Yards Brewing Co.

Yards Brewing Co.Yards Brewing Co.
Yards Brewing Co.Yards Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

500 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19123
United States

(215) 634-2600 | map

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.39/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

We got there just before noon on a Saturday. It was mostly empty, but it soon filled up and became quite crowded.

Vibe---It was large & loud. Rows and rows of long communal tables surrounded by high top tables. Music was playing and a giant tv was in the room as well.

Quality---Both the beer and the food were very good.

Service---When we arrived, we basically had our waiter to ourselves. As it got crowded, he was still attentive and helpful and we never waited for anything. He never seemed rushed or stressed by the crowd.

Selection---A wide variety of beers were available in a range of styles. I think they had 20 beers on tap.

Food---I got the tavern pretzel and Wifey got a buffalo chicken wrap. The pretzel was very good and Wifey said her wrap was awesome. There was a nice variety of foods on the menu. Just about anyone could find something they liked.

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Photo of realJohnnyHobo
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Stopped in for a quick beer on a Monday and this place was packed, though it was a holiday I was a little surprised at how filled up this place got. Customer service as outstanding, and what you'd expect when visiting a high-quality brewery. The charcuterie platter was outstanding and made for a lovely accoutrement to our beers. The selection and glass size options were competitively priced for their made in house brews. After trying several I can fully recommend the Poor Richard's for anyone who loves a solid root-beer style beer. Being a guest in the city, when we asked the bartender where he would recommend us to visit like a local and his recommendation did not disappoint. Hopefully, I can pay him back with this excellent review of this establishment. Parking is located outside on the street level, no paid parking during our visit, and there are take away beer options too.

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Photo of officerbill
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Parking available on the street or nearby Target lot.
Wide open area with long “picnic table” seating as well as seating at the bar. Lots of families, very clean restrooms.
Pool table, dart board, and shuffleboard.
Wine as well as a wide variety of Yard's brews. Prices are a little high, but not unreasonable.
Pretzels were excellent, chili was average, rest of the food was very good.
A little noisy due to the cavernous interior, but a nice place to spend a few hours.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I finally made it to the newest Yards location, quite some time after they opened, which is odd because I'm a big supporter and the first employee. The huge tanks out on the street are impressive, as is the rusted and bent fencing in front of them. Why does the bent look not go all the way along? I'm guessing cost. Having said that, the brewery was designed by DIGSAU, a Philadelphia architecture firm that does great work. That takes us to the massive triangular shaped windows at the entrance which certainly gather attention, and give it a tiny bit of a lodge feel. Inside there's a merchandise and beer cooler area to the left, steps to the upstairs area to the right (usually used for private parties, and the bar straight ahead with plenty of seating to the left of it. It has a bit of an industrial feel which I think is completely fitting, particularly as you can see the brewery wrapped around it. In nice weather you can sit outside in the shade of the massive tanks. The service was quick and friendly on a very busy day (the place was packed), and both the beer and food arrived quickly. All of the regular Yards beers are available (of course), and there are a handful of specialties as well. There are cask ales available, as well as a seasonal, and then the "First Draft" series that included nine beers on my visit. I tried the Elfreth's Barrel-Aged Sour, the Mosaic Fresh Hop, and the Hefeweisenberg. All of the beers were great, and for lunch I went with the Chicken Nachos for $12 which were loaded with chicken and quite good. I enjoyed myself and I'll certainly stop back whenever I have the opportunity.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

The vibe I would expect from such an established place. Big taproom, with a little bit of a soul. They are trying to figure out the balance between brewing the beer that got them here and trying to keep things fresh. They do a decent job of it. It's a can't miss in Philly, but it probably won't be your favorite stop.

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Photo of mynie
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

A rather large facility for a downtown brewery--it's centrally located and takes up most of a city block.

First off, Philly is great. This was my first time in the city, and while it's not exactly an incomprehensible metropolis, I was still sort of overwhelmed by its charm and accessibility. Yards sort of sneaks up on you, as you're not expecting a full fledged production brewery to be located where it's located.

The building is old, high-ceiling, and lovely. Huge windows up front made for a bright afternoon. There's a square bar in the center of the main facility surrounded by high tops and long dining benches. We arrived around 3 PM on a Friday. The crowd was small but convivial. If there was music, it was playing very quietly. TVs above the bar played sports at a low volume. It was a very chill vibe. Perhaps a bit white collar--a few small groups of lanyard-wearers wandered in from nearby conferences--but still conducive to conversation. Alongside the main room is a spacious games area with free billiards and shuffleboard. Just a very nice place to spend a few hours.

The beer is wonderfully crafted. Their older school offerings may, sadly, no longer be fashionable, but they are still made with care. And, unlike the weird attempts by many older school craft breweries (*cough Sam Adams *cough*), their forays into more contemporary trends are likewise very well done.

The food was excellent. Unpretentious but very lovingly done. We had a simple pretzel and some bratwurst and, no exaggerating, both were among the very best of either I've ever had.

There's nothing hugely unique about Yards. It's actually a fairly simple and straightforward operation. But everything is done exceptionally well, which makes for a great place to visit.

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Photo of sb17
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Last time I stopped by there were two flights (4 beers each) to choose from, tried both, and both were fantastic. Good beer selection, not every beer is a hit, but there are quite a few historical brews that make day drinking feel patriotic! My favorite Yards brews are the Brawler, Philly Pale, and Love Stout. The food is a bit too far out their for my liking, menu items include things like venison chili and foie gres, so I'd personally eat before I go. Looking forward to catching a brew tour at Yards in the future.

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Photo of beermaster567459
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was at work coworker told me about Jefferson's face on a beer by Yards, He said "Try it" i went to the closes beer distributor bought it, loved it, 8.00% ABV, Smooth, Taste, Pilsner Lager mix, Love it

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A really great brewery to visit. Tour was fun and really gave a great sense of the brewery. The crowd and staff were friendly. Huge selection of different types of beer and a good food truck outside with great comfort food. Never had it but during the week yards has a limited but what sounds like an appealing menu.when in Philly it is a must place to visit

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Cool joint. Lots a people drinkin and music blasting, loud but in a fun way. 13 beers on the tap. Food is from a food truck. In a hip part of Philly on the old Delaware Ave. (people will know what I mean).

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Arrived at 4pm on a Saturday to pregame before a concert at Festival Pier. There's a parking lot outside but I managed to snag street parking opposite the brewery. A few tables in a little grassy area across the street were occupied by people drinking in "to-go" cups and there were metal Yards bottle openers on the wooden fence posts! We were greeted at the door by staff who poured us a taste of Saison upon entry. It was fairly crowded and loud inside but my friend and I managed to saddle up to seats at the long, horseshoe shaped bar. Some TVs near the bar, but they were easy to ignore. Their entire line of brews were available on-tap along with a couple of one-offs. I had a Koelsch, Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale, and an Extra Special Ale (ESA). All fresh and delicious. Bartenders were friendly and attentive. I'd go back anytime.

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Photo of stevoj
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

One of the Philly classics, right down by the riverfront. Fairly big and roomy, but they close at 7pm, so get their early. Six mainstays a few rotating taps. Decent selection of pub grub as well.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in here with my friend for his birthday (first stop of many that night). We got in line and ordered a few rounds. The place was packed so we ordered 2 beers at a time just so we wouldn't need to get back in line. The selection is good if you like Yards beer. The service was good. I dug the vibe of the place. Great place.

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Photo of DreLuis
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Always packed and always fun.

This is a must visit brewery if in philly, and the most tradtional brewery in philadelphia. 3 different flights to give you an idea of what is being served. The beer tour is fun but standard. You will get some samples on the tour.

The folks there care about the craft, but the brewery does have a "tourist trap" vibe to it. There is nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Selection varies by season. Limited food selection. Kind of small so weekends are very busy. Tour is pretty cool and you can drink during it. Nice people to talk to. Actually ran into Tom Kehoe when I was down there. Easy to get to from Spring Garden on the MFL subway. Love this place!

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Photo of Kubishark
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Went on a trip to Philly with some friends and we had to stop in here to check it out and see what it was all about. It was very busy and took a little while to get to the bar and order some drafts, but once we got our beers and found a table I really warmed up to the place. The music was excellent, The Smiths and New Order and R.E.M. seemed to be on constant rotation, there was a pool table which my friends had fun with, excellent beer of course (as you'll see in my reviews I think the Jefferson Tavern Ale is absolutely fantastic), and friendly people all around. We ended up having a nice conversation with complete strangers at the table next to us. That's really what a pub should be all about, bringing people together to enjoy great beer and great company. I'll be sure to come back here the next time I make it up to Philly. (Note: I don't know if they had food or not. I didn't really pay attention as I was mostly excited about the beer.)

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Photo of socon67
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by on a Saturday. Great feel with many people sitting at tables enjoying the beer. They had over a dozen different beers on tap. Three flights allowed us to try each one.

We did the brewery tour and it was fun. They even included beer samples along the way! The staff was very informative.

I liked the limited release beers. But overall I am a fan of Yards. Food trucks provided food. I didn't eat but the food looked good. If you are in the area this is a must-visit brewery.

Edit - 8/19/2018 - I visited their new location. It is very impressive. Nice shop area and tons of bench seating. A good 20 taps of their stuff. My rating won't change; the new place is equally great and a must visit to those in Philly.

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Photo of Rutkiller
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

100% wind powered brewery. Very cool tasting room. Bar is made from recycled bowling lane wood. Tour is approx. 45 mins long with a few samples. Went on a Sunday and the kitchen wasn't open; had to get food from a food truck parked outside. Beers were decent.

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Photo of PorterThwarter
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Updated November 2015

I love Yards beer. A lot. I have mixed feelings about visiting so this review is all over the place.

I've been to this brewery twice now (on the weekend) and I think twice is enough. It's just so crowded and busy and not at all relaxing. Parking can be a challenge. Bartenders stay friendly or at least civil even amongst the chaos and the tour guides are a lot of fun. It's nice to be able to get so many varieties of Yards on draft in one place. The shop has an extensive line of gear, from hoodies to pub signs, and takeaway bottles. They allow you to make your own flights, with no restrictions. There's no food during the weekend, just a food truck. I ate both times, and my food was fine, but I would have preferred a more varied menu.

I love Yards, I will probably always love Yards because they brought me Brawler, but unless they figure out a better way to accommodate me plus all the other hordes of people who also like Yards, then this one gets a pass in the future. But it's definitely worth doing once.

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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.

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Photo of Will_Rivera
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Def a place to go if your in Philly I go every time I'm in Philly and love it more and more they have a nice beer selection great service very friendly the place is spacious can fit a lot of people amazing location and awesome food trucks outside and on busy nights service is still great

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Big spacious place easily accommodate couple hundred people...some game tables...great bar layout ...exceptional service...The selection of beers was well varied and interesting. they also sell mixed sixes to go (love that)...barkeep through in some ice for the cooler...great experience.

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Photo of Ravenclaws
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Yards is a great beer spot ESPICIALLY for the younger guys. Only stopped by for a flight but the place was packed at 2 on a Saturday afternoon. And the tours were sold out until 5 so couldn't stay for one.

Staff was very friendly and fast. Games, food and a great beer selection await you at Yards.

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Photo of ZagZagg
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I've been to the Yard's tasting room a few times now. They have basically all of their standard beers on tap (and a few on cask) including one or two specialties/seasonals. The decor is pretty interesting, rustic meets contemporary, highly inspired by the various beers as well as Philadelphia's history/Founding Fathers.

The drafts are reasonably priced (freshly squeezed of course) and delicious. 64oz growlers are available for five dollars. There are two different types of growler pours; 'Signature' and 'Revolutionary' for $10 and $12 respectively. I think it's a pretty good deal and always remember to bring my growler for a visit.

They offer tours on weekends about every half hour between noon and 4. Guides are knowledgeable and have a sense of humor. A few 4oz pours are offered for sampling during the tour.

The tasting room does not offer food, but on Saturdays a rotating selection of food trucks park out front and always smell delicious.

Overall, I really like their offerings and try to stop by whenever I can.
Philadelphia. Craft Beer.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

During a recent weekend trip, I finally took an opportunity to visit this wonderful brewery. Located on Delaware Avenue, and near Fishtown with its' many liquid pleasure houses, Yards Brewery, whether for the tour or the Tasting Room, is a Philadelphia must-see. I stopped by the Tasting Room (on my way to the aforemention Fishtown); there was a bustling atmosphere around the circular bar area. The bar was equipped with an I-Pad, where one could check out the many styles available or just go onto their website. The room is of moderate size with the typical industrial décor, high brick walls adorned with Yards swag. To the right, adjacent to the bar, and behind the glass, is the brewery. Look inside for Yards One, the original brick system. Tours are frequent and very popular.

Yards offers their Basic Signature beers on tap along with "Ales of the Revolution," which included the wonderful George Washington Tavern Porter. The special was Rye IPA for $5.00 a pint. Food is served; however, I did not partake. Should you wish to avoid a DWI, the brewery is accessible to public transit: Bus 25 or the Spring Garden subway station.

Honestly, this is one of the best tasting rooms I've ever visited.

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Yards Brewing Co. in Philadelphia, PA
Brewery rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 9737 ratings