Tired Hands Brewing Company

Tired Hands Brewing CompanyTired Hands Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(610) 896-7621 | map

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -9.7%
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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Photo of Futurepoop
5/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of Vetbidder
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of mkh012
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | 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.

Overall, the quality of Tired Hands is phenomenal. Above-average food and great, creative beer.

The Brew Café serves a smaller menu of sides and sandwiches. The paninis are very good. They have a delicious fig and onion jam. The fish tacos are very good at the Fermentaria, as are their French fries. 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, ENIAC, Jeepster Dust, and The Light. If you like fruity, juicy IPAs, Tired Hands is the place for you.

8.5/10 for the food and a near 10/10 for the beer.

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Photo of Gose
3.83/5  rDev -13.5%
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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Photo of terrysjag
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of Alequine
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of Bruce5
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of Rastacola
5/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited the Tired Hands Brew Cafe last Saturday afternoon. It's a nice, smallish space in the posh little Philly suburb of Ardmore.

When you enter, you're told to sit wherever you like, with the understanding that ordering takes place at the bar. We pulled up chairs at a wooden table, complete with a re-purposed bottle vase that emphasized the same point: "sit where you like, order at the bar."

Beers are poured in 4 oz, 8 oz, and pint volumes and are priced accordingly. The glassware is lovely...I especially like the narrow flute-like glasses used for the 8 oz pours.

Tired Hands' beers are good and interesting. Nearly everything is unfiltered and most beers are rather hazy. They all look good in a glass. While we were there, we hand their Trendler Rauchbier (okay...restrained), their Craven Baltic porter (excellent), Big Wheel (a very fruity low-ABA IPA), Retinal Stem (an interesting IPA brewed with Szechuan peppercorns), and Waiting for the Bloom (a tasty oat IPA).

They've chosen the moniker "brew cafe" to differentiate themselves form "brew pubs" as their food operation is rather diminutive and focuses on fresh bread, pickles, meats, cheeses, and some other snacks. We had a trio of pickles (whiskey dills, peppery dills, and cumin carrots) with some of their bread and salted butter and it was fantastic. We also tried some of the candied bacon, and while the maple syrup served along side was superfluous, it was great, as well.

I found the brew cafe to be an excellent place to grab a few beers and nosh on some well-considered bar snacks.

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Photo of JamLand
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

This review is for the Fermenteria. I went there with some friends for a recent bottle release. The vibe was great. Everything was relaxed even though there was a bottle release happening. Plenty of space inside to grab a table after picking up our bottles. There was also plenty of lot and street parking, which is always nice for breweries near a major city like Philly. Service was slightly above average as was the food. They had about ten of their beers on draft, no guest taps. Overall, a great experience and I would definitely recommend checking them out if you are in the area.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The interior of the brew pub is quite cool with the brick. Parking is not so good because it's "on street" and that varies based on time of day and day of week. Hours are limited and only say that because I live 45-60 minutes from the brewery which equals too far to drive after having a beer or two, no fault of Tired Hands.

Food is very good. Beer is very good but beer names rank amongst the weirdest I've ever encountered. Beer selection is good and they only serve their own beer.

Definitely recommend stopping here if you are in the NW/W 'burbs of Philadelphia,

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Photo of nickontherun525
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This brewery is the real deal. A friend of mine turned me onto these guys when he was wowed by their top tier Saisons. I was a little skeptical because I am not huge on belgian ales, but after perusing their website I decided it was worth the trip. I first went to their brewcafe, and it is a wonderful hole in the wall filled with character. I had a cask pumped stout conditioned on citra hops (Nope) and a grilled cheese pannini. The food and beer were both delicious and affordable. They seem to carry a greater variety of styles and experimentation here (I had Pineapple Milkshake IPA here). However the real treat has been my repeated trips to the Fermentaria. The first day I went I stumbled upon a bottle release (Astral Plane) and got to pick that up. Then my girlfriend and I went into spilt dessert and try some brews. The menu is definitely a little more pricey here but the selection is a lot bigger. Same with the beer menu. I have been able to enjoy some truly remarkable beers from there since I have gone. Hophands, Shambolic, Only Void aged on coffee and cherries, Freedom from the Known, and my favorite which was Such Passion. The service also has always been pretty great. The first two times I went we had the same woman, she remembered us, was very friendly, and also very helpful. She was quick, and knowledgeable of the many brews on tap. The third time I went I had someone else, and she was kind and apologetic due to how busy it was, but she was a little forgetful. It didn't ditract from the overall experience too much. The growler fills a bit expensive, but since I am not a local I never mind filling up to enjoy from home. If it was habitual I might not be so consistent with that. Overall the beer is definitely worth the visit alone, but at both locations you will stay for the great cuisine, location, and service. You will find that not every beer knocks it way out of the park, but you will not have anything less than really good beer. The merchandise is also great, with shirts of a great variety of colors, and three types of glassware, which I happily added to my collection. I will definitely continue to support these awesome locations!

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Photo of thampel09
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Tired hands gets nothing but 5s from me because making the 30 minute trip from NJ is always worth it. Never had a bad experience here between the staff, beers, food or crowd. Atmosphere is really chill and I've taken maby of out of state friends here whom have all come to love it. Candied bacon is to die for and their spicy mustard is amazing. Great beers as well!

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Photo of VetsPackage
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Few places I've been to cooler than this. Awesome atmosphere, fantastic pales and farmhouse styles, and a simple but elegant finger food menu that compliments their beers and ties the experience together. Candied bacon was out of control.

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Photo of gopens44
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Google maps sent us here instead of Fermentorium, so we enjoyed. First off, I'd say this place is far more "cozy", comfortably rustic and generally more conducive to beer geekness than the Fermentorium (not saying the other place is not good, just different). While I didnt' try any food (therefore I can't honestly rate it) it is prepared right there for all to see, so it's gonna be clean and made in painstakingly sanitary way. It also looked and smelled excellent. Selection was dominated by Saisons, so if they aren't' your thing it's gonna be limited but what was left over was excellent. Finally, best for last - service was epically incredible. Bar staff was beyond helpful and acted more like buddies at a bottle share than bartenders. Just a great visit in every way.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.83/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Amazing beer across the board, when I was there two kegs blew at the bar. Growlers were being filled one after another. The food was great, their panini's and candied bacon was top notch. This place is killer.

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Photo of Apearn87
3.9/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

First visit, decor is unique but very cool. Beer list is awesome, everything on tap was exceptional. Only had an appetizer based off that can't wait to go back

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Photo of Mfbda1daonly
4.65/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I went to Tired Hands for yesterdays Para3 release. After my buddy and I grabbed our beers, we grabbed lunch upstairs. There was a ton of great options on tap. If I wasn't driving, I would have enjoyed them even more. The fig panini was amazing. All and all a tremendous experience

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Great staff, creative and delicious food. Good Vide between staff and patrons. Beer selection was lacking coming from a brewery that has 200+ beers active in this site... Mainly IPAs, a pale ale, a Gose and a couple saisons on. Hoppier beers were a mess more or less, was not inspired by what was on. Too bad, had fond memories of beers I tasted in the past.

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Photo of TOnEz31
3.9/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

I've been going to Tired Hands regularly since they opened. Love the beer menu staples. Appreciate the creative recipes, freshness and use of local ingredients in their brews. You'll always be surprised with their recipes. Could do without the pretensions, absurd house rules and those darned hipsters. Table service tends to take a while too. Nothing like the rural vibe you get from the luminaries in Vermont (which I prefer) but I am truly thankful Jean chose Ardmore to set up shop since it's my back yard. IMO, it's some of the better brew on the east coast but still behind Hill Farmstead, Alchemist, Maine, Prairie (not really "east"), Oxbow, etc. They have a good chance of receiving better scores when they open the new facility around the corner from their current spot, if they bottle more, age more, expand the menu and mature a bit more.

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Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
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