Yards Brewing Company is just about ready to say farewell to its Delaware Avenue location and open its 70,000-square-foot brewery and taproom in Northern Liberties. The new facility at 500 Spring Garden Street is almost twice as big and will have the capacity to more than double Yards’ current production, which means a lot more beer — plus cans. It’s slated to open next month, with the canning line following early next year.
Running the taproom’s kitchen is Jim Burke, a three-time James Beard Award semifinalist for the now-closed James in South Philly. His résumé also includes time with Stephen Starr, Marc Vetri, and Daniel Boulud (he left Philly for Starr’s Caffe Storico in New York). His Yards Brewery and Taproom menu will focus on beer-friendly food (of course) with snacks, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts. So far, here’s what he’s planning to include:
- Yards Patty Melt, with Brawler onions and Swiss cheese
- Crab Toast, with Calabrian chilies and chives
- Smoked Cheddar Bratwurst, with sauerkraut and house-made mustard
- Roast Pork, with fermented broccoli rabe and provolone
- Beer Can Chicken, served with fried potatoes
- Bison Chili, served with maple cornbread
- Pork Belly Kebab, with a Tavern Spruce glaze
- Tavern Porter and Espresso Chocolate Mousse
To drink: 20 taps for Yards’ usual brews and limited releases exclusive to the taproom.
Local architecture firm Digsau designed the taproom’s open floor plan, which has room for 280 people. Expect 25-foot ceilings, long wooden tables, a bar made from bowling lanes, and views of where the beer magic happens. A lounge next to the taproom will have TVs, a pool table, a dart board, and shuffleboard.
Yards, started in 1994 in Manayunk, now has the capacity for 42,000 barrels; the new brewery doubles that. In addition to bottles, look for 12 oz. and 16 oz. cans of Philadelphia Pale Ale, IPA, and Brawler starting early 2018.
When it’s up and running, the Yards Brewery and Taproom will be open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.