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Triumph Brewing Company

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Triumph Brewing CompanyTriumph Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.79/5
Based on:
37 Beers
213 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 92
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

117-121 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
United States
phone: (215) 625-0855
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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 69
Reviews by ffejherb:
Photo of ffejherb
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited on 2/23/08 with my wife, brewslut, during a beer outing to Philly.

This place is one of the more architecturally unique and aesthetically interesting brewpubs I've visited in my travels thus far. Triumph Philly boasts a long, wooden bar with about twenty comfortable, padded stools. You'll find lots of wood decor with a brick backsplash behind the bar with several wine racks. The ceiling is pretty high and you can view the seating on the second floor between the rustic iron beams. The bathrooms are unisex and feature individual private compartments, each with its own toilet, sink and mirror. I was also happy to find out that Triumph is non-smoking.

We sat at the bar and received prompt, friendly service. There was a beer menu right at our seat, as well as behind the bar on a large chalkboard. We opted to split the sampler, which featured all eight of their offerings for $8. The selection was quite varied, with the following brews on tap during our visit: honey wheat, kellerbier, amber, schwarzbier, scotch ale, roggenbock, IPA and an imperial stout. Quite a diverse line-up, if I must say so.

We found all of the beers to be solid and well-done, with my favorites being the kellerbier and schwarzbier, both of which I ordered seperately after the contents of the sampler were depleted. We didn't order any food during our visit, so I can't comment on the food. But from what I saw, the food looked and smelled outstanding. The presentation of the menu items were extremely well-done and pretty classy, which was nice to see.

Overall, we had a great experience here. Servers were talkative and jovial, and the selection was solid and diverse. We'll be back next time we're in Philly.

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Photo of KXS
1/5  rDev -74.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Above ratings not really true since I couldn't get in. It does not appear to be open. There was an official note on the door. Bartender at another place said he had heard from someone who worked there that they seemed to have been bought out by a new group? Anyhow, may want to call or check for details before planning on an event here.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

The wife and I checked in at our hotel in Penn's Landing and walked to Old City just past I-95. Saturday night, all the preppy kids from the suburbs are out in full force in and around the bars in Chestnut street.

I like Triumph so we went in to check out this branch of the chain. Packed- we get carded. All white people drinking god-knows-what. Good service, though, despite the crowds. Efficient enough. We sat at a high-top table in the bar area.

9 taps, but three are gone (Honey, Amber, Bengal IPA). I had the Imperial Stout on nitro, good stuff, love the creaminess, but nothing to write grandma about. The wife went for El Dorado Pale Ale, alright as well.

Other stuff on tap: Scottish Ale, Belgian Strong, ESB on cask. This is a big place, a bit corporate looking and it suffers from the lame crowd. But at least it wasn't super loud or crazy despite being very busy. At $4-$6 per beer, prices are alright.

I won't revisit, I don't think. Too many good bars around (Eulogy across the street, Khyber Pass around the corner)

Photo of jimbrinkruff
3.86/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Always looking for a local brewery when I travel, I found Triumph on Yelp and walked over that way. My wife was at a conference so I had limited time. I ordered the flight of beers and oh my I have never ordered a flight that had 10, 4oz pours. I must admit it was a struggle to finish them all. They had a standard number of beers and some were better than others. The best however was yet to come. I sat at the bar and ordered no food. The bar was rather empty at 2 pm on a Friday afternoon and the bartender offered me an additional sample a special chocolate milk stout barrel aged which was great. He was very knowledgeable and made the visit even the more fun. I definitely recommend visiting this brewery if you are in the Philadelphia area and are ready for a break from sightseeing.

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of VegasBill
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of stephadelphia
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of zoso1967
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of cooch69
4.29/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This Brew Pub is very swanky and fancy. I really liked the atmosphere of this place. It was very modern and high class. One of the best parts about this place is the bathrooms. If your George Costanza this bathroom would be king. Their is a line of mixed gender personal bathrooms. It is pretty sweet. The upstairs is very cozy and welcoming. Although when I was there they did'nt have it open because it was only around 1 or so. I'll have to check out the upstairs bar soon, as well as the lounge. The beer was great too. Especially their Medivel Ale.

Photo of magnj
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A - Great location in Old City Philly near Market St. Parking can be a major pain though. It's got a little outdoor seating in the summer but the tables are crappy and the pedestrians are quite close, I'd only sit out there with a date not a group. Inside it is an amazing space. Really modern industrial style, art all around, a nice big bar and just an all around cool place to be.

Q - Everything is good from appetizers to entrees and of course the beer.

S - Service is usually average, sometimes great, never bad.

S - Great menu, Contemporary American style I'd say. The Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls are great as an appetizer and they frequently have specials. Beer list is usually pretty similar with ~6 on at all times, occasionally a hand pump.

F - Again the food is great, I've never been disappointed with what I order. And the beer is always well done.

We love going here although it's a hike. All of the Triumph locations are good, Old City is nice because there are great pubs around if you are looking for some commercial brews.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a cool place. Go early because when I went the place filled in very quickly. Despite being several stories there isn't a huge amount of tables and the night I was there live music took up even more space.

The beer selection was impressive, having covered most of the popular styles (IIPA, imperial stout, pils...) I found a few random must tries. Each one was very tasty and complimented the food which also was quite the menu.

I was lucky enough to catch one of the brewers there and he was happy to talk brewing until I felt like i neglected my guests. We had a kick ass server who answered all our food and beverage questions and even made some pairing recommendations. An all around good time at a reasonable price.

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I work maybe half a block from here, so I stop in for lunch a few times a month. I can't complain much about this place. The food is great - especially their burgers and the German pretzels. They've always got 8 of their beers on tap, with two or three rotating depending on the season. I think most of them are year-round, though.

I've tried most of their beers, and I've been pretty happy overall. I don't like that they filter their beers, as it really takes away a good part of the mouthfeel and the taste. That being said, some of their beers are quite good, and some are mediocre.

The atmosphere is really nice. It's got nice wood flooring and a very tall wood bar. The booths are really comfortable. They have metal monkeys hanging on the wood rafters right above the bar. If you take a step back from the bar, you can see where all the brewing takes place. You can go upstairs, which has even more seating (which it already had a lot of space downstairs), a second bar, and a better look at the brewing equipment. If I'm not mistaken, they have bands play upstairs, too, unless that's only at the other Triumphs.

Overall, I keep coming back for their beer and their food. They keep me pleased and it's only a stone throw away.

Photo of NatsnSkinsDC
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A friend and I checked this place out around 12AM on a Monday night so the place was pretty dead, save for what seemed to be a few regulars/workers. Also, we went to this place after sitting in Eulogy across the street for a few hours (bad idea in comparison). Because of this my opinion of the place may be negatively skewed a little.

I heard about this place from a few friends and wanted to try it out. I thought they would have had a little more of a selection however their brews definitely seemed interesting overall. The one I tried was so-so. I wish I would have tried the quad instead, oh well. My hop-head friend tried the IPA and he had the same reaction.

The service was very good but that may be attributed to the fact that there were a only handful of people there. Looks like it could be a bumpin' place on a Fri/Sat night. The worst part of it was when we saw two mice scurry around on the floor. We kinda wanted to peace after that. In the end we found a "get a free pint" token so that was pretty sweet. Not sure if I'd got there again though, especially with a couple of good places so close.

Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

surprisingly modern given the historical context of the neighborhood, the decor includes lots of steel, decorative lighting, and some pointless architectural flourishes, it's pretty dark but I get the feeling that the place might look a bit dirty or worn if well lit, just a little too sculpted for my taste and the mood is pretty bland, there is a bar area with a few televisions, and a section with a few couches and chairs, never made it upstairs

selection was good - 7 or 8 taps to include a single-hop IPA, tripel, and quad, went with the latter and really liked it

the waiter was quick, friendly, and accommodating

the food was pretty good - can vouch for the appetizers of polenta fries and soft pretzels, but would not order the veggie pot pie again - not that it was anywhere close to bad, but the flavor just wasn't particularly interesting, and was dominated by the brussels sprouts

side note: this is the second place in Philly I've been to with multiple unisex bathrooms, like 8 of them, and there was even an attendant to direct you to an empty stall - what's the deal with that?

Photo of TmoNyc
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Went there yesterday for lunch. My first impression was how sleek the place looked, very hip & modern. Must be a hipster hot spot on the weekends, which I was more then happy to avoid. There were brew tanks upstairs that actually looked more for show then for actual brewing. We took a table near the bar and immediately ordered a sampler, which was good for more than one person to share. The sampler included the 8 selections/styles of what was currently on tap. Personally, I thought the only ones of note were the Irish Dry Stout & Centennial IPA.

The food was good (try the Brewers Burger & Mediterranean plate) and reasonably priced despite the sleek presentation. Service was good as well but it was far from busy so I can't tell you how it actually is.

Despite not having much of a brewpub feel, the place was good & I'd go back if ever in Philly again.

Photo of MikeRa
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Any time i think of Triumph brewing company, I thin of this location. They are located in the Old City section of Philadelphia.

The bar itself is a nice looking long wooden bar that has 8 tap placed at different points of the bar. Right behing the bar is a chalkboard that has the current beers on tap listed on there. the bartenders also knows their stuff about each beer they serve.

Above the bar, you can see the fermetting tanks that has the upcoming beers that will be served later.

This is a place that I will visit over and over again.

Photo of jwhancher
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Been here a few times, but visited again today for lunch. I've found the beers to be pretty satisfying. They usually have at least 2 or 3 that really catch my eye & taste buds. I believe their beer list is constantly rotating with new beers arriving constantly. This is certainly a good thing rather than slinking into a brewpub that makes the same beers year round.

The food is pretty good. I found the fries to be very nice & crispy. The chicken sandwich I ordered today was good & interesting with horseradish & cucumbers. Service has been a bit above average. One of the bartenders is well versed in his beer knowledge - he was quite helpful and a self-confessed beer geek. On another occasion, another bartender wasn't very helpful at all. Hey- it happens at just about every place.

The atmosphere was a little too dim for my liking during the lunch hour. It is a well constructed brewpub with nice wood floors, bar, walls. You can see the fermenters up above the 1st floor bar on the second floor. Bathrooms are a bit weird but gives the place some character.

Overall, I'll probably visit this place again. More than likely, it'll be during their happy hour for reduced beer prices.

Photo of Hophead101
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped here on 11.8.09 before heading to the Eagles game.

First walked in and felt comfortable. A very cool and moderm woodsy look. Nice long wooden bar on the right with bar tables behind the bar area. There were some regular tables behind that with more seating upstairs. You can see to the upstairs as well as they have windows with the brewing equipment up there as well. Definitely cool and comfortable vibe.

As for the beer, I have heard a lot of good stuff about this place, but tried to keep other people's opinions out of mind and see for myself. They had about 8 beers on tap (+/- 1) - some good standards and some good seasonals: pumpking, pils, octoberfest, stout, pale ale, amber, brunch stout and a sour red. I had the sour red and was blown away - great tasting brew. Had their brunch stout as well and was very impressed. Their pilsner also won gold at GABF this year - my friend had this - I took a sip and can see why it won.

We only had one appetizer - but it was good and the rest of the menu was enticing.

this place is totally worth the stop. nice place, nice staff and great beer.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Heard about Triumph from some friends. I was impressed right away. It's a little dark in the restarant, but that's not a bad thing. The food was exceptional, which surprised me the most since the beer is the reason we went. Triumph didn't sell any beer other than their own brews (from what I understood). Their beer was very good though.
Since they have like 8 or 9 different beers, we got a couple of their samplers, which allows you to try all of their beer. The upstairs has a great atmosphere too. One of my favorite spots in Old City Philladelphia and a must try!

Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Very dark and kind of loungey club like which is strange for a brewpub. I couldn't see any brewing equipment but the bar was pretty long. The crowd can get pretty questionable but that's to be expected in Old City.

They have a very good selection of beers all brewed in house that ranges across many styles. I really liked their Imperial Stout and Rauchbier. I didn't check to see if they did growler fills but I've heard yes and no. I guess it depends on the beer.

I didn't really like this place but the beer was pretty good. I would like to go back and try a few different offerings.

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Triumph Brewing Company in Philadelphia, PA
88 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.