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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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

69 Ratings
Ratings: 69
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Active Beers: 61
Beer Ratings: 10,526
Beer Avg: 3.58
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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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

TurdFurgison, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%

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
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

BillRoth, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of bditty187
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

bditty187, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

bulldogg915, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

claspada, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

david18, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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

StonedTrippin, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of LittleDon
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

LittleDon, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of rowew
4.3/5  rDev +10%

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
Photo of Dithyramb
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

Dithyramb, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

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
Photo of Rayek
3.83/5  rDev -2%

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.

Rayek, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Butchnasty
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Butchnasty, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of mentor
3.95/5  rDev +1%

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.

mentor, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of drseamus
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

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
Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

WynnO, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Oxymoron
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Oxymoron, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of jyeast101
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

jyeast101, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of ScorpyX
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

ScorpyX, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of trytoketchup
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

trytoketchup, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of DenverHopHead
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

DenverHopHead, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of briman
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

briman, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of ArrogantB
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%

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
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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub in Boulder, CO
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.