After enduring a nearly dry funk inside the city limits, the microbrewery trend has suddenly bubbled back into Philadelphia with revitalized fizz. The Princeton-based Triumph Brewing Co. was the first of two to open this year (West Philly's Dock Street is the most recent), and its handsome industrial-chic space in Old City is completely redolent of the sweet, malty aroma of brewing beer.
The brews aren't just fresh, they're extremely well made by brewer Patrick Jones, who delivers balanced and expressive renditions of both brewhouse standards (hoppy IPA, creamy stout, and a likable amber ale) as well as some less common quaffs. My favorite was the wood-smoked rauchweizendoppelbock I sipped in September (replaced by a malty Scotch ale, no doubt, as a nod to the less phonetically limber.) But Jones' elegantly crisp lagers are also worth a try, as is the smooth Octoberfest. Try all eight taps with an $8 sampler of 5 oz. pours.
Triumph Brewing Co., 117 Chestnut St., 215-625-0855.
- Craig LaBan