Triptych Brewing

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  1. storm72

    storm72 Jul 4, 2010 Illinois

    We got to Triptych a little past opening at noon and waited in line for maybe 15 minutes - not bad and it helped that it was a nice day for the time of year. Seating was a little tricky to come by, but a group with a couple extra seats graciously invited us to their table.

    Of the 2017 variants, we tried coffee, PB cup, and vanilla. We also had 2016 and 2017 regular AJ's and Because. All were good. My wife was hoping the PB cup would have a bit more peanut butter flavor upfront, but I know from my homebrewing experience it's a tricky flavor to get without overdoing it. She still enjoyed it though and I think really liked the coffee best. My favorite of the day was the regular 2016 AJ's, which I've had before. As always, age can be such a wondrous thing for barrel aged beers.

    I have so many stouts and porters around the house right now that I didn't plan to buy any cans or fill a growler or crowler. I honestly didn't pay a lot of attention to what was available in cans and the growler/crowler fill rules. I think it's correct thought that they didn't can any variants and there were no growler/crowler fills.

    We had a great time and it was nice to run into a few friends too and catch up. I think we've been out of town on past Festivuses since we came to the area. In the future we'll need to construct our holiday plans so that doesn't happen!
     
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  2. flat_lander

    flat_lander May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Line eh? That's new this year. I recall little to none when I walked in at noon last year. Standard bar wait. Doesn't sound like it was too bad though. The real crowd madness was at night. Fun party for sure.

    They were doing crowlers of coffee to go only. Looks like that might be still on. Buddy grabbed one for me and I'll be popping it with some friends I have in town this weekend. How the hell else am I going to work through 32 oz of barrel aged coffee stout? Glad you had a good time.
     
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  3. 3xAnthony

    3xAnthony Dec 10, 2012 Illinois

    It was the first time we've had a line of more than 10-15 people for Festivus... though I expect with the addition of the second facility and more space across the street next year, we shouldn't have the same issue.
     
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  4. IfIHadABoat

    IfIHadABoat Jan 4, 2013 Illinois

    I’ve been out of town for work for a couple weeks. Anthony, do you still have AJ’s 4 packs at the brewery? Anywhere else around C-U?
     
  5. flat_lander

    flat_lander May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    According to their website they still have 4 packs and crowlers of coffee to go and on tap, along with 16 on tap. Finishing my first can of 17 right now. It's pretty great this year. Has a lot of barrel happening. Drank a coffee crowler with friends last night. Super coffee forward and delicious. My favorite of the variants this year.
     
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  6. CityFarmer

    CityFarmer Mar 19, 2015 Illinois
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    Bumping this thread.....was in the area last week and stopped in the taproom. Thought the AJs with Coffee was fan-freaking-tastic. Wish I lived closer....
     
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  7. flat_lander

    flat_lander May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    It was really great this year. My favorite variant 2 years running. But I like coffee too, so that's not a surprise for me.

    This feels bump worthy to me.
     
  8. CityFarmer

    CityFarmer Mar 19, 2015 Illinois
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    Awesome....I may have to drive over for Festivus in December. The AJs W/Coffee, I thought, was on par if not better than some vintages of BCBCS. I've enjoyed all of the pale ales too. These guys are doing good things, that's for sure.
     
  9. tepie

    tepie Aug 26, 2015 Ohio

    Had here be the dragons Monday in Peoria, made for a nice Monday beer at 8bit arcade. Glad I get to try these beers while out of town. All have been great.
     
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  10. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

    Looks like the Aj's coffee is gone? Dang. Recs on what else to get for to-go tomorrow? Swinging into town for a family party and should have time to stop in. I'll taste if I can but might be short on time.
     
  11. flat_lander

    flat_lander May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    They do a good job of updating their website menu daily. Yep, believe AJ's and AJs coffee is all gone. It could be worse as it appears they canned 3 beers today - Fleeting w/ Enigma, Vanilla Bean Memeshake, and Silly Scotty. They also have cans of Dank Meme and Really Dank Meme. Dank and Really Dank are worth it for sure. All of the Fleetings have been great IMO, but haven't had Enigma yet. Myself and many others liked the first go at Vanilla Bean, some did not. I definitely want to try Silly Scotty. If you had time to taste - Fleeting, Vanilla, and Silly are good choices to decide if you want cans of them. Here Be Dragons is always solid and is also canned right now. So no stout cans, but plenty of good hop options.
     
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  12. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

  13. vrundmc

    vrundmc Mar 23, 2017 New Jersey

    I have that and Really Dank Meme in the fridge. Pretty good.
     
  14. 3xAnthony

    3xAnthony Dec 10, 2012 Illinois

    Enigma is weird but if you have the patience to let it warm up, it does get really interesting.
     
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  15. flat_lander

    flat_lander May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    #55 flat_lander, Mar 20, 2018
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  16. BeerGreg

    BeerGreg May 17, 2013 Illinois

    En route to visit the family this weekend. I picked up A Wizard is Never Late and Meme Girls. Both are damn good offerings!
     
  17. emerge077

    emerge077 Apr 16, 2005 Illinois
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    Fjord! Norwengland IPA is the real deal.
    Paired a pint with killer brisket & al pastor tacos at Tacology 101 in Springfield.
    [​IMG]
     
  18. flat_lander

    flat_lander May 11, 2016 Illinois
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  19. swenny916

    swenny916 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Had the same meal. Everything was delicious!
     
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  20. ECCS

    ECCS Oct 28, 2015 Illinois

    Hey everyone - I’ll be in Bloomington/Normal on Friday this week. I don’t have a lot of time for beer hunting, but I plan to stop and Binnys and maybe one other place.

    Any tips on what’s available from tripitch this week via distro? Also and recommendations on a second bottle shop? Thanks!
     
  21. Jinx989

    Jinx989 Apr 22, 2015 Illinois
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    Friar Tuck and Hyvee are your best bets for bottles and cans, Hyvee is in the same shopping center as Binnys. You can stop by Destihl Brewery on the way to Binnys for crowler's to go its right off the Interstate, check the beer hall menu for what's available.If you find you have more time check out Lil Beaver or White Oak taprooms as well.
     
  22. J_Mueller

    J_Mueller Jul 9, 2014 Illinois
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    Binny's and Friar Tuck are your best bet. The Hy-Vee by Binny's also has a pretty good beer selection and should have Triptych.

    Looks like Because Stout 03 and You Want the Fox Haze just dropped this week, hoping to pick some up today. Cheers!
     
  23. FBarber

    FBarber Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Excellent advice here. Binnys, HyVee and Friar Tuck - they're all within 7 minutes of each other. And there is a Krispy Kreme in there too ...
     
  24. Jinx989

    Jinx989 Apr 22, 2015 Illinois
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    And a Portillos or Giordano's as well.
     
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  25. Jason1221

    Jason1221 Apr 7, 2015 Illinois
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    I will add that these Triptych beers have been going fast in BN. If you strike out and have time for the detour, Campaign area - stores and the brewery itself - are your safest downstate bets. I will say Triptych has been knocking it out of the park lately. Everything I've had has been really great, and AJ's remains one of my favorites. You have an official fan boy here!

    Not to detour the thread from the Triptych love...but in other downstate news, on the Destihl front...I was excited to see them have their base RIS Privyet w/Bananas, Cinnamon, and Vanilla available on draft and in crowlers (still on). Happy to see them have some fun on the stout side of things outside of Dos Day itself!
     
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  26. macewank

    macewank Aug 28, 2010 Illinois

    Damn.. That does sound good. I'll have to swing over this evening
     
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  27. Jason1221

    Jason1221 Apr 7, 2015 Illinois
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    I think it's been there...going on two weeks. Decent ratings, too, ~4.2 so that's good! I haven't tried my crowler yet.

    I will say I like these stealthy one-off brewery releases where you can also take some home.
     
  28. Tunerstyle63

    Tunerstyle63 Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    Picked up Because 03 and Fox today in western Illinois so it is out there. Not sure on the deliery schedule out on the eastern front though.
     
  29. flat_lander

    flat_lander May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I think my central IL super mule contingency gotcha covered. Looks like they canned Dank Meme today. Not sure if that'll hit distro to BloNo by Friday or not though.

    I had a Fox Haze on tap the day it came out last Friday. The galaxy in it had some serious bite to it, and I love galaxy. I've got some cans in my fridge that I've been sitting on to see if it tones down a bit. I loved Because #03. Well balanced coffee stout that drinks easy despite the hot weather we've been having. My fav of the Because line so far. Definitely grab a 4 pack if you can.

    BloNo guys, those raspberry or peach brett bottles still on shelf by you?
     
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  30. Jason1221

    Jason1221 Apr 7, 2015 Illinois
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    Are you talking batch401 raspberry (is it a sour)? Not sure on the bretts. I did see a peach one still here as a single bottle.
     
  31. flat_lander

    flat_lander May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Yes, Batch 401 - No Stranger To Love is a Raspberry Brett. Priarie Peach Picnic is a peach brett. They come in 500 ml bottles.
     
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  32. Jason1221

    Jason1221 Apr 7, 2015 Illinois
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    Yes, seen both recently 'in the wild' :slight_smile:
     
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  33. 3xAnthony

    3xAnthony Dec 10, 2012 Illinois

    At this rate, bottles of Batch 401 will be out there when we release Batch 500 in July ;-)
     
  34. flat_lander

    flat_lander May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I am okay with this. I like 401. Got an ETA on 1704 opening up? Pretty excited to check the new space out.
     
  35. bshadley7

    bshadley7 May 31, 2014 Illinois
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    Anybody know what's fresh at tryp. Would like to stop and get some dank meme if it's under a month. Driving from Chicago to Indy
     
  36. flat_lander

    flat_lander May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    @bshadley7 Their website is pretty good about being up to date on to go offerings. Dank Meme was canned maybe a week ago. Don't sleep on Virgil - BB aged rye barleywine. It's pretty fantastic and still available in cans from the looks of it. Fjord was recently canned and worth grabbing. Prob Neo. Lots of good stuff right now.
     
  37. StealYourFaceStout

    StealYourFaceStout Sep 8, 2017 Illinois

    Just have to bump this thread. Batch 500 was outstanding and from the looks of it Sweet Jumps is coming back. Triptych putting out some awesome stuff.
     
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  38. flat_lander

    flat_lander May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I will second the Batch 500 love, and see your bump sir. Who says the IL legislature can't accomplish anything?!

     
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  39. kreg02

    kreg02 Nov 19, 2012 Illinois
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    Sorry I know its late but...

     
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  40. kreg02

    kreg02 Nov 19, 2012 Illinois
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    More current, looks like its that time of year for a Chicagoland drop!

     
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