hophead75 (83) Largo, Florida | October 21, 2007| Updated October 26, 2007
the most modern and upscale brewpub I have ever been to. Beers, like New Hope and Princeton are very well made. I should say this, though- and it goes for all three Triumph locations. Their standard beers, while well-crafted are rather ordinary. Itís the seasonals that keep me coming back. Call to see whatís on tap (dont trust the website) before taking a long ride to get there. Menu is in line with the other locations, upscale and creative food that pairs very well with their beers.
To date, probably the most modern decor for a brewpub I have seen. I like relaxed service from laid back people and that is what I got. Selection is good. They have 8 taps, but nothing real odd ball on the lineup (unlike Nodding Head). For the decor alone I would revisit.
íThis place opened recently in Old City Philadelphia. The place is very impressive to look at. Nice modern bar area with a large selections of wine. All the beers are made on site and they had 8 available plus 1 casked conditioned stout that was a special. (Every first Thursday of the month they roll out something different.) I got there at the start of happy hour which is 5:00 to 7:00 so I was happy to try several selections. All were outstanding. The food we had was very good as well. I tried the fish and chips while my wife had crab cakes. I will be making more trips to this place especially on the first Thursday of the month.
Its your pretty standard Triumph with the same selections as the New Hope and Princeton one. I prefer this Triumph however as it has better spacing and the crowd is more up beat. Food is average at best, service is pretty good. Its a lot cleaner then the Triumphís in the area, and they donít mind you being loud but fun.
Triumph did an excellent job designing the interior of this place. Two levels with a cool contemporary design and lighting, using rustic materials (iron and rough wood). The rest rooms are very interesting, about a dozen or so private unisex stalls, complete with sink. This location has a separate bar menu in case you want a lighter dinner. Food is excellent, perhaps a little pricey for a brewbub, but this is a more upscale place. The two bartenders were very sociable, which I greatly appreciate because I travel alone on business. I had two beers on my visit, and they were solid. However, I was hoping for something more interesting, like the offerings at Princeton (Coffee Cream Stout, Roggenbach, etc.) They did just open a few weeks earlier, so I suspect that they are going conservative on the beer list. The bartender informed me that each location has itís own brewer, with a head brewer overseeing the entire operation. The great thing about this Old City location is that you are right across the street from Eulogy. If you need a reasonable hotel in the area, I recommend the Comfort Inn on Penns Landing because itís a 10 minute walk to Triump and Eulogy. They also offer a free shuttle if you are lazy.
Right in the middle of everything in Old CIty. I didnít investigate the entire place but looked around from the bar. Multiple levels and rooms of trendy, hipster, decor. I only had two beers, IPA and Kellerbier, the former was mediocre and the latter was excellent. I liked what i saw/drank and shall return in the near future. I was a little disappointed that they donít have one or two special/extreme beers on tap. A cool place, and another reason to hang out in old city.
kkearn (22) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | April 9, 2007| Updated September 5, 2007
Stopped here Good Friday evening. For the first weekend of operation and the fairly cold weather,they drew a pretty good crowd. Our group of 5 had our first drinks at the bar, then moved to a table. The server made sure that our glasses were never empty for too long. Between our group we sampled all 8 drafts they were offering (Oatmeal Stout, Porter, Amber, IPA, Honey Wheat, Chico, Dunkel, and Keller). All beers were good, but only the Oatmeal Stout really stood out in my mind. The food portions were a bit small (going for the family style shared plates thing), but each of our selections were tasty. Overall, Triumph made a great first impression, and i look forward to many repeat visits. Addendum:
I visited again on 9/1/07. Theyíve abandoned the ísmall platesí idea. I had a great tomato and jalapeno bisque and an above-average burger. Beers were solid, but the only standout was the Rauchweizendoppelbock.