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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness PubBoulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
BEER AVG
3.56/5
Based on:
38 Beers
10,741 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 75
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.91
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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Photo of hopstradamus
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +3.6%
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 +10.7%
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 +1.8%
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 +6.4%
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 -0.8%
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 +8.7%
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 -1.8%
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 +6.9%
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 +6.9%
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.

Photo of mentor
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of johnyeast
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I expected more form the oldest micro brewery in Colorado. The place is closed on the weekend. This is actually the third time I've tried to visit the brewery. Service was decent. The bartender had good knowledge and was nice, but interested in talking to friends. A good selection of brews. By that I mean that there was a range of types to choose. Had the Hazed and Infused. One of their better brews.

Atmosphere was just okay. Kinda sterile. Not very busy for a Friday afternoon at 3pm. I guess I expected more.

Photo of iasanlee
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My family has always stocked the fridge with Boulder beer since I was a youngster. Upon being stuck in Denver with a broken down car, this was the first brewery stop in the rental car. First off we ordered the sampler, and it was a hell of a deal. The food was great, and the other patrons were very nice, talking to me as if I were a local about the Nuggets. They later came to find out I am from Salt Lake, but were still very nice about my Jazz support. The bartender was a bit grumpy at first, but once we started asking about places to eat in Boulder, he was quick to help with all his favorite spots. Grabbed a bomber of barleywine, and we were on our way. Great place, with some really good beer.

Photo of Rhialistic
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is an AWESOME value. I've been here for both dinner and lunch several times, and the service is always good, the beer is fantastic, and the food is great and inexpensive.

When i come here, i get the tasty and crisp Cold Hop on tap, Hazed & Infused which is nice and lively off the tap, and sometimes they even have guest brews available. I had an awesome homebrew barleywine up there once and it was pretty dang tasty & smooth.

Their bar staff knows their beer and are generally pretty helpful. and yes, i agree with the other reviewers in that the tours are GREAT and thorough! We even got handfulls of malts to smell and taste so we could learn more about the different roasts and how they impart flavor upon beers.

The food is also great. Most things on the menu range in price from $6-10 and the portions are HUGE. Their veggie burrito is awsome and so is the chicken philly.

By all means, GO HERE!

Photo of ArrogantB
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A friend and I headed up to the pub and stumbled upon the Goatshed Revival. Pints were selling for $3 and they had a one-off called "Stellar Alignment" which I stupidly passed on. We took the tour and man was it thorough! Two brewers walked us through the whole facility and it took about an hour. The guides were friendly and obviously very knowledgeable about the beers. We saw an oak barrel that they use for one-offs, looked interesting. This was probably the best tour I have had of a brewery. Also, the fresh Hazed and Infused was excellent.

Photo of CTBadger
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The wife and I visited in August 2007 during our vacation to Colorado. We decided to have lunch there and sat outside on their patio. The atmosphere was great; laid back and relaxing. Our waitress was very attentive and after serving us four different beers (two each) and our lunch she told us that she noticed we took great interest in their beers and would we be interested in a tour starting in 5 minutes? We were hesitant as our food had just been delivered but she checked and said they would delay the start of the tour for 5 additional minutes - just for us. How cool is that??

The tour was great, the most "interactive" we had ever been on. We were given hop pellets (Cascade and Amarillo) to crush in our hands to smell and then were given Crystal and Chocolate malts to taste. The only negative about the tour was the facilities were less clean than we have seen at other establishments. A minor nit.

Post tour was unique - we were all put into a room and then were brought pitchers of each beer to pass around. It was engaging to meet everyone else on the tour and enjoy good beer and interesting conversation.

If you are in the Boulder area I highly recommend stopping by - tours are generally at 2PM.

Photo of ihscout426
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was abel to fianlly visit on a recent trip and had lunch at the bar. It was clean and well lit with enough of the brewery observable to remind you it is a prewpub.

The bartender Frank was very persoanble and well educated on the beer. He was attentive and enjoyed taling about the brewery.

Buffalo Burger was tasty as good general pub fair.

Most important the beer. Fresh and well maintained product. The cask conditioned MOJO was fantastic and served spot on.

If you are in the Boulder area it is a great place to go and I will definitely make another pilgrimage nest time I am in the area.

Photo of davidt
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I stopped by for lunch and a tour during a recent trip to Denver. We had a couple of excellent burgers. Initial service was fast, but once we got our food, no one ever checked back. We were drinking iced tea but would have liked a refill. The only other people in the inside dining area were folks waiting on the tour. I had some worries about the tour when I overheard a waitress asking a guy if he was doing the tour, and he replied "Yea, unless I can talk <unheard> into doing it." He didn't sound thrilled. There ended up being about 20 people on the tour. Within the first 5 minutes the brewer was correcting what the guide was telling us. The rest of the tour was okay, but the guide had a cold or allergies and obviously wasn't happy to be there.

After the tour, there was something like 13 pitchers with all different beers for us to taste. The Hazed and Infused was in bottles pulled right off the bottling line. This was quite a generous treat. The drawback was the giude simply left us. No guidelines or info about the beer other than the lamenated place matt. Didn't seem like they had any interest in telling folks about their product. We were on our own. When we were done tasting, my wife and I were ready to be 'tourists' and by some 6-packs, t-shirts, glasses. No one was sitting at the bar, but the bartender and our guide walked by us 6-7 times without acknowledging us or even replying to my "excuse me!". We finally got the guide's attention and he got our shirts and glasses off the shelf with a big sigh. Then we had to almost beg to pay for them and the beer.

The food was great, the beers are excellent, but the service here sucks to say the least. The offer daily tours and merchandise for sale, but act like we're being pains in the ass for actually wanting to take advantage of it.

Photo of drseamus
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Stopped by the brewery while in boulder. Got there just in time to go on the tour which was nice. They showed the brewing process and the tour guide was fairly knowledgeable. There were some finer points that he didn't know but all together a good experience. At the end of the tour they bring you back to the seating area and have placemats with all the descriptions of the beers. That part is typical but it is rare to have them serve you a half a pitcher of all 9 of their beers on tap for 5 people. Turns out that's a lot to drink for that many people. Everyone there was extremely friendly.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Boulder Wilderness Pub has a pretty nice set-up. The brewing hardware is out in plain view and is impressive. I was able to snag a seat at the bar in the corner in front of the taps. Pedro has my vote! He really kept things moving in there. I still can't believe that there were three other people in the pub that were previously from the Broome County, NY area. Migration of high-tech jobs.

Anyway, it has a nice atmosphere, even though it did get a bit crowded for my tastes. I guess because i enjoyed the open conversation at the bar. It made for a nice visit. I had a pint of Never Summer and Hazed & Infused with my sandwich. Enjoyed everything and bought a hazed & infused pint glass for my collection (cool how they put the writing so that you read it through the beer). I recommend stopping in.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I stopped here with some friends while in Boulder on business. It was kind of spur-of-the-moment but I think I found one of the better spots in town (lots to choose from though).

Right out of the car the atmosphere was nice due to the strong aroma of wort brewing. I appreciate that aroma from homebrewing and also from some of the cooler brewpubs like Pizza Port.

The beer selection wasn't bad, about 10 beers to choose from (all brewed on site). One of the beers was served from a cask (Hazed and Infused) which I got to compare with the draft version side-by-side (cool). The regular selection covers the usual bases (porter, pale ale, IPA, hefe-weizen) and none were really bad but a few were average. My favorite was the hefeweizen (Sweaty Betty).

Lots of food to order, normal pub stuff like hamburgers, nachos, etc. Prices were moderate too, so I recommend a visit.

Photo of briman
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited Rockies/Boulder Brewing back in August. Didn't make it for the tour, but hung out in the onsite pub for a while. My only real complaint is that the taster tray was $8...and considering a full pint was only $2.50 during happy hour, this seemed a little pricey. I wanted to try everything, so I was basically stuck. Overall I found most of the beers to be good, but not great. Hazed & Infused, as well as Mojo stood out over all the rest. The service was friendly, though maybe a tad scattered....but when you got their attention they did their best to take care of you.

Photo of semihobo
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in last Saturday during this year's Goatshed Festival after wandering/hiking through the local area. Even though we were tired, dirty, and new to the area, we didn't have much trouble finding the place. They are even clearly noted on the free Boulder maps everywhere. We kept mostly to the outside, but the inside was two story, with a rather small looking "bar" area.

Beers were tasty. We stuck with the Mojo and the Hazed/Infused. Had both in bottle form the same week, and seemed a touch better fresh from the source. However, like most of the CO brewpubs were at last week, they don't seem to spread their selection much from the standard British lineup. Selection was kept to six or seven of their own brews.

All the working folks were quick and friendly, and we didn't try the food.

Photo of rowew
4.3/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

As others have commented, Boulder Beer (yes, this is the official name again) can be a bit hard to find. It is located in an area of industrial and high tech offices. Once you find it, you are greeted by a decent sized dining room, with a 10 or 12 seat bar in the middle area. Also attached is a nice patio. The brewery surrounds the dining area, with big windows on both sides to see the operations. When I visited they had all of Boulder Beer's offerings on tap, as well as a mead from the local Redstone. Food is mostly pub food, but very well done. Service has always been nothing less than fantastic.

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub in Boulder, CO
89 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.