What’s better than a cruise in the summertime? A beer cruise, mateys — that's what. Philadelphia’s own Yard’s Brewing Company has teamed up with Spirit of Philadelphia for a beer cruise that sails once a month from June to October, featuring popular Yards' brews. Guests will enjoy an open beer bar and a Brews Cruise Dinner Buffet all while taking in gorgeous views the city skyline and the Ben Franklin Bridge. We chatted with Tom Kehoe, Founder of Yards Brewing Company, on the fun collaboration as well as what's the next big thing in beer.
How did you get your start brewing beer?
I started making beer in my dorm room in college at Western Maryland College, which is now McDaniel. We found a beer marking kit and wanted to see if we could do it. It was fun. It turned out decent, at least we thought so at the time! [laughs]
What led you to make beer your business?
We went to a brewery to visit in the late ' 80s. It was such a great experience, and we saw that it was a lot like how we were making it at home. I started working for this brewery and realized this is what I really wanted to do. Eventually, I ran up my credit card and got my equipment.
Why the name Yards?
The company we worked for was the British Brewing Company. The style of beer we really liked was English Ales and we wanted a name that was very British or English and we thought of Scotland Yard. It took three years for us to get a location, but we started calling ourselves Yards during that time.
Why is Philly such a great beer city?
We were the beer place of American before Milwaukee. Back then, people weren’t drinking soda. They were drinking beer on their lunchbreak. It was really rooted in this town. Then when imports started coming in, it was very readily accepted by the restaurants and distributors here.