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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness PubBoulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
BEER AVG
3.57/5
Based on:
40 Beers
11,392 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 80
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2880 Wilderness Pl
Boulder, Colorado, 80301
United States
phone: (303) 444-8448

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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 40
Photo of dcCObeer
3.9/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Shake chocolate porter milkshake is the BOMB!!

Photo of jihadFRANK
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Boulder Beer is one of the best breweries, top to bottom, in Boulder. The service here was quick and very good. Our order was accurate, and the food was delicious.

Their outdoor seating area was comfortable.

I can't wait for my next visit.

Photo of Bru-Dog
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Great brewery, excellent offerings. Free brewery tour, followed by a tasting session with a good representation of their more popular styles. Easy to get to with some other nearby breweries that you can hit up on a brewpub crawl. Recommend the Hazed & Infused and Mojo. Enjoy!

Photo of deac83
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

A: Bar and tables, it was pretty quiet but it was a Tuesday afternoon.
Q: Some real misses, the Shake Chocolate Porter was a real hit.
S: I'd have to say fairly bad. Had trouble getting the bartender to come back to wait on us while sitting at the bar.
Sel: The do have around 10 beers on tap.
O: If not for the Chocolate Porter this would have been a total waste of time. The bar was empty, we had come into the do a sampler but the bar tender wanted to only poor 4 at a time. Someone sitting at a table had a complete flight of beer. Wouldn't have been a big problem but we couldn't get the bartender to come back. We finally had to give up and move on.

Photo of Lynn1451
3.9/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Nice friendly pub atmosphere. I've been there three times in the past two months. Servers have been quick, friendly, and helpful. All three times I've had large salads, all very good. I'm a malty dark beer fan, so absolutely love the chocolate porter "Shake."
Had the Shake on nitro and CO2... prefer the CO2. Also had the chocolate porter as a milkshake, which was good if you are in the mood for a dessert beer.

Really nice outside patio facing southwest. Plenty of parking. If you can't find a spot in the parking lot, park on the street that circles around the building. It is a comfortable, casual pub with a nicely quirky staff. The only disappointment I had were the french fries which I didn't like. I really prefer sweet potato fries, so I may not be a good judge on the fries.

In the past I've avoided the Wilderness Pub because I didn't really care for their beers, but the Shake is a big hit for us! We will be adding this to our regular pub outings.

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went for the tour, stayed for lunch, which was quite good and reasonably priced. I got a burrito of sorts if my memory recalls accurately. Tour was fun but if you already know how beer is made, there really is no need to attend. You get a ton of free beer at the end (like pitchers worth) so that was cool. Servers were helpful and nice so I can't fault them there. My only issue is that I can get everything they had on draft in New Jersey in bottles. Was hoping for a few more experimental beers having made the trek across country. I guess they just have to keep up with the production/bottling to fully experiment like other smaller breweries.

Photo of bditty187
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

In all my visits to the Boulder area I had never been to Boulder Beer. I realized I had missed nothing. What a completely lame selection of beers on-tap. Nothing out of the ordinary at all.

We had just eaten at Oskar Blues in Longmont so we didn’t try the food. And frankly the beer selection was so boring we just had one each and left.

The bar/eating area is fairly small… there is a patio for the warmer months. I felt like it didn’t feel like a eatery or a bar… the “brewery” was too present. It was like the brewery tour launch point-bar-restaurant-gift shop was all crammed into once space… maybe because it was.

Friendly service.

I have nothing else to add. It was almost pointless for us to stop.

Photo of mastodonj
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

As a Boulder resident, I sure wish this place was better because I
would stop in a lot more often. Bottom line is: if you're from out of
town, it is worth stopping in just to buy some of their swag. One
thing that Boulder Beer has is great art work for their labels which
you can get on every type of apparel at this pub.

If you're local, maybe come in to see if they have Obovoid on tap (winter months).

The wait staff is a little slow and the bartender does not seem to care about the tables i.e. even though he is the first one to see
you, he doesn't communicate that to any of the waitresses.

They don't do tasters right: too small for the price.

Among locals, I have not heard anyone say much good about
the place. There are several other places where you can spend
your time and get better beer and service.

They do have a good summer festival if you're around for that.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

love this place. cool atmosphere, especially when its nice enough to sit outside. small operation and taproom, good feel to it. really friendly staff that was happy to do a private tour for me. lots of nice beers on tap, and usually a cask offering, all at reasonable prices. food at lunchtime was excellent and prices were plenty fair. in fact, after my tour i was given about half a pitcher of each beer they had going, which needless to say was enough to get wasted and then some. all of that was free. an all around good time

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Went here twice. What they do have going for them is they have very talented musical guests. Besides that, the food is medocre, the beer is pedestrian, the bartenders and servers can be stuck up, and the selection is weak. For what they serve you, it is too expensive. I hate, really hate to slam a place like this but they are in the middle of a very strong and respected beer community yet they represent with the city's very name and weak tasting brewery. They also have a beer representing CU, of which I recently graduated, called Buff Gold, which tastes like a BMC beer. I just wish it could find a way to redeem itself, lest unsuspecting tourists keep visiting this place.

Photo of DividedAvery
2.79/5  rDev -28.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

I went to Boulder a beer once and was extremely excited. This was my first trip to a brewery and I had been living in Boulder for 4 years. We got to the brewery and sat down, we were the only ones there. Not only was the service slow but it seemed as if the bartender would rather be doing anything else with his time than serving us. He charged us $2 for little tasters and was just overall incredibly rude. I haven't been back since mostly because their beer is nothing special and they aren't very nice there. I hope that my experience was an isolated incident but from what I have heard from other friends who have visited there we would all just rather drive the 2 miles to Avery.

Photo of Rayek
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It had been a solid 15 years since I was last here. Now I work five minutes away, so I had to stop by.

Wilderness is fairly small inside. When you walk through the door, there are maybe 10 tables. The bar is at the back and holds a little over a dozen people. Outside is a fairly large patio.

Food here is typical pub fair and is served in large quantities. Nothing really stands out, but the tortilla soup was pretty solid. Food prices are a bit high, but the beer prices are reasonable. Boulder's usual lineup of year-round beers are on-tap, plus a couple of brewmaster's specials and the occasional cask offering.

Service varies. The wait staff is nice and friendly, but the bartenders seem focused on the "regulars" and no one else. When I sat there, I was pretty much ignored, unless my beer was empty.

Overall, I like Wilderness. I just have to remember to ask for a table.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
2.46/5  rDev -36.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3

This was stop 1 on my beercation. Boulder beer co. makes decent beer. I wouldn't turn one down if someone gave me one. The only vibe I got from boulder beer co was that they wanted to make money. My beer tender couldn't tell me how big their brew house was, couldn't tell me was style of beer he was serving me, and only responded in short generic pre-generated answers. I understand everyone has bad days but this was a bit too much. I went in with average expectations and came out shocked and dissappointed. The beer was not in style specific glassware and the lighting was awful. When I am in town again, I will surely skip over boulder beer co.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped here with my friend from Denver. Cool to visit one of the originals, and the place had a good feel but not great. Beers were standard issue that day, except I never had a chance before to try their barleywine. Service was attentive but not intuitive. I wouldn't say this place was average because it did have did excel in decor, the barleywine, and service but I think if I wanted to go to another brewery, I would rather explore a new one than go to this one again.... it was more of a brewpub and not an experience.

Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

went there for lunch on christmas eve...arrived to some free gifts, an opener, an "i got hazed" sticker, and a hazed and infused can ornament...sat down to a nice menu and a friendly waiter...i ordered the mojo infused bbq pork burger with fries and the suggested pairing IPA...sister ordered the buffalo burger...all were great...manager brought his dog in to play with our niece and nephew and after lunch he brought them otter pops...we stayed for the brewery tour with the head brewer which was very cool...quite a setup in there! afterwards they bought everyone a pint. had a nitro tap of their seasonal oatmeal stout which was fantastic...took a mixed 6 pack home and 3 bombers of seasonals...great experience...they also have a great memorabilia selection! great christmas eve!

Photo of hopstradamus
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A. I have been here several times, and have enjoyed every visit. It is not like many other breweries in that it not a renovated old building. This place is new and clean but still has the comfortable feeling that a lot of older buildings have.

Q. As usual, everything I had was delicious.

S. We arrived shortly before they were scheduled to open, but there were customers inside and the door was open so we went in early. As it turns out, the customers inside were part of a pre-arranged bus tour, but the staff let us stay anyway. We would have been glad to go back outside and wait until they officially opened, but they wouldn't have it.

S. They always have their normal beers on tap, and usually have different variations and seasonals as well. The one I had on this visit was a Toasted Oak India Brown Ale (Flashback) on cask.

F. The food was excellent as well. I have never had anything but from them.

Photo of manahansf
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located in a neat little area in Boulder, just from the road this place looks great. Walk in and to your left you can see their big boil kettles and throughout the day you can see them tossing in hops and grist as they rock to the music. The inside is comfortable but the place to be is outside. Their patio is great and there is really nothing better than fresh brewery beer and sweet crisp mountain air. Great prices for pints and flights and a decent menu selection too. Worth the trip and can't wait to go back.

Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I popped in here to take the brewery tour because we were in Boulder and taking brewery tours is a fun thing to do. Quite a nice place. OK, so brewery tours are all the same, don't touch the pipes, these are our tanks, we make this many beers, lets go to the bottling line, here are palates of beer waiting to be distributed, lagers ales, who knows what a hop is....not too exciting, you've seen one you've seen them all. This is an oversimplification but you know what I mean. They all have their charm but they are all about the same.

At the end of the tour though they gave my wife and I and another couple 10 half pitchers of beer to try of the 10 beer they had available at the brewery that day. We sat and drank these pitchers until we were getting too drunk so we decided to order lunch at their cafe.

The food selection was about what you'd expect, standard AMerican food reasonable priced. We ordered a couple of sandwiches and continued to drink our beer. After about 30 minutes I asked where the food was or how long it would take, the forgot to put our order in. I was really upset by this but the waiter was really apologetic and the manager came over and gave us free pint glasses and comped our meal.

I'm not sure this is an accurate review with respect to price but this place has customer care even if they didn't put in our order they went above and beyond to fix it for us.

Photo of LittleDon
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Odd location, as it appears to be located in an area that is predominated by retail businesses (very close to 29th St. Mall). Nothing special about the inside, although they do have live music on a regular basis. On the small side (but not as small as, say, Twisted Pine, located a few blocks away). A large group that filled the front room was there when I visited (15 - 20 people). Didn't have a chance to check out the patio. You'll find all their beers here, including seasonals. Best part of the trip was the tour. Great history and Chicken Dan is a hoot.

Photo of badbassrandy
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The atmosphere was warm, friendly, laid back, snug and very working class. The large backyard patio added an outdoorsy, relaxed and nature-friendly attitude that is ever-present in the town of Boulder.

The quality of the beer when poured fresh from the brewery itself sets this establishment apart from many breweries with a comparable distribution reach -- 32 states. The pureness of the brews, the freshness of the hop profiles and the classy malt profiles make Boulder Beer a must-visit when in town.

I can't speak wholly of the service, for I was merely there to tour and taste some brews in the post-tour tasting room, which was absolutely excellent. The one beer I ordered from a waitress was met with genuine friendliness and a response of "That's a good one!" That server was down-to-earth and jocular. A fantastic tour that was neither too short nor too long, neither too comprehensive nor un-informing. Our huge tour group didn't ask many questions, but we got to taste two kinds of malted barley and then a slew of every beer on tap -- for free! After the tour we were seated in a private room, bench style, and served pitcher after pitcher of beers, all which held incredibly impressive head retentions.

They had plenty of their beers on tap that covered a fairly good scope of American styles. I was just slightly disappointed that they had nothing hoppier or more extreme than Mojo IPA. No Imperial Stout or DIPA. No imperial nothing.

Photo of mdmako
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The atmousphere was very nice with windows looking into the brewing areas. Good music and a very nice outside area. Upon arriving outside the brewery I got very pleasant whiffs of the delicious wort. Very inviting!!

Very good beer and a decent variety as well. Food was good but not exceptional; Ive only had the buffalo burgers. About what I would expect from such a place...nothing too fancy, just very good beer! Definately a place to go to more than once.

Great Deal:
Your first beer is $0.25 on mondays and tuesdays with a meal!

Photo of mattfitz
4.25/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I am in Boulder at least once a year, and each time I make it a priority to drink here. The food is decent; it doesn't change my overall impression. The batter on the fish and chips is odd, but not disagreeable. The buffalo burger is probably required by state law to be on the menu (just kidding) and it is good.

The staff loves what they do. I was there three weeks ago when they tapped a barrel-aged version of their Never Summer Ale. The staff was damn-near giddy with anticipation. The beer was excellent. Overall I really like their beer, and I like even more that they are eager to help you experience it. So infectious was their spirit that had it been 15 year earlier I would have quit my job back east and volunteered to mop the bathroom floor just to be part of the team.

In short, I would be willing to pay more.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Been a few times but only for beer. Easy enough to get to but the parking lot is a little weird. Usually there is enough spots but sometime you have to park on the side streets. Once in side there are a few tables in the main room. To the left is the mash tun and kettle and to the right is a smaller room or events or extra room. Further on is a smaller sized bar and additional seating. There is a patio as well that is pretty nice as well. Behind the bar you can see some conditioning tanks and bottling line. I have toured the place, they have fermentation vessels downstairs and a really nice warehouse on the backside of the building. Typically they have their house beers on tap all the time. At times they do have specialties and seasonals as well. The staff is friendly and its nice to be able to talk to someone who knows beer. I have never had food there but would like to try. Overall a good experience.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We were lucky enough to have this place as the first stop on The Boulder Beer Cruise the day before the GABF. The brewers took plenty of time to explain their brewing process. The place is clean and laid back. We got to try several of their production brews - not a bad one in the bunch. I did tend to like their porter more than the others (but a personal preference). The staff was friendly and took time to talk with us. They made us all a group breakfast (breakfast burritos) and judging by that, I would definitely try the food next time. I would love to have a few hours to kick back in this place.

Photo of FSUmac
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We visited Boulder Beer on a trip our to Colorado last year to see the Noles take on CU. We took the tour and had a great time (and got kinda drunk!). The tour itself was nothing out of the ordinary (if you've been on one, you've been on them all), but the people in the brewery were great.

After the tour, we sat outside on the patio and had some great food and more beer. To finish off our time at Boulder Beer, we bought a ton of bottles to go to bring to our tailgate.

Overall, I recommend this tour and this brewery if you are out that way. Friendly people, great beer, and good times.

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub in Boulder, CO
88 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.