Yards Brewing Co.

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Yards Brewing Co.Yards Brewing Co.
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3.79/5
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Yards Brewing Co.Yards Brewing Co.
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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:
73
Reviews:
2,926
Ratings:
9,324
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.18/5
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
141
pDev:
11.72%
 
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by slander:
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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of chiefz1
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of RobandMeag
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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 Furley80
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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 Corburk
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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 bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of madelf66
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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 GreenMind
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of jimscafs25
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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

Photo of Urk1127
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Shnanign
3.68/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

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 cambabeer
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Bruce5
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -19.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Tomkob11
4.89/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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Yards Brewing Co. in Philadelphia, PA
Brewery rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 9,324 ratings