Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Active Beers: 57
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Beer Avg: 3.57
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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
03-09-2010 18:36:20 | More by manahansf
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
12-03-2009 20:42:21 | More by drabmuh
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
08-23-2009 16:30:11 | More by LittleDon
4.16/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
08-16-2009 02:47:22 | More by badbassrandy
3.88/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The atmousphere was very nice with windows looking into the brewing areas. Good music and a very nice outside area. Upon arriving outside the brewery I got very pleasant whiffs of the delicious wort. Very inviting!!
Very good beer and a decent variety as well. Food was good but not exceptional; Ive only had the buffalo burgers. About what I would expect from such a place...nothing too fancy, just very good beer! Definately a place to go to more than once.
Your first beer is $0.25 on mondays and tuesdays with a meal!
08-13-2009 20:07:23 | More by mdmako
4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
05-27-2009 01:27:19 | More by mattfitz
3.84/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Been a few times but only for beer. Easy enough to get to but the parking lot is a little weird. Usually there is enough spots but sometime you have to park on the side streets. Once in side there are a few tables in the main room. To the left is the mash tun and kettle and to the right is a smaller room or events or extra room. Further on is a smaller sized bar and additional seating. There is a patio as well that is pretty nice as well. Behind the bar you can see some conditioning tanks and bottling line. I have toured the place, they have fermentation vessels downstairs and a really nice warehouse on the backside of the building. Typically they have their house beers on tap all the time. At times they do have specialties and seasonals as well. The staff is friendly and its nice to be able to talk to someone who knows beer. I have never had food there but would like to try. Overall a good experience.
11-12-2008 17:02:02 | More by Oxymoron
4.18/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
10-13-2008 13:09:20 | More by barefootbrewer
4.18/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We visited Boulder Beer on a trip our to Colorado last year to see the Noles take on CU. We took the tour and had a great time (and got kinda drunk!). The tour itself was nothing out of the ordinary (if you've been on one, you've been on them all), but the people in the brewery were great.
After the tour, we sat outside on the patio and had some great food and more beer. To finish off our time at Boulder Beer, we bought a ton of bottles to go to bring to our tailgate.
Overall, I recommend this tour and this brewery if you are out that way. Friendly people, great beer, and good times.
08-03-2008 04:30:30 | More by FSUmac
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Call ahead. They have unusual hours, including being closed on the weekends.
Located in a small industrial park in Boulder Colorado. From I-36 (28th Street) head east on Valmont a few blocks to Wilderness Avenue. Turn south (the only way you can turn) and the Wilderness Pub will be in the middle of the circle of commercial/industrial buildings. Upon entering, you will be in a small dining area, another dining room (used for private parties) is to the right, and the bar is straight ahead. The room holding the L-shaped bar has seating at the bar, some bar tables, and the exit to the outdoor patio. The interior is wood with large windows that show off some brewing equipment. The outside patio is my preferred seating location. The wire metal tables and chairs can be a bit sketchy (dried on catsup, etc) but it's quiet and shady on a summer evening. The hop garden is a nice touch, too. Food is typical pub fare and the beers are decent. I'm not fond of Boulder Beers from a bottle, but on tap at the brewery they are nice. They generally have one special tap worth trying, because it's almost always a knock-out. Service can be a bit slow...I wonder if they persistently staff a bit less than my expectations. But, I'm usually not in a hurry when I'm here so it's no big deal.
08-02-2008 21:04:37 | More by mentor
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub in Boulder, CO
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