Yards Brewing Co. unveils its 70,000-square-foot brewery in Northern Liberties this week with a first for the 23-year-old company: a kitchen. The new location, at 500 Spring Garden Street, includes a taproom with a full menu from chef James Burke, a three-time James Beard Award semifinalist. Doors open Thursday, November 16, at 6 p.m.
Burke, who made a name for himself in New York as well as Philadelphia, earned the James Beard nods at his now-closed James in South Philly. His résumé also includes time with Stephen Starr, Marc Vetri, and Daniel Boulud. At Yards, the chef’s menu of beer-friendly fare includes a long list of snacks (wings, pickles, a Bavarian pretzel), a section of soups and salads, several sandwiches, including the Philly classic roast pork with broccoli rabe and provolone, and entrees ranging from miso ramen to a barbecue platter for two. For dessert: beer floats made with Yards Love Stout and root beer floats with Yards Root Beer.
Digsau designed the industrial-looking taproom, which has space for 280, with an open floor plan, long wooden tables, and a bar made from wooden bowling lanes. Diners will be able to see the entire brewing operation. Next to the taproom is a lounge with a pool table, dart board, shuffleboard, and TV.
On the brewing side, Yards’ new facility is twice as big as the company’s current Delaware Avenue location (and much bigger than its original digs, in a garage-sized building in Manayunk). Tom Kehoe, founder and brewmaster, and Trevor Prichett, partner and COO, will be able to double Yards’ current output. They’re also planning to start canning Yards brews for the first time.
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