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We knew Tired Hands would be upping distribution with the opening of their new Fermentaria, but like Philly Tap Finder, we’re surprised just how many bars are now serving the pride of Ardmore. By PTF’s count, 22 taps and 9 different beers.
That expanded distribution is just one of the reasons we’re excited that Forest & Main is also adding space. The Ambler brewpub is adding capacity and a tasting room in the adjacent warehouse. In addition to more capacity, the expansion will pave the way for some barrel aged beers.
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Tired Hands, but welcoming hands in Ardmore.
Today marks the official opening of Tired Hands Brewing Co.’s Fermentaria. Located just down the street from the original Tired Hands brew cafe, the new space will immediately more than double Tired Hands brewing capacity, with future expansion room allowing for around seven times the volume. The Fermentaria also means more room for patrons looking for a beer, a bite, and a growler fill to go. The new spot at 35 Cricket Terrace has room for 180 seated.
Tired Hands Fermentaria also has its own menu featuring tacos, ceviches and bigger plates. Chef Bill Braun, who is also the head guy at the brew cafe is in charge here as well, though with the help of Kyle Yates. Highlights of the menu, which is taco focused but not necessarily Mexican, include:
- brisket taco with Swiss cheese, caraway slaw, pickled mustard,
- patatas bravas taco with chorizo-style bulgar, goat cheese, salsa rojo
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This Saturday, April 18th, Jean Broillet and the rest of the brew team at Tired Hands Brewing Company are hitting up five different bars, showing off beer brewed from their operational (but not yet open to the public) Fermentaria.
The brewers will be at Local 44 from 12-1 pm, Strangelove’s from 2-3 pm, Standard Tap from 4-5 pm, Memphis Taproom from 6-7 pm and Alla Spina from 8-9 pm. They’ll be pouring their popular HopHands as well as debuting Rutilant, their new IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Cascade Hops.
Plan on meeting up with them at one spot or another. Just don’t follow them around all day. That’s stalking.
Tired Hands Brewing Company [Official]
We’ve already seen several impressive rebirths this year. Hawthorne’s has reopened after a blaze forced the beer cafe and bruncherie to close for almost a year, and they’re now offering beer delivery. Jose Garces has opened the Olde Bar at Bookbinders. The most impressive thing about this Olde Bar might be how little has actually changed. Even the plaques dedicated to faithful customers of Old Orignal Bookbinders remain. Earlier this week, the old Frankie Bradley’s, a well-known restaurant that fed the stars for 50+ years at 13th and Chancellor reopened as Franky Bradley’s. It’s now a nostalgic and sexy bar and restaurant from Silk City’s Mark Bee.
Not bad for the slowest time of year for restaurants.
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Have you resolved to get a new job in 2015? Then let Foobooz Jobs help. We’ve got job listings from general managers to lead cooks. There’s also information on Tired Hands Brewing Company’s upcoming job fair.
Check all the jobs out at phillymag.com/foobooz/jobs/.
Foobooz Jobs, the better and cheaper alternative to Craigslist, where candidates are legitimately energized by Philadelphia’s food scene.
Restaurant Jobs in Philadelphia [Foobooz]
Ardmore has become a beer geeks destination with the rise of Tired Hands Brewing. The tiny brewery was just named to First We Feast’s 12 Bucket-List Breweries That Every Beer Lover Should Visit. The Main Line town has some other things happening as well. The eleventh Iron Hill Brewery location, grandly opened on Sunday at 44 Greenfield Avenue, just a block from Tired Hands. And speaking of Tired Hands, the brewery continues to make progress on its second Ardmore location. The larger location’s brewhouse was just delivered yesterday and the brewery will open in the first half of 2015.
The Saint James is closing. The much ballyhooed restaurant from Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500º) and Michael Schulson (Sampan, Izakaya) opened in 2012 but was slammed by critics. Schulson left the partnership earlier this year and Wasserman will close the restaurant on December 30th. Michael Klein reports that the space will undergo six weeks of renovations before producing what Wasserman says will be a “‘very family-friendly'” restaurant.
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Our media partner 6 ABC did a feature on our “Beeramid” of the best craft beers from the Philadelphia area. Check out the FYI Philly feature for peeks at Yards, Tired Hands and Victory Brewing Co.
The Best Craft Beers from Philadelphia [Foobooz]
Philly Beer Week happens this month, and that got us thinking: What is the best local brew out there? So to answer that question, we sampled, then we sampled some more. We argued over the best beer in each particular style and who would be the overall champ — One Beer to Rule Them All.
And then, when all that was done, we ranked the top 25 best local beers and stacked them the way your old man or the corner bar would.
So behold — the Philly Beeramid of Excellence. And drink up.
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Tired Hands Brewing in Ardmore is adding a production facility. The building, which will have a capacity of 10,000 barrels a year will be located just under a half mile away from the original Ardmore Avenue location. The new location will also have a second beer cafe with a “very different” culinary theme.
In addition to the production and cafe spaces, there will also be room for aging beer in hundreds of oak barrels.
No word on when the new facility will open but it is welcome news for one of Philadelphia’s beer scene.
Tired Hands Brewing [Official]
First We Feast interviews several top Philadelphia chefs, including Nick Elmi, Peter Serpico, Eli Kulp and Michael Solomonov among others, about their favorite under-the-radar eating experiences in Philadelphia.
The list is full of great spots including Kim’s Korean charcoal barbecue in Olney.
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