Tired Hands Fermentaria

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Tired Hands FermentariaTired Hands Fermentaria
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Tired Hands FermentariaTired Hands Fermentaria

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

35 Cricket Terrace Ctr
Ardmore, Pennsylvania, 19003-2244
United States

(484) 412-8743 | map

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Added by slander on 04-19-2015

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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by Sabtos:
Photo of Sabtos
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

If it's your first time here, good luck finding the main entrance! Aside from some modern yet rustic branding, the signage is almost non-existent and the first unlocked door we went into essentially had us walking into the production facility. It was clean and open enough to look like a streamlined bar space at first. It was kind of cool, though, as we accidentally gave ourselves a mini self-guided tour through some tanks and live fermenters before we realized we were on the wrong side of the fence. Back out around the parking lot to the other side.

Getting back on track, the bar and restaurant space is wide open, at first, but gets packed early. We showed up just after open and there was barely any room available, and it wasn't even a release day. After we got our two seats at the bar, a line to order formed and never died down. The bar is pretty long, and while it's concrete and brick-centric, there's a lot of natural light via an abundance of glass throughout the building. They even pulled down a projector at the center of the bar when they realized the Flyers were playing.

The beer selection is varied, but at the same time not huge. They offer some of their wonderful bottles in house, while a few of their IPAs, Saisons and dark beers will be on draft. Most of it is top notch, while some is experimental and unique, but not always delicious.

The food is inventive and very well executed--tasty while filling. Service does a fine job even while being bombarded, and is very knowledgeable.

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Photo of npolachek
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Solid place. Bartenders very knowledgeable. Large and friendly space and near the Ardmore train station. Would highly recommend if you are in Philadelphia.

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Photo of BarryPrice
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Radome
3.4/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Visited on a Sunday with some local friends of mine. Nice, modern bar and dining area with views into the production area. Crowded and a bit chaotic when I was there. We waited a long time for a table and meanwhile the bar service was not overly quick or friendly. Food was good and prices were reasonable, but table servers were only competent, not friendly or overly efficient.

The beers I tried tended toward the Belgian selections and I was a bit disappointed. Most were variations on Saisons, and I found them thinnish an generally uninteresting. The exception was the Frequency Illusion: Merlot, which showcased both Merlot wine and a nice Saison character at the same time.

Worth visiting? Yes, but try to find a less crowded time of day and don't expect too much from the Saisons.

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Photo of MLS4012
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of Billolick
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Larger room, with large window and an open kitchen behind the bar....pleasant, light and thoroughly worthy spot to visit.

All sorts of tacos, salads, burgers and fresh and tasty food options.

About a dozen high quality brews on tap, with growler fills, bottles and every wed can releases in play....very worthy spot for beers and food

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Photo of Oconomowocian
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

__Brew Cafe Review__Hit a really well run Milkshake release a few weeks back that ended in the back of the Fermentaria. Its a neat place but it was pretty crowded with an hour wait for a table, so we decided to head a block over to the Brew Cafe. A really cool spot, same great taps as the main building but much quieter. Limited food at he Brew Cafe and odd that you can get small pours but only one at time. Great vibe, beer, loved the tired hands bike rack out front.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.82/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Was really excited to visit based on all my PHL friends raving about the beers. Didn’t find the staff overly friendly. Bartender provided decent service, but no personal touch whatsoever.

I enjoyed the beers I tried, Hops Hands, Pineal, and Neck Bus. They are clearly in the hazy camp of beers, while I prefer the clearer, more biting, West coast style. They had a great selection of 10-12 beers on tap and many more in 750’s.

Glad I stopped, but probably won’t again. Just not my style.

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Photo of zbelair
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of sb17
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Always a nice, long draft list that's refreshed often. Tired Hands has such unique brews, and there's always something new and out-there to try. The Fermentaria is a lot bigger than their other taproom, and the space is great, really feels like you're in the mix of the brew/bottling process. Food is decent, really can't go wrong with tacos.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.28/5  rDev -24.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I went here for the first time and was pretty disappointed. I was hoping to get a couple IPAs since they're my favorite thing they do and a lot of the saisons etc. I could grab in bottles. They only had Alien Church, another was on the menu but had kicked and they said they wouldn't be replacing it.

We had heard great things about the food, and it was better than typical bar food or having to deal with a food truck. That said, it was not very good - the nachos were chips with queso. Tacos were fine I guess.

They had a lot of beers on tap, but the variety was lacking. Not a single dark beer, no stout, porter, bock. The pils my wife opted for was fine but not something worth seeking out.

Service was also disappointing. Incredibly slow, not overly busy either. Seeing this, I ordered my second beer while only 1/2 way through my first. 10-15 minutes later I asked the server and there was an "oh, yeah, that beer kicked response. I can take it off your bill." The bill came and the beer I didn't get was still on there, eventually removed, but still.

Very much a feel of "too cool for school" here. I could see coming back if they had something I was dying to try on tap or cans I wanted. For a low key Sunday evening visit, it was not worth the cost of the Uber rides from the city.

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Photo of Inglewood
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of eagle109
4.35/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of spacecake9
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I LOVE THIS PLACE! Nice and roomy, sit at the bar one of many tables, beer list had like 12 different Tired Hands Beer, and the food! We got there on Taco Tuesday, and man were the tacos awesome! Fantastic waitress rounded off a perfect evening. Wish the hotel was closer so I could have tried more beers (only had 6 - 5 oz. pours). I will be back!

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Photo of Cdmomo79
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Tired Hands beers are savage...

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of TTripp725
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Much larger place than the original spot they opened. Plenty of space for seating and to move around. The service was good and the selection was impressive. Great tap list with a couple bottles you could purchase to take home.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.83/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

The TH café wasn't open early enough for the wife and I to stop by the Tuesday we were in town (on our way to Baltimore), but fortunately for us, the Fermentaria was.

The Fermentaria is a pretty sizeable and impressive location, and I thought pretty easy to find in Ardmore. You feel like your eating/drinking inside a sizeable brewery, which in fact I guess you are. There are high ceilings and lots of dark wood, and everything still has that shiny and new look about it. Aside from a fair number of tables and chairs in the sizeable dining area, there's also a pretty good size bar area straight back from the front door, where we perched a bit after noon (just after the fermentaria opened). This place really looked and felt like a great spot to hang out with a beer or three.

In terms of the beer, they don't actually do tasting trays (which is what I was hoping for), but they do 4 or 5 ounce pours on an individual basis, and the bartender was very good about bringing another round or two pretty quickly whenever I was done with my current glass. So it was almost as if we had a tasting tray of the entire line-up (as I got taster size glasses of most things on the menu). On this particular day, I think they had 12 different beers on tap, of varying quality. I think they also had a couple different bottles available, but only for on premise consumption. One thing I admire about TH, is their willingness to experiment and try new things. That being said, not everything we tried at the Fermentaria was all that great. The bubble tea IPA we tried was interesting (very unusual texture and mouthfeel), but ultimately came across as a bit too sweet and cloying for my palate. Also, while the Hazy Jane I IPA was one of the two best beers I sampled at TH, the Hazy Jane II DIPA was pretty much a drain pour (completely over the top sweetness with not nearly enough hoppy bitterness to handle/balance that amount of sweetness). That shocked and disappointed me, as after I tried the HJ I, I was expecting the HJ II to be terrific. On the other hand, the Almost Exactly Saison was terrific (reminding me very much of Upright brewing's equally terrific special herbs saison), as was the Hemingway Daiquiri (fabulous lime flavor that went very well with the citrus flavor in the IPA). Hop Hands and Go ride a bike were both decent efforts, but I didn't find either beer remarkable. In any event, my feeling was that in general the beer here was very good, despite a couple of missteps.

Didn't try the food, but what I saw on the menu looked pretty good. Service was pretty much excellent. The fermentaria had just opened on the weekday we were there, which I'm sure is part of the reason there were so few folks at the bar. So to no great surprise, service tended to be quick and very efficient. As you would expect at a place like TH, the bartender was engaging, knowledgeable, and able answer pretty much any and all questions. One more reason why we had such a great time here.

I had been meaning to visit TH for a very long time, and am glad the stars finally all aligned, and I was able to stop by. There's definitely a lot to like about the fermentaria.

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Fermentaria is great for the beer lover with kids who (rightly) felt weird bringing their brood with them to BrewCafe. It is large, open and can get kind of loud. Jean's drawings adorn the walls, so you know exactly where you are.
I love their beer, so CHECK on that box. The menu offers more than the BrewCafe, and once again executes at a high level on what they have. Love the burger and the chicken sandwich. Wings are very good. Tacos are very good.
Depending on where you are sitting, you can get lost from time to time...
I am a fan, will be back ASAP!

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Photo of Furley80
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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Tired Hands Fermentaria in Ardmore, PA
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