Who the hell is Rufus? Good question, if a bit rudely put. Rufus is the patron saint of Triangle Brewing Company. We discovered him tucked neatly away in the clay part of our brewery’s basement during renovations. Due to his overall level of decomposition, we were unable to determine his ethnicity, and his death remains to this day unsolved by the Durham Police Department, so his story was ours to create. After a few beers, with creativity and psychic abilities at its apex, we decided his name was Rufus.
We do not know how long Rufus had made his home at the Triangle Brewery Company, but we know it’s been at least since the invention of trash bags, as he was stored neatly in one (no chance of accidentally crawling in and tying it closed from the inside!). Rufus continues to haunt TBC to this day. He frequently moves things, is heard as faint whispers, and knocks our darts out of the board. When the aforementioned happens, we recognize his displeasure and pour a little ale into the drain as a peace offering.
Rufus in Latin, means “Red”, so in honor of our first Rufus Reserve offering, we released an Imperial Amber, a full bodied Double Red with enough hop kick to wake the dead. Rufus continues to travel to festivals with us in spirit only, you may have seen and drank beer poured from his casket. Cheers and keep an eye out for our other Rufus Reserve offerings.
Rufus Reserve Beers
Imperial Amber Ale
This strong amber ale (8.2%abv) has a strong malt presence that holds this brew together. IBUs of around 90 balance the brew which is dry hopped to add an invigorating citrus and floral aroma that lingers to the end while complementing all that malt. It is excellent with food as well as served by itself or in the company of a fine cigar.8.2% ABV
Suggested Food Pairings: Best as a pre-dinner drink (hops are a great appetite stimulant), heartier fare, spicy foods, pizza, pub grub or as an after dinner drink enjoyed with a cigar
Awards: Silver Medal 2009 & 2010 Carolina Championship of Beer
Habanero Pale Ale
This spiced up Pale Ale is straight out of Durham! All of the peppers are locally grown in Farmer Needham’s Pepper Patch. This ale is light in body with an extremely enjoyable balance between the sweetness and heat of the peppers while still remaining a flavorful beer. This beer goes great with food.5% ABV
Suggested Food Pairings: Perfect for pairing with Carolina BBQ, meatloaf, and/or hamburgers
Awards: Silver Medal 2011 and Bronze 2010, 2012, & 2013 Carolina Championship of Beer
Best of Both Worlds Stout
This rendition of our Stout has been transformed into a cult classic. Using our Winter Stout as the base, we then have added coffee, chocolate and raspberries to blend the ultimate drinking experience. A mixology of beer and desert, truly warranting the name “Best of Both Worlds” Stout!5.6% ABV
Suggested Food Pairings: Desserts!!!!!!!!!
Awards: Silver Medal at the 2013 Carolina Championship of Beers. 2013 Best of Show Stout/Porter Category Sugar Brew Festival
Bourbon-Aged Abbey Dubbel
This is an exceptionally complex beer with many interwoven flavors. This Abbey beer features an immense head with a fruity nose coupled with a hint of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Malty in the middle, the beer features a clean, oaky dry finish with a slight hint of bourbon.7.2% ABV
Suggested Food Pairings: Great with smoked foods, cheeses, richer foods, and sushi (the sweetness in the beers pairs incredibly well with the bit of saltiness in seaweed), sausages. Also an excellent dessert beer—pairs well with pretty much everything
Awards: Silver Medal 2009 Carolina Championship of Beer
Sour Bourbon-Aged Abbey Dubbel
This is an exceptionally complex beer with many interwoven flavors. This Abbey beer features a fruity nose coupled with a hint of oak, vanilla, bourbon, along with a special tartness caused by bacteria that has been specifically added to this beer. We hope you enjoy.7.2% ABV
Suggested Food Pairings: Poultry
Awards: Gold Medal 2012 Carolina Championship of Beers.
The Belgian-Style Lambic is a crisp and tart refreshing beer that draws its flavor from the unique fermentation character imparted by the yeast in the primary fermentation. The result is a flavor rich in fruitiness while the yeast fermentation also creates a sourness on the sides of the palate, reminiscent of a traditional lambic style. That sourness is combined with a subtle cereal note from the malted wheat and is perfect for our hot Carolina days.5.1% ABV
Suggested Food Pairings: Roasted turkey or chicken with all of the Turkey Day trimmings
Awards: Silver Medal 2011 and Bronze 2012 & 2013 Carolina Championship of Beer
English Pale Ale
Our new English Pale Ale is not really pale but more of a golden to copper color. Distinguishing characteristics are dryness and defined hop taste, but more malt balance than what you’ll typically find in an American Pale Ale. Great to drink with everything. Note that the term ’pale ale’ is used in England to signify a bottled bitter, and in that way there is no such thing as ’English Pale Ale’ to the English, just us Americans who need to classify everything.4.8% ABV
TRUB Smoked Porter
Our version of this Rauch-style bier was initially developed in conjunction with the Durham, NC Homebrewers Club, TRUB. Since then we beefed it up a little bit to emphasis the dark, smooth chocolate flavors that work in harmony with Cherry Wood smoked barley. This blend delivers a beautiful balance of chocolate and smoke character that’s flavor-forward without being overwhelming.5.5% ABV
Suggested Food Pairings: Carolina BBQ
Fruit de Passion
“Fruit de Passion” means Passion Fruit, and we’ve made this Belgian-style ale with Organic Passion Fruit concentrate and specialty malts. Beginning with a clear Passion Fruit top note, earthiness, breadiness –balanced with a slight tartness that becomes more pronounced with each sip, At 6.5%, this is a refreshing beer that pairs well with foods on a hot Carolina day.6.5% ABV
American Wheat Ale
The crisp, clean flavors of Triangle’s American Wheat are refreshingly light, a thirst-quenching American-style unfiltered wheat beer. Released for the first time in celebration of our 7th Anniversary on the 4th of July 2014. Our American Wheat Ale is an all-malt beer, with over 50% of its malt derived from malted wheat and unmalted red wheat. It is fermented with an American style top-fermenting “ale” yeast, yielding a clean, balanced flavor that highlights the refreshingly light flavor of malted wheat. The head is unusually abundant due to the natural protein deposits of wheat, with a thick creamy consistency.
This beer can be served with a lemon wedge (popularized by Americans), to either cut the wheat or yeast edge. Some people find the lemon to be a flavorful snap … or an insult and something that damages the beer’s taste and head retention. We trust you to decide for yourself.4.2% ABV
Suggested Food Pairings: Pub Fare