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Yards Brewing Co.Yards Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

901 N. Delaware Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19123
United States

(215) 634-2600 | map

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -15.1%
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 DreLuis
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
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 +17.1%
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 +10%
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 +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Rutkiller
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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 +12%
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 -26.8%

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 +0.7%
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 DrunkinYogi
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +4.6%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.7%
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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Photo of jmdrpi
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Visited the brewery on a Saturday afternoon with friends to enjoy some brews.

The tasting room is attached to the brewery -and consists of a large bar, some tables, shuffle board and pool table all in a high ceilinged industrial space. Decorations consist of a lot of Yards swag. They have brewery tours for those interested.

Beer selection consisted of their 8 flagship beers (two 4 beer flight options), plus some specialty beers both on draft or bottle. As I've come to expect from Yards, all the beers were of high quality. Especially great if your a fan of English styles.

Bartenders were average, and prices were pretty reasonable. Draft beers and flights were all $5 I believe. We did not try the food.

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Photo of Joshuwutphilly
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great time, went on a Saturday and the place was hopping. Sampled all the Yards I wanted and the tour is FREE and very informative. You can get rare selections from Yards that aren't sold in most stores. The beer was flowing, overall well worth the trip. Will definitely be going back.

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Photo of SlidersAce814
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

A: Right off the waterfront, the brewery located perfectly for summer evenings. However, the restaurant was small and the walls were cluttered with t-shirts, glassware, and accessories. Overall, it was okay.

Q: I enjoyed the beer, but the bar lacked selection.

Ser: All in all, the bartenders were pretty good at keeping glasses full.

Sel: As stated before, the selection of beer was limited.

F: N/A

V: Reasonable pricing.

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Photo of NJBeer265
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Four of us visited Yards on the last day of our PA brewery trip. We arrived Sunday morning about 15 minutes before the brewery opened but they let us come in and sit at the bar and sample. The gentleman behind the bar was very friendly and knowledgeable about the beer. Overall the beer was good. The Love Stout on cask was delicious and even had my wife wanting to try one of her own and she does not enjoy cask beer. The Spruce beer was an interesting twist and we ended up getting three to bring home along with three of the IPAs which were smooth.

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Photo of slander
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Walked over from Barcade post Phette having just realized how close it was. Been here a few times since the divorce, but haven’t been out since that smoked beer event where Phil’s car was broken into, a few years back. Or I should say ‘had all his shit stolen out of his car’. Technically, your car was not broken into if you stupidly leave your car unlocked (as we discovered in the “So, how’d they break in?” inspection). Oh, Philip…

Large open room with a massive brewery behind the far wall of glass; fermenters to the ceiling. Yellowy concrete walls with black uppers, high arched ceiling done in black, with ductwork, high spinnys, & drop quisp colored glass lampings in rows and scattered, and concrete floorings.

Slat bowling lane topped bar shaped like the Hebrew letter Tav (kind of like a horseshoe with a tail), with a yellow panel base on trim, seating 20 on hightop chairs all around. Or at least on the U; the spur lost to service only. 2 towers of 4 each on the bar alongside glassware stacked, and 2 more towers of 4 along the spur with a single handpump there.

Back wall is boxed shelving holding all shirts and sizes, holiday lighting lined, with mannequins sporting shirtwear lining atop. Flat screen in the rear corner and over the opposite wall tap board. Logo banners drop along the perimeter, and some from 610WIP sports radio meaning little to me. Far wall holds a collage of Yards logo stickers over shared paisleyed benching. Pieces above slightly stashed; barrels, trophies, a suit of armor, the devil stirring some shit in a vat, a chaise lounge on wheels (I say ‘rickshaw’), another barrel, the big mallet, a Yards variety pack, etc. Bridge mural drop shade up front in the windows.

Long hightop table for 8 off the bar with stools if you can muster (yes, of course we did, having moved in on it quickly as people abandoned it for the tour). And otherwise, a row of 3 shorty square tables & a pair more angled, 3 tables sharing some church pew seating, 3 hightop roundys, a pair of shorty long low tables, 4 hightops and another square table just inside the door. Yes, I probs could have just said ‘yeah, there’s like a dozen and half tables for the sit at’, but I know you love my detail drivel. Table shuffleboard along the brewing room wall and a single pool table up front with bar counter space alongside.

Large blackboard space off the bar listing tap selections and pricing for beer to go (6 packs, cases, kegs, growls). You can do samplers of 4 of the ‘Signature Ales’ (Brawler, Extra Special Ale, Philadelphia Pale Ale, IPA), or ‘Ales of the Revolution’ (General Washington’s Tavern Porter, Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale, Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce Ale, and rounding out the sampler, the seemingly random Love Stout). Additionally, the one off ‘Trubbel De Yards’, and the cask Russian Imperial Stout. Drank a Brawler (solid session beer), the ESA (always excellent), and the cask RIS (quite nice, albeit 8.7% and I need to play chill). Would have liked to have seen the ESA on cask, as it is king, but alas, it was not to be. And, no, I will not be venturing into what Trubbel De Yards is.

They do list food here, a small menu of 9 items (chili, chips & salsa, hummus plate, 3 sandwiches, 2 wraps, and a quesadilla), but it seems that it’s the Sunflower food truck outside curbside that sees all the action. Ed grabbed some sort of Chicago Dog from them, but claimed it was more a Chicago Monte Crisco dog (There was French Toast, true, and yes, it was all cheesed up).

They really oughta buy up that little triangular patch of land out front and build themselves a beer garden, just sayin’. Some solid offerings I feel like I’ve been drinking for years now. They do some good business here. Mostly the ebb & flow of brewery tour tide coming and going, but still.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

A: It used to be an abandoned warehouse and still has the feel to it (in a good way). You can see the brewery from the tasting room which is really cool.

Q: They have very good beers and I heard the food was very good but I didn't try any.

Ser: The service is not better anywhere else. The bartender was very quick and very polite.

Sel: They had 10 beers on tap, all Yards beers. There were a lot of similarities between the beers thought.

V: The beer is pretty cheap especially because it is very good.

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Photo of DrKnoskelson
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited Yards Brewing Saturday, December 17, 2011. I had some friends in from out of town and they really wanted to try their beer. Parking is a bit tricky here, but we were able to find a spot on one of the adjacent side streets. They have a great bar area with both billiards and shuffle board! They also have a few TVs and we were able to catch some of the Flyers game. For $5 each, we were able to purchase a flight of their regular beers and a flight of their revolutionary ales. While we did not order any food, they were offering a soup and chicken wrap for bar patrons. We also were able to catch a tour of their facility. Overall I would say that this a great place to sample all of Yards beers and a fun tour, but also could be a cool place to hang out and watch a sports game.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped by on a late friday afternoon in December. Big, open, and airy environment with a horseshoe shaped bar in the back and about a dozen folks chatting, eating chili and pulled pork, and having a few. Quiet and chill, I liked it and it was just what the doctor ordered as I neared the end of a very long day and road-trip. The bartender was a friendly sort, perhaps not super well-informed about his beers, but low-key and courteous. Only knock was he spent a little too long chatting with his pals and had to wait to settle up my bill for a few minutes as I couldn't get his attention.

Beer is good, not great. Flights, pints, growlers, sixers, cases, and kegs are all available. Plenty of merchandise on offer as well; left with a pretty sweet Yards Brawler T-shirt.

I'll definitely come back next time I'm passing this way. Food looked pretty tasty and I need to try some of the "Beers of the Revolution," as I stuck with their flagships the first time out. They had a cask offering on as well but I can't recall exactly what it was.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Nice layout for Yards. There's a refurbished industrial theme going, on but mostly the focus here is on the beer, with simple decor and some brewery operations in sight. A good-sized bar seats a decent crowd and there are plenty of tables and lots of room to accommodate a fairly large crowd. Service and bartenders are generally fine, but I've gotten a lot of grumpiness almost every time I've gone there. Beer selection is nice, particularly if you like Yards' beer, which is all they serve here, as one might expect. They keep a good amount of stuff on tap, basically anything they have available at the time, from their year-round selections, to specials and seasonals. Food menu is basic and somewhat limited, but everything looks good. I've yet to actually sample their wares (other than the beer of course). Nice layout, simple and to the point, great beer, and worth multiple visits for sure.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

So happy we stopped here. Maybe a 2 minute drive from the Old City area. No parking lot, but parking on the street. There is a casino down the block with an open lot, but tons of signs warning against parking there.

Went in early on a Friday. My wife and 2 year old were with me. Cool vide to the place. Warehouse feel, but clean. Pool table and shuffleboard. A bunch of seats and a decent sized bar. People seemed cool, no one complained as my daughter played shuffleboard.

On to the beer. Started with their standard sampler, which included the excellent Brawler and ESA. Both good quality session like beers.

From there, had to try to bourbon aged GW Porter. Strong, but subtle. Not crazy alcohol flavor and rather smooth. Highly drinkable. Afterwards, had a pint of the Franklin Spruce Ale. Another unique and quality offering.

Loved it there. Wish we could have stayed longer. Plenty of other beers, Love Stout and the rest of Founding Father Ales. Wish I had a chance to sample the scotch ale as well.

Plenty of items to buy, from shirts to signs to pint glasses. I highly recommend making a stop.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

A decent tasting room that features all of Yards regular brews and Ales of the Revolution plus a few rotating options like a cask, seasonal, limited release and even a root beer. Overall about 10-12 options at a time, which is very good good for a non-brewpub. Flights can be had for either the regular or Revolution ales. I question the $5 a pint price, but am told that Yards does not want to undercut all of the bars in the area that carry their product. That is also why they only stay open until 7 and serve a handful of snack type items instead of being a fully functional brewpub. The food is good and will satisfy your hunger, but don't expect gastropub or old school bar food.

The atmosphere is hard to describe as it is a weathered, used and lived in industrial space filled with recycled and reclaimed decor. The bar itself is interesting as the top is an old bowling alley - high gloss and all. Their website gives a good overview of their mission to be green. Also, don't expect to go and catch a game, as they only have 1 TV which is sometimes on, sometimes off. The people who work their are fantastic but bar service does slow down at times.

The brew house itself is well kept, lots of open space. The 45 minute tours are very informational and are a much more personal experience than many other brewers in the area. They throw some fantastic small scale events as well as larger beer festivals that make use of the bar area and brew house - cant think of a better atmosphere for that.

While i wish this place would strive to provide the complete brewpub experience, but you cant fault them for doing what they want and continuing to produce good beer.

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