Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Active Beers: 55
Beer Ratings: 9,072
Beer Avg: 3.55
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 36 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by semihobo:
4.7/5 rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Simply put, touring the brewery on 1/9/06 was one of the best beer experiences I've ever had. In town only for a day, I stopped by with a few Boulder residents who hadn't seen the brewery before. I came in search of one of the cool Hazed & Infused pint glasses.
A phone recording informed me that free tours leave at 2pm M-F, with "free tastings." When 2:05 rolled around there were 6 of us total. Our enthusiastic tour guide asked if we wanted pints for the tour; I figured we'd be paying for them, but she just took orders, returned with pints, and off we went.
The tour was great, we spent an hour and looked at every aspect of the process, from cleaning the tanks to bottling and the warehouse full of cases and kegs. Our guide knew the brewery well and told us many good stories; her only flaw was that she told a few beer myths as if they were true, but she made up for that by getting workers and techs walking by to explain to us what they were doing at that moment. She also gave a lot of insider info, for instance that Boulder Beer kegs Killian's Irish Red as part of a deal with Coors, and that Coors handed BB their old bottling line. Getting to walk between fermentation tanks and walk into the hops cooler while drinking beer was excellent. The tour was especially fascinating for a homebrewer, as the scale of the operation is almost closer to an all-grain homebrew setup than a big macrobrewery.
When we returned to the pub, our guide left us to the bartender, and told her to bring us pitchers. I figured we'd get to taste a little of a few beers -- wrong. In only a few minutes, our table had 8 full pitchers (Pass Time, Single Track, Buff Gold, Mojo, Never Summer, Sundance, Hazed & Infused, and Planet Porter) to split 6 ways. We also each were given small glasses of the Killer Penguin Barleywine. This was for 6 people, including 4 young women and a designated driver, and followed the complimentary pints we started off with. Talk about beer tasting!! The beers were tasty, nothing too interesting sadly but most offerings were quite solid, especialy the bigger beers.
As we attempted to kill the 8 pitchers, we realized some food was in order, and got buffalo wings, potato skins, and nachos. It was all pretty good, and well priced. The atmosphere of the pub itself was nice, there were a few people having lunch and relaxing, and everyone I met was quite friendly.
To try and show my appreciation for what was essentially an all-you-can-drink in-depth beer tour, I picked up 4 pint glasses for $10 (including the Never Summer Ale one, "for the drinking town with a skinig problem").
Needless to say, I used the restrooms a few times over the 3.5 hours (!) that we spent at the brewery/pub, and it was very clean.
I can't recommend the tour enough. I'm not sure if free pints and 8 pitchers for 6 people is the norm; it seems too good to be true. Still, if you're anywhere near Boulder, check out the tours at 2pm.
Thanks to everyone at Boulder Beer for the tour and the beer -- you've won a loyal follower.
01-11-2006 04:43:12 | More by semihobo
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3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
12-17-2013 00:36:45 | More by Lynn1451
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub in Boulder, CO
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