Florida Craft Brewery: Twisted Trunk Brewing
Established: February 7th, 2015
Location: 2000 PGA Blvd Suite #5506, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33408
Known For: Their IPGA which is an IPA with El Dorado hops. It takes its name from PGA Blvd which runs east and west to the north of the brewery. You can find IPGA in most places that serve craft beer around Northern Palm Beach County. Now I love hops, but they do a Watermelon Saison that is the perfect summertime beer. Talk about a thirst quencher!
Current Beer Menu: A Pilsner, pale ale, IPA, English stout, Kolsch, Irish red ale, a Foudre aged red rye, & a couple of saisons. The guest tap is a hard cider from Original Sin who are based out of NYC. Flights are offered and consist of four 4oz selections from the tap list.
Price Range: Twisted likes to keep things simple, so all beers across the board are $5. The only time this may not be true is if something a little bit more expensive to make, like a DIPA or imperial stout, happens to be on the tap list. In that case, you are only looking at another .30 cents or so. I know! They are seriously trying to break the bank. A flight of beer will only run you $4. To top off their great pricing during happy hour they take $1 off all beers. Growlers are offered as well in a quart ($13.50), half a gallon ($19), and gallon ($28). The pricing includes both the container and fill. Now if you’re really thirsty, you can buy a 5.2 ($70 to $90) or 13.2 ($140 to $180) gallon keg. Pricing, of course, varies depending on the beer and for the kegs be prepared to fork over a $35 or $55 deposit.
Wine Menu: Now for those of you dragging along your significant other to yet another beer outing Twisted Trunk not only offers the hard cider, but they also have both a red and white wine list. Pricing for both is $7 to $9 a glass.
Food Menu: Twisted doesn’t offer food, but they do carry menus from the area restaurants. One of which is Carmine’s Crab Shack who offers free delivery. If you are interested in a pizza Big Apple Pizza is definitely worth checking out.
Ambiance: When you walk in the door you are immediately facing their Foudre which is a large wood cask used to age beer. Other than the light pouring in through the windows the taproom is kept relatively dark. The dim lights over the bar produce an almost elegant feeling of romance. The brewery itself is accessible for all to see and tours are offered throughout the day. When the sun goes down the brewery equipment is lit up in a neon green that on its own is worth the price of admission.
Bar Seating: A long bar with seating for 20 or so ends in an open room with 10 high top tables. There are two areas of leather couches and chairs for the arses that prefer the finer things in life.
Staff: Amber greeted me as I sat down at the bar. I was directed to Alex once I started asking questions whose answers were technical in nature. Everyone who I had the pleasure of coming into contact with was very friendly. The staff seemed to be well-trained and ready to accommodate.
Merch: Hats ($20 to $23), t-shirts ($18 to $20), and glasses ($4) are available for purchase.
Membership offered: Every six months or so a raffle is held for the opportunity to purchase a Mug Club membership for $50. The club includes a membership card, t-shirt, 20oz glass to take home, and 20oz pours at the brewery instead of the standard 16oz for a year.
Best days or time of year to go: Twisted Trunk always seems to have a pretty decent crowd so if you’re looking for the best time to be around the least amount of people than during the summer when the snowbirds are back home, is your best option. If you’re just looking for a spot at the bar I would advise arriving before 4:00 pm on weekdays which is when the work crowd begins to show up.
Regular Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 1:00pm – 11:00pm
Happy Hour: Tuesday – Friday: 3:00pm – 6:00pm & Sunday: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
–Twisted Trunk is the sister brewery to Tequesta Brewing Co. Both breweries are co-owned by Fran Andrewlevich and Matt Webster. Fran is the head brewer of Twisted while Matt is the head brewer of Tequesta.
–The bar was created from 100-year-old elm wood.
–They take great care in creating region-specific beers such as their German Kolsch called Chancellor and the Irish Red ale called Finn McCool. The water used in the brewing process is worked too closely resemble the water in Munich in the case of Chancellor and Dublin in the case of Finn McCool.
Overall Rating (1-5): I’m giving Twisted Trunk a 4.50. They do everything well and provide a great atmosphere to enjoy their beers. The only reason I can’t grade them higher is because nothing I have had on tap has been completely mind-blowing.
What was missing: I can’t think of anything so that must mean it’s a great place to have a beer.
In closing, everything from the Twisted staff to the beer makes it an enjoyable stop and this is another brewery that I’m happy to live only a few minutes away from.
Did I leave anything out or is there something else you would like to know about Twisted Trunk Brewery? Please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below.