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Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing CompanyTired Hands Brewing Company
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4.05/5
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12,726 Ratings
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(610) 896-7621 | map
tiredhands.com

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Added by Rifugium on 02-10-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
389
Reviews:
1,935
Ratings:
12,726
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.53/5
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
372
pDev:
8.61%
 
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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -11.7%

After hearing so much about Tired Hands, I couldn't wait to check it out now that I live in Philadelphia. So there we went, to an odd location in a kind of dead part of town in the suburb of Ardmore.

Tired Hands is a small warm place, reminds me of Earth Bread in Germantown. They had 8 beers on tap when I visited, including Single Hop Saison Cascade, Yeast and Cats, Hop Hands and Can’t Keep Up 9.

The joint is quiet, chill and off-beat, with a nice indie vibe that makes it stand out from the average brewpub. I’m sure it gets busy, but not on a Sunday afternoon when we visited.

I was drooling looking at the open kitchen behind the bar- the food menu is short but enticing, will have to come back and try it out. The paninis look particularly great, on homemade bread.

Beers are served in 3 sizes: 4/8/16 oz, and range between two and seven dollars. I wasn't wowed by any of them, considering the hype, but they sure are nice and "different".

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A solid place. Two bars, the lower being smaller and more of the bar. Upstairs having more tables, more of the mature crowd. Always eight beers on, every one a solid offering. Very enjoyable, though nothing outrageous. Servers were on the young side, but trying. Basic knowledge about the beers, but no wrong answers. Good prices for these beers. Saisons and pales, reminds me of Bellwoods in my town. Bottles on the way.I will be back for the beer. Just do not expect Dieu du Ciel or Russian River despite high ratings.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Rifugium
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Conveniently located just off Rt. 30, and not too far from where I live. Tired Hands' brewpub is a modestly small place, simple, and rustic, no flashy decor going on; it looks like a newly renovated rowhome on a smaller budget, and that's basically what it is, though they've done wonders turning it into a cogent brewpub. They've done extremely well with their setup, converting a simple space into a quaint, organic environment. Hmm...a little too much of a hipster vibe for my liking, but oh well, what can you do. It's the quality that matters after all; I can deal with the hipsters, and it doesn't stop me from visiting whenever possible. Plus it's the "main line," so what can you expect? On a quiet day when the crowd is a bit more subdued, you really can't beat the atmosphere.

There are two floors to the brewpub. Downstairs you have a pretty small bar that seats about 15 people, maybe 20 max if you really squeeze 'em in, and there are a few small tables against the adjacent wall. Brewing processes in clear site straight ahead as you walk in. Upstairs is a much larger seating area, with another smaller and somewhat darker bar.

Service is generally fine all over, and the bartenders are all well-educated in the house beers, and in the beer scene in general. Jean is a nice guy to talk to as well, if you can catch him when he's not busy. As a regular customer, I'm a bit biased to the service, but even during busy hours, the staff is typically on the ball.

There tends to be a very nice selection of 8 or so house brews on tap, and they're all consistently quite solid to excellent, and seem to be getting better and more diverse with time. Clunkers are rare. The focus is mainly on saisons and sessionable IPAs, often with a unique twist, however you will often also see variations on brown ales, stouts, or lagers. There is also a weekly cask-conditioned offering, putting an inventive twist on a brew from their current lineup. As usual, I love seeing pour options, and here they give you options of 4, 8, and full/16 oz. pours. Nice! Prices were about spot on, though if you're going to get a 4oz, you might as well just go for the 8 and get your money's worth. Also available are 1 & 2 liter growlers.

Food options have truly evolved since they opened. The "kitchen" is essentially right in front of you at the downstairs bar, and consists of a pair of panini toasters, a bread baker, and selections of local cheeses, meats, and veggies. Prices for these items can sometimes be a bit on the steep end for what you're given, but at least everything is tasty. I love fresh baked bread, and honestly I could probably just get a loaf of their bread and nosh on it at the bar all day and be a happy camper. Other things like the meat and cheese options...meh...I tend to avoid these, because they are considerably overpriced. But the key is the emphasis on local foodstuffs, with mostly everything coming from local farms. And their rare beer dinners really give you insight as to what innovations the chefs can produce with limited kitchen tools.

Quite possibly the best beer on the East Coast.

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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
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 qcbrewer
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of seanchai
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Took a trip down to this place to get a growler for a trade. I hadn't even heard of the place before so I was pretty excited to check it out. Got there shortly after it opened for the debut of Zombie, their Double Black IPA. Grabbed a table upstairs since the main floor area was pretty full at the time. The vibe of the place is interesting, it's got big windows that open like an inner city pub, there is some crazy looking art on the walls, exposed brick with paint on them, wooden tables and chairs, It's quaint to say the least. It's very relaxed in other words. The selection was pretty nice. There were several Saison's on the draft list, and a couple other styles as well. All the beers were pretty good in my opinion. The service was really good, our server was very attentive, asking about the next round before my glass was completely empty so that by the time I was in need of the beer it was already at the table. The food was good but the bacon on my Panini was too chewy... personal preference I like my bacon crispy. Other than that the food was good and from what I hear the Pickles that they make are also pretty good as well. The price was right, we drank quite a bit we all ate and for three people the bill came to just under $100 without the tip. I'd probably go back to this place one day if I'm in that area or if I see they're drafting a beer I wanna get my hands on.

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Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

**Can't believe that it has been over a year since my first visit. I have got to be closing in on 50 now. Food, atmosphere and service all get a bump up.**

Even tho I live nearly two hours away, I have been here three times already. I think it is time to give this place a proper goings over. Here we go.

Downstairs is kinda small overall. Decent sized bar on the right with the "kitchen" right behind it. Chalk menu's let you know the menu and drafts. A few tables and the bathrooms on the left and the brewery at the rear of the building. Upstairs feels much bigger. Large bar at the back with quite a few tables in the front. Just as downstairs, menu's are located on the wall.

Atmosphere is pretty good. There is definitely a hipster feel to the place but I kinda like it. Its really laid back and the servers are all really nice and helpful. I have had to wait a few times but they have been when it was packed for events. The whole place feels top notch.

Lots of saison's and hoppy beers to choose from, it is what they do best after all. I have liked everything I have tried so far, and that is pretty much everything. The food is sparse but very good. If they add a few more options I will definitely bump this score up.

Overall a really great new brewery that I look forward to getting to know better over the future. I wish Jean and the guys nothing but the best.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of BillRoth
5/5  rDev +10.4%

A place that beats the hype. Outstanding beers. Really distinguished base beers e.g. Hophands (probably most enjoyable American pale ale I have ever had) and their imaginative and highly flavorful variations. Every beer is superbly crafted and some of the very best looking pours you will ever see. Beers are bursting with gentleness. Incredibly delicate carbonation with full head and lacing, I mean here is where the word "craft" is truly indicative of the care and thoughtfulness of the brewer...and honored by the team that pours and explains each beer. The setting is in a crowded old world Philly suburban village, but inside you are transported to a small continental brasserie or gasthaus like setting. Vibrant. Lots of lively lots of cordial people sharing beers and sharing stories. The team never takes a break as beer is poured without stop, and awesome creative terroir food prepared non-stop. The beer is great; the food is great; the customers are great and the Tired Hands team is absolutely first class.
A small diversion off of I-476 that should not be missed.

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev -13.7%
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 Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I decided to go to Tired Hands on one of the busiest times - their 1st Anniversary so I am reviewing with a grain of salt. I waited to have the chance to try Only Void and some other anniversary treats - the wait was worth it in my opinion.

the place is kind of small compared to most brewpubs, but the interior has a elegant yet rustic feel with wood and lots of interesting art including a wall with wood for a tap list and beers listed in chalk on the upstairs and there is more chalkboards behind the bar downstairs for tap listing and food is displayed on other chalkboards. The beer selection is great considering you can get a lot of tasty sessionable beer in addition to some nice hoppy beers like the St. Oner which was brewed for the Anniversary. We had 4oz of the Handfarm batch 2 which was aged in Chardonnay barrels. The service was a little slow but they were busy as heck and did the best they could so better than average in all respects.

I loved the quality and the overall prices were a little high maybe but for the area it isn't unusual. I like the fact that they are trying to bring their own spin to the farmhouse styles and still have cask beer available and are not resting on their laurels either since they release at least a new beer a week.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mltobin
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located right along the "Main Line", very close to Villanova University.

It is a bit crazy to me that Tired Hands is not too far ahead of 1 year in business. Already, they have accomplished much and certainly captured the attention of not only Philly area craft beer drinkers, but the Northeast and in some cases, the rest of the country.

Upon visiting them a couple times, I would say this is merited. The building is very nice, both the outside and inside, are very much welcoming. Inside, there is a good sized bar, as well as a handful of tables, and some more tables on second floor as well. The beer is quite good, from FarmHands to Nigel to Only Void, they do a fantastic job with the different styles they put out. And it served by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Their food, as a plus, is locally sourced and tasty !

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of markgugs
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA
Brewery rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 12,726 ratings
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