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Brew Buddies

Brew Buddies is the story of Rick Tufts and Andy Miller, co-owners of Triangle Brewing Company. Their business is based out of Durham, North Carolina, in an unrevitalized part of downtown. Tufts and Miller quit their professional jobs to become brewers two years ago.

The business experienced 40-50% growth initially, but business has slowed since the recession. Tufts and Miller are determined to produce quality beer with a local theme, inviting the surrounding community in to sample their wares while maintaining a strong business relationship as best friends.

Triangle Brewing Company Beers
  • Triangle Belgian-style Golden Ale is the TBC’s flagship beer, and continues to be brewed year-round. It is 8% ABV, fermented at warmer temperatures than the other ales to further develop the significant yeast complexity, lightly filtered, and uses TBC’s proprietary Belgian yeast strain.
  • Triangle American-style Xtra Pale Ale is the TBC’s second year-round beer, meant to be a session beer at 4.5%. It is a straw-colored, hoppy American craft brewery style of Pale Ale, using Washington grown Palisade, Centennial and Magnum hops. It uses the TBC’s proprietary American yeast strain.
  • Triangle Belgian-style White Ale is the TBC’s Summer seasonal offering, a wheat beer that is totally unfiltered, made with white wheat, with limited use of hops and incorporating the traditional spices - orange peel and coriander. 5% ABV. It uses TBC's Belgian yeast.
  • Triangle Belgian-style Abbey Dubbel is a seasonal offering of another complex, yeasty beer, at 7.2% ABV. The style is characterized by a large head, moderate maltiness, fruitiness, and warmth from the alcohol content. There has been a bourbon-barrel-aged version. It uses TBC’s Belgian yeast.
  • Triangle Imperial Amber is a heavily hopped Double Red ale, around 90 IBUs, and is 8.2%ABV. It uses very high amounts of malt to balance the very high level of bitterness, resulting in the high alcohol content as well. It uses TBC’s American yeast.
  • Triangle Stout is a winter seasonal in the Foreign Stout style using chocolate and other dark roasted malts, resulting in a deep ruby color appearing almost black, and flavor notes similar to coffee. It is 5.6%ABV. It uses TBC’s American yeast.
  • Triangle Mild Ale is a British-style seasonal using domestic and imported malts to get at the complex nutty flavor of the style, meant to be a session beer. Custom ales have included Pilgrim ale (for local band Red Collar’s CD release) and Viking ale (for local band Hammer No More The Fingers’s CD release).

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