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Yard House at Moorestown: 110 beers on tap

It takes five miles of individual beer lines encased in stainless steel to deliver the beer to the bar at this newcomer in the mall.

The press release is headlined, "110 Taps, 22 Regional Craft Offerings, 15 Local Brewers."

And then you realize that Yard House - the chain of classic-rock beer bars that opens its first Philly-area location on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Moorestown Mall - offered 250 taps at its 1996 premiere in Long Beach, Calif. (Side note: Bars that offer dozens and dozens of draft varieties had better be selling a lot of beer - who wants to drink old product?)

Yard House's first beer order, which arrived this week in the glass-enclosed keg room, consisted of 200 kegs and 3,000 gallons of beer. The chain boasts that it has five miles of individual beer lines encased in stainless steel. Beers are served as a pint, 9-ounce shorty, goblet, or in a half-yard glass container.

All Yard House locations have a different tap list. Fifteen local brewers from New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia region, for example, are represented in Moorestown, and five taps are reserved for Yard House's "Chalkboard Series," which include limited-release selections.

Among the local brewers are Carton Brewing, Cricket Hill, Evil Genius, Flying Fish, Forgotten Boardwalk, Free Will, Lancaster, Neshaminy Creek, New Jersey Beer Co., Philadelphia Brewing, Spellbound Brewing, Tröegs, Victory, Weyerbacher, and Yards.

Yard House says its exhibition kitchen makes more than 100 items from scratch.

It will be open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night.