Yards moves to 5050 Umbria Street in the Roxborough section of Philly. Oyster Stout gets a new name from the guys at (the now closed) Jake and Oliver’s House of Brews. They’re having trouble selling the beer. It’s right around Valentine’s Day, so Jake and Oliver’s changes the name to Love Stout and – bam! They kick the keg that night. Yards takes the hint and officially renames the beer Love Stout. An early version of Brawler makes an appearance, though it would be unrecognizable to today’s Brawler fans. Yards IPA hits the Philly beer scene hard. At 8.0%, it quickly picks up the nickname, O.G. IPA. Yards bottles beer for the first time on December 12th. Twenty-seven cases of ESA later, a party springs up in the brewery to celebrate this big achievement.
Millions weep as Jack slips into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean in Titanic.
In 1998, Yards packages their first Variety Pack, which includes ESA, Old Ale and Premium Beer. Yards contract brews for Manayunk, Dock Street, Barley Creek and the now defunct Gravity Brewing Co. throughout the year as well. Yards ales finally reach beyond the Philly area and begin to be distributed in New Jersey and Pittsburgh. Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly Awards names Yards the Best Local Beer. The hype is real.
The final episode of Seinfeld airs.
Together with Philadelphia’s historic City Tavern, Yards begins brewing historic beer re-creations based on the original recipes of founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, laying the foundation for what will become the year-round Ales of the Revolution series. Jon Bovit parts ways with Yards in 1999. Though it’s difficult for everyone to see him go, he finds his way back after a while to brew the old favorites with Tom on occasion.
The Blair Witch Project and Y2K both scare and confuse the nation.
The original Philadelphia Pale Ale, an English pale ale, makes its debut. The “Biggest Beer Gala of the Century” otherwise known as Tom Kehoe and Linda Carpenter's wedding goes down on May 13th. By the close of 2000, Yards has brewed 2,100 barrels.
The International Space Station becomes home to an American and two Russians.
In September 2001, Yards signs a lease for the former Weisbrod and Hess Brewery buildings in the Kensington neighborhood of Philly. Partnering with Bill and Nancy Barton, the largest of the Yards breweries begins to take shape, though beer continues to be brewed in Roxborough until 2002. The new brewery allows for a 10,000-barrel capacity.