Yards Founder Tom Kehoe on New Brewery Location

Yards founder, president and brewmaster Tom Kehoe

Yards founder, president and brewmaster Tom Kehoe

Last week, Yards Brewing Co. presented plans to the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association for an 85,000 square foot brewery at 5th and Spring Garden. The brewery complex would house the manufacturing, warehouse and distribution for Yards Brewing as well as a larger brewpub with kitchen.

We had a chance to catch up with Yards Founder, President and Brewmaster, Tom Kehoe and get some more details. Kehoe looked at more than fifteen locations before settling on the 5th and Spring Garden location. Other locations included the old F. A. Poth brewery building in Brewerytown to spots along the Delaware River in South Philadelphia as well as within the Navy Yard. 

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Yards Brewing Plans to Move Closer to Center City

A conceptual rendering of the taproom at the proposed Yards Brewing Company brewpub. | Rendering by Digsau, courtesy Alliance HSB

A conceptual rendering of the taproom at the proposed Yards Brewing Company brewpub. | Rendering by Digsau via Alliance | HSB

The planned SoNo development, which was to have converted the former Destination Maternity headquarters in the 500 block of Spring Garden Street in Northern Liberties to creative office space, has found its anchor tenant.

That would be Yards Brewing Company, a local success story whose founder and president, Tom Kehoe, has been a big booster of efforts to promote manufacturing in the city.

The brewery is bumping up against the limits of its current space on Delaware Avenue along the waterfront, and the SoNo building offers the space they need not only for an expanding brewery but also for a brewpub that both Yards and building owners Alliance | HSP see as a catalyst for enlivening a dead stretch of Spring Garden Street. Read more »

The Beer Spear: A New Snack to Relish

Beer Spears by Brine Street Picklery

Beer Spears by Brine Street Picklery

Beer and pickles? Delicious. But beer pickles? A potential stroke of genius.

On Friday, June 3rd at Philly Beer Week’s Opening Tap, Yards Brewing Company and Brine Street Picklery will debut their newest collaboration: the Beer Spear.

“Everyone knows that beer and pickles pair well,” says Gina Vasoli, Yards’ Art and Marketing Manager. “What we’ve done is eliminate the annoying extra step of having to chew a pickle then take a sip of beer.”

The Beer Spears mix Yards IPA, rosemary and chili de árbol, to create a spear that strays far from the typical dill or garlic. P. J. Hopkins, the Head Pickler at Brine Street Picklery, says the “floral, hoppy flavors” really stand out.

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Get Your Tickets To Yards’ 9th Annual Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational

Yards ESA

On Sunday, May 1st, Yards Brewing Co. is hosting their 9th Annual Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational, which will feature more than 50 firkins of cask-conditioned beer from breweries around the world.

This is kind of like a second Christmas for serious beer drinkers–a boozy, international, day-long Christmas where Santa brings you nothing but lots and lots of beer.

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Yards Releases Collaboration Brew with City Tap House

Yards Brewery - Regional Brewery

If you absolutely cannot wait another minute for Yards to release this year’s Cape of Good Hope Double IPA, they’ve released a test batch/teaser for us—Sprung From Hope Double IPA, a collaboration brew with City Tap House.

“Sprung From Hope” is made from a variety of hops including Azacca, Galaxy, Mosaic, Citra, and whole flower Cascade hops, leaving tastes of citrus, mango, melon, and pine with a 9.9% ABV. You can find it at City Tap House University City and City Tap House Logan Square, as well as Field House.

And here’s some exciting news: we don’t have to wait until August to get our hands on Cape of Good Hope—it’s releasing early this year—May 1st.

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The Perfect Sunday Run: Run to Brunch at Johnny Brenda’s

This Sunday morning, you could be a total sloth and lounge in your pajamas until your stomach starts to growl then toast a three-day-old bagel and top it with whatever you have in the fridge and call it brunch. But frankly, that sounds sad. So instead, we say join up with the folks from Yards Brewing Company for their next #yardsbRUNch run.
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Run Through Philly Parks to Yards Brewing Company This Sunday

Rittenhouse Square | Photo by Flickr user Peter Miller

Rittenhouse Square | Photo by Flickr user Peter Miller

This Sunday, the Fairmount Park Conservancy is teaming up with Yards Brewing Company for a free five-mile run that sounds just lovely: The run will meet at 11:15 a.m. at Franklin Square at 6th and Race streets and will take runners through four of William Penn’s original parks, Franklin Square, Washington Square, Rittenhouse Square and Logan Circle.

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