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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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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 131
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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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More User Reviews:
Photo of madelf66
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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 GreenMind
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of jimscafs25
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of TedStrosser
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Shnanign
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

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 Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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 cambabeer
4.06/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Bruce5
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -18.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Tomkob11
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of SonofKron
1.53/5  rDev -62.7%
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 +1.2%
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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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 JMcBride415
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Anker13
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of racherwin
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of chicagoish
3.32/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of llibllennef
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Yards Brewing Co. in Philadelphia, PA
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