There’s simply not a whole lot I can say about Triangle Brewing Company. The best praise I can give it is that it is like a less corporatized version of the Rock Bottom chain. The worse insult I can give it is to compare it to 95 percent of the Rock Bottom chain locations I’ve visited.
They have a good variety of brews on tap – nearly a dozen when I visited. The problem is that none of them are really any good. The pick a style, pick a flavor note, and hit it strong. No need for depth or cascading flavor profiles here. The cask-conditioned coffee stout (points for having a cask-conditioned anything, by the way) was too much coffee and not enough beer. The “Farmhouse” wasn’t really a farmhouse, missing any of the peppery and/or sour notes I’ve come to expect from the style. And the Dubbel – inexplicably served in a goblet despite its comparatively low alcohol content to others served in pint glasses – was quite decent, actually. But Westmalle it most definitely was not.
But also like a Rock Bottom, the location is pretty nice. A renovated space downtown painted with straight red walls, a long bar, plenty of seats, and a nice back to the bar gives the place a clean cut feel. At 7:00 on a Friday night, we were the only ones in the place, so you’d expect a few samplers wouldn’t be an issue. Alas, they don’t even have sample-sized glassware. Nor do they have anything smaller than a pint. Their range of glassware definitely needs some work.
And the bartenders were morons when it came to the beer they were slinging.
Put it all together, and I was fairly unimpressed. There are much better options both in the Triangle at large and even in Durham in particular.
Total: 60 (of 80)