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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 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 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 StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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 (529 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 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 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 rowew
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (605 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 drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,407 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 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 drseamus
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (595 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 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 ArrogantB
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (547 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 barefootbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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. (805 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 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 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 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 semihobo
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (3,057 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 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)

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