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Triumph Brewing CompanyTriumph Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

138 Nassau St
Princeton, New Jersey, 08542
United States

(609) 924-7855 | map

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Photo of KTCamm
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

8/14...worthy stop right across the street from Princeton. Split level open space. Large selection of brews on tap, with an eight beer sampler availability. Everything well poured and the staff aptly described the characteristics. Was impressed with the quality of the brews. Good food menu, aiming for slightly upscale and certainly creative.

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Photo of hervinjr
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2.5

I've been going to Triumph for the better part of the last 15 years.

The beer selection hasn't changed much (Bengal Gold, Honey Blonde, Amber Ale, a rotating Stout) and the quality is steadfast.

The food is now geared towards the Princeton U. Hipsters with a more "farm to table" vibe... although I doubt very much of it is sourced locally.

Prices have gone up over the years... mostly as a reflection of the locale.

If hanging out, grabbing an expensive app, and an okay beer is your goal... Triumph-Princeton is your spot.

If you want great beer and locally farmed foods at a bargain of a price... Triumph-New Hope is the better bet.

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Photo of Act25
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

When in Princeton, this brewery pub is a great watering hole. A pioneer.

Nice architecture, friendly people and staff, high ceilings, pleasant and reasonable food and beer selection. Easy to do small plates as well as dinner. Recommended. Their beers are very good, not great, a bit tame, but their stouts and IPAs rock into the 4+ category.

Try their generous 6 taste sampler flight!

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I have been to Triumph in Princeton many times and to the one in New Hope once. My wife and I love going to Princeton for the day. Awesome town. We almost always eat at Triumph when we visit. Love the atmosphere and it's never a problem with the kids. Noisy but nice. The food is fantastic and the beers are always good to very good. I must have the sampler when I'm there. They rotate it every season. My only complaint is that they refused to put their beer into my Dogfish Head growler. Cheesy move, if you ask me.

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Photo of christmasg
2.38/5  rDev -39.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Dropped in on Sunday Dec 11, 2011; mid afternoon, the early ball games were in Q3. There are 2 bars, an upper level and lower level; the upper was full, the lower had a few spaces open. Decided to sit at one of the high-top tables and waited at least 5 minutes before asking a server if this table was self-service at the bar; answer no you'll have a server... hmmm... 5 more minutes and finally we get a server. This would be NBD if the place was busy, but during this time we saw several waitstaff shoot the bull and walk around empty handed. It took 10-15 minutes to get a beer in my hand.


The brewhouse sets behind glass 2-levels above the lower bar, serving tanks sit lined-up in the level in between. Good atmosphere.

Ordered the beer sampler, (after all this is a brewery and I'm typing on Beer Advocate)

Blonde Ale >>> astringent and flavorless/bland.
Amber >>> even more astringent, tastes like ice tea.
Pilz >>> under attenuated, tastes like wort; could have been a great beer if it had been lagered long enough.
Coffee & Cream Stout >>> Coffee overdone, probably the best beer in the line up.
IPA >>> Diacetal (butterscotch) bomb, second best beer once you get past the butter.
Gose >>> Tasted like an infected german hefe, did not taste any Corriander.
Porter >>> not a porter, a decent southern english brown; if they called it what it is this would be the best beer in the line-up, but it is a crappy porter.


Once our server turned back up from being "overwhelmed" we ordered some food and pints. the $12 burger was decent, the fries were good.


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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The wife and I have been to Triumph New Hope many times, but this was our first time at the Princeton location.

The entrance is so narrow you could easily miss it among the busy shops of Nassau street in downtown Princeton... then comes a long corridor that opens up to a surprisingly cavernous space very similar to the New Hope location. Brewing tanks, outrageously high ceilings, cozy booths and a long bar. I like it enough here.

Unfortunately the beer choices here are not too exciting: Honey, Amber, Oktober, Irish Dry, Bengal IPA, Pumpkin and Old Tom Ale. We all had the Bengal IPA, which we know is always good.

Place was almost totally empty on a Thursday at lunch time, and yet service was only OK. Nothing amazing.

Food menu looked good and reasonably priced, with things like a pork-belly sandwich and poutine with foie-gras gravy. But the poutine (if tasty) didn't have any real foie, and the items my peeps got (grilled-cheese, fried pickles and grilled brie) were just fine but not amazing.

Power went out before we left and I couldn't pay with my card, which wasn't so great. All in all, a nice stop I will revisit next time I'm in Princeton, but still not the best brewpub around.

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Photo of MadCat
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Atmosphere: The atmosphere fits well with Princeton. It feels like a cool place to be. A little dark in there, but you can still clearly see your beer to accurately review the color. A little cramped due to it being narrow. Feels like a good place to get beer.

Quality: Outstanding. High quality food, high quality beer, high quality service, what more could you ask for?

Service: Very good, the server comes around often enough, but isn't asking if you need something every 5 seconds.

Selection: Good with what I expect from a brew pub. They have 7 beers available, which should be enough to please anybody. There are 2 to 3 beers that are always there, the Honey Blonde, the Amber Ale, and usually the Bengal Gold IPA (this may get rotated with other IPAs). They have 2 more rotating regular taps with some good stuff out of the ordinary. There is one rotating Nitro-tap with some kind of stout, which the Irish stout is seen most often. The seventh beer is a rotating cask on hand pump which is usually the most unusual. So everybody should be happy with the beer, and if you really can't decide, you can get a sampler. Food selection is good too, a decent sized menu, but not too extensive.

Food: Excellent high quality gourmet food. The Triumph Burger is the best burger I've ever had. If you're looking for regular entrees, there is a decent selection that isn't over involved. Plenty of sandwich/wrap selections, salads, soups, appetizers, and desserts. It is all high quality and delicious.

Value: Not cheap, but still reasonable prices. Sandwiches are about $9-15 and entrees are about $15-30. Appetizers are pretty much less than $10. Beer I'm pretty sure is all $5.50 regardless of what you order (size varies though, all served in proper glasses). Growlers used to be $15 for a new one filled, and $12 for refills, but that has gone up to $17 and $13. Not that big of a deal, and still a reasonable price. They now offer some 750ml bottles, but I didn't get one to go because of the price (don't remember, but it was between $10 and $20).

Overall I love this place, and I haven't gotten to go here as often as I used to. I would highly recommend it if you are in the Princeton area.

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Photo of stephadelphia
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Grew up near this Triumph (though now my local Triumph is in Philly) and love the industrial decor on the inside. Since it's located near Princeton University, there's a somewhat younger crowd here, but that doesn't mean locals of all ages don't love to come to Triumph.

The menu is slightly different here than it is in Philly, but I've never been disappointed with anything I've ordered. I do love Triumph beer, and also love their take on a cheesesteak (how could I not?). Wash it all down with a Honey Blonde, and I'm set.

Tends to get busy, especially on weekends and on breaks (like spring break) when all the locals are back in town. Can be hard to find a seat downstairs, and sometimes service slows, but never to the point where you're waiting endlessly.

Beer selection rotates, and I think there's a brew for everyone always available. Food offers a nice variety from the healthy to hangover foods. Nice to split a small plate with a friend on a night out.

Food's tasty. Not fussy, not overcomplicated, but delicious and well executed. No complaints.

Frequent this place with friends when we're all in town. Have yet to have a poor experience, so I'll keep coming back. Try it on a night with live music and things can get fun (and loud).

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Photo of lstokes
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I have been here more or less every time I have been in Princeton over the past four years (which means maybe five times in total) and was surprised to see I hadn't reviewed it yet. It's a classed-up sort of restaurant space with seven different beers on tap at any one time--most of the beers are not great, but they're all at least respectable. This last time we said "Meh" to the amber but really loved our coffee stouts, and it seems that the darker, the better here at Triumph.

Food is hit-and-miss: we loved the fried pickles, but the hummus platter was so-so. Burger was good and juicy but expensive, steak sliders were a definite miss, today I had the gnocchi and found it adequate. It's probably fine if you know what to order and stick to the pub basics, but definitely not a food destination. A fun place if you're in Princeton but not worth a serious drive.

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Photo of snegopady
1.6/5  rDev -59.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2

Having just moved to Princeton, I passed by and said, hmmm, a brewpub. In short, the place was crowded and loud, and the employees were rude. The bar was full, and so were the cocktail tables, but they wouldn't let us sit at a regular table just to drink beer even though they were almost all open. We gave it another try -- don't ask me why -- and were ignored for 20 minutes before leaving. I don't want to to try their beer badly enough to put up with that kind of service again. We are never going back

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I go to this place a lot and have experience with many of their servers and bartenders, so here goes...

Right in the heart of princeton, this place is pretty easy to pick out if you're walking around town. The place looks amazing, the have a huge vaulted ceiling with a two level bar and an upstairs for away from the bar dinner seating. Like most things in town, they go for a new/chic style with more gourmet dishes and a funky atmosphere that is kind of a brew pub/manhattan style restaurant/sports bar hybrid. The food is not typical pub grub and things like the lamb kabobs, crispy braised spare ribs, hanger steak sliders, etc are a nice change of pace from the normal pub food. The service can be spotty, but it's all dependent on when you go and who you get. If you're there from lunch till 7 or so you normally get very good service no matter who you have, but if you go after 7 you can get great service or miserable service (make sure you ask to sit upstairs if you're going late and there's a bunch of college kids in the bar area). They have 7 beers on usually (6 on tap and 1 cask) and do a special barrel tapping every first wednesday of the month. The beers range from "passable/okay" to awesome so you're never really upset with what you get. Growlers for takeout are available (~$15) but they really have no clue how to fill them properly so I'll pass on anything I really care to be carbonated (guess that leaves stouts). The prices are fair and I usually spend about $40 for me and the wife, although we've spent in upwards of $100 when we were really out on the town. When it comes to prices, realize you're in Princeton and hopefully that'll make it palatable (who doesn't expect to pay much for anything in Princeton?) as I'm sure this place must cost an arm and a leg to operate in town.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Triumph, which is situated on Nassau Street within walking distance of Princeton University is a fun little microbrewery / pub. They usually have a moderate selection of beers (5-7) of which 2-3 are seasonal. The beer tastes pretty good (B on average I would say) but the service is dismal. The place is very crowded and servers are rushed.

I've been there a number of times and have come to find that the service is not worth it, the food is only average, but the beers are what make it worth while.

Book in advance and have them confirm the reservation (ask for the person's name) so as to avoid any mistakes (which they're good at making).

All around worth it.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Every review is subjective so I'd look at this one that same exact way. I should preface this by saying I have my own personally feelings about how a brewpub should be, everyone else's will probably differ. I just prefer a laid back, casual place with great beer and a crowd that I'd feel comfortable talking to and not feel like I had to keep to myself.

That being said, I found Triumph to be rather cold.

Walking in, I was surprised by how by the place was inside, the entrance is a narrow passage way off Nassau. I was also surprised by how pack the place was and the amount of people waiting for seats.

SInce it was only me I went to the bar, I had to ask someone to move their bag from the ONE remaining seat at the bar, apparently they didn't think someone might sit there.

Service at the bar was decent although the bar staff was pretty happy just talking to themselves and not to the customers. I did get a sample of the pumpkin which was nice but I got no explanation about that beer or any of the others.

Selection was decent but nothing too insane. All of the beers were pretty standard and from what I had I don't think they stray too far off the beaten path.

Food was actually quite good but its not your normal pub food. This is a little more upscale and definitely more pricey than what I was expecting. We are talking $15 and up for entrees and burgers at $11 a pop (more if you want cheese).

Overall, I found the place to be overpriced, snooty and not all that comfortable. The Phillies playoff game was on and not a single person in the bar cared and I looked completely out of place wearing a hoodie.

Not my scene. I like my brewpubs to feel like a living room full of my friends and not like some upscale place in Manhattan.

I prefer the Triumph in New Hope for sure.

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Photo of erz316
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Triumph is one of my favorite places to go for a late night dinner. they are practically the only place in princeton that is open till midnight, save haven. they always have their stuff on tap, and a full bar that can cater to any drink, pretty much. the food is really good but it is has new york prices, something princeton likes to do a lot. I never go for anything more than the burger or the fish and chips. they do not let you carry out the stout in growlers, but the bengal ipa is the only thing worth taking home, imo. cool layout, as they have the brewing tanks right in sight, and have tours, of course. the place gets pretty packed, so service can slip at times. the vibe of the place can also get a bit obnoxious, pending on when you go, but mostly it is a good crowd of people (i.e. the ones who like good beer) having a good time.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This founding location of the growing brewpub chain is exactly what you would expect from a quality brewpub...a nice, comfortable, low-key building with a good, laidback, beer-drinking crowd. The only detracting factor is the high concentration of college kids from nearby Princeton University. The overall quality of the beer is good, with standouts in the form of the Bengali IPA (A), the Oatmeal Stout (A-), and the Amber Ale (A-). Furthermore, the brewers try to rotate in new beers every so often, making the selection a constantly-evolving project. Every meal that I have had at not only this location, but at the other locations, has been done extremely well, and the service has always been both knowledgeable and friendly. Good bang for the buck.

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Photo of magnj
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

atmosphere - Princeton is a really nice town, plenty of things to see and do. Triumph has a small entrance from the street with Triumph pint glass logo banners on either side of the entrance. After you walk down the long hallway lined with beer memorabilia you come to the reception desk where you can then see the small bar in the front of the dining area. The whole thing is laid out long and thin, though we didn't see much of it as we were seated feet from the entrance. The girls at the counter seemed bothered by our party of 7 and informed us it would be at least an hour and a half wait. We came to drink so we had no problem going to check out the bar and sampling some of the brews. The chalkboard reflected their offerings and their ABVs, which differed only slightly from their frequently updated website "On Tap" section. Again the bartender seamed annoyed at our group of trying to order drinks, and we had a hard time finding a place to stand. Beers were all $5, mixed drinks about $10.

quality - The beer was solid, I think we sampled almost every brew on tap except the Wit, so (American Lager, Honey Wheat, Bitter, Amber, Bengal IPA, and Dry Stout) All of them solid, none of them stellar but some were unique. The amber was really tasty and the Bengal IPA had a distinct and unique citrus aroma reminiscent of clementines.

service - The wait staff wasn't bad considering the traffic they had in the restaurant but didn't make us feel welcome. It seemed like they could care less that we there and at times seemed bothered by our presence. However everything came out right and in reasonable time and she checked in on us pretty frequently. It was strange however that at one point she went missing for a while and some people needed more beer. Being close to the bar they went over to order another drink and she told them to go back to the table and she would send the waitress over.

selection - Interesting menu could be hard for picky eaters but there was enough to choose from. I think it was 6 or 7 beers on tap which seems on par for most brewpubs.

food - We had been warned that the food wasn't stellar so we ordered mainly appetizers and burgers which all came out fine, a little expensive for the quality as others have noted but it's Princeton.

Overall I enjoyed the experience, I'll go back maybe with less people as I would like to see the rest of the inside and get a better look at the brewers and fermentation tanks I saw from a distance. Good beer, average food and nice location.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Well we made a special trip to come here on Father's day. As you walk in it is a long hallway leading to the bar ( just what is it at the end of tunnel I was wondering) I found that to be pretty cool.After the long hallway walk you reach the bar on the mid level towards right and center. Your immediate right is some seating, of to your left a stairway leading down,the hostess table and the stairway leading to the top floor where there is additional seating.As we walked downward to our booth another bar is to your right and the beautiful vessels are above towering over the bartender's. Chalkboard's on all floor's to see what is one tap. A very nice looking place indeed.A mix crowd of student's and older ladies and gent's watching the Phillies game. A nice crowd. Sampler's and beer's seemed cheaper than the one in New Hope by $1. The food is still a little bit too much for my taste. I mean come on $10 for a hamburger and fries a bit silly. Had a little trouble with getting service but when she found us she checked back frequently.All and all a must visit if around Princeton area. This place is just amazing.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

There isn't a lot that I would add to the previous reviews. I have stopped in here several times over the past 15-ish years that I believe it has been in existence. It seems to have changed very little since that first year, other than having become a fixture in the social circles of the Princeton community for students, faculty and businessmen and jouneymen alike. It's a pretty big place with plenty of alcoves up, down and all around to eat and/or drink. They only had seven beers on tap, and 3 of the 4 I tried were pretty decent (the stout was notably weak in flavor). The food has always been on the trendy pub / workingman's gourmet side, and in my experience very good. I really enjoyed my Cuban sandwich although my buddy's pastrami sandwich was apparently a bit more ordinary. Service was reasonably prompt considering how busy the place was on a Tuesday evening, we never went dry but I would have to say that service with a smile wasn't really in fashion, but again, probably due to the crowd. Never got much of a chance to test the beer knowledge. The place was buzzing, a very good feel in the crowd. It's relatively dark and somewhat closed in, no windows, but I enjoyed the evening and the beers and grub, definitely worth a visit. And if you have time to sample something other than (or in addition to) Triumph brews while in beautiful downtown Princeton, I will tell you that I was glad to take the suggestion of another BA who said to try out Teresa's Cafe just a block or so away from Triumph. Teresa's had only four taps but they were goodies.

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Photo of Trailmix242
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Went to Triumph when I was in the area for a business trip. For a brewpub the atmosphere is awesome. The beers I had though were mostly average. Food was pretty good but the short rib sandwich I had was a little too salty. The staff was attentive and knew about the beers they were serving. What does look interesting is their scheduled beer events where they tap I believe the first Wednesday of the month. For March it is going to be a barrel aged imperial stout which would be nice to try. I would stop in again if I find myself in the area.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've been to this place about 3 or 4 times in the last 6 months. Great ambiance and great location. Its located in Princeton NJ, right in the heart of the college town.

Its got a nice selection of food, however the food ranges in prices too much. Reasonably priced appetizers and sandwitches and almost double the $$ for the meals.

Beer is a little bit expensive but considering the area I doubt its much more than other restaurants charge for macros. Pints are all $5, growlers are about $15 and pitchers are around 20 i believe. They have a sampler platter for the beers which is a good way to start off the night. My favorites are the winter ale and the amber ale, but i have tried them all. I believe there is a scottish ale on hand pump.

Food is delicious and tasty. waitstaff is coherent and knowledgable about the beers. Great trendy little place where college kids, professors and adults hang out and have a couple of beers. Stop in there next time your in Princeton NJ!

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Photo of LordHammer
3.93/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Went here with the wife on 10/15 and had an enjoyable time. Parking can be a nightmare in Princeton, but we were lucky enough to find a space about 100 feet down from the pub.

Decor is lovely, with a bunch of dark wood and brick, and most of the brewhouse visible on the floors above the dining room.

They had seven of their beers on tap, all of which were solid. We had a sampler, and then I added a pint of the bitter, which was nicely served at cellar temp.

The food, while a bit expensive, was very good. I enjoyed my fish and chips, and the wife's butternut squash gnocchi was excellent.

The wait staff was friendly, although we didn't need or ask for any serious explanation on the beers.

In all, a pleasant experience at a fairly reasonable cost. The two entrees, sampler, and one pint put us out about 50 dollars. A nice evening out, but not really a place to grab a quick bite and a few beers.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

It may be easier to get accepted to Princeton than finding a parking spot on the street on a Thursday night. There's a public garage behind Triumph - make that your first stop.

The Princeton campus and surrounding village on a crisp fall day ranks second to Santa Barbara for me in terms of unique and wonderful places in North America. If you're planning a trip here, allocate some extra time to roam campus and the village.

My stop was Thursday around 7:30. Pretty crowded and very crowded by the time I left around 8:30. I think they were having a fund raiser. I sat at the bar, had three beers and a mushroom burger.

The IPA was far and away the best of the three. Stong bitterness, low malt profile, and moderate hop aroma. When it comes to the seasonal pumpkin ale, I can't believe I'm saying this, but it needed more spiced flavor and a stronger finish. The first couple of sips were nice because of the very faint pumpkin flavor. By the end, it tasted watery and did not hold up well. I ended with a beer engine porter which was the "show" of the three and I wound up leaving a quarter of it on the table. Nothing robust about their porter. It qualifies as one for the masses - not for me but not necessarily a bad thing.

Very, very nice environment with high ceilings and lots of exposed brick. I was well taken care of by the server at the bar.

Don't rely on my impression - check it out, support local beer, and decide for yourself.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Boy, am I glad we decided to head to Triumph for dinner and a couple pints last night.

This was an excellent space, Better Beer and wonderful service to match.

Frank, the bartender could not have been a nicer guy and certainly knew his beer. After it was clear that I really enjoyed my beers he gave me a preview sample of the Gose that they will debut next week.

Atmosphere was great as this looked like a newly renovated old warehouse. High ceilings surprisingly did not contribute to an overly loud noise level. They say this place has been open for 13+ years, but it appears to have been newly decorated and was pristinely clean.

Beer was excellent with not a single miss in the bunch. Be sure to try the Jewish Rye beer as this is one of the most interesting brews I've had in some time.

Food was also excellent.

Honestly can't rave enough about this place. So many brewpubs either have terrible food or terrible beer. It's such a nice surprise to find both and such great service.

Be sure to stop by when you are in the area.

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Photo of beernut
3.93/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The beer was on the money! Their amber ale and hefeweizen was pure heaven in a pint. Their apps were great, get the hanger steak sandwich, and if it is dinner you want get the seared salmon. Their hamburgers are pretty good as well. Parking in the area is terrible, welcome to Princeton, one of the richest towns around. Bring lots of change for the meters if you plan on making an all day trip. The police love to hand out meter tickets. If real crime entered Priceton, not sure if their police would know what to do. The Bengal gold IPA was good, even their coffee and cream stout was shockingly good. I would say visit this place at least once.

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Photo of AltBock
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Princeton Triumph is located directly on Priceton's main drag. I hard time finding it because it's tucked away in between a candy store and a Panera Bread. Just look for the Triumph flags. Finding Triumph is one thing, but finding a decent parking space is another. Every parking space around here is either a pay meter or a parking garage. The parking isn't terribly expensive, but it does add up after a few hours. When walking up to their doors, I was expecting this to be a small place. I was wrong about that! When you walk in you have to walk down this long brick hallway where you'll encounter pictures on the wall of their previous and upcomming musical acts. When I finally reached the end, I found out that place opens up big time! I couldn't believe form the outside that this place has 3 floors. The main floor has a small bar, draft chalkboard menu, and few tables and booths. The bottom floor has a bigger bar and a few more tables and booths. Their final top floor contains their dinning room. They keep their entire brewing operation above the bar. It's not kept in a back room or anything, it's above the bar. I thought that was a bit odd. It's just a beautiful upscale establishment.

I didn't have any problems with their service. Although it wasn't that busy when I walked in, they were still very fast with the food and drinks. Their staff is also knowledgeable about the beer they brew. When you order a growler, the bartender will shrink wrap plastic around the cap with a blowdryer.

They do not serve your typical bar food here! They serve more upper class food. That means it can get pricy! The only thing on their menu that was under $8 was their soup. It is very good food, but like I said before, it can get pricy. I ordered their quesdillas, but these are not your average quesdillas. Triumph's version was filled with duck, goat cheese, and dried cherries and then they drizzled chocolate over the top. Very good!

They had 9-10 taps and that was including a cask beer. They had all the regualr styles you can find elsewhere, but then they had some you don't normally find. How often do you find a brewpub's Rauchbier on tap? Not often enough. The beer prices are $5 a pint and new growlers are $15.

Overall, it's a great place to grap a pint of local beer. I would go back again to get a few more pints. Just watch out for their food prices. Those will kill your wallet!

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Triumph Brewing Company in Princeton, NJ
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