller bar down stairs crammed in with some brewing vessels. They offer cheese and meat plates to eat. Larger area available upstairs to relax and enjoy their fine brews....comfortable and worthy spot.....one door over from the store.

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Billolick from New York, Jul 30, 2018
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3.86/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Went here after a very disappointing visit to the Ferm. This was better - low key vibe though my wife didn't appreciate the metal playlist I thought it was pretty cool.

I got to try a couple more IPAs, but was sad to see Double Extra Vanilla shake had kicked - if it wasn't on the board I'd never have known I missed it.

The service at the bar was friendly and efficient enough. The IPAs I had were both quite good, but I don't think it was worth the cost of the Uber rides from downtown. If I had a rental on my next visit or they had something I was dying to try I could see going back. Otherwise it's fine to be checked off the list but nothing to write home about.

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oldn00b from Virginia, Dec 11, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited midday on a Monday. The fermentaria was wide open. The bar/restaurant on one side, even more seating/fermentation tanks on the other. Nice ambiance with the live action on the fermentation side quite a change. Very clean.

Our server was very friendly, explaining the beer concepts and whatnot to my wife and myself. We tried 3-4 beers each.. all tasting great. I had read/heard some good things about Tired Hands, and I'm glad we took the time out to visit. If only it wasn't an hour away, we could have stayed and really enjoyed the place.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I stopped by one afternoon with my boss while visiting from out of town. The place was not packed but there was a good mood. We stayed downstairs which is a little small but had no issue getting around or getting to the bar for a beer. The beers on draft were great, we ordered a couple of flat breads and a cheese plate. The food came out quick and the food was great. The service was excellent, I say this because I did not have to wait for a beer but once and the dude that brought the food was great. I will say this the parking is limited and I did not have change for the meter so I asked for change for a $20 which I had. The bartender told me since it was 5:30 parking was free after 6 and gave me 50 cent from his tip jar for the meter. Needless to say he got that $20 for himself when I left. Great place great food I would come back here every chance I got.

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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina, Aug 28, 2017
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4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Short visit today but overall I thought it was an excellent experience with great service, fantastic heavy metal music playing and really tasty food in addition to the beers. Our bartender knew her stuff, was very attentive and quick with all orders and samples. I'm definitely planning to come back for a full day.

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CHickman from New York, Jul 02, 2017
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3.76/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

On a recent trip to Philadelphia...
Stopped first at the brew house (beer and small plates) on a release day. There was a line for growlers, which I think gummed up the service. There seemed to be people around, but the single-threaded nature of the process of handling to go visitors seemed to interfere with our intent to sit there and drink and try a few beers.

Once the furor died down, the service was fairly decent, so I could go up a notch here, but the initial viewing of people who didn't seem to care sticks with me. This place is small, and seems a little more like a place to hide and drink a beer. I like this kind of place, but it didn't seem open to a more social aspect.

A decent range of IPA to APA to sour was available, but there were only about 10 taps, a dozen tops.

This was a nice place to visit, though for atmosphere, the sister location up the road seems a better option,

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cjgiant from District of Columbia, Jun 23, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

very cool joint. great selection out of the taps. a little saison heavy for my taste, but it is late spring / early summer. HopHands was what I tried on this trip - solid hazy beer.

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cmurphy7 from Massachusetts, May 30, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

one of my favorite brewery visits ever! this place is awesome, and we had a wonderful time. its such a cool old building, like an old country farmhouse, made of stone and wood, and looking super rustic, even cooler than what i had in my head for a place that makes such interesting old world ales, the vibe in here is amazing. its a bit tight when you walk in, almost feels like a barn, with a small bar, the brewery there behind it, and just a little bit of seating. we went upstairs to the loft area, charming and quaint and country and beautiful, dim lighting, exposed wood beams, old wooden furniture, and another small bar in the back. feels almost like an amish structure of some kind, or what i would imagine one to be like if i knew what i was talking about... it was absolutely packed in here on a saturday afternoon, which brings me to the service. it was every bit as good as the beer, which is to say it was positively tremendous. we had a large group, more than ten, and even in this tiny place at peak hours, they were highly accommodating. one server by herself got us set up and taken care of, beers right away, food shortly after, and separate checks that had to be annoying, but she was a complete professional, insanely patient, and just awesome. not all in our group were beer people, and she was thoughtful and helpful to them, and really enhanced our experience with here diligent work, i hope we thanked her adequately. the beer here i think speaks for itself, some of the best in the region, but i was particularly impressed with hop hands and blue eyed soul, a couple of unique saisons, which is really what these guys do best, but their hoppy beer was great too. the food was also great, we had a bunch of taste charcuterie and cheese, but also some filling hot sandwiches, and all of it was great. i love the old school charm of this place, and would love to check it out at a less busy time for a more intimate experience, but food and beer and service were all on point, and the ambiance here is as good as anywhere. i cant wait to go back some day!

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Photo of francus
4/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

Wow. A really intimate brew pub that didn't cost millions and really shows the character of the owner(s)! Looks like a 5 bbl system and looks like a hodge podge of equipment separated by double doors from the bar. The place is small and intimate with four four-seat tables and maybe six or eight bar stools. Great service!. The food is all pannini based and right behind the bar. I did not eat as I was stuffed from being elsewhere, but it looked really good.

I loved the bar feel. Very intimate and down to earth. You could really feel the love in this place. Alt hard rock/metal was playing, but not so loud you couldn't carry on a conversation in a low voice. All around a place I wish was down the street from where I live.

Now for the beers. All the beer are open fermented. And the do ferment some saisons and sours. Sadly this bleeds over into some of their other beer styles. The Biere de Garde, for example is virtually perfect except for that hit of sour. Still a good brew, but in my opinion the open fermentation does it no service. They also seem to use a lot of oats in their brews. Whether this is to save money or to add to the eclectic-ness of their brews I do not know, but it does somewhat lighten the body of their brews and impart a different flavor profile from normal. Then again they have a sczechuan IPA so normal is not what you get here anyway.

All in all a nice place. Expect some odd brews but a great pub atmosphere.

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francus from North Carolina, Apr 07, 2017
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My goodness I love this place. What a great spot to be your local brewery. The food is great, although maybe a tad overpriced, the beers are world class with a constantly changing selection of weird and interesting delicious beers. The people are always friendly, service is great. Making a reservation, getting a table, and having a waiter/waitress deal with the bar is highly recommended as the best way to experience this place.

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Futurepoop from Pennsylvania, Feb 13, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Very Decent joint. They've got a bunch of beer on tap. Half of them you've never heard of. Awesome food. I had some fufu chicken nacho thing and it was banging. Darkish type place. Not cheap being on the Mainline.

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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania, Feb 06, 2017
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4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Great place with great food and good beer. I was only here once and all the beers I wanted to try were kicked but still overall a good experience, enough to where I look for tired hands beer everywhere I go.

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Erikshegda1994 from Pennsylvania, Jan 20, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The original Tired Hands Brew Cafe is much more divey and dark than the newer Fermentaria location down the road. Relatively small, with lots of rustic wooden features and the weird art that Tired Hands is known for. Service was good and prompt (but I must say that it was very quiet when I got there as they had just opened for the day). Great beer selection!

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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania, Jan 19, 2017
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4.78/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Both the Fermentaria and smaller Brew Café are fantastic.

The vibe is low-key and tame even when busy, and the overall atmosphere is friendly and laid-back.

The Brew Café serves a smaller menu of sides and sandwiches. The paninis are very good. The fish tacos are very good at the Fermentaria, as are their French fries. The chicken sandwich is amazing. Pretty much everything I've tried has been great for a brewpub.

The highlight, clearly, is the beer. For a relatively small operation, Tired Hands has some of the best beer I've ever tasted. They lean heavily towards IPAs and Saisons but also have interesting stouts and some beers that defy categorization. Some of my favorites have been Alien Church, Extra Extra Knuckle, and Such Passion. If you like hazy IPAs, Tired Hands is the place for you.

9/10 for the food and a near 10/10 for the beer.

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mkh012 from Colorado, May 30, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Beer list changes very frequently...almost weekly. Beer ranges from world class to downright foul...most are pretty good. The food is basic american faire (tacos, burger, chicken sandwich) but is generally very good. Service varies greatly depending on the server. Canned beer is offered for sale during weekly "can release" events where limited quantities of canned beer are offered at an exorbitant price. Some people wait in line for hours to purchase cans. Canned beer can be a mixed bag - I recently received some infected cans in a recent purchase. I notified the brewery but the issue was never acknowledged.

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Gose from Pennsylvania, Apr 21, 2016
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4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Exceptional experience. This brewery has some of the best beers I have ever tasted. I may not like all the styles, but you can tell the quality is very, very good. They had a beer at the original location a few weeks ago called Earth Holy that was likely the best beer I have ever had. The most well rounded IPA ever!!

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terrysjag from Maryland, Mar 23, 2016
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4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went on a bottle release day, very organized and smoothly ran. Draft selection was good, and everyone I had I enjoyed. Food was outstanding. Friendly and fast service.

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Dave_Treat from Virginia, Dec 28, 2015
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4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This place is a cozy, comfortable and and rustic brew pub. Lots of thick dark wood with open face brick walls, a small seating area on the first floor and a slightly more open space upstairs but still very small and intimate. This place offers great food unlike many brew pubs I have been to and the food is outstanding. The beer selection – outstanding. Tired Hands is known for its outstanding saisons and great IPA’s and in these two areas the beer doesn’t disappoint. Service was and always is good although when it gets crowded which is usually on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday order what you can and don’t expect the wait staff to come around often. There is no parking lot for the brew pub so you have to park on the street or in a municipal parking lot down the street.

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Alequine from Delaware, Nov 30, 2015
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4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

This review is about the Fermentaria which has a different vibe and selection from the original brew house. Much more spacious, you can find a seat and a parking place.

Great selection of hoppy beers and if you are hungry go with the tacos (carnitas are a definite).

Definitely the place to go!

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Bruce5 from Pennsylvania, Nov 25, 2015
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Ever since Tired Hands opened three years ago, I've been going regularly and have tried at least a hundred of their different beers and not once have I been disappointed. The people are great, the food is local, unique, and delicious, and the beer is my favorite in the world. Tired Hands saisons are mind blowing and ever since the opening of the ferm and the new foudres, they have changed a bit in flavor and all for the better. Their stouts are decadent and smooth. I'm mostly into IPAs and they're are unlike any others ..silky, creamy, perfect carbonation levels, low IBUs and DANK, citrusy pine tastes.

That said, the only argument I ever hear is that "all of their IPS taste the same" ..which is fair, but I think some people fail to realize that just because the name of a beer is wildly different from another, does not mean that the beer itself will differ. There are nearly 300 beer reviews on this website for them and that might not be half of what they've tapped. It's common for TH to have two IPAs on tap with the exact same malt profile but hopped with singularly with two different hops.

But perhaps the best thing about Tired Hands is that they're constantly pushing the boundaries in tasteful ways ..both in their food and beer. Long live Milkshake IPAs and bow down to the Alien Church..

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Rastacola from Pennsylvania, Nov 24, 2015
Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
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