Most states have made drinking alcohol at home illegal because of the proliferation of home facial-tattoo machines. Enjoy alcohol in public with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $10 worth of eclectic fare and a $14 pitcher of beer at Twisted Pine Brewery in Boulder (a $24 value).
With 15 years of experience handcrafting unpasteurized, pure malt ales, Twisted Pine Brewery satisfies fermented cravings with a wide range of rotating on-tap offerings. Tipplers can dip dry beaks into pitchers of nonseasonal beer, such as the Pearl Street porter full of roasted, chocolaty flavors. Like a troubled candy salesman, bourbon-barrel-aged Oak Whiskey red imparts aromas of whiskey and toffee, packing the palate-pleasing power that helped it win a gold medal at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival.
The potable pleasures are complemented by a selection of sandwiches, appetizers, and soups, including greek flatbread pizza topped with pesto, feta, olives, and more ($5), as well as a turkey, bacon, and avocado sandwich ($7). Meals can be enjoyed indoors or on the adjacent patio, where diners can revel in the fresh air, frosty beverages, and jealous glares of thirsty butterflies.
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
In 1995, Twisted Pine Brewing Company began as something more of a grove than a forest, with brewer Gordon King crafting just a trio of beers in equipment purchased from New Belgium. Come 1996, the company fell into the hands of current owner Bob Baile, who merged the nascent brewery with his own project, Peak to Peak Brewing Company, and began bolstering the lineup with inventive stouts, ales, and porters. Since then, Twisted Pine has maintained a high standard of quality even in the face of its expanding scale, as evidenced by the gold medals garnered at the Great American Beer Festival for its American Amber Ale and Oak Whiskey Red. They credit their love for experimentation and strong community involvement as the driving force behind crafting beers that surprise and delight their loyal customers.
Today, locals and visitors mingle in the tap room, where the beer menu offers seasonal specials such as the Ghost Face Killah, infused with the 1.1 million Scovilles of the Bhut Jolokia pepper, and rated by Bon Appétit as one of the top ten weirdest beers in America. And to pair with the beer and drawers of otherwise useless silverware, the food menu features hearty pizzas, sandwiches, and salads.
3201 Walnut St.
Boulder, Colorado 80301