Tired Hands Ergot

Awhile back, Val and I went to Tired Hands to hang out with some of her friends for dinner. We stopped by the General Store and I picked this up to take home.

ABV: 14%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tired Hands Brewing Company was born in the confines of Jean’s parent’s garage over eight years ago. He began brewing beer partly out of intrigue, but entirely out of passion. During his college years, his father had turned him on to the hoppy pale ales and IPAs of the West Coast, which eventually led to many months of beer exploration. During this time, he discovered the beautifully dry and expressive farmhouse ales of France and Belgium. After a few months of homebrewing, Jean entered his beer into a local homebrew competition (now one of the nation’s largest), and took first place in the Belgian category with his Saison. Upon obtaining a degree in Special Education (a skill set that has been instrumental throughout his brewing career!) from West Chester University, Jean set off to pursue his passion for beer professionally. He landed a job at Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, Pennsylvania. Through Weyerbacher, Jean learned the ins and outs of brewery management (filtration, bottling, kegging, scrubbing mold, etc.) and made many great friends in the process. He even met his now-wife, Julie Foster, while representing Weyerbacher at a beer festival in Boston. She was a home-brewing college student who was volunteering at the fest. A deer skull adorned with greens hangs on the wall above the steps. After some time at Weyerbacher, Jean moved on to Iron Hill, where he worked as a brewer at their West Chester location for nearly five years. During this time Jean fell head-over-heels in love with the brewpub model of brewing. By creating beer in one room, and then serving it in another, he was able to connect to the people drinking his beer on a personal level daily; a perk previously unavailable to him while working in a production brewery. After many years of brewing professionally in different environments, much travel, careful consideration, and quite a few business classes from both Wharton and the Community College of Philadelphia, Jean built Tired Hands Brewing Company to be a concise rendition of his ideal brewing environment.”

Random: Tired Hands has some of the best brewery food I’ve had to date.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipated and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color and murky. The nose was interesting. I initially picked up a lot of booze and a lot of cacao. Vanilla came through next, followed by mango. It was definitely an interesting nose. The taste started with a lot of booze. To me, it overwhelmed every flavor and was just too much to deal with. I picked up some mango and tangerine and pine, but I really could not get past the booze. The body was syrupy thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish as well. I don’t recall how much this beer was, but I wouldn’t have it again despite the price. It was just too boozy.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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Tired Hands Shambolic

Val and I went out to Ardmore to meet some friends for an early dinner. We had a few beers and some food and then we walked around. We ended up coming back for dessert and I had this beer while watching some baseball.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Nelson & Simcoe Saison 6.5% Brewed with malted spelt and raw white wheat. Fermented with our Magickal Saison yeast and rested in a large oak foudre with our house microflora. Dry hopped assertively with Simcoe and Nelson Sauvin. Notes of overripe pineapple, lemon balm, spring meadow, black lime, and cape gooseberry.”

Random: My favorite thing at Tired Hands is the nachos. Their beer cheese is absolutely ridiculous.

The beer poured with a thick, two finger, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some limited lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright yellow color with a lot of carbonation. The nose started with a lot of yeast and a lot of oak. It had a hoppy note as well. The taste also had a lot of yeast and oak. It had some lemon zest and tropical fruit notes as well. There was a grassy note from the hops as well. The body was full with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with a lot of tropical fruit and yeast. I thought this beer was outstanding. It never fails to amaze me how many different flavors that Tired Hands manages to get into their beers.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tired Hands Experimental Spaceship

This was the last beer that I had at Tired Hands. I wanted something on the lighter side to end the session and this was the best choice. Let’s see how it was.

experimentalspaceship

ABV: 4%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Jean and Julie began purchasing their brewing equipment in the Spring of 2010, and purchased the building (an old physician’s office) that now houses the THBC Brew Cafe at 16 Ardmore Avenue in Ardmore, Pennsylvania on July 1, 2011. Jean not only learned book-keeping and managerial accounting, he became a general contractor and personally managed the entire gutting and retrofitting of this 1925 building. Extensive renovations were required to build their ideal brewery/cafe/community meeting spot!”

Random: I’m watching a British documentary about some of the worst prisons in the world. I can’t believe how many don’t even have running water.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was very hazy and yellow in color. Because of how cloudy it was, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had pilsner malt, peach flesh and a touch of sourness. The taste was a bit on the tart side and quickly went into peach flesh notes. It also had some lemon pith and pilsner malt. The body was quite thin with high carbonation. It had a quick, peachy finish. This was very drinkable, but it was a touch too thin for me. I would have this again if I wanted a fruity session IPA.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tired Hands Watching Trees Decompose

Tonight’s selection is another beer that I picked up at the Brew Cafe. Normally, it’s pretty packed every time I want to go, but this time, it was relatively empty. We ended up spending about an hour there, enjoying the ambiance.

watchingtreesdecompose

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “CALLING US A ‘BREWPUB’ would be a gross overstatement of our brewery model. We will not be frying up mozzarella sticks and plating double cheeseburgers. Rather, we bake bread on-site and source our simple menu of cheeses, meats, and seasonal produce from roughly 100 miles from our brewery. The culinary creation side of our operation takes place entirely behind the long first floor bar; you can think of it as an open air kitchen of sorts. Simply put, our food serves our beer. Aside from our ales of distinction and valor, you can expect a simple and satisfying menu consisting of cheese and charcuterie plates, sandwiches and the occasional daily special. We also serve a wide variety of pickled and brined items made in house. As you can see, with the exception of making beer on-site, our culinary model is much more in line with traditional Belgian/French cafe fare. We truly think it’s a harmonious confluence of ideas and technique.”

Random: I forgot how much I enjoyed Netflix documentaries.

The beer poured with a half a finger of thick, white head. It went away quite quickly, but left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, pinkish orange color with no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose had big notes of blueberries and oats along with some pine sap. The taste had a slight tartness from the blueberries. It had a tinge of under ripe blueberry as well. After that, I picked up some mango with fresh-cut grass. It didn’t have any malt to it. It had a medium thick body with pleasant amounts of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tart blueberries. I had no problem drinking this beer, I just wanted a little bit more from it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tired Hands Zucchini Bread Milkshake IPA

Val and I headed to the brewery to give this beer a shot. While we were there, someone came in to give this beer a shot and their ID was expired. I felt bad, but they weren’t missing much on this one.

zucchinibread

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Zucchini or courgette is a summer squash which can reach nearly a meter in length, but is usually harvested immature at 15–25 cm. In the British Isles, a fully grown zucchini is referred to as a marrow. Along with certain other squashes and pumpkins, it belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo. Zucchini can be dark or light green. A related hybrid, the golden zucchini, is a deep yellow or orange color. In a culinary context, zucchini is treated as a vegetable; it is usually cooked and presented as a savory dish or accompaniment. Botanically, zucchinis are fruits, a type of botanical berry called a ‘pepo’, being the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower. Zucchini, like all squash, has its ancestry in the Americas. However, the varieties of squash typically called ‘zucchini’ were developed in northern Italy in the second half of the 19th century, many generations after the introduction of cucurbits from the Americas in the early 16th century.”

Random: Now I’m craving zucchini bread.

This beer poured with one finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and reminded me of a glow-in-the-dark yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. It had moderate carbonation. The nose was very herbal with a vegetal note and a touch of spice. The taste was a lot more spice than the nose. It had sweet brown sugar, caramel malt and cinnamon. It had light pine, but it was shockingly sweet. I don’t know what I expected from the beer, but it wasn’t this. The body was light and thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with brown sugar. I thought this beer was interesting, but I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tired Hands HopHands

Despite the fact that I’ve been to Tired Hands multiple times, I’ve never had the one beer that they always have on tap. There’s always something else that I end up trying. This time, I made sure that I gave this beer a try and I was pleasantly surprised at the flavor.

hophands

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our American Pale Ale. 5.5% Brewed with oats. Hopped intensely with Simcoe, Centennial, and Amarillo. Hazy, juicy, and imminently crushable. Our precious Pale Ale. Notes of tangelo, kiwi, dank, pine sap, nectarine, honeysuckle, and grapefruit.”

Random: I’ve never been to one of their can releases either.

This beer poured with a one and half finger white head that was exceptionally thick. It dissipated at a snail’s pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright yellow color with no carbonation visible due to how turbid the beer was. The nose was bright. It had bright, grassy hops with pine sap and grapefruit. There wasn’t much in terms of flowers on the nose. The taste was equally bright, but had a significant honeysuckle note. It also had pine sap and pomelo. It was quite citrusy and made this a really easy drinker. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a long and hoppy finish with pine sap. This beer was just excellent. It had great depth of flavor and went down easily. I will definitely be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tired Hands Sword Swallower Drone Master

One of the things that I appreciate about Tired Hands beers is the unique names. If I ever owned a brewery, I would make sure that each beer had a really cool name. This is one of the more unique names of any beers of their that I’ve had. Let’s get to it.

swordswallower

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to beeradvocate.com, “A farmhouse pale ale brewed in collaboration with the cool dudes from @holymtnbrewing in Seattle, Washington. Brewed with rye and wheat. Hopped with Citra, Hallertau Blanc, Hüll Melon and Equinox. Ride the drone to the phantasmatic land.”

Random: I also enjoy the crudo they have at the Fermentaria. They always have excellent flavors and selections. I just wish that I lived closer.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated very slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was almost clear and yellow in color with high carbonation. The nose had notes of sage and pineapple up front. Lemongrass and citrus fruits came through next. The taste was incredibly herbal, to the point of being overwhelming. The sage was really, really strong. There were notes of citrus and lemongrass as well, but that sage was just too intense. There wasn’t any spice either. Body was incredibly thin with high carbonation. It had a medium long finish with sage. I can see where they wanted this beer to go, but it missed the mark for me. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0