Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Active Beers: 57
Beer Ratings: 9,757
Beer Avg: 3.57
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
4.7/5 rDev +19.9%
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
4.4/5 rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was abel to fianlly visit on a recent trip and had lunch at the bar. It was clean and well lit with enough of the brewery observable to remind you it is a prewpub.
The bartender Frank was very persoanble and well educated on the beer. He was attentive and enjoyed taling about the brewery.
Buffalo Burger was tasty as good general pub fair.
Most important the beer. Fresh and well maintained product. The cask conditioned MOJO was fantastic and served spot on.
If you are in the Boulder area it is a great place to go and I will definitely make another pilgrimage nest time I am in the area.
07-20-2007 16:34:02 | More by ihscout426
4.36/5 rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
08-27-2007 14:41:41 | More by ArrogantB
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
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!
09-28-2007 20:19:48 | More by Rhialistic
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
4.3/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
As others have commented, Boulder Beer (yes, this is the official name again) can be a bit hard to find. It is located in an area of industrial and high tech offices. Once you find it, you are greeted by a decent sized dining room, with a 10 or 12 seat bar in the middle area. Also attached is a nice patio. The brewery surrounds the dining area, with big windows on both sides to see the operations. When I visited they had all of Boulder Beer's offerings on tap, as well as a mead from the local Redstone. Food is mostly pub food, but very well done. Service has always been nothing less than fantastic.
04-15-2005 20:19:58 | More by rowew
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
05-24-2007 00:36:15 | More by drseamus
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub in Boulder, CO
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