The featured beer painting of the day is of HopHands American Pale Ale by Tired Hands Brewing Company located in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. I stopped there to paint live and to drink a few of the amazingly tasty beers. This small brewery only produces 1,000 barrels of beer a year! Constructing a new, larger brewery, Jean Broillet IV, owner and operator, is a busy man these days. I didn’t get a chance to meet him, probably because I was not sure of my schedule, and arrived unannounced.
I chose to paint HopHands at the brewery, because the beertender advised that it could be considered the flagship beer. This beer didn’t fail to deliver. Hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, and Columbus hops, the resulting aroma brought to mind tropical fruit. The finish of the beer was a nice solid bitter pine. Overall, a fantastic beer, at a great place to grab a pint after work. The unique atmosphere of brick interior lit with candles made it difficult to work as the light was changing from daylight to dusk during a rainstorm, but I felt like I was in old Philadelphia back in the 1700s. I have only one regret from my visit to Tired Hands, and that is that I didn’t order bread and butter, which is considered a staple there. But we didn’t know that until people on Instagram and Facebook mentioned it after we left.
Cheers to HopHands, a unique beer brewed by unique people in a unique location. I hope you get a chance to visit this Philly brew stop. Be sure to order bread and butter.