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Triumph Brewing Company
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 185
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
117-121 Chestnut Street
phone: (215) 625-0855
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Reviews by jwc215:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in with a friend on a Tuesday afternoon.
Upon entering, we were greeted by a very pleasant staff.
The long bar is on the right with some small tables on the side of it.
There is a spacious upstairs. Most of the decor is rustic wooden. Well-lit with a comfortable feel.
The bartender was friendly, helpful and fairly knowledgeable about the beer. A pint of beer cost me $5. I received my pale ale served in a weizen glass, no real complaint there - but, thought it a bit odd, but ok. At least it was not frosted, or even chilled.
There were eight beers on tap - the Chico Ale, Oatmeal Stout, IPA, Dunkel, Amber, Porter, Kellerbier, Honey Wheat - nice variety. They are posted clearly, with a list on the back wall of the abv levels of each.
There is a set-up for cask beers, which I was told they will offer in the future.
In a brief, friendly discussion with Jay, the Director of Brewing for Triumph, I was told that the brewers of the three locations use the same recipe for the standard beers that are offered in the three locations, but they are allowed to do their own thing for the beers that are special to the locations. Nice.
Unfortunately, growlers are not allowed according to city ordinance. (Ridiculous )
I did not eat there, but saw a decent variety at reasonable costs on the menu.
I'm certainly going to return there and recommend the place (which is easy enough to locate).
04-11-2007 12:27:39 |
More by jwc215
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
The atmosphere was really nice. There was a jazz band playing as and the decor was really well kept up. It looked very classy for a brewery.
Quality was good as well. Food was good. Beer was good. The selection of either was a little lacking. It was pretty much the standard styles of beer and fancy hamburgers. Waitress seemed to be in a bad mood.
The food tasted really good. The beer was also pretty good. Two of the three I had were certainly above average. I would go there again for sure although not sure if it's a place you can make a habbit of.
03-01-2012 18:59:41 |
More by Jamesthebrit
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
An early dinner on Saturday.
Atmosphere: After some mild wrangling we ended up in a secluded table (crowded bar, no thanks). The first floor is large, plenty of tables and seating along with a big bar. The restrooms are unisex, grab an open door but be sure to lock it behind you.
Quality: Good staff, okay food and beer.
Service: Friendly and a regular at the table, I have no complaints about the service.
Selection: 6 house beers on tap. We worked through the winter bock, winter wheat, Bengal gold and lager. I liked the bockbier best with the sweet molassess finish of the winter wheat a close second.
Food: The aioli sauce on my burger was a little much, lingering a little longer than I'd like. The burger was decent though.
Nothing stand out, there are many better places in the Center/Old City area.
12-18-2011 03:23:16 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
A short ride on the Market Street bus and I am in Olde City and a very short walk and I am at Triumph Brewing. I went to the downstairs bar. The atmosphere is hard to describe, industrial but warm at the same time. The tap selection to me at least was small and dissappointing. Since it was hot outside I tried both of the pilsners, the Uber and the German, I did like the German Pilsner.
For food I tried the fried pickles, I am a big fried pickle fan, and these were just okay. I also tried the white bean chimichanga, this I really liked, something different. The restrooms are really different, the first time I have seen Unisex in the U.S. A side note,why does everything cost so much more in Olde City.
07-03-2011 18:52:10 |
More by VegasBill
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Three locations: Philly (only one I've been to so far), Princeton, and New Hope. Triumph makes really good beer. However, once I sampled them at a beer festival, and...I think something was wrong with their tap, because the beer came out thin and fizzier than soda. In reality, their beer is not thin and fizzy. Anyway, at the brewpub, there's not a huge menu but the food is tasty, and the beer is definitely worth sampling if you ever see it. The pub and the crowd therein is a bit more on the hipster side, though it's still what I would call a casual atmosphere. I wouldn't show up there in cut-offs and a wife-beater. Located in Olde City on Chestnut, right across from Eulogy. (Which is why I rarely end up actually going to Triumph.) Staff is friendly and attentive for the most part.
Of note also is the restrooms: about 20 separate little toilet stalls. Privacy and no waiting, for the ceremonial breaking of the seal.
05-03-2011 04:26:45 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This is situated in downtown Philly off Chestnut street with some really neat and small shops/restaurants/bars off a brick road. Good stuff for starters. As you enter the large, modern, and industrial place you immediately see a stairway that leads to the top of the brewery which is usually reserved for private or large parties, then to the very left is a small dining area sprawled across. This place obviously puts an emphasis on drinking and lounging. Very chic and upscale place. This place is full of malty aromatics which I love smelling once entering a brewery! The bathrooms are phenonemal - all unisex and very modern - dark wood, metallic toilet seats and nice sinks. Very clean. In the middle of the restaurant is a lounge area with a couch that is shaped like a large circle with a chaulkboard above stating the brew line up. Food is okay here - average. Prices a bit on the high side. Nice selection of good brews on tap. Usually vary season to season. A must stop by place when you're in the area. This is right across the street from Eulogy. Good times!
02-24-2011 19:28:36 |
More by CuriousMonk
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Triumph is the place my mind always reverts back to if I'm grabbing a bite with a friend and we have nowhere to go. I grew up near the Triumph in Princeton, and now live near this one here in Old City Philly. The menus are slightly different, but the food & beer are just as good. I actually had my 21st birthday with my family here, and enjoyed a flight of the 8 beers that were on tap that night... awesome! If you don't know which brew's "your" brew, I recommend getting the flight and experimenting.
Having frequented this place many times during college, it's definitely affordable. There's a nice selection of food, from salads to burgers, and the menu is organized quite nicely. I love the industrial decor and the fact that there's an upstairs and a downstairs. If you ever go here at night when a band is performing, the crowd is usually great.
Finally, the beer. I personally enjoy Triumph's beer (love their Irish Dry Stout) and love how they serve it at the proper temperatures. That is to say that you won't get a stout ice cold, you'll get it a bit warmer and more traditional. It truly highlights the taste of the beer. Also like how you can take home growlers of whatever's on tap to enjoy later.
Love this place and will definitely keep it in my rotation of places I frequent.
01-25-2011 18:52:28 |
More by stephadelphia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for dinner while visiting over Christmas holiday. This is a nice place. The first thing that you notice is the openness and the exposed beams. The fermenters are above and behind the bar. Lots of wood and brick. I especially like the monkey sculptures above the bar. The menu has some interesting selections: the appetizer choices include lamb sliders, tuna tartare and duck sausage. We had pretzels (which were a large pretzel piece and not a twist) and frites. The frites were done with truffle oil and parmesan and were excellent. We had fish & chips, pulled pork and weiner schnitzel for entrees. They all were excellent also. Definitely worth a visit.
01-08-2011 21:01:34 |
More by Boto
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I really dig the atmosphere of this Triumph location. It's classy, modern and industrial with plenty of metal and a super long bar as well as plenty of seating. My favorite part of this place is the bathroom setup, which basically is a bunch of unisex stand alone stalls with their own sink.
All of the triumph pubs brew quality, true to style beers. They might not have as much character as Nodding Head's brews, but they are well done and I have never had a bad beer here.
Service has always been good, even when it was busy. I usually end up having a meal here with my wife and even the servers know a good amount about the beers.
The selection is the only real flaw I find. Of their 6-8 beers, generally half of them are your usual gateway type beers, but they do tend have at least one thing that is interesting or unique.
The food here is not the best ever, but still quite good. I am not sure if I would go out of my way to eat here, but if you are in the area and hungry, you will not be disappointed.
All in all this is a nice spot in old city, and it's location across from Eulogy tavern makes it part of a nice two for one.
11-24-2010 02:50:25 |
More by zoso1967
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The interior is functional industrial, with the brewhouse and its inner working visable through much of the bar. The downstairs houses a long bar that covers 75% of the far right wall with seating for 30 or so patrons. Also downstairs is bar and dinning seating for a large amount. Upstairs houses some visable brewing equipment with a small bar and bunch of tables. Exposed iron and wood highlight the decor.
6-8 in house beers are available at any given time covering a wide range of styles... Triumph trumps many local spots by offering more than just a few rotating styles and variants. They host a cask night each week and also occasionally open their taps to some highly saught after guest beers (had Russian River Registration here). Their beers are all generally good to very good, the craftsmanship is top notch and usually its just a style bias that prevents me from enjoying some selections.
Service can be spotty but the staff are always friendly. The food is quite good, not the best bar food in the area, but using standard ingredients, they can craft something for any taste. The prices are generally good, with happy hour being a steal at $3 a pint.
Even though its a chain, it is still probably the best overall brewpub experience within the city limits of Philadelphia.
09-13-2010 18:17:45 |
More by rfgetz
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Triumph Brewing Company in Philadelphia, PA