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NEW BREWER OF THE YEAR?
RateBeer Events Welcomes Tired Hands Brewing Co.
 
For those paying attention to the Top New Beers list in the bottom half of RateBeer Weekly, you’ll notice the same prolific breweries popping up repeatedly. Cigar City in Florida, releasing new concoctions like IPAs with orange wood. Hill Farmstead in Vermont (RateBeer’s Top New Brewer in 2011), debuting Shaun’s latest hopped-up offering. And, perhaps more often than anyone lately, a tiny new upstart just north of Philly.
 
Tired Hands Brewing Company opened earlier this year in Ardmore, PA: a locally sourcing brewpub focused on farmhouse ales and hop-centric American styles. Joe T. recently ran the RateBeer numbers, and of all the top-rated beers from this year’s class of new breweries, Tired Hands’ releases currently hold six of the top 10 spots. Husband-and-wife team Jean Broillet and Julie Foster joined us up in Santa Rosa this past weekend for a RateBeer Events-orchestrated tasting of their lineup.
 
For me, it was the saison renditions – FarmHands, R5 (five “R” ingredients, including ramon nut and rhubarb), HandFarm (FarmHands aged in white-wine barrels), and two Guillemot Nebulas – that felt the most expressive, showcasing deft, delicious takes on a core riff of Dupont- and Jolly Pumpkin-derived yeast characteristics. Joe T., forever a hardcore Dupont proponent, appeared to be in his own little dry, peppery semblance of bliss. The hop-forward selections – HopHands Pale Ale and Vampire IPA – were equally precise, opting for layered aromatics and hop flavor over an onslaught of bitterness. A final highlight was the ArtiSnale, a collaboration brew with Stillwater Artisanal Ales and Teresa’s Next Door. Some of us thought it rather reminiscent of a Baltic porter in execution: chewy dark fruits, bitter chocolate. There was also a touch of salinity, likely from the usage of escargot shells. My first snail beer, and a damn good one.
 
Briefly put: This may be the first time you’re hearing of Tired Hands Brewing. But it probably won’t be the last.
 
Coming Up: What’s great, American, beer-focused, and a festival in Denver? Three guesses.

Ken Weaver (@kenweaver)
 
 
Tired Hands Brewing Company

THBC'S TOP-RATED

SAISONS
Singel Hop Saison, Simcoe
Mysterious Mood
FarmHands

HOPPINESS
Delicado (Collab. IPA
w/ Hill Farmstead)
HopHands (Pale Ale)
Sea of Green (IIPA)
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West
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Midwest
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South
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Northeast
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