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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 Spruce Ale

Based on Benjamin Franklin’s original recipe, this one-of-a-kind deep amber ale calls for barley, molasses and essence of spruce. Locally sourced organic blue spruce clippings are steeped in a kettle to create an ale as approachable and engaging as the man himself.

STYLE Historical Spiced Ale

ABV 5.0%

IBU 22

OG 13.5°P

COLOR Deep Amber

FORMATS 12 oz bottle, sixtel, keg


SIGNIFICANT INGREDIENTS Local, organic spruce tips from Indian Orchards; barley; molasses

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

PAIRINGS The complex flavors and spruce essence marry well with aromatic herbed food. Think swordfish with olive tapenade, rosemary roasted pork tenderloin or leg of lamb, and if you hunt or have hunter friends, try it with grilled venison back straps. It also makes a terrific marinade.