Boulder's claim to fame is being the oldest microbrewery in Colorado, since 1979, and they have thrived by expanding their product line and offering new brews that keep pace with the evolving craft beer scene. They have a small dedicated parking lot in front with additional parking along the street. The building is impressive cinderblock construction with large windows in front that easily let you see their large 50-bbl copper brewing vessels. Steam from the brew kettle rises through a steeple structure at the top of the building, and the aroma of malt fills the air. To the left is a spent grain discharge chute and in the back is their tall grain silo. In front is entrance to The Pub, which is their restaurant and tap room. To the right is an exit to their enclosed outdoor patio area. On the right is a dining room, and straight ahead is the bar area with an angled 12-chair wooden bar. Behind the bar are large windows that look onto their 130-bpm bottling line and a row of large 200-bbl stainless steel fermenters. The bar has an impressive dozen of house brews on tap. These can all be had on a sampler flight, or by glass or growler. Their food menu includes appetizers, salads, sandwiches and a few entrees. It's more pub fare than a dining restaurant, but the food is quite tasty. The service is attentive and fast, and they do a good job with the pours. This is a great brewery, very worthy of a visit.
We visited mid afternoon on a Friday during GABF. The crowd wasn’t too bad. It was late enough in the day that folks had probably already headed out for GABF. I’ve been here before and warned the ladies not to order the sampler. Of course they did anyway and 13 beers showed up on a tray. All of this after we had visited Avery and Twisted Pine earlier in the day. Still we powered through the beers. All were great except for perhaps the Sweaty Betty Blonde. We also ordered some food to go with all the beer. They have typical pub food but everything we had came out quick, was hot, and tasted good. There is plenty of parking around the brewpub.
The best brewery tour I've been on ever, and a great stop for great beer in a town full of great beer.
Let me start by raving about the tour. They give them every week day at 2, I believe. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They'll let you taste some of the malts, take you through the brew house, the bottling line, and the large refrigerator where they store stuff that's ready to be shipped. At the end of the tour, you're taken to the event room, where they have everything they have on tap that day in pitchers, waiting to be drank. For free. They also handed out bottle openers, and stickers. Truly awesome. You can tell they care a lot about their customers, and they definitely won more of my business.
Their beer selection at the tap room is also excellent. They have all of their usual, year round offerings, plus some one offs. I had their double IPA brewed with apricots last time I was there, and it was definitely unique. The beers might not be as universally outstanding as some of the other breweries in town, but the atmosphere is great, the tour is wonderful, and it's definitely worth a stop if you happen to be in Boulder.
this place isnt open on saturday so ive only been there once. its not a bad place at all, the problem is it has a lot of top notch competetion in boulder. they have a lot of beers but their traditional brews are boring. the looking glass series beers are good. the food was good bar food. i found the portions to be large. there was a good crowd there but it wasnt packed. i ll be back im sure but i ll hit some other places first
I stopped in while in the Denver/Boulder area during American Craft Beer Week. The bar wasn't that busy but it was a little early for happy hour and the weather was so nice most people were sitting outside. The tap list was quite extensive. Most of the beers I tried were spot on; only one had a touch of butterscotch. Not sure if it's normal for that one (don't remember which) or was a one-off issue. The food was typical pub food; nothing fancy but enjoyable. The location has plenty of parking but is in an out of the way area so does take some determination to find since it's unlikely you'd be wandering past.
I went to Boulder during GABF week, so I am not sure if the size of the beer menu was unusual, but they have that many taps, so I assume it is usually that big. The sampler was impressive, 13 beers for $11 at 4 oz samples. It had quite a bit of variety including a 3 beer flight for a pale ale including normal brewing, nitro and cask. Also offered a number of special small batch varieties including a rye ale. Also had their big hitters including Mojo, Hazed and Confused and Porter.
Food menu was fairly typical for brewpub. Waitress was knowledgeable about the beer selection, overall, a very good experience.
A brewpub that's not open on Saturday? Say it isn't so. But it's true, Monday through Friday only at Boulder Brewery.
Nice atmosphere - relaxing interior and a beer garden/patio out back.
Wide selection of beers, but nothing stands out. They are all about average (which does not mean they are bad, just average).
The food is typical pub grub, absolutely nothing special here either. But, judging by the prices, they sure are proud of their food.
All in all, not a bad place to spend some time if there were not so many better brewpubs in the area.
Very popular brewpub in Boulder - for good reason. Good beers with good selection and good food as well.
The place is located in an office/industrial area, so it's a bit off the usual restaurant scene. Also, they really like their hops while I prefer a maltier brew. But other than these two minor quibbles, there's really nothing bad I can say about them.
Food is pretty typical pub fare: sandwiches and the like, solid and not pretentious, goes well with the beer. They have several rooms so a group can have some privacy with advance planning.
The Wilderness Pub is a nice place to have one of Boulder Beer's brews. Visit on Wednesday's nights and you can participate in a trivia contest to win a case of their beer or $25 off your tab. Best to bring some friends as the questions can be challenging. The walls of the pub are adorned with numerous awards for their beers. Beers to try include their Hazed & Infused, Mojo, and Mojo Rising. In the summer months, there is a great outdoor patio out back with views of Boulder's Flatirons.
boulder beer was more brewpub than actual brewery when i went in early aug 2007. got a dirty look from the brewer when i was pressing my nose against the glass while he was brewing. food was ok, but a little pricey, depending on where you're from. the sampler wasn't free, but was well worth the dough (i think around $10 for tasting all of their beers). these guys definitely had a bunch of beers to choose from on their sampler, so make sure you eat a hefty lunch. they had an amazing barleywine when i was there. close enough to the other breweries in boulder that you don't have an excuse not to go.