After almost , Tired Hands Brewery opened on Ardmore Avenue last Saturday, with much rejoicing. The brewpub, which owner Jean Broillet IV calls a “brewcafé,” features a variety of house-brewed beers and some café-style fare, including bread and pickles made in-house, local meats and cheeses, and a few paninis.
The Saturday opening coincided—fortuitously, but not intentionally, according to Tired Hands' Steven D’Eva—with Philly Beer Week.
But long before then, the brewery had already gained a following. Broillet told Patch last month that he met a couple beer lovers every day who were stopping by to check on progress as the Tired Hands team worked to get the place up and running.
With that kind of anticipation, it's no surprise that on Friday night at 5:30, the brewcafé's second floor was already filled.
Some recent accolades have likely helped spread the word. Tired Hands’ housebrew “Hophands,” an American pale ale, was recently ranked #4 on a list of the Top 6 New Beers by the Philadelphia Inquirer at the 2012 "Brew-vitational." (See the full list and comments.)
Hophands is one of eight beers on tap at the brewcafé. At least this week, the list includes "Farmhands," a four-grain saison, "Foliage," a double IPA, "Fripp," an Americanized special bitter, and the mouthful, "Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt," an India black coffee saison. (The full list of on-tap beers can be viewed in a photo in the gallery above.)
Tired Hands' "simple and satisfying" food offerings were chosen to complement the beer, Broillet said, and center around housemade bread, meat, cheese and housemade pickles. To whet your appetite, this week's selections include half-sour whiskey dill pickles, duck prosciutto, and a bacon, blue cheese and apple chutney panini.
Try it out for yourself: Tired Hands, located at 16 Ardmore Ave. in Ardmore, is open Tuesday through Sunday beginning at 4 p.m.
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