Friday, July 01, 2011

Welcome Tired Hands to Ardmore

Easy now, don't let the title fool you; Tired Hands Brewing Company is not yet open for business in Ardmore, Pa.

However, today marked a significant step forward as Jean Broillet and Julie Foster officially settled on and took possession of 16 Ardmore Avenue as the future location for their "brew café" endeavor.

Which is to say that beginning tomorrow, all hell breaks loose. Work begins to transform the space (two floors and a "back yard") into their vision for a community spot serving beer and light snacks just off of Lancaster Avenue and a few extra steps from the Ardmore stop of the don't-call-it-the-R5 regional rail train station.

Those of you savvy with the beer scene around Philadelphia know that as Jean has been "phasing out" of his current position at Iron Hill Brewery (where they've been quite gracious in keeping him on as he openly laid the groundwork for his new business plans), he has been brewing up batches and making it available around town. His saisons/farmhouse ales are garnering quite a bit of favorable buzz even before going into full production.

You may recall an event that he coordinated with me at Johnny Brenda's something like 6 weeks ago. He's also been partnering with Birch Run Hills Farm's cheese program and working closely with DiBruno Bros. in Philly.

Collaboration brews in Philly as well as across the Atlantic. Beer dinner at Station Taproom and special events like at Earth Bread + Brewery.

Patty and I lived in Ardmore, albeit closer to Haverford Road and the college than Lancaster Avenue, for just shy of 18 months. However, it would have been less than a mile uphill walk from our house and I could have imagined us stopping in frequently for light bites, social meetups, and growler fillups.

As many Philadelphia locals know, the city is a mecca of great beer, as is farther west into Montgomery and Chester counties. The "closer" Main Line has always been a bit of a void for better beer options.

Tired Hands should help to change that. Celebrate tonight, but not too much, tomorrow and every day after will be filled with lots of hard work to make the dream a reality.

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