When Brittany McGowan landed her first serving job at Twin Peaks, she knew she found a home.
“I heard about a new up-and-coming restaurant that created a fun environment, where I could be myself and create an experience for guests,” McGowan says.
She worked there for a year, until she moved to California where she learned the bartending trade. She was schooled in mixology, domestic beers and craft beers.
With those skills in hand, McGowan returned to Arizona and worked in sports bars. When Twin Peaks announced it was opening a location near Westgate, she was hooked. McGowan has been there two months.
“I thought it was great to go back to something I knew and loved a lot, so I started bartending at Twin Peaks.”
How did you get your start in craft beer/bartending?
I decided I wanted to educate myself in 2014 about beer and mixology and educate my guests at the bar as well. The relationships I have built working as a bartender over the years have been great. I love creating an experience for my guests and informing them on what they might not know about different types of beer and helping them find something they love.
What do you think makes craft beer special?
There are way more options. Also, craft beer tastes much better because craft brewers spend their time focusing on the quality of their beer rather than marketing campaigns and stock prices. Craft brewers put their heart and soul, as well as, lots of amazing ingredients into every beer they brew and they don’t cut any corners. There’s a craft beer for different seasons and different reasons.
Tell us about some of the breweries you think are doing it right? And why?
Twin Peaks! We have three signature beers. Our Dirty Blonde, which is an American white ale; our Knotty Brunette, an American brown ale and our Drop-Dead Redhead, an American pale ale. Not only do we have fun, flirty names to match the characteristics of our beer, but they also taste amazing! It’s creative and unique and really gets the guests interested our signature beers.
What is your favorite part about beer culture in Arizona?
Beer is always in season! I love that in different parts of Arizona you can walk to four to five breweries that are close to each other. The breweries are constantly learning from one another and we have expanded so much over the years. It’s only just begun for Arizona craft breweries. Our breweries are constantly working hard to create something different and expanding their beer lists. There is always something new to try.
Tell us about the beer program at Twin Peaks.
Besides our three signature beers, we carry local breweries such as SanTan in Chandler, Mother Road in Flagstaff and Four Peaks in Tempe. We constantly have rotators as well, and a great selection of beer for everyone. Our beer is always served at 29 degrees and in a frozen mug. We are known for having the coldest beer in all of Arizona!
What are your favorite beers?
I love IPAs! They are my absolute favorite.
Twin Peaks Restaurant, 6922 N. 95th Avenue, Glendale, 623.233.5700. For a list of other locations, visit twinpeaksrestaurant.com.