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Yards Brewing Co., Philadelphia

(4.5/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We visited Yards Brewing company, first off excellent place to visit. The bartenders were great this was a great crew. I can't really say enough good things about them. They worked together taking car...  more »
  • Great beer and atmosphere. Had the special flight. Favorite was the Chocolate Love Stout and the Cookie Swap Weizenbock. Did not eat but they have a menu with sharing plates and sandwiches.  more »
  • Great brewery with awesome beers. Highly recommend the tour. Knowledgable staff. Nice food trucks outside too.  more »
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  • Great place for large groups! We did a tour through the brewery that was highly entertaining. I'm not a big beer drinker, but would have the pale ale again! They have a food truck outside (at least on weekends) that served delicious fries as well.
  • Really tasty beer, cool spot. Like another reviewer, visited in a Saturday afternoon and found it packed to standing room. Service moved quickly, though. Free stickers for the brewery and their beers are behind the counter. Thumbs up!
  • Great atmosphere and service. The beer is fantastic as well :) highly recommend the porter
  • Neat place, good beer. I came on a Saturday and it was insanely packed. We had to wait in a line outside in the sweltering heat just to get into the building and not even for one of the tours. I give them an extra point for service though since as soon as we walked in there were free beer samples and ice cold water to cool down with. I'd come back, but it's probably best to avoid a Saturday in the summer.
  • I went on a weekend tour at the Yards Brewery. I had about an hour and a half til my tour so I ordered a few beers on draft. The entire place was crowded. You could barely walk around. It's more of a social event full of hipsters. There's pool tables there but since it's so crowded, good luck playing. I was finally able to sit down and enjoy my beer. But the place was so loud and during the tour, people kept talking over the tour guide. For the experience, I'd rather buy a few bottles of Yards and drink at home.