SmartTALK features Yards Brewing founder

McDaniel College SmartTALK guest Tom Kehoe of Yards Brewing Company
April 09, 2018

President Roger Casey will lead a conversation with Tom Kehoe ’88, founder and president of Yards Brewing Company, April 19 at 7 p.m., when the McDaniel College SmartTALK series returns to Decker Center Forum. The event is free and open to the public. 

Kehoe started brewing beer with his college buddy back when mircobreweries were just beginning. The Business Administration and Economics major didn’t know it at the time, but what started as an experiment brewing British-style ales in his dorm would evolve to become one of Philadelphia’s first, most popular and environmentally responsible microbreweries. Yards Brewing Company has continued to grow since its founding in 1994, and recently opened its brand-new, 70,000-square-foot brewery, taproom and event space in the city’s Northern Liberties neighborhood.

Called the “Mayor of Beertown,” Kehoe continues to live his company’s “Brew Unto Others” motto, working hard, having fun and giving back. Come hear how Kehoe’s thirst for quality, community and sustainability is realized at Yards.   

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 410-857-2290. Requests for interpreters can be made up to one week prior to the event by contacting Live stream available online at

McDaniel College’s SmartTALK brings notable alumni back to campus for conversations on their subject of expertise. Guests have included a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a career foreign-service diplomat, a National Teacher of the Year, a video game designer, an international sports agent, and others. Click here to view past SmartTALK guests. 

Tom Kehoe ’88, founder and president of Yards Brewing Company, joins McDaniel President Roger Casey for SmartTALK on April 19 at 7 p.m. in Decker Center Forum.