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Triumph Brewing Company
Posted by Smitty on 02/18/2011
We stopped in for lunch today and were treated to excellent food, beer and service. To be fair, it was an off hour - 2PM on a Friday afternoon and we would expect excellent service but the friendliness was superb. I'm not a beer expert by any means (I have drunk it for forty years so I know a little about it) but we were hesitant about what to order and the waiter brought out four samples which helped with the choice. The Honey Lager was a bit light for our tastes but it's nice to see a light bodied beer on a brewery menu - not everyone wants to be overpowered by IPA's. The IPA, by the way, was nicely balanced and not too bitter. We settled on the Old City Lager which is unfiltered and has a perfect body and a clean aftertaste. We did try the Jewish Rye which is "dry hopped" with caraway seeds (the expensive way) instead of just adding caraway oil somewhere along the process. It was a bit sweet, but the flavor was perfect. I had the Sauerbraten plate and it was among the best I've ever eaten - a huge slab (probably about 12 ounces) of melt in your mouth meat with perfectly done veggies. The German inside me was happy. My wife had the duck sliders which she enjoyed. The price was reasonable ($55 including a 20% tip). We will definitely go back to try other things.
Posted by IonMoon on 01/27/2010
I was here only once and am not a beer fan at all, but even I was able to appreciate what they had to offer. I was with a group and we did the sampler- it was fun and great for a group. Everyone got to try several and then buy what they liked. The food was average- nothing spectacular, nothing to complain about. Service was great, but maybe because we were sitting with the band?!? The atmosphere was great, though I think the stage was less than ideal- too close to entrance, not enough seating.
Posted by JulieM on 06/26/2009
I've only been to this location once (although many times to the Princeton location), and although I do prefer Princeton, I felt compelled to write a counter review to the other poster's feelings about the beer. Truth is, I'm not a fan of the small-plate thing they do at this location, and the execution seems better in Jersey too, but all of their beers are extremely well-made. I just had the Honey Wheat, and it was a phenomenal brew. Trust me, I've had more beers than I care to count, every style, every location, tradition, experiment, etc. These beers stand up to some of the best in the area. My husband had the Wit and loved his too. I've enjoyed their stouts, ESBs, and a host of other beers as well, and they have at minimum, been tasty. They are also known for their Pilsners (not my favorite style), so I'm sure they are worth trying. Not everyone has to love every place, but to write such a negative review of the thing they do so well, well...it just seemed mean.
Posted by Philly City Dweller on 01/18/2009
We have been to Triumph Brewing Company in both Center City and their New Hope location. The food is mediocre at best. It sounds appetizing on the menu but the deliver and execution of the food is very hot or miss. Their beers are another story. Of all the local microbreweries in the area, Triumph is the most subpar. Most if not all their selections have the overpowering bitter taste of Cascade hops. The ales and lager have a bitter and skunky taste and aroma. Their specialty beers are usually even less appealling. The Jewish Rye Lager tastes more like pickle juice they rye bread. Service is also iffy too. Bring a burger to the table with Ketchup with the fires please. Don’t make someone wait ten minutes till you come back and ask them if everything is alright, and when we ask for ketchup take another 10 minutes to bring it. Come on!