Yards and I go back a long time. I remember the first time I ever tried Yards and met the founder, Tom Kehoe. It was at the first (now defunct) Real Ale Rendezvous. I asked Tom if I could borrow a pair of pliers and he said “sure, just make sure I get them back”. He did, a year or so later. Tom and I lived in the same neighborhood for years and for a while spent almost every monday evening on barstools at Bridgid’s along with several other Philadelphia brewers. I’ve known his head brewer Tim for a long time too. Tim and I used to wait tables together at the original Dock St. Brewery a good 17 years ago. We both got our careers started in Dock Street’s brewery. We’ve been meaning to do a collaboration together for a long time. I’m surprised we’ve waited this long, especially since the system I brew on in Maple Shade is the very one Tim Roberts used to make beer with at the now-closed Independance Brewpub. (We bought the system when Indy went toes up).
On Friday July 13th Tim will be coming in to brew with me on his old system. We thought it was only appropriate that we brew an oldy from the original Dock Street’s archives, (more about that later).
Once we’re done brewing, Tim and I plan to stick around and enjoy a few beers at the bar. Tim will be bringing a couple special brews from Yards, namely a specially-hopped firkin of Yards IPA and a rare, unfiltered and nitrogenated version of Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale. The beers will be tapped at 4 pm and Tim and I should be around to chat about our brew day until 6 or 7. See you then!