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Yards Brewing Co.

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Yards Brewing Co.Yards Brewing Co.
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3.78/5
Very Good
9,170 Ratings
Yards Brewing Co.Yards Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

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

500 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19123
United States

(215) 634-2600 | map
yardsbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
75
Reviews:
2,889
Ratings:
9,170
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.17/5
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
138
pDev:
11.75%
 
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Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

I'm torn writing this review because I really love having a quality Philadelphia brewery that makes its beer inside the city, but touring and spending time atthe actual facility was disappointing.

First the good:
-The tourguide was knowledge about the brewing system. He answered my questions about their yeast handing, whirlpooling, brewhouse capacity, pilot batches etc.
-we got samples of beer as soon as we walked in and also at the beginning of the tour
-All of the standard beers and the rotating beers I know of were available at the bar
-The space is beautiful. Tall ceilings open floor plans bright windows outside and into the brewery

The Bad:
-there were tons of birds in the actually brewhouse a fair bit of bird poop inside the brewery and on some of the fermenters. Not exactly appetizing

-The beers were expensive. $5-6 for most of their beers which is about as expensive as you'll find them at any bar. I think down the street at the Sugarhouse Casino you can get almost every beer for $4. The $5 sampler is a good deal though

-Bartender was rather apathetic to our presence even we got there early on a Saturday before it was busy. It took about 5 minute to get our beers after we ordered them. Also the tour guide was rather snarky when he said, "I know where the broom and mop are, but since you don't can pour your beers in a plastic cup at the bar?" He could have asked us more nicely like adults do or imagine this, grabbed a couple cups for us when he saw us walk in with beers we bought.
-The food was okay. It was fairly reasonably priced but $3 bought you a regular grilled cheese with a pickle, no sides not even a bag of chips. The bison chili I had was barely warm. If you are going to serve food it had better be good otherwise why bother? At least they let people bring their own food eventhough they have food (usually a good sign that it's a disappointment)

-Merchandise was very expensive. A love stout t-shirt was $18 and a ales of the revolution tulip was either $8 or $9 according to the bartender, I forget exactly how much it was even though glasses were listed at $5 on the chalk board. I didn't argue because I wanted to support the brewery and like the glass but damn that is a rip-off.

-The crowd there was not people interested in beer necessarily--some were just there for the free beer and went on a couple tours in a row

Overall, I still like Yards, they have really solid beers Philadelphia can be proud of. However, they need to have more affordable beer in the tap room and merchandise and better food

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of beermaster567459
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Corburk
4.13/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | 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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Vetbidder
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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 bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of madelf66
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Jacobob10
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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 GreenMind
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of jimscafs25
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of TedStrosser
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Shnanign
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
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 -2.4%
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 -14.6%
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 cambabeer
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Bruce5
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Awesome beer selection! But seating can be scarce and food choices are very limited, but definitely go for the beer!!!!

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Photo of LeeeMare
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Tomkob11
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of SonofKron
1.53/5  rDev -63.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 1 | food: 1.25

SonofKron disapproves. The beer tastes like grass flavored urine. Awful

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Photo of GratefulJack
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Great tour, good beer, and decent food trucks. Parking sucked as per Philly.

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Yards Brewing Co. in Philadelphia, PA
Brewery rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 9,170 ratings
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