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Tom Kehoe – McDaniel

Founder - Yards Brewing Company

Road to Greatness


Brother Tom Kehoe is the founder, president and brewmaster of Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kehoe has been in the brewing industry since 1992 and began his career in college, cleaning kegs and working the bottling line at the British Brewing Company, a microbrewery in Maryland. Kehoe attended Lehigh University for engineering and graduated from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) with a degree in business.

Tom started Yards in October 1994 in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia and has grown the brewery from a cask conditioned keg-only production of 15 barrels per week to a full packaging brewery with a capacity of over 40,000 barrels. Kehoe is an active member of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, for whom he has served as technical director and president; he currently is on the organization’s national board of governors.

Yards ales are currently distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with 80% of its nearly 40,000 barrel production being distributed in the Philadelphia tri state area. As of May 2015 Yards is the largest brewery operating in the city of Philadelphia.

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