If you have any interest in craft beers, you’ve at least heard of Trifecta. If you appreciate good beer, you have tried it. So where did it come from, and why is it suddenly everywhere? Look no further, because we’ve got the answers.
In 2011, Mike Okupinski and Ed Buffington, owners of Community Tap, wanted to create an in-house IPA. They originally wanted a beer made locally that was only sold at Community Tap. So they called Don Richardson, then a neighbor and now the owner of Quest Brewery, for a brainstorming session.
They told Don what they wanted, and Richardson created it in his home brewing system. Okupinski and Buffington liked it, so they went to Thomas Creek to brew their first batch, a ten-barrel system. With the collaboration between Richardson, Community Tap and Thomas Creek, they came up with the name Trifecta.
Later in 2011, Trifecta was on tap at Community Tap. The beer became so popular that by late 2012 and early 2013, they started distributing. Now you can find Trifecta on tap and in six packs in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Today, Trifecta is one of Community Tap’s most popular beers and their distributers’ top seller. They are now in production to make cans of the beer.
Community Tap is also working on a Belgian style beer aged in red wine barrels that should be ready to drink in 2017. They are also in the works of opening a new location in the commons called Community Tap Trail Side, and they plan to work heavily with the selection at the Anchorage.