Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness PubBoulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
BEER AVG
3.61/5
Based on:
42 Beers
4,937 Reviews
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 39
Visits: 83
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @boulderbeerco

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Reviews: 39 | Visits: 83
Reviews by semihobo:
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4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (3,057 characters)

More User Reviews:
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3.86/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

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3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

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!! (50 characters)

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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. (242 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.9/5  rDev 0%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

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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! (280 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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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. (660 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub in Boulder, CO
88 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.