After leaving 2nd Story Brewing, my wife and I headed over to Yards Brewing Company for Stop #2 on #EpicPhillyBreweryTour. Yards was only a mile or two up the road so we were there 13 minutes later (Philly traffic). We did find a spot to park in the small lot across from the brewery. I tried to arrange for a tour, but Yards does weekend tours and private tours (none were happening to tag along on that particular Thursday). But we could see the brewery was in production mode through the windows in the tasting room.
Lots of fun little nuances in the tasting room. Cardboard cutouts of Owner Tom Kehoe were in every corner, so I felt like I was drinking with him while I was there. There was a pool table, shuffleboard, and on this particular visit, an ice cream performer. Apparently there was some kind of promotion for the ice cream and this guy initially looked like a statue but later offered a variety of free items. Nothing says beer like the caramel ice cream bar I ate. YUM!
Flight Choices: Grapefruit Philly Pale Ale (cask); Pynk Tart Berry Ale; Cape of Good Hope (DIPA); Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale; Sons of Ben (Belgian-style Pale Ale, the bonus). My favorites were the Cape of Good Hope with a rich honey and caramel backbone balanced by some hoppy and spicy bitterness; and Pynk, which had excellent tartness full of cherry and raspberry flavor. Not sour at all, tart and flavorful. The others were also enjoyable.
Yards has a pretty cool space. They have several shirt and retail displays, take out beers, some food I'd have tried if I were hungry at all, and hard workers on the other side of the tasting room window. For 1 pm on a Thursday, it was hoppin'!
Next up... West Philly's Dock Street Brewing!