Fermentaria? Brew Cafe? General Store? Dispensary? Where do I go to buy some Tired Hands cans? Honestly, I was a little perplexed until I decided to go there and figure it out for myself. Hopefully, I can detangle some of your questions.
Want to buy Tired Hands cans?
The Fermentaria is the main hub and that’s the place for can releases. The Fermentaria also has a full menu of food and drafts. If you want the flag ship pale ale, Hop Hands, it’s a six minute walk or three minute drive to the General Store from the Fermentaria. The Brew Cafe is right next door to the general store. Think coffee shop except with beer. The Dispensary is the brew house, except the location is unadvertised.
Tired Hands can release
Your first stop is to follow Tired Hands on Instagram. Like most of Instagram, it’s hard to decipher the time of the post. From what I’ve seen, releases occur mid-week on Wednesday or Thursday at the Fermentaria, typically at 5 p.m. and of late it has been three different beers. I’ll also note that some (non-milkshake) beer will be available into the next day. So, if you cannot make it for the 5 p.m. release, be sure to get the Fermentaria around opening on the next day (they open at noon seven days a week).
Fermentaria: 35 Cricket Terrace. 484.413.2983. There’s a decent amount of parking right in front. I’d guess about fifty metered spaces. I parked a block away on the street and fed the meter. Don’t worry, it’s a city grid town and you’ll find a spot and a sidewalk.
General Store: 20 Ardmore Avenue. 484.413.2978. No limit on Hop Hands. They may move some cans from the Fermentaria to sell after release day. They also have some bomber-size bottles of Saison for sale along with typical t-shirts, hats and decals. Parking is rough. There’s a dirt lot, but most of the spaces there are permit only. If it’s a nice day, bring a suitcase trolley and make the six minute walk from the Fermentaria. It probably took me 15 minutes to drive there and ultimately find an open spot.
BrewCafé: 16 Ardmore Avenue. 610.896.7621. Site of the original brewery. It’s small and opens up at 4 p.m. No cans, but drafts and a cafe menu.
Tired Hands (l to r) Alien Church, Hop Hands, Ergot, Gatherer and Hand Bier.
If Hop Hands is their flagship pale ale, I guess Alien Church would be their flagship Imperial IPA. Wonderful fruit, lemon, mango along with a pithy bitterness. Really nice 92 points.
Hop Hands: I’ve had Hop Hands 89 points before but a first in cans. Actually, I enjoyed the can version better than the growler experience. If I had to go it over, I might push Hop Hands up a couple ticks to 91 points.
Massive ABV of 14%. Made with cacao, honey and then refermented/conditioned atop cacao pods, fruit juice and then conditioned further on cacao nibs. Think pineapple and vodka creamsicle. Interesting beer, one is enough…91 points
Beer #: 1,138
Tired Hands teams up with 18th Street Brewery (maker of a stout called Hunter) on a seemingly related stout called Gatherer. In the Tired Hands version, it is a brew made with locally foraged items like: Appalachian all spice; wine berry leaves, This one is very interesting but overrun with the all spice. Like a pumpkin stout. As it warms is does open up to some interesting coffee, roasted flavors. I’ll say 90 points.
A sessionable ale…just 4.5% ABV. It’s typical with big hop profile, not much balance behind it. Nothing wrong with taking a break from the high ABV beers and nothing wrong with this beer. A respectable 87 points.