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Backcountry Pizza & Tap House

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Taps: 42 / Bottles: 63
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
97
world-class

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 7.11%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

2319 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, Colorado, 80302-6605
United States
phone: (303) 449-4285

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(Place added by: Anaz on 07-09-2011)
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Lynn1451

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

The bar can get crowded during happy hour. Almost every time I've been there the bar table tops have been sticky. Usually ask the waitperson to wipe it down, but I think the finish on some of the tables is sticky. Or maybe just too much beer being spilled. Bar atmosphere is nothing special, but...

The pizzas are very good. I usually get a veggie pizza. My other half usually gets the pepperoni and sausage. Choice of whole wheat or white crusts, choice of sauces, etc. We sometimes go with sandwiches, but the pizzas seem to be what they are really good at making.

Love the variety of beer on tap. Always find something delicious to enjoy. Sometimes I splurge for a more expensive Belgian. Have a variety of beers and prices. At the end of the night, we enjoy looking through their window into the beer storage room to see the bottles stored there.

If I drank too much, we will stroll through the neighborhood. Mostly a college student environment, but the streets are pleasant with lots of little old houses. Bicycle/walking path is nearby, as are some parks. And a bit of a walk is the Pearl Street Mall.

Usually plenty of parking in their lot.

09-01-2013 01:18:08 | More by Lynn1451
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claspada

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Only stayed in Boulder for 2 nights and I visited this place 2x which says how much I enjoyed it.

The people who worked their and frequent there are super nice, willing to strike up a convo and converse about anything.

Food was quite good, had a sandwich, quality and really good sized.

Plenty of normal/local offerings, 20+ and at least 10 or so rotating taps (I am probably undershooting the actual number) but if you can't find something here you are probably a BMC fan.

The part which was really cool was that one of the manager's had brought back a keg of the beer that won the GABF gold for IPA from Wyoming (super fresh, less than a week old) and was giving free pours to people who he could tell were big craft fans. It was amazing and spoke to the quality of this establishment.

06-18-2013 22:46:09 | More by claspada
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CUBeerBuff

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$

One of the best selections of beer in Colorado - perhaps the country. Not the largest, but one of the best. Great selection from all categories and lots of outstanding limited release/specials and imports. Their website is updated regularly with weekly tap selections. If you can't find something you haven't had before then pardon my lewdness, but you drink too damn much.

Food is good. Good menu choices. It's pizza, sandwiches and burgers so don't expect trendy entrees or apps. Prices are mid-range. Expect to pay $35-$50 for a meal for two with 2 beers each ($6-9 for normal beers - $15 + for rare brews).

It's not glamorous, intimate or modern. A bit loud on Friday or Saturday evenings but not rowdy. Well lit so you can appreciate the rich colors of any beers you might be taking notes on. Clean and service is prompt. Servers have good knowledge about the beers and are willing to ask if they don't know. Beers are served in appropriate glassware and within desired temp ranges. Since it's not downtown, parking is easy in the rear lot. It is a family place so expect to see little ones, especially in the game room.

It is worth a stop if you're visiting Boulder or a bi-monthly meal if you're local and can't decide which excellent brew pub/eatery/tap room to go to. Its a solid choice for a good meal with a great beer. B+ on food and service - A+ on beer. If you haven't been there and live in Boulder, make it a point to stop in and see for yourself.

06-11-2013 23:04:16 | More by CUBeerBuff
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$

Started our visit to Boulder at Backcountry Pizza and Tap House. Advertised as the "most taps" in Boulder and they do seem to live up to the billing. Better yet, the taps are well curated. I had excellent drafts of Green Flash Founders Linchpin and The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel.

With good beer as a start, we started with an incredible soup: Arrogant Bastard Cheddar and Onion soup. We ordered breaded eggplant parmesan sandwich that was good but wish I had saved room for more than one slice of the spectacular Mediterranean pizza.

In short, Backcountry is at the top of my list the next time I return to Boulder. And, I will be sure to start with the pizza.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/06/backcountry-pizza-and-tap-house-boulder.html

06-05-2013 15:12:52 | More by FightingEntropy
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mttdls

New York

4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

As stated in other reviews, this place's beer selection sums up its quality. If you are going to Boulder, then this must be a stopping point. I'm used to bars in the South East US having 100+ beers on tap, but I was more than surprised when the server mentioned all the Russian River beers that were recently tapped. After drinking Pliny, I was also able to try some delicious local Stouts and Porters on Tap.

In addition to the list of great beers (rotating and standard list), the food was quality and not expensive.

03-08-2013 21:23:21 | More by mttdls
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harperman69

Tennessee

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Unbelievable. Selection is phenomenal, with lots of rare stuff available as well as rare local selections. Management staff and servers went out of their way to please us. Garrett, made accommodations and promises that were well kept the second time. I counted 34 beers that I haven't tried that we're high on my list to try. My servers that I had on the two occasions knew there stuff frontwards and backwards. Had Pliny, Cantillon and many others that I cannot find on the in he southeast, this store had the best selection I think even bettering the Brick Store in Atlanta and The Nook in Huntsville. Food was above average and reasonable, the pizza is better than most places serve in Colorado. Staff would take the time to talk to you and make some great selections. I cannot more highly recommend a place than this one.

09-01-2012 03:37:13 | More by harperman69
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blindpiggie

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

Went here for the first time yesterday before Avery's barrel-aged release event.

The interior of the place is much nicer than the exterior would indicate and the row of tap handles is imposing. Even more imposing is the bottle list, which includes some pretty desirable and rare beers at not much more than 20% markup from the store.

Ordered a pizza (natch), which arrived looking like an abstract painting with each topping heavily distributed on various sections of the pie. It tasted pretty good at least.

My first beer selection was Crooked Stave's Surrette which lived up to the sourness I was looking for and the waitress had promised. The second beer I ordered, Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour, was just terrible, but based on what I've heard since, I don't think the restaurant can be blamed for that.

Nice place, probably the best beer bar in Boulder.

06-25-2012 19:19:07 | More by blindpiggie
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I have driven by this place many times and skipped it. Stupid me.

A nice pizza joint with pretty good and friendly service. Oh, and they serve beer. I'm guessing 30 tap handles, with a good selection of styles. I had the Deviant Dale's on hand-pull. Not a bad start.

The place is big, but the set up makes it smaller. The pinball room is a nice tough. I haven't seen pinball machines for centuries. cool.

Pizza is nice. Not the best, but surely not the worst. Good pricing and to pair with the beer, this is a nice stop in Boulder.

02-21-2012 05:48:13 | More by Mebuzzard
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $

Falling Rock Taproom may have more beers available, but it is worth the trip up to Boulder to come to Backcountry.

The 20 static taps they have includes Blind Pig from Russian River, which is enough to make it thee go to spot in Boulder, but the 30 rotating taps they have make this the most inspired tap list in the state of Colorado.

I have had Dogfish 120 Minute, Palo Santo, Lagunitas Sucks, Sumpin Sumpin, Sumpin Wild, Stone Ruination DDH, Pliny the Elder and a whole bunch of one offs from Jolly Pumpkin, Avery, Oskar Blues and a host of others.

The staff is generally very informative and usually very friendly. There have been moments where they have lacked on either category, but those are few and far between. These people love beer and want you to love beer just as much as they do.

They also have some pretty decent food. The apps are solid and then being able to order a slice of pizza with any ingredients you want on it is outstanding.

Long story short, Backcountry is hands down the best beer bar in Boulder (maybe outside of Avery's taproom). You can get almost anything you want and you'll get it at an affordable price. Even the expensive beer is poured in a smaller portion so it can be affordable.

01-10-2012 09:09:18 | More by StoneTSR
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claytong

Vermont

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

atmosphere - pizza place with sports bar look with some beer memorabilia, nothing great, nothing bad

quality - they have pretty solid offerings all the time. theres always one thing at least i havent tried and this being something pretty damn good.

service - one time a waiter didnt seem too happy to serve me some tasters beforehand, but otherwise its not bad.

selection - great selection. good bottle list. one of the best in town if not the best.

food - i hear great pizza from them. ive had the buffalo burger and appetizers and thats it, the buffalo burger was a little on the wet side, otherwise good.

overall - i just come here to have a few tasters and a pint and some good quality pub food.

10-30-2011 17:37:16 | More by claytong
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Backcountry Pizza & Tap House in Boulder, CO
97 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.