Yards Bewing Company


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Yards Bewing Company

Our Spruce Ale, first brewed in 2006, completed the Ales of the Revolution Series.

Have you tried the other two - Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale or General Washington's Tavern Porter?


Spruce tips flavor this beer as hops were sometimes scarce back in Franklin's time.

We source our spruce tips locally, from Indian Orchards in Media, PA.

Spruce is an award-winning ale.

It brought home the bronze medal in the Indigenous Ales category at 2013's Great American Beer Festival.

Philly loves Ben Franklin so much that the city commissioned us to make this ale to celebrate his tercentenary (aka 300th birthday) in 2006.

We hope it would’ve given him as much joy as flying kites during thunderstorms.

Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce


Based on Benjamin Franklin’s original recipe, which called for barley, molasses and essence of spruce, our Tavern Spruce is as approachable and engaging as the man himself. We source blue spruce clippings from a local organic farm, Indian Orchards, steeping them in the kettle to create this one-of-a-kind deep amber ale.

STYLE Historical Beer, Indigenous Ale

ABV 5.0%

IBU 13

OG 13.5°P

FORMATS Ales of the Revolution Variety 12-pack; 6-pack; 1/2 keg


SIGNIFICANT INGREDIENTS Local organic spruce tips, barley, molasses

AWARDS 2013 Great American Beer Festival: Bronze Medal in Indigenous Ales

PAIRINGS Tavern Spruce's complex flavors and spruce essence marry well with foods characterized by Asian and Mediterranean ingredients. Tavern Spruce also makes a terrific marinade for many dishes. Try it with rosemary-roasted pork tenderloin or noodle-based dishes, especially those featuring ginger or ingredients like basil and olives.