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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness PubBoulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
BA SCORE
88
very good

73 Ratings
Ratings: 73
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 10,535
Beer Avg: 3.56
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Butchnasty, Aug 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Shadmika, Jul 01, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

semihobo, Jan 11, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Aaron_Vigenski, Oct 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

bulldogg915, Nov 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

kneel22, Feb 04, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

ihscout426, Jul 20, 2007
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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

StanleysCup, Oct 09, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

hydrate, Nov 11, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

ArrogantB, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of Rhialistic
4.33/5  rDev +11%

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!

Rhialistic, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +11%

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.

drabmuh, Dec 03, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

rowew, Apr 15, 2005
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

drseamus, May 24, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

nmickels13, May 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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.

jjayjaye, Feb 03, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

charleslueg, Jul 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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.

mattfitz, May 27, 2009
Photo of CTBadger
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

CTBadger, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

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

StonedTrippin, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

barefootbrewer, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of FSUmac
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

FSUmac, Aug 03, 2008
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4.16/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

badbassrandy, Aug 16, 2009
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4.14/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 08, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

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!

TheLVBeerGuy, Dec 25, 2010
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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub in Boulder, CO
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.