This past weekend my fiance and I were headed up to New Jersey for a little vacation. Whenever I go up there I like to stop at a beer store in Maryland but this time I decided to venture about 20 minutes off the highway and hit up a brewery that I’ve been following on Facebook for a while. The brewery name is Tired Hands Brewing Company and they are located in Ardmore, PA. At the moment they don’t open until 4pm daily so when we got there an half an hour early we decided to walk around Ardmore a little bit. It ends up being a nice quaint town with unique shops. It looks like the perfect spot to open up a brewery/brewpub. 4pm came rolling by and we headed in. Such a nice place to have a brew. Everyone there was super nice and helpful. The brewpub is designed in such a way where it’s just a unique place to have a brew. If you look straight back you get to see some of the tanks through a window and above that they state whats fermenting on a black board. I forgot to take a picture of that.
It’s a rather small space. They pour the beer and prepare their food in the same spot. Downstairs there are a few tables. Upstairs is more space so sit but we forgot to go up. To busy drinking! They have 8 beers on tap at all times. 2 mainstays and 6 rotating. Their mainstays are HopHands, a nicely hopped American Pale Ale ringing in at 5.2% abv and FarmHands a saison brewed with rye, wheat oats, and malted barley. This one rings in at 4.8%. Nikki and I decided to try all 8 of their brews in little 4oz glasses which in the end didn’t seem to small =) I’ll try to go through all the beers but honestly we drank 8 different beers in an hour and it was kind of hard to keep track of.
First up was their freshest beer on tap. FarmHands. Like I mentioned before this is one of their two beers they always have on tap. It’s a Saison ringing in at around 5%. I can see why they made this one one of staple beers. It’s flavorful while not killing you with alcohol. It’s refreshing. Aroma and taste of Belgian Spices, Lemon, Citrus, Earthiness. It’s very cloudy, lacing everywhere. It was a good introduction to their style of brewing.
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What a name for a beer. This is a Rye Beer. More like a Rye American Pale Ale if there was such a category. It rings in at around 3.5% and this beer tied as my favorite beer of the trip. I fell in love with this beer. For being such a session-able beer this beer is just exploding with flavor. The Rye is pretty huge here and so is the hoppiness. They used Cascade. I loved this beer so much I bought a growler of it for the rest of the trip. That growler was destroyed 2 days later in about an hour. If I could brew this beer at my house it would always be on tap. 100% of the time.
Yup this beer is called Deuce. No idea why. Maybe it’s because it’s the color of a #2 or something. But this is classified as a American Brown Ale. This one is brewed with corn. It’s a sweet tasting beer. Chocolate, citrus, nutty, and grassy hoppiness. Overall this is one of the more enjoyable Brown Ales that I’ve had in a while and would recommend it to anyone.
This one is tied as my favorite of the trip. This is another Saison but this one is aged in Wine Barrels. The aging did some really nice stuff to this beer. When put up to the nose, you’re greeted with Belgian Yeast but your also greeted by a nice fruit aroma. Pineapple, pear, grapefruit. The wine characteristics shine through here too and are easy to pick up. Slight hints of oak but the wine comes through. Hints of mustiness and funkiness. A lot going on for such a low abv beer and it just proves you don’t need a high abv beer to have a ton of flavor. Highly drinkable. I picked up a growler of this and brought it back to VA.
In the end we also tried 4 more beers. R5 Saison, Borage, and Po-Tee-Weet which are all Saisons and of course HopHands their APA. I would write more about them but in the end they all sort of melded together. I can tell you that HopHands is a quality APA that I would drink a ton of and that the other 3 Saisons were unique. Everything we had was quality. The whole experience was quality. From the beers to the brewpub itself. I will be stopping by everytime I’m near, which I will be XMas time =) Support these guys. I think they have something special here and watch out for bottles of their stuff hopefully hitting soon. I know they’re bottling their Black Saison called Black Lagoon and they’ll be bottling their biggest beer yet ringing in at 13%, Westy 13.
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