Ardmore Beer Guide: Your Ardmore guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Ardmore

78 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Bit a warehouse feel, but decent selection and it was worth the trip out“
cgarvieuk 702 days ago
84 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“nice relaxed bar. Good selection and decent food“
cgarvieuk 702 days ago
44 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“Pleasant looking place. Attentive staff. Utterly pretentious menu with prices to match. Beers seemed to be designed more towards having weird ingredients than actually tasting good. Can't imagine that I would come back again.“
FROTHINGSLOSH 935 days ago
66 /100 20 ARDMORE AVE
“Just a 5 minute walk from the Fermentaria and right next to the brew cafe, this is an ideal place to pick up some to-go bottles and cans from Tired Hands. They had about 8 bottles and a couple different cans only available in 4-packs when I visited. They also offered two beers on draft as free samples, a nice touch. Worth popping into if nearby.“
mcberko 1039 days ago
90 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Well, this place is awesome. Half an hour drive outside of Philly, parking can be tricky, and is metered outside but cheap. Inside is an expansive place with the brewing facilities immediately adjacent. Modern, clean and well-designed space. 12 taps, all available in 4 oz single pours or more. Reasonably priced, and decent service. Beers are world class. Didn’t try the food, but would definitely eat here - they even have a bunch of vegan options. An absolute must stop if you’re anywhere near.“
mcberko 1040 days ago
76 /100 20 ARDMORE AVE
“Nice store. Quick stop on the way back to the car after eating at the cafe. Had a lot of the large format saison / sour type of stuff available. A few can options in 4-packs as well in the fridge. Glassware, shirts, etc. here too. Easy in and out, which is something I'm always happy with.“
ben4321 1124 days ago
86 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“Visited this place on a day when the other location was lines out the door and down the street for a can release (which is not my thing). We sat on the 2nd floor and had some beers and dinner. Food menu was small, but interesting stuff. Beers are excellent, I know their milkshake stuff gets the lines, and they make some amazing hop-forward beers for sure, but the work they do with with yeast-forward styles is really what I come here for.“
ben4321 1124 days ago
88 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“If you've only been to the original Tired Hands up the block...you need to visit here too...as they are totally different from each other...in a good way. The original is smaller with a little more character...but...it can get way too crowded...whereas the Fermentaria (seems like it should be Fermenteria to me...oh well...lol) is much bigger...and has a bigger menu (although the sandwiches and small plates and homemade breads at the original are really good) that has won a James Beard award. The brewing area, fermenters, foeders, (the egg), etc. are off to one side but out in the same space as the eating area. There is a decent size bar too. I found the service to be very friendly and pretty good if they aren't slammed...which happens sometimes. There are usually about 12 beers on tap with a nice mix of saisons, sours, and unfiltered late hop addition IPA's, On top of that you'll almost always find a few truly original styles...at least original to the average American craftbeer drinker...like on my visit...an oat saison, a 2-yr old oak fermented saison, a "German" IPA, and a coriander spiced witbier. Definitely a fun place, and a great choice when out with a small group.“
PRBeer 1143 days ago
78 /100 20 ARDMORE AVE
“This is a store that sells beer... all the same beer you can get at the Fermentoria... plus cans and swag. My wife loves TH's designs, so we definitely have picked up more than a few shirts plus a lots of bottles on our few visits. In addition, I got my brother the cycling jersey, because he likes that kind of stuff... and beer. Prices are relatively expensive. Service is fine. Ambiance is a store. But this is really the best store out there for buying this exact stuff.“
mansquito 1168 days ago
74 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Cool art in the outside walls. Parking is available but daytime nearby lot was full. More space for car few hundred meters away. Quite big open place. High tables, bar. 16 or so own beers available. No flights but small pours available. Good friendly service. Wifi. Beers are very good. Mostly IPA/Saison/Wild genres.“
TBone 1171 days ago
80 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Located close to the original location, there's a parking lot that you can access near the place. Unlike the brew cafe, the fermenteria is much larger and louder and less intimate. Feels like a good place to watch a big game. They have beers not available at the brew cafe though a much smaller merch and to go beer selection. It's a pretty good place but I like the brew cafe better.“
DiarmaidBHK 1233 days ago
86 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“small cafe place with cozy bar and bathrooms that are only a few steps away which is nice. This place and the fermenteria are quite popular so parking can be a bit of a challenge. If you're planning to visit both places, and you should since their taplists aren't the same, it's easier to park in between in and walk. It feels very much like a neighborhood place which is nice. I like that they do smaller pours and they don't mind doing them one at a time. In fact they don't do flights. The food was solid but a little complicated for my tastes. The beer here is stellar and they seem to be quite adept at most styles. I'd love to come back here.“
DiarmaidBHK 1233 days ago
82 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“I came here on 17.1.2018. Large place just a few blocks from the much smaller brewpub. A large hall with a bar, a restaurant area and large fermentation tanks in the left corner. Around 12 beers on tap, a good variety of Pilsners, Saisons and IPA‘s. Had a Shimmering - Dry hopped Saison - and the Intermittant Arrangement - a Riesling Saison - both were very good. Good service, nice ambiance and good beer .... will come back.“
Schlenkerla 1245 days ago
80 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“Came here on 17.1.2018. Was quite hard to find a legal parking space. Long and narrow bar with the bewhouse being at the end. 8 beers on tap - had the Hophands, a blood orange IPA and the Pop Snap Crackle (DIPA). Attractive Happy Hour from 4 pm - 6 pm: 2 beers were half price. Food is being made directly behind the bar. Had a sliced beef on a dark bread an absolute rarity in the US. They also sell loafs of bread, which are produced on site. Good alternative music. Was expecting even more, but not a bad place at all.“
Schlenkerla 1245 days ago
88 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Stopped in for lunch on a Friday while visiting Philly. What a great place to enjoy a beer and some food. During the day at least, slightly after what I am sure if the afternoon rush, it was busy but not crowded, great service, delicious food, good selection of beer in various sized, and some bottles to go. Family friendly and would gladly spend a day here chillin and drinking...and eating and drinking :).“
pushkinwow 1266 days ago
90 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“An awesome brewpub in Ardmore with a nice, open atmosphere. Service and food are great, and the beer is delicious. Growlers and cans are available for carryout as well. A must-stop if you're in the Philadelphia metro area.“
b3shine 1306 days ago
80 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“Visited on 11th October 2017. Nice venue about 5 mins walk from the station. It's got an upstairs room which I didn't visit. Decor downstairs was smart, it was bar service, it was busy but got a table easily. The beer is the star of the show with a different range to the Fermentaria. Again they only let you buy 1 beer per person, even the 4oz pours which is pretty tiring and annoying. Prices were good and the service was friendly. Definitely worth a visit“
WingmanWillis 1328 days ago
76 /100 20 ARDMORE AVE
“Visited on 11th October 2017. Really nice looking shop selling a lot of Tired Hands merchandise. The store is really nicely laid out, they have a small selection of larger format bottles plus a few 4 packs of cans plus t shirts and other stuff. Prices were pretty good, service friendly. As it's a couple of doors down from the cafe it's definitely worth a stop.“
WingmanWillis 1328 days ago
74 /100 60 GREENFIELD AVE
“Visited on 11th October 2017. Huge brewpub in a shopping mall in Ardmore, lots of seating and the place was pretty busy. Beer range had a good mix of styles, the quality was decent without being world beating but were available in a flight. Opted to share a few small plates and the food was excellent. Service was good. Liked this place and definitely worthy of a stopoff.“
WingmanWillis 1328 days ago
78 /100
The Beer Shoppe (Beer Store)
44 GREENFIELD AVE
“Visited on 11th October 2017. Large bottle shop facing a busy road in a shopping mall. It's 2 rooms, a bar with 16 taps in the rear and a huge space with bottles and cans out front. The beer range in both is pretty good with a good mix of local and other US beers, prices were good, service very friendly. Liked this place. Don't miss it out if you're going to Ardmore, especially as there's 2 Tired Hands and Iron Hill close by.“
WingmanWillis 1328 days ago
88 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Visited on 11th October 2017. Large brewery taproom a couple of minutes off the main street in Ardmore. (It's about 5 mins from the station). The decor is really smart, lots of high tables, seating at the bar and a really cool feel to the place. Beer selection is great, it's available in 4oz pours but only 1 at a time per person. This means the servers certainly earn their money! Prices were good too. A beer release was going on and picked up a 4 pack after a 15 minute queue, don't forget to bring ID either. A great venue and the best of the 3 that Tired Hands have.“
WingmanWillis 1328 days ago
72 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“Visited on a Wednesday early evening. Really nice venue with good Tired Hands beer, excellent service and music to my taste and volume (not too loud). Cheese and charcuterie plates sounded good too if we hadn't just eaten. Marked down for the stupid one beer (any size) at a time rule until anyone can explain the logic. Going back to the bar for 4 oz pours is tiresome! And sometimes I want to save a beer I like until after I've tried some I might not. Lovely bar staff could only offer "house rules".“
FLBH 1343 days ago
88 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“All I found was metered parking (two-hour max), but then again, I didn’t look very hard. Really huge, like an aircraft hangar with an expanding forest of foeders, steel tanks, and even a concrete egg. The openness radically changes the atmosphere and makes both *currently two) locations worth visiting. Had fish tacos and they really hit the spot. Service was again friendly and timely, the weird little ticks of the original location (e.g., one glass at a time, no matter the size) carry over. Really is one of the best on the east coast. [2017.10.05: 88]“
ganache 1349 days ago
94 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Recent visit post general store stop to get cans...large and inviting place, directly across from parking lot, had no trouble finding a spot at noon midweek...like the set up and vibe where tanks, canning line, oak vessels, open kitchen are all easily viewable, plenty of tables n hi tops but the bar was the choice. tap list was great with all kinds of styles represented and all diff size pours...nice chalkboard and printed menu with solid descriptions n prices, every beer sampled was top notch, food was great, from small plate apps to chicken sandwich n tacos, bartender was solid and knows what is going on, hard to top this spot for its open environment, cool music, great beer, tasty food..Hard to find anything bad to say about this except that you need to wait until noon for opening, easily one of the best places I have ever been to, definitely will be making return trips“
HeadyDE 1413 days ago
78 /100 20 ARDMORE AVE
“Tired Hands official shop, just opened about a month ago. Walked over from the Fermentaria before they closed. Next door to the Brew Cafe. Small takeout shop with a variety of Tired Hands merchandise and bottles/cans. Cooler was full of HopHands 4-packs. Free bottle tote bag with 4+ bottle purchase. A little pricey on some of the bottles but fair prices mostly. Would recommend visiting the General Store first for takeout purchases before hitting the Brew Cafe or Fermentaria.“
GenDV138 1444 days ago
88 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Visited on a Sunday night. Free parking in the lot on weekends. Walking distance from Tired Hands Brew Cafe and general store. Spacious restaurant with plenty of tables and a small bar. Nice view of the tanks and brewing equipment in the background. Service was very friendly, attentive server. No flights but 4 oz pours are available. Weirdly enough you can only order one at a time but the server was pretty good at coming back around in time. Good variety of drafts including IPAs, sours, and a stout. 6-7 bottles available for in-house consumption, seemed like all of it is available for takeout at the general store down the street. Food was good, a little pricey. Had the two piece fried chicken meal with a drum and thigh, tasty enough even though the biscuit was pretty dry. Obviously a must stop if you’re in the area, maybe stop by the general store first to get the takeout purchases out of the way.“
GenDV138 1451 days ago
90 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Visited in February 2017. Very large place. Beers were excellent and superfresh. Staff kept bringing me samples all the time. Best place for beer geeks in Philly area because beers were just so good.“
VastActiv 1480 days ago
84 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“Visited in February 2017. Pretty small place. Some hipster vibes. Beers were all great. Good place.“
VastActiv 1480 days ago
74 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“Really solid place.“
chibuck 1494 days ago
58 /100 60 GREENFIELD AVE
“Came here on 28.3.2017. Huge commercial brew pub with a very long bar. They had +10 beers on tap. The IPA’s I tried were a bit watery. Food and service were ok. Seems to be a chain. Nothing special, no character, no beer passion. No need to come here.“
Schlenkerla 1540 days ago
72 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“Crowded on a Sunday, no seating space, and the lines at the other location were even longer. Small and cozy, but far too small for their reputation. Nice options on the various pour sizes though.“
stevoj 1575 days ago
86 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“Perhaps leading the list in places I’ve been to and not yet reviewed, this is a gem. I’ve been here countless times. Not because my visits are so innumerous that mere digits cannot comprehend them, but solely because I haven’t bothered keeping track. I just love going here and it’s a thing I do, as opposed to a thing I think about. It’s a habit at this point. It’s probably between 10 and 30 times, with me living about 3.5 hours away. So I make it here a few times a year on average. This is the original location, which is a couple blocks walk from the new fancy place that all the cool kids go now. But the really cool kids are grown up misanthropes now and we still come here (we go to the other place too). Not a ton of seating on the main floor, probably seats 25 max, maybe 30 on a generous night, but I’ve always managed a downstairs spot, and there is a bigger space upstairs. Less than 10 beers on, which is less than the newer location, but, almost all of the beers here are different than the new location. The exceptions are HopHands and SaisonHands, which I think will be at every location if Jean decides to become a global empire with a branch on every street corner. And those are two great beers. But the real draw is the rest of the stuff. The small batch weird things that are half dream, half experiment. Some of them work well enough, some amaze, and some existed to learn not to do that again. And that’s a great thing. I think every time I’ve come, all but the standard two have been different. There’s almost always a cask on, typically a variant of one of the main lines. Food here is excellent, bar food elevated a bit, with a lot of sandwiches (amazing bread), house made pickles, cheese and charcuterie plates. If you can only go to one, maybe go to the Fermentaria. But if I could only go to one, this is where I’ll be. Much more intimate, and this is where it started.“
j12601 1620 days ago
86 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Another place that has been sitting in my backlog of places, so I figured I’d finally get to it while I’m here again. While I haven’t been to this location as much as the original (which makes sense as it’s newer), I still come every time I get to the Philly area. You should as well, if for some reason you haven’t been yet. Big open space, loads of great beers, all available in 4 ounce taster sizes up through big full pours. Food menu is simple but thoughtful with lots of playful comfort food style bar foods like burgers and tacos, with plenty of good veggie options. Ample seating and while I’ve never seen the place actually full, I’ve never been when it’s empty. Generally about half full at the least, which is impressive. Service is relatively quick even when full, and always friendly.“
j12601 1620 days ago
92 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“Nice little hole in the wall bar about two blocks from the main brewery. Most items on the tap list were different too. Eclectic food menu. Tasty sandwiches and small plates. Friendly staff. Every town needs a little place like this!“
MaBeer1972 1647 days ago
90 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“First place I went during a recent trip to Philly. Easy to get to from Center City via the commuter rail. Busy Friday afternoon. Great selection everything was top notch. Service was spotty. Did not eat here. Well worth a visit.“
MaBeer1972 1647 days ago
92 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“Must stop. Right near the train station. Good service. No flights, but you can keep ordering 4 ounce pours. Small plates.“
drfabulous 1676 days ago
90 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Very big brewpub with a great view over the brewery from the seating area. Food is really, really good and the beers are stellar. A must visit when you’re nearby.“
Kristophe 1682 days ago
90 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“See other tired hands rating. Kidding, cooler open space, more of the same of cool drafts and good food. Tuesday the ferm is closed.“
vtafro 1722 days ago
80 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“The food was really interesting, tried only 4 beers including a lavender double ipa. almost all of the beers were IPAs but I maybe is just a seasonal thing.“
BlindGuardianco 1812 days ago
88 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Stopped in Fathers Day 2016. Way bigger then brew cafe. Totally different environment, but still super relaxed and inviting. Great beer selection, and solid as you’d expect from Tired Hands. And a five minute walk from the Brew Cafe. Had the fish tacos which were amazing. I think I’m still partial to Brew Cafe, but being so close together I’ll still stop at both when I’m in the area.“
Ed5388 1821 days ago
84 /100 60 GREENFIELD AVE
“Went on Fathers Day 2016. Typical Iron Hill ambiance. Food is good as always. Good number of house and seasonal beers on tap. Did a flight of six, and wasn’t too impressed. I’ve had better beers from the other locations. Still a nice stop if your in the area.“
Ed5388 1821 days ago
88 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Got here when they opened and cleaned the board of beers. The ambiance is great. It’s an awesome little brew pub, and the smell of burgers resonates. The server we had was awesome. Jokes and a strange sense of humor, but good recommendations and an all around good dude. The selection was good. There were 12 on draft. Not a couple that I was looking for, but hey, there were still 12. The prices were a little steep, and I wound up spending way too much in glassware and to go bottles. This place is killer if you’re looking for somewhere to go in Ardmore“
koleminer20 1827 days ago
88 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“This place was great. Friendly staff, local food options, the flight options were a little pricey but the ambience was great. I enjoyed this place.“
ebone1988 1828 days ago
76 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Stopped in on 6/3/2016. I was very happy to have finally made it to the restaurant after not taking a trip to the Philadelphia area for nearly 2 years.

Nowhere to park (like anyplace in Ardmore) After we drove around for a good 15 minutes until a spot opened. It was a Friday night at 8 pm so of course the place was packed. And honestly our waitress was swamped with serving about10 tables total. This place was very understaffed as our beer and food was slow to arrive. We had to ask for water and silverware 3 separate times. If I said the service sucked, it would be an understatement.

The food was really great and the beer speaks for itself. The only downfall was the overworked wait staff. My cousin lives less than 20 minutes away so I am sure I will see if the service and staff are any better on my next trip. “
AirForceHops 1835 days ago
86 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“Visited a lateish evening early May 2016. Nice fairly big place close to the train station. We walked over from Iron Hill brewery, via the other Tired Hands location, so easy brewery crawl for the places. Visible brewery. Nice bar area with good serice.“
gnoff 1851 days ago
92 /100 16 ARDMORE AVE
“Visited an evening after dinner early May 2016. Very nice but small, cozy place close to the train station. We walked over from the Iron Hill brewery, then walked to the other Tired Hands location, so easy brewery crawl for the places. Fast friendly service, even though I got served the wrong beer once, we got that on the house when pointing out I got the DIPA instead of the sahti. Met the brewer as well. I’d go back for sure! Nice beers as well. Luckliy not so crowded during our visit. Recommended!“
gnoff 1851 days ago
84 /100 60 GREENFIELD AVE
“Visited early May 2016. Nice big room, pleanty of room by the bar. Flights available. Nice food! Got a tour of the brewery when asking if it was possibly to see it. Nice fast friendly service. I’d go back if close by, but the cab ride from Pihlly got a bit expenisve. If you’re close I’d say go for it! Easy walk to both Tired Hands locations. Very nice porter!“
gnoff 1851 days ago
86 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“This place was the highlight of Philly 2016. Decent parking around, but we had to feed a meter. Walk in to a spacious pub with many tables overlooking the brewery portion. Sat at the bar, and the bar waitress was swamped but never made us feel like we were a bother and was quick to get us whatever we needed. Food was delicious, eclectic, and prompt and the beers were world class and varied with styles ranging from traditional to eccentric. I will go back any time I am near. Very cool experience.“
markwise 1863 days ago
78 /100 35 CRICKET TERRACE
“I’ve had several of their beers and was never really impressed until I came to the Fermentaria. I had some great stuff from them today. Varied menu that can you try lots of stuff. A little stingy on the 4oz pours but I can get over that. My stay was a bit rushed. I’d like to come back when I have more time.“
chibuck 1871 days ago
Add New Place

Show Map

Print City Map