Brewery Profile: Yards Brewing Company

by Steve on August 19, 2012

Yards Brewing Company

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Twitter: @YardsBrew
Founded: 1994

Brewery Description:

The year was 1988, and like many College students, Tom Kehoe and Jon Bovit, enjoyed their beer, but didn’t enjoy paying for it. Tom and Jon decided to take action and began brewing it themselves.
As they homebrewed their way through Western Maryland College, they experimented with malt, hops and yeast, formulating new recipes and sharing their creations with friends. It wasn’t long until they had more friends than beer.
To gain some hands- on experience in a professional brewery, Kehoe and Bovit apprenticed at the British Brewing Company, a pioneering English-style brewery in Glen Burnie, Md. The early days were spent cleaning kegs and their first paycheck was in the form of a Happy Meal. No joke…quarter pounder, fries, and a coke.
In 1994, they emptied their savings accounts, maxed out their credit cards, and took the plunge by founding Yards Brewing Company in a 900-square‐foot garage in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia.
The Yards story is now in its 18th year. There were a few stops along the way.

Signature Ales:
Philadelphia Pale Ale
Extra Special Ale
India Pale Ale
Love Stout

Seasonal Ales:
Cape of Good Hope
Olde Bartholomew Barleywine

Ales of the Revolution:
Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce
Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale
General Washington’s Tavern Porter

Limited Ales:
Entire Porter
Yardbird Abbey Dubble|
McDougal’s Smoked Scottish Ale
Folk Fest Lager
Tadeusz Kosciuszko Smoked Pol

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