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Yards Brewing Co., Philadelphia

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Yards Brewing Company is a brewery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, specializing in ales, particularly those in the English tradition. The brewery was established founded in 1994 by friends Tom Kehoe and Jon Bovit, who began producing their own homebrews in 1988. Within the first few months, "the Yards Guys" were producing one six-keg batch at a time out of their 3.5-barrel brewhouse, and supplying ESA, Entire Porter, and several other cask-conditioned ales to bars. In 1999, Bovit left Yards for financial reasons. The same year he was replaced by new partners Bill and Nancy Barton.HistoryThe first public pouring of Yards ESA was at the initial Philadelphia Craft Beer Festival on May 18, 1995 which many people believe to be Ground Zero for today’s Philadelphia beer scene.Dawson Street Pub bought the first keg of beer from Yards.Yards eventually outgrew its first garage-sized brewery in the Manayunk section of Northwest Philadelphia, and in 1996 moved up the hill to the neighboring section of Roxborough. The larger brewery allowed Yards to begin bottling its beer for the first time. Yards also expanded production of its Extra Special Ale and began introducing new beers including Philadelphia Pale Ale, which The New York Times rated as one of the best Pale Ales in the country in 2003. The Yards line up expanded to include India Pale Ale, Saison, Brawler, and other limited release specialties.In 2001, Yards Brewing Company moved into the old Weisbrod & Hess Brewery in the Kensington section of Northeast Philadelphia. Bill Barton and his wife Nancy located the new brewery site. Vacant since 1939, Yards improved the facility and steadily increased production.
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  • This is located a bit outside of the city center. The cab ride from the city center was about $12. There is a food vendor that serves hot-dogs and some sandwiches and some seatings/games are setup out...  more »
  • Fun place - didn't do the tour, just drank beer and made new friends. It was PACKED. Food truck outside. Nice servers, wonderful beer and great homemade root beer for non drinker!  more »
  • Sampled quite a few beers here, they were all delicious! Fun spot to play pool and hang out! Will return next time I am in Philly!  more »
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  • Great beer with a whole lot of choices. My beer of choice is the Pale Ale but the IPA and Brawler are a close second. They rely on food trucks during the weekend but have their own kitchen during week. Take the tour and remember to bring an empty plastic glass with you because there are free samples available during the tour.
  • awesome service and GREAT beers. on busy days they bring out the Philly pretzels. definitely try a flight it you can!
  • Must stop attraction in Philadelphia. Great selection of beer flights that are delicious, and Root Beer for non-alcoholics. I understand they have tours on weekends - check those out if your plans allow. Staff is very friendly and helpful, and the food is great.
  • Nice brewery. Clean tasting room and pleasant staff. Great beers at a good price!
  • Awesome brewery. Plenty of parking. Lots of different beer to choose from. There are tours every half hour. There was an older gentleman that sat next to us at the bar. He ordered an IPA. He asked the bartender "if it would be chilled." The bartenders face was priceless. While you're in this area you should also hit Barcade and Saint Benjamin Brewing Company.