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Moonshine, IPA and cauliflower crust pizza at Palmer Lake Pub 

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper

A neighborhood dive with ample craft offerings, PLP sits in a strip mall on Highway 105. It’s small, and given the poor placement of the dart players, you may want to crawl in from the front door. The most recent owners have had the place for the last year of its roughly five-year run, our bartender tells us, after he’s poured our pint of Fort Collins’ Black Bottle Brewery Scuba Steve Underwater IPA and a neat, sipping glass of local 3 Hundred Days of Shine Apple Pie moonshine.

The beer’s plenty piney and citrusy, a nice IPA, and my guest, who’s never had the clean-flavored, baking-spice-laced shine, plenty enjoys it. The bartender disappears to prepare our fried, spicy green beans with ranch dip starter, which tastes exactly as you’d think, heavily breaded and equally as enjoyable as unhealthy. He also makes a decent cauliflower crust barbecue pulled pork pizza modification for us, leaving cheese off of half for my guest, and subbing the gluten-free crust in for the regular — it performs pretty well, if a bit cracker-y on the edges and chewy.

The pork’s very dry, though assisted by a fairly cloying but piquant barbecue sauce for some moisture. We have a fine time until we wait many minutes to get our bill. It’s slow, so he’s on his phone, with a handful of patrons at the bar, including the owners. They could be playing Pokémon GO, as intently as they’re tuned into their palms. Easygoing place.

Location Details Palmer Lake Pub
876 U.S. Hwy. 105
Palmer Lake, CO
344-5446

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