Now Open: Tria Taproom Brings A Draft-Only Beer And Wine Selection And Ingenious Digital Beverage Menu To Its New Walnut Street Bar

The state-of-the-art draft system at brand-new restaurant and bar Tria Taproom allows guests digital, real-time information about what's on tap. (Photo by Holley Robbins for Tria)

Philadelphia’s bar scene just went high tech, thanks to Tria Taproom, which recently opened on Walnut Street in Rittenhouse.

In keeping with the Tria focus on all-things fermented, the newest sibling joins the two existing Tria Cafes in featuring craft beer, fine wine and small plates.

The catch? All libations at the Taproom are poured exclusively from drafts.

The tap-only service — nope, not a bottle in sight — includes a total of 40 taps currently divvied up into a selection of 24 draft beers, 12 tap wines, two ciders and two artisanal sodas.

But the shiny new tap system doesn’t only serve a wide variety, it’s also interactive.

With such a wide selection and plans to frequently rotate offerings, relaying what’s in stock to guests via printed menus or handwritten chalkboards just wouldn’t be efficient.

Instead, guests are served by an innovative digital beverage menu, which is accessible online and from any smartphone. Taproom guests just go to tria.bevchek.com or scan a QR code from the printed food menu to see exactly what’s available at any given moment.

And more than merely offering up the list of beer and wine, the digital menu shows the type of beer or wine, origin, ABV, a brief description and real-time updated computer-generated images of how much beer or wine is left in each keg and what’s coming up on tap next.

Plus, the state-of-the-art system cuts way down on waste, making the menu both green and ingenious. And for those who don’t have a smartphone of their own, complimentary tablets will be available for perusing the online-only menu.

As for the types of beer and wine on tap, guests can expect a sweet selection of rare wines and beers by the keg — think Ommegang Three Philosophers, Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale and BFM Cuvée Alex Le Rouge for beers and wines like Gotham Project Riesling or Karamoor Cabernet Franc, which is made right in Fort Washington.

Tria’s owners, Jon Myerow and Michael McCaulley, plan to work directly with brewers, vintners and importers to supply the spot with interesting varieties not generally available in the bottle.

Beyond the beverages, though, Tria Taproom serves up a range of wood-fired flatbreads and small plates to pair with the beer and wine. Look for roast pork flatbread, beer-steamed mussels, smashed potatoes and more.

With atmosphere very much akin to its sister establishments in Washington Square West and Rittenhouse, Tria Taproom fits right in to its fermented-beverage loving restaurant family.

Check out the full food menu below, and go see what’s on tap at the newest Tria in Philadelphia.

Tria Taproom Opens
When: Open daily, noon-late night
Where: 2005 Walnut Street
Cost: $5-$16
More info: www.triacafe.com

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