Triton Brewing Company Review
Triton Brewing Company is a brewery and bistro located in the beautiful Fort Benjamin Harrison area of Indianapolis, Indiana. They’ve been putting out a wide variety of brews from traditional beers to sours to some fun experimental beers since 2011. Better beer through better water is their famous saying and I’d say it shows in their beers. Triton offers a ton of special tappings so you’ll want to keep an eye on them.
Let’s start with the look and feel of Triton. The building itself is a renovated brick barn that blends in with the adjacent buildings. What sticks out is the giant Triton silo in the front. Inside the building, there’s a nice industrial feel with a metal roof, exposed ventilation, and some fun decor. Right behind the bar, you get a good view of the brewery. The best words to describe the bistro are laidback, friendly, and very welcoming. It’s family friendly so bring everyone for a tasty meal, beer, and a root beer for the kids.
Triton offers a nice variety of traditional beer styles along with a healthy dose of sours.
Most beers are in the middle range of ABV which helps when there are so many to try. They offer all the house beers and a few seasonals in freshly canned four packs for carryout. There are several sizes for each beer ranging from a 5oz pour, a half pint, pint, and up to a growler fill. Kegs are available for quite a few of their beers in both 1/6 and 1/2 barrel kegs. They also have a few guests beer taps along with cider and a couple of wines for the less beer inclined. According to my sources, they have one of the best root beers in town. I’ll let you know on that last one next time I visit as I plan to at least grab a growler of it. Triton keeps updated beer menus at each table so if it’s on the list they’ll probably have it.
The food selection offers something for everyone to try including many vegetarian substitution options.
Triton incorporates their beer into almost every dish making for a nice pairing with whatever you’re drinking. There are the usual appetizers with nachos, pretzels, mushrooms, onion rings, and wings. They also have a variety of tacos along with burgers and of course the Indiana staple the breaded pork tenderloin. The big plates offer everything from chicken fingers to noodle bowls. A chili and soup are also offered. Finally, they have a kid’s menu featuring chicken fingers, nachos, chili, and more.
Now onto my experience at Triton.
I’ve had their beers many times before but have just visited their brewery this year. This month they’ve been running experimental dessert stouts every week and I just couldn’t turn them down. On my first visit, I opted for the experimental salted caramel dessert stout that they were tapping as well as a few carryout packs. It had a great balance of sweet caramel with just enough salt to give that great sweet and salty taste. I generally go for heavy boozy stouts but this one was lighter but with plenty of flavor making it a perfect summer stout. My carryout packs were Barn Phantom Gose Mango and The Hempire Strykes Back. Triton’s Barn Phantom Gose series offers fruity sourness without being too potent. The Hempire Strykes Back struck a good balance between hoppy and juicy.
The first experimental dessert stout was so good that I had to come back for the second one. This time I split a few of their appetizers with my mom. We ordered the smoked pulled pork elote nachos and beer battered ‘shrooms. The nachos were good with the fresh jalapeno providing a nice kick and the Hometown Hero Ale cheese gave plenty of beer flavor without overpowering the cheese. The shrooms stole the show for this visit. Triton uses sliced portobello mushrooms instead of just battering and frying whole mushrooms. The mushrooms were very fresh and juicy while not being overly greasy like most fried things. The Hometown Hero Ale provided really nice beer flavor for the batter and the remoulade sauce went really well with them.
I started with a pint of the second experimental dessert stout which was cookies and cream. It had a nice roasty chocolate start with a sweet smooth finish. The aroma definitely reminded me of opening a fresh pack of Oreos once it warmed up a little. I also had a half pint of their seasonal Kilt Bill Scotch Ale. That one was very malty with a nice blend sweet raisin and caramel notes. I grabbed a pack of their Mango Pale Splitter APA to go which was pretty good. The overall price wasn’t bad at around $50 for all the food, draft pours, and the carryout pack.