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Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia

Categories: Breweries, Food & Drink
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 110+ 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 stumbled into this place and it was one of the highlights of our trips. We had a short wait outside as the place was filled to capacity. Considering it was at about 3:00 in the afternoon, that's sa...  read more »
  • The only thing that would make this place better is if they stayed open after 6.30 pm. That is right last call is 6.30 pm. Doesn't matter if it is packed with people or if hey have a private party of ...  read more »
  • We came here for a stop before heading back to the hotel. It was nice and they have a decent selection of beers. My husband got a Revolutionary Flight, which he very much enjoyed. It was a nice place ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Loved this! The beer is delicious- love the Founding Fathers collection- and the location is pretty cool too. A little confusing on how it is organized when you first walk in, but everyone is pretty friendly.
  • Great beer, great atmosphere and wonderful service! The brewery tour was a lot of fun and they are not stingy on the beer. It was really interesting getting to try out the beers that our forefathers drank. They managed to get Washington's recipe from his estate, so cool! I also really appreciated that they let an outside organization that was looking for volunteers sit in their building. I joined the NYC organization called Back on Your Feet because they were at Yards the day that I went. Next time I will try the food truck food, it looked amazing!
  • With an environmentally conscious message, Yards aims to show that you can made good beer without harming the Earth. Nestled on the river, the brewery itself has a great taproom with shuffleboard, pool, and a big windowed wall to look in on the production floor. With twelve taps, one cask, and one nitro tap, there is something for everyone. You'll be able to find their flagships, such as Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce, as well as more experimental beers to please any palate. The staff are all very proud of the work they do inside Yards and it clearly has rubbed off on the patrons. A great stop on your Philly brew tour.
  • Small town brewery that has become something. Specializing in English ales. Very relaxed tasting room with food trucks there on the weekends. The tour guides as fun and interactive
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