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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness PubBoulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
BEER AVG
3.61/5
Based on:
42 Beers
4,950 Reviews
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 39
Visits: 84
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: 84
Photo of tippebrewcrew2
2.46/5  rDev -36.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3

This was stop 1 on my beercation. Boulder beer co. makes decent beer. I wouldn't turn one down if someone gave me one. The only vibe I got from boulder beer co was that they wanted to make money. My beer tender couldn't tell me how big their brew house was, couldn't tell me was style of beer he was serving me, and only responded in short generic pre-generated answers. I understand everyone has bad days but this was a bit too much. I went in with average expectations and came out shocked and dissappointed. The beer was not in style specific glassware and the lighting was awful. When I am in town again, I will surely skip over boulder beer co. (649 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Went here twice. What they do have going for them is they have very talented musical guests. Besides that, the food is medocre, the beer is pedestrian, the bartenders and servers can be stuck up, and the selection is weak. For what they serve you, it is too expensive. I hate, really hate to slam a place like this but they are in the middle of a very strong and respected beer community yet they represent with the city's very name and weak tasting brewery. They also have a beer representing CU, of which I recently graduated, called Buff Gold, which tastes like a BMC beer. I just wish it could find a way to redeem itself, lest unsuspecting tourists keep visiting this place. (679 characters)

Photo of DividedAvery
2.79/5  rDev -28.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

I went to Boulder a beer once and was extremely excited. This was my first trip to a brewery and I had been living in Boulder for 4 years. We got to the brewery and sat down, we were the only ones there. Not only was the service slow but it seemed as if the bartender would rather be doing anything else with his time than serving us. He charged us $2 for little tasters and was just overall incredibly rude. I haven't been back since mostly because their beer is nothing special and they aren't very nice there. I hope that my experience was an isolated incident but from what I have heard from other friends who have visited there we would all just rather drive the 2 miles to Avery. (685 characters)

Photo of mastodonj
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

As a Boulder resident, I sure wish this place was better because I
would stop in a lot more often. Bottom line is: if you're from out of
town, it is worth stopping in just to buy some of their swag. One
thing that Boulder Beer has is great art work for their labels which
you can get on every type of apparel at this pub.

If you're local, maybe come in to see if they have Obovoid on tap (winter months).

The wait staff is a little slow and the bartender does not seem to care about the tables i.e. even though he is the first one to see
you, he doesn't communicate that to any of the waitresses.

They don't do tasters right: too small for the price.

Among locals, I have not heard anyone say much good about
the place. There are several other places where you can spend
your time and get better beer and service.

They do have a good summer festival if you're around for that. (882 characters)

Photo of bditty187
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

In all my visits to the Boulder area I had never been to Boulder Beer. I realized I had missed nothing. What a completely lame selection of beers on-tap. Nothing out of the ordinary at all.

We had just eaten at Oskar Blues in Longmont so we didn’t try the food. And frankly the beer selection was so boring we just had one each and left.

The bar/eating area is fairly small… there is a patio for the warmer months. I felt like it didn’t feel like a eatery or a bar… the “brewery” was too present. It was like the brewery tour launch point-bar-restaurant-gift shop was all crammed into once space… maybe because it was.

Friendly service.

I have nothing else to add. It was almost pointless for us to stop. (725 characters)

Photo of deac83
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)

Photo of davidt
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (1,835 characters)

Photo of johnyeast
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of briman
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It had been a solid 15 years since I was last here. Now I work five minutes away, so I had to stop by.

Wilderness is fairly small inside. When you walk through the door, there are maybe 10 tables. The bar is at the back and holds a little over a dozen people. Outside is a fairly large patio.

Food here is typical pub fair and is served in large quantities. Nothing really stands out, but the tortilla soup was pretty solid. Food prices are a bit high, but the beer prices are reasonable. Boulder's usual lineup of year-round beers are on-tap, plus a couple of brewmaster's specials and the occasional cask offering.

Service varies. The wait staff is nice and friendly, but the bartenders seem focused on the "regulars" and no one else. When I sat there, I was pretty much ignored, unless my beer was empty.

Overall, I like Wilderness. I just have to remember to ask for a table. (883 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went for the tour, stayed for lunch, which was quite good and reasonably priced. I got a burrito of sorts if my memory recalls accurately. Tour was fun but if you already know how beer is made, there really is no need to attend. You get a ton of free beer at the end (like pitchers worth) so that was cool. Servers were helpful and nice so I can't fault them there. My only issue is that I can get everything they had on draft in New Jersey in bottles. Was hoping for a few more experimental beers having made the trek across country. I guess they just have to keep up with the production/bottling to fully experiment like other smaller breweries. (647 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of mdmako
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (535 characters)

Photo of iasanlee
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of Lynn1451
3.9/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Nice friendly pub atmosphere. I've been there three times in the past two months. Servers have been quick, friendly, and helpful. All three times I've had large salads, all very good. I'm a malty dark beer fan, so absolutely love the chocolate porter "Shake."
Had the Shake on nitro and CO2... prefer the CO2. Also had the chocolate porter as a milkshake, which was good if you are in the mood for a dessert beer.

Really nice outside patio facing southwest. Plenty of parking. If you can't find a spot in the parking lot, park on the street that circles around the building. It is a comfortable, casual pub with a nicely quirky staff. The only disappointment I had were the french fries which I didn't like. I really prefer sweet potato fries, so I may not be a good judge on the fries.

In the past I've avoided the Wilderness Pub because I didn't really care for their beers, but the Shake is a big hit for us! We will be adding this to our regular pub outings. (964 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,284 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of hopstradamus
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of Bru-Dog
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)

Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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! (784 characters)

Photo of manahansf
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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. (525 characters)

Photo of badbassrandy
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,452 characters)

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub in Boulder, CO
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