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Ardmore's Fermenteria Brings Foodies and Beer Fanatics Together


The new Fermentaria is pretty much the polar opposite of Tired Hands Brewing Company’s original location. The industrial space is airy and bright, dressed in pea greens, ocean-like teals, and idiosyncratic commissioned art. It can seat 180 guests, which is double that of the Brew Cafe.

The increase of space enables farmhouse-style brewer Jean Broillet IV and his team to extend Tired Hands’ reach via a larger format. Nine rotating taps pour its self-described “strange and beautiful” beers. A shining example is the Honey, I Love You saison, incorporating Amarillo hops and a dose of Pennsylvania wildflower honey. But have no fear, Tired Hands devotees: The flagship SaisonHands and HopHands are always available.

As for the food menu, Brew Cafe regulars will find more than paninis and pickles. Executive chef Bill Braun mingles an imaginative six-taco roster with veggie-heavy small plates and shareable comfort-food classics. The mushroom tacos—with crispy maitake, coconut crema and chili-braised eggplant—are flavor-packed and texturally interesting. And the beer-battered fish gets an extra kick from the citrus slaw and chipotle mayo.

You’ll want to save room for the dreamy Mexican-chocolate panna cotta with tequila-orange whipped cream. Or try the Tired Hands play on coffee and doughnuts, with citrus-chili glaze and Awake Minds coffee-chocolate sauce.

35 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore, (484) 413-2983, www.tiredhands.com

Fermentaria’s tacos// photo by STEVE LEGATO

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