Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 14th, Tria Taproom is throwing a “Meadstravaganza.” Starting at noon, the Center City bar will have two meads on tap plus complimentary snacks from Rotisseur and Weckerly’s Ice Cream. Mead, which is a fermented honey drink is rarely spotted around town and even less often on tap. Tria will have a South African mead pouring as well as one from Londonderry, New Hampshire.
Can you be a beer bar without a burger? Tria Taproom was for awhile but beginning on Labor Day, Monday, September 1st, the bar is adding a burger to its menu.
It’s a half-pound of beef topped with Chimay cheese, beer pickles and Tria’s “Beer-naise” sauce. It’s $14 and served with a side of crispy fried onions.
In honor of the burger’s kickoff, Tria Taproom is offering Chimay Premiere Trappist ale (the red one) for $5 instead of the usual $9. There will also be a selection of local beers available for just $4 each. Tria Taproom opens on Labor Day at 3 p.m.
Tria Taproom [Foobooz]
The team behind Tria Cafe has opened a pizza-and-beer joint. That would be one way to describe Tria Taproom, but not a particularly apt one. The Taproom offers flatbreads, not pizzas. A co-worker wondered if the only difference was pretense, but from my point of view, the Tria team can call them whatever they want as long as they keep making them, whether topped with burrata, balsamic onions and lemon zest or gorgonzola, duck confit and foie gras mousse. The Taproom lives up to its name as well, with 24 beers on tap from a system that’s one part work of art and one part peek into the future. The tap handles are mounted on an illuminated marble backsplash. iPad-based menus describe the beers, which come from Norway, Nebraska and Downingtown. The iPads also illustrate just how much beer remains in the keg, so you’ll always know when one is getting down to the dregs. The wine program is also entirely on draft—a system that promises fresher-tasting wines and incidentally befuddles the city inspectors trying to enforce Philly’s mandatory recycling program: What do you mean there’s no waste? Since this is a Tria operation, cheese, the third fermentable, plays a part on the menu, with options ranging from Approachable to Racy—which is an altogether accurate description of what you get at Tria Taproom.
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First appeared in the April, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
The James Beard Awards finalists were announced today. And though Philadelphia had semifinalists in ten categories including nine nominees for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic, few went through to the finals. Brad Spence was the only local nominee to go through for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. Marc Vetri was nominated for Outstanding Chef and his Vetri is a finalist for Best Service.
Philadelphia also picked up a nomination for Outstanding Restaurant Design as Tria Taproom was cited in the 75-seats and under category.
Today it’s time to drink the donuts. Tria Taproom is tapping the improbable Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break at noon. The beer is literally beer and donuts in the same glass. The Imperial Stout is “dry-doughnuted” with 997 glazed donuts.
Tria Taproom is serving each glass with a complimentary donut from Federal Donuts. Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break weighs in at 11.5% and an 11 ounce glass will set you back $8.50. But hey, when else will you get to drink a donut?
Tria Taproom [Foobooz]
I see a single app that alerts me when my favorite IPA goes on tap. Then it automatically sends a car to pick me up, invites my Facebook friends to belly up to the bar with me, Instagrams a photo of my pint, signals the Internet jukebox to play “Gimme Shelter,” tweets my Yelp! review, calculates the bartender’s tip, and texts my wife with some lame excuse for missing dinner with the in-laws.
Nerds, get to work on this, now.
Tria Taproom quietly opened Saturday evening at 20th and Walnut Streets. The former Rum Bar has been totally transformed into a minimal space where the focus is clearly on the bar’s forty taps that pour beer, wine, cider and soda. We stopped in shortly after Tria Taproom opened yesterday at 4 p.m., to check out what was pouring as well as what was coming out of the kitchen.
In addition to Tria’s well-trained staff, Tria Taproom welcomes you with an iPad. From the iPad menu you can check out what’s available to drink and if you’re a true nerd, you can see just how much is left in the keg. You can also do this from your smartphone as well at tria.bevchek.com.
Fall officially arrives this weekend and the season promises to be a busy one for Philadelphia’s restaurant scene. Here are some of the projects that we’re most looking forward to checking out.