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Banger Burger, paired with the Fire Scotch drink.

Tilted Kilt launches a battle of the burgers

While the nation’s favorite NFL and college teams will be battling it out on the field this fall to show who’s best, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, a sports bar that pays homage to the old public houses of America, England, Scotland and Ireland, is gearing up for its own battle with the launch of one of its biggest promotions to date, The Big Arse Burger Bowl Challenge.

The 13-week promotion, which is running now through November 2, features a menu of eight burgers created by the restaurant’s beer and liquor vendors. When guests order off the menu, they will get the opportunity to visit the Tilted Kilt website to vote for their favorite. The burgers were also created to pair with a specific beer or cocktail creating an overall great dining experience for the guest. The winning burger and paired beer/cocktail will be featured on Tilted Kilt’s menu for the next year. The menu includes the following burgers:

The Banger – Topped with sweet & spicy sausage, Dewar’s caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Paired with Fire Scotch – A spicy blend of Dewar’s White Label Scotch Whisky, cranberry juice, Monin Habanero Lime and Finest Call Premium Lemon Sour.
The Shanty – Topped with our savory cottage pie mix of seasoned ground beef, carrots, peas and mushroom gravy, french fries and cheddar cheese. Paired with TK Lager – Brewed by George Killian’s.

THE S.O.B. (South of the Border) – Topped with grilled green chilies, pepper jack cheese, Maestro Dobel Tequila habañero salsa and habañero tequila cream cheese. Paired with Michelada – Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila, Dos Equis Ambar Lager, Monin Habanero Lime and Finest Call Premium Lime Sour. Served with a chili pepper salt rim and a lime wedge.

The Bad Arse BBQ – Topped with pulled pork tossed in a delicious Bulleit Bourbon BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, coleslaw, lettuce and tomato. Paired with Knockout Punch – Bulleit Bourbon, cranberry juice, Monin Peach Purée and Habanero Lime.

The Celtic – Topped with a corned beef, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey glaze, cheddar cheese, crispy potato chips, Kilbeggan caramelized onions and aioli. Paired with Irish Mule – Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, ginger ale, Monin Habanero Lime, Finest Call Premium Lime Sour and a dash of bitters.

Tilted Caprese – Topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, spinach, tomato, red onion, a Stella Artois balsamic reduction and basil pesto mayo. Paired with Stella Artois.

Wicked Boston – Topped with American cheese, crispy maple pepper bacon, Samuel Adams Boston Lager caramelized onion relish and secret sauce, lettuce and tomato. Paired with Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

The F.A.B. (Fried Awesome Burger) – A deep fried burger topped with cheddar cheese, crispy Applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and Kilt Burner mayo.
Paired with Irish Rita – Jameson Irish Whiskey, Monin Agave Nectar and Finest Call Premium Lime Sour.

“We are excited about The Big Arse Burger Bowl Challenge as it is a fun and innovative way to engage both our guests and vendors,” said Kristin Cronhardt, Vice-President Marketing of the Tilted Kilt. “Guests will get the opportunity to vote not only with their stomachs, but also with their online voice.”

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Thirsty Thursday: The Paddy Bomb

Once a year, the words “going green” don’t refer to sustainable life choices. We’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day. When the beer taps run shades of emerald and glittery hues of Ireland are pasted up in every bar in town.

Today’s “Thirsty Thursday” can be whipped up in a pinch for this special drinking holiday.

The Paddy Bomb is just one of the many Irish themed drinks that Tilted Kilt will be serving up this St. Patrick’s Day (that’s Monday, March 17).

A crowd favorite, a Paddy Bomb turns green within seconds as Three Olives Orange Vodka and Blue Curacao are dropped into a half pint of Red Bull. The restaurant will also be offering a variety of beers on tap, Irish whiskey, shooters, bombers and brilliant bevvie’s.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the Tilted Kilt will be hosting parties across the country and will feature the Irish Hooley Menu in addition to the Tilted Kilt beauties in traditional Scottish kilts, green beer and other festivities. Visit their website for deets.

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Celebrate the Way of the Irish: Valley St. Patrick's Day Events

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and whether you spent it alone or with a special someone, it is time to move on to the next big day of the year. A day that, no matter your relationship status, we can all celebrate pressure-free.

It’s time to transition from red roses and chocolates to green beer and corned beef hash, teddy bears with bag-pipes. Restaurants throughout the Valley are gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day with specialty menus, live entertainment and specialty cocktails. Festivities are set for the greenest time of the year and Leprechauns are gearing up to make their annual debut.

Get your best green ensemble ready and check out one, or all of these Valley St. Patrick’s Day events!

The Tilted Kilt

The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is gearing up for its annual Irish Hooley menu. The authentic Irish menu is offered now through St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) at all six Valley locations. Dishes featured on the menu include; Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef Hash, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Scotch Eggs, and a variety of Irish-themed cocktails and desserts. Each location will host an Irish-themed party on St. Patty’s Day!

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Thirsty Lion

Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill, gastro-pub at Tempe Marketplace, is embracing its Irish roots and offering a specialty menu and green beer for St. Patrick’s Day. March 15 through March 17 will feature live music from CooBee Coo, Irish bagpipers, and a performance from the Easton Ashe.

thirstylionpub.com/tempe

Kelly’s at Southbridge

Kelly’s At Southbridge is your one-stop-pub for St. Patrick’s Day fun. Located on Sixth Avenue in Old Town Scottsdale, the 8,000 square-foot, swanky pub will feature live music and food and drink specials Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. Kelly’s can pull the perfect pint of Guinness and fool you into thinking you’re in the Emerald Isle.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire

Celebrating its 30-year anniversary, the parade will begin at 10 a.m., and proceeds south along Third Street, from Sheridan to Moreland streets. The Faire begins immediately following the parade at Margaret T. Hance Park at North Central Avenue and West Culver Street, and will feature Irish music, Irish step dancing, bagpipers, food and beverages, Irish crafts and novelties and a children’s play area. Adult faire tickets are $10, free for children and for the parade

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Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party, the St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Scottsdale’s St. Patrick’s Day Ultimate Block Party gates open Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. and the event runs until 2 a.m. The block party on North Craftsman Court in Scottsdale is a 21 and over event, and admission includes a street party, entrance to bars Dos Gringos, Rockbar Inc. and Blitz Sports Bar, plus tons of live entertainment. Tickets are $15.

scottsdalesultimateblockparty.com

St. Patrick’s Day Run & Beer Garden

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the sixth annual four-mile run/walk and beer garden! The new course for this year will run through Tempe’s Kiwanis Park. Quench your post- or pre-race thirst at the beer garden, and don’t forget to wear your best green running gear! Saturday, March 16, the bar opens at 4 p.m. and race begins at 5 p.m. at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. Registration is $30 through 10 a.m. March 16.

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CELEBRATE THE WAY OF THE IRISH: VALLEY ST. PATRICK'S DAY EVENTS

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and whether you spent it alone or with a special someone, it is time to move on to the next big day of the year. A day that, no matter your relationship status, we can all celebrate pressure-free.

It’s time to transition from red roses and chocolates to green beer and corned beef hash, teddy bears with bag-pipes. Restaurants throughout the Valley are gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day with specialty menus, live entertainment and specialty cocktails. Festivities are set for the greenest time of the year and Leprechauns are gearing up to make their annual debut.

Get your best green ensemble ready and check out one, or all of these Valley St. Patrick’s Day events!

TK st pattysThe Tilted Kilt

The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is gearing up for its annual Irish Hooley menu. The authentic Irish menu is offered now through St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) at all six Valley locations. Dishes featured on the menu include; Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef Hash, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Scotch Eggs, and a variety of Irish-themed cocktails and desserts. Each location will host an Irish-themed party on St. Patty’s Day!

tiltedkilt.com

Kelly’s at Southbridge

Kelly’s At Southbridge is your one-stop-pub for St. Patrick’s Day fun. Located on Sixth Avenue in Old Town Scottsdale, the 8,000 square-foot, swanky pub will feature live music and food and drink specials Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. Kelly’s can pull the perfect pint of Guinness and fool you into thinking you’re in the Emerald Isle.

kellysatsouthbridge.com

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire

Celebrating its 30-year anniversary, the parade will begin at 10 a.m., and proceeds south along Third Street, from Sheridan to Moreland streets. The Faire begins immediately following the parade at Margaret T. Hance Park at North Central Avenue and West Culver Street, and will feature Irish music, Irish step dancing, bagpipers, food and beverages, Irish crafts and novelties and a children’s play area. Adult faire tickets are $10, free for children and for the parade

phxirish.org

Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party, the St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Scottsdale’s St. Patrick’s Day Ultimate Block Party gates open Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. and the event runs until 2 a.m. The block party on North Craftsman Court in Scottsdale is a 21 and over event, and admission includes a street party, entrance to bars Dos Gringos, Rockbar Inc. and Blitz Sports Bar, plus tons of live entertainment. Tickets are $15.

scottsdalesultimateblockparty.com

tl st pattys 2Thirsty Lion

Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill, gastro-pub at Tempe Marketplace, is embracing its Irish roots and offering a specialty menu and green beer for St. Patrick’s Day. March 15 through March 17 will feature live music from CooBee Coo, Irish bagpipers, and a performance from the Easton Ashe.

thirstylionpub.com/tempe

St. Patrick’s Day Run & Beer Garden

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the sixth annual four-mile run/walk and beer garden! The new course for this year will run through Tempe’s Kiwanis Park. Quench your post- or pre-race thirst at the beer garden, and don’t forget to wear your best green running gear! Saturday, March 16, the bar opens at 4 p.m. and race begins at 5 p.m. at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. Registration is $30 through 10 a.m. March 16.

4peaksracing.com

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Tilted Kilt Hires New CFO to Focus on Expansion

Tilted Kilt has recently hired Eddie Goitia as the new Chief Financial Officer for the company. Goitia’s most recent experience includes a 19-year run at Monti’s La Casa Vieja Steakhouse in Tempe, serving most of his time as CEO and managing partner. At Tilted Kilt, Goitia will be responsible for developing and executing a strategic financial plan to assist in the expansion of the Tilted Kilt brand. As of now, Tilted Kilt has over 70 locations, in the United States and Canada.

“This is truly an incredible opportunity to work with a dynamic company with phenomenal growth,” says Goitia. “I look forward to working with the team at the Titled Kilt organization as we continue its expansive success.”

During his nearly 2 decade-long position at Monti’s, Goitia helped the restaurant’s sales grow exponentially, specifically in the catering and banquet arenas, utilizing the expansive space the restaurant boasts. His creativity, determination and success allowed him the opportunity to be scouted by Tilted Kilt.

Prior to joining Monti’s, Goitia served as Director of International Sales for Windsor Industries based in Colorado.  He began his working career as a member of the staff of Senator John McCain.

Goitia received a BS in Marketing from Arizona State University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.  He has served his community as a member of the Tempe Diablos and is currently on the Board of Directors for the group.

He and his wife Stacey, an author, reside in Tempe. Their son Brice attends Barrett Honors College at ASU and their daughter Elise attends Seton Catholic Preparatory High School.

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42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Guide

Are you ready for it? The 42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl takes place Thursday, January 3, 2013, and we’ve provided our picks of the best places to Eat, Play and Stay around the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale — as well as the best places to be in the Valley for both Oregon and Kansas fans.

The 42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl details:

WHO: No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Kansas State
This is the only BCS bowl pitting two of the nation’s top 10 offenses.
WHEN: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. MST
WHERE: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

From Tostitos Fiesta Bowl’s website:

  • Combining to average 91.5 points (50.8 Oregon, 40.7 Kansas State) and 960.5 yards (550.1 Ducks, 410.4 Wildcats) per game, this could be the year the two-team Tostitos Fiesta Bowl single-game records for points (86 in 1996) and total yardage (1129 in 1972) is threatened.
  • The Ducks ranked in the top four slots of the BCS every week, climbing as high as No. 2 in early November, the same week the Big 12 Conference champion Wildcats reached No. 1. In the final BCS rankings, the Ducks and Wildcats finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
  • Click here for more information about the teams.

Places to eat, play & stay around the stadium:

EAT

Yard House
Saddle Ranch
Sandbar

PLAY

The Shout! House
Westgate City Center
Tanger Outlets Westgate

STAY

Sheraton Crescent Hotel
Residence Inn by Marriott
Renaissance Glendale

Ducks & K-State Fan Zones & Pep Rallies:

Oregon Ducks, Photo: sportslogos.netOREGON DUCKS FAN ZONE:

Head to Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill in Tempe at Tempe Marketplace, the “Official Ducks Fan Zone” for this year’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The Oregon Ducks Fan Zone Party will take place January 2 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can participate in two live radio show broadcasts and enter for a chance to win two Fiesta Bowl tickets. The “Duck Insider Bowl Preview Show” will air live in Eugene, Oregon on the local sports station, “The Score” and will air live at goducks.com. Ducks gear will be given away throughout the day.

“With our roots in Oregon, this was a natural fit for us,” says John Plew, CEO of Thirsty Lion. “We are proud to be called the official home of the Ducks during this Fiesta Bowl event.”

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., #1041, Tempe
(480) 968-2920
thirstylionpub.com

PEP RALLY:

The UO Pep Rally will take place Wed., Jan. 2 at 3 p.m. at Salt River Fields’ main stadium field; doors open at 1 p.m.

Free entry includes access to the Fan Fest as well as live music, access to the Duck Store Merchandise shop, visits with Oregon VIPs, photos with the Duck, family friendly activities, the UO Marching Band, cheerleaders and more.

Salt River Fields

Main Stadium Field
7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Doors, 1 p.m.; begins 3 p.m.


K-State logo. Photo: sportslogos.netKANSAS STATE FAN ZONE:

Head to Tilted Kilt at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix, the “Official Bud Light Kansas State Headquarters.”

Tilted Kilt partnered with Kansas State radio station, Power Cat Radio, and the restaurant will serve $4 Bud and Bud Light specials with giveaways and other promotions.

Tilted Kilt
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
(602) 293-3888
tiltedkilt.com

PEP RALLY:

The pep rally for the K-State football team will take place Wed., Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. at Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix; gates open at 1 p.m.

The rally is free and open to the public. The football team, coaches, band, cheerleaders, university dignitaries and Willie the Wildcat will participate. The K-State Bowl Bash, a post-pep rally event, will begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of the pep rally, also at Chase Field.

Chase Field
401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Gates, 1 p.m.; begins 2 p.m.
Enter through Gates C, D, and E on the west side

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Tilted Kilt goes ‘Undercover’

Since franchising the Tempe-based Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in 2006, Ron Lynch has been on a mission to open the contemporary, Celtic-themed sports pub concept staffed with beautiful servers in sexy plaid kilts and matching plaid bras in every city and town in America. His personal and professional journey will unfold on national television as he investigates the inner workings of Tilted Kilt pubs across the United States in the hit CBS series “Undercover Boss,” Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. on the CBS Television Network.

“Being 6 foot 6 inches tall with a very recognizable look and voice has made it difficult in the past for me to visit our locations without being recognized,” said Lynch. “Going undercover allowed me to step into the shoes of our employees and franchise partners to better learn the ins and outs of what makes our company successful, as well as see objectively where there is room for improvement.”

Adding that the company never stops looking for ways to evolve and improve, Lynch noted that the experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity to share his story and hopefully inspire other leaders to look deeper into the everyday experiences of their employees to create a better culture that fosters a family environment.

Lynch’s own family is very involved in the day to day business of Tilted Kilt. Employees at the Tempe-based corporate office that are family members include his brother, wife and two daughters. It was important for the President to see if the family culture cultivated at the home office was spread to the more than 70 locations existing today.

The Tilted Kilt brand is fueled by Lynch’s commitment to The Code of the Clan Tilted Kilt by which he expects every person at every level of the organization to operate. The code embodies the values of pride, integrity, respect, strong work ethic and fun. Lynch believes in building customer loyalty through exceptional service and commitment to family and community.

“Traditional public houses began when families would open up their home to travelers. Fathers would cook and tend the bar while mothers and daughters would wait tables,” said Lynch. “I am responsible for spreading the concept, upholding brand standards and ultimately delivering the idea that ‘A Cold Beer Never Looked So Good.’ Participating in ‘Undercover Boss’ allowed me to see if those standards were being delivered to our customers and make changes to our company that will ensure they will be in the future. I am very grateful for this experience and have so much respect for all of the employees who work in the various positions of our organization.”

Through his “Undercover Boss” experience, Lynch gained valuable insight into key areas of the business that he will continue to fine-tune and improve in the coming months. Jobs that he participated in during the experience include bartender, line-cook, manager and busser/security guard.

Each week, the Emmy Award-winning “Undercover Boss,” which is just starting its fourth season, follows a different executive as they leave the comfort of their corner office for an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their companies. While working alongside their employees, they see the effects their decisions have on others, where the problems lie within their organizations and get an up-close look at both the good and the bad while discovering and rewarding the unsung heroes who make their companies run.

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Tilted Kilt donates $27K to Folds of Honor Foundation

During a five-week period from May 28 through July 6, Valley-based Tilted Kilt raised more than $17,000 for the Folds of Honor Foundation through the sale of paper Dog Tags in all Tilted Kilt locations nation-wide. Tilted Kilt’s partner with this promotion, Anheuser-Busch has agreed to donate an additional $10,000 to make the total donation over $27,000. A check presentation by Tilted Kilt president Ron Lynch and Pierre Meric of Anheuser-Busch will take place August 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the Tilted Kilt located at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix. Tilted Kilt is located at 2 E. Jefferson, Phoenix 85004.

The 2nd annual “Here’s to Heroes” promotion has allowed Tilted Kilt to salute the sacrifices of the more than one million men and women choosing to serve our country in the United States Armed Forces. Customers had the option of donating an additional $1.00 or $5.00 to put their name on a customized paper dog tag that was displayed on the pub walls.

“There is nothing greater than giving back to the men and women who have given so much to their country so that we can enjoy all the freedom we experience on a daily basis,” said Ron Lynch, president of Tilted Kilt. “We’re thrilled to offer this money to such a great cause.”

The Folds of Honor Foundation provides educational scholarships for dependents and families of fallen or disabled service members.

“I know the generous donations from Tilted Kilt and Budweiser will help Folds of Honor provide support to families of U.S. service members,” said Major Dan Rooney, founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation. “Of the approximately 240,000 spouses and dependents of service members killed or wounded as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, 87 percent do not qualify for Veteran’s Administration educational benefits. Folds of Honor fills the gap for these military families by providing scholarships and other educational assistance opportunities.”

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The Tilted Kilt Continues To Grow, Expand To 100 Locations

The Tilted Kilt is bringing growth and uniqueness to restaurant franchising.


What features an average of 35 50” flat screen televisions, women serving beer in minimal Celtic garb and thrives on being a little skewed?

The Tilted Kilt, of course.

And, the chain has been labeled one of the fastest growing in the nation.

That could be because President Ron Lynch is no stranger to the restaurant franchising business. Being an area developer and franchisee for the last 22 years, he was vital in the creation of Schlotzky’s Deli, opening 106 delis until he was bought out in 2000, with the exception of four locations he still owns. But, it was time for a change, Lynch says.

In October of 2005, he started the Tilted Kilt franchise after buying the concept from Mark DiMartino, Shannon Reilly and John Reynaud.

“It was very different,” Lynch says. “Even in the name ‘Tilted,’ it’s a little tilted.”

At the time, the Tilted Kilt had just one location within the Rio Casino Hotel in Las Vegas. Once Lynch got his hands on the company, it would never be the same, moving the headquarters from Las Vegas to Tempe, where he lives.

Lynch’s goal was to bring something different to the casual dining community.

“People have been chasing each other and copying each other for a while in the casual dining segment,” Lynch says. “Therefore, we had a lot of fallout.

“People would choose between certain restaurants in the casual dining segment because of the side of the street they were on. They didn’t want to turn around and go to the other side because the menus were so similar.”

Lynch admits Tilted Kilt does have similar menu items, but they are striving to be different.

“If somebody says to me, ‘Why don’t you do this because everyone else is doing it?’, that usually probably doesn’t work for me,” Lynch says. “I just say, ‘Well, maybe we don’t want to do it because everyone else is doing it.’”

Lynch adds that what sets them apart from their competitors is their atmosphere that customers want to be in.

“People want more than just hot food and good service,” Lynch says. “They like the atmosphere. They like the whole package.”

He says this is why the eateries focus on being sports bars. They try to ensure that at any seat in the house, customers can see three or four televisions at a time to keep up on all the games they might be interested in.

The television count isn’t the only thing attracting customers either. Tilted Kilt waitresses have brought in many male customers over the years.

Dressed in kilts and coordinating push-up bras, Lynch says the franchise doesn’t shy away from the fact that they use sex appeal. He believes customers expect to see a stripper pole when the walk in the doors of the pub. He insists, though, that is not what his franchise is about.

“We take the tradition from the old world pub,” Lynch says.

Traditional public houses began when families would open up their home to travelers. Fathers would cook and tend the bar while mothers and daughters would wait tables.

While they draw a lot of their inspiration from this old world public house style, they “give it a contemporary twist,” Lynch says, which is putting the company in high demand. Lynch says in the next 12 months, there will probably be 100 pubs open — and not just in the U.S.
Canada has one Tilted Kilt location open with three more under construction.

“We are truly becoming more than just a U.S. company,” Lynch says. Now in 22 states and four more by the end of the year, he hopes to have 300 pubs open within five years.

Lynch credits his company’s success with its uniqueness, saying that they revel in it.

With a slogan that reads, “A cold beer never looked so good,” it’s hard to deny that they are pushing the limits.

For more information about the Tilted Kilt, visit tiltedkilt.com.