Bull & Bush Brewery
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4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
I was introduced to the B&B beers at the 2007 Colorado Strong Ale Fest where they stole the show, allow me to recreate the scene.
Early April 2007, a cold day in the town of Boulder, CO. Its late afternoon and we were approx 12 sample tastings into the day so we were feeling pretty good. We decide to try and grab a table so we can have a quick snack and recharge for a few minutes. On the way to the table we grab one more sample, The Royal Oil. We sat down and take in the aroma, fantastic, huge, bourbon, lovely amazing but will the taste support it? YES! and YES again. This beer stole the show.
I made my first visit to the pub a couple weeks ago and it was very impressive. First off the beer selection is fantastic but more importantly my wife loved the atmosphere and the expansive menu. Men, this is saying something as she is 7 months pregnant and hard to please. The Friday special is all you can eat fish and chips which was great. A few others got the burgers and green chili and everyone loved their meal. A true diamond in the rough, this place is my new favorite pub. Thanks!
06-19-2007 04:02:07 | More by session1979
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
This place was very cool. The inside is very old school english pub but there is a much more modern outside sitting area as well. It was a nice day so we sat outside. According to the menu they had Kobe beef but the prices hinted otherwise. Anything less than 100 bucks isn't Kobe. The regular "Bull" burger I ordered was very good. I sampled 6 of their beers and found nearly all of them to be very good. The server even brought me a free draft root beer that they make on premises. The beers were all quite cheap as well; 3 bucks for regular and 2.25 for the special. My only complaint was that many of the beers were similar.
05-26-2007 21:36:22 | More by drseamus
4.45/5 rDev +10.7%
Bull and Bush is one of my favorite places to drink beer in Denver. That is mostly based upon the quality of the beers that they brew. My favorites are the Man beer and the Man-Man DIPA. The place is styled after an English pub with a really cool copper bar. The service is good and so is the food. They have a "Growler Tuesday" where you can get refills for $6. They also have a growler club where you can get your 10th growler free. The patio is nice but the last time I went they had the heaters on and it was like 70 degrees outside.
05-25-2007 15:43:37 | More by ArrogantB
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
I visited Bull & Bush almost a year ago now, on the eve of the "Denver Smoke Out". I stopped in for lunch. That evening they were going to have a special on shots - served from their classic ashtrays "because we don't need'em any more"...wow.
I thought it was a little hard to find. The place isn't huge. A handful of the tables were occupied and judging by the conversation i'd say that they were regulars. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. There were 5-7 house brews up. I had the Man-Man Beer, which was a Double IPA and it was REALLY GOOD.
I also ordered a steak meal which was huge and cooked to perfection. I also bought one of their "What's Yours?" pint glasses (crack me up).
I'd like to get back to Denver-Boulder again, possible for the GABF, and when i do i hope to make it back to B&B as well.
02-03-2007 15:28:01 | More by jjayjaye
4.15/5 rDev +3.2%
I'd never heard of the place until I saw it on BA. In kind of an odd spot, so it's easy to never know it exists until you look for it!
Looks very much like a cross between a British pub and a German beerhall.
Wood and "old memorabilia" style decor. Has a long bar with tankards hanging a lot like a German hall does. 6-7 taps are in the back with a variety of brews. It's a little crowded, but that's not a bad thing. Very laid back atmosphere make this place a great hang-out. The layout seems like it makes it a little more packed in than it should've been, though.
On to the beer, right? The night we were there, they had Justice and Man Beer (2 IPA's using different hops), an Amber, a Stout, a Dunkel-Weiss, a Pils, an English Brown, a Saison, a hoppy Barleywine, a pumpkin ale, and a peppermint spiced Winter Warmer called "Yule Fuel." We split all but the Amber, Pils, Man Beer, and Brown. Every beer we had was great, too. The Yule Fuel was shockingly the favorite just because it was so unusual. It might be a little too sweet for some, but it was so different it'll grow on you. I plan on going back for a growler in the next few weeks.
Food's good. Kobe burgers are only $1 more than normal ones and the fish and chips are shockingly REALLY good. Instead of giving you overpriced Gordon's fillets, the fish tastes fresh and is only lightly breaded. It's still pub food, but it's a good version of it.
Service was good, although the waitress seemed very concerned that we wouldn't like some of the beers. I think she was just likely used to macro drinkers sending things back! Either way, it's appreciated that someone offers you a free sample to try regardless of how much of a beer fan you might be.
It's not really the cheapest of places to spend an evening, but with GREAT beer and solid enough morsels, I think I might have a new back up to the downtown beer hubs.
EDIT: As I've moved to the eastern 'burbs, the B&B has become my pub of choice and I find myself here almost every week. I should also mention that they have AMAZING weekend brunch offerings that aren't very expensive to boot. There's something wonderful about having chicken & eggs with a brown ale on a Sunday morning.
EDIT2: Starting in 2009 I've noticed that the B&B has really started catering to the beer geek crowd a bit more. Lots of release parties, more rotating offerings, and generally I'd say the beers have been consistently made better, too. Whenever people come in from out of town, this is where I take them, often even over the downtown spots.
12-04-2006 00:39:34 | More by Domingo
4.18/5 rDev +4%
This place is in my backyard. I'm not sure why I don't go more. They have a great selection of beers and definitely are experimental with the brews.
They had a jazz band when I went on Sunday night. It put everyone in a good mood, and caused me to taste more beers than I should have considering I had to go to work the next day. I tried a seaonsal beer with a very banana like flavoring. It was sort of like a saison. A oily double IPA that was close to a Barleywine (they had a barleywine on tap too, but I didn't try that). A imperial stout, and a couple of other IPAs. I know there were several more to choose from.
I had a hard time choosing from the expansive menu, and our waitress was accomdating. Nout outstanding service, but good.
Like I said, I over indulged, so I spent some money in the gift shop. When I sobbered up the next day, I still was happy with my purchase. I'll be going to this place more often.
10-29-2006 04:18:05 | More by biking4beer
4/5 rDev -0.5%
This was another very convenient location for me as a public transit patron. The # 11 bus put me about a half-block away, but given the fact that the building, and by extension, the front door are set back from the road, I almost walked past it. As I entered, there was a short vestibule with a glass cabinet on the right hand side that was filled with awards and memorabilia. Proceeding down a short flight of stairs, there was a room with all of their logo gear, including growlers, along the left wall. Speaking of their logo, it depicts a pair of babies, a boy and a girl, peering into their diapers with the caption, Whats yours? Ha!
Continuing aft, the restaurant area was off to the right, with a number of tables and chairs flanked by booths on one side and high stools on the other. Finally, all of the way to the left was the bar with its seamed, riveted copper top; a heavy wooden rail held in place by brass couplings; and mug club mugs overhead. Behind the left end of the bar was an English-style dartboard. The whole place had a veddy English pub atmosphere. I would also like to mention their great looking waitstaff. A really eye-catching bunch. Dark wood was the name of the game here, from the wood beams in the overhead, to the paneling throughout. It kind of went with the stygian lighting. The washrooms were between the gift shop and the bar and featured chalkboards for the graffiti minded patrons. Through a doorway aft, on the right-hand side, was a separate restaurant area with the serving tanks visible in the back. They also had a covered patio area back on this side. Their beers were all serviceable, but The Man IPA was the winner for this man.
10-24-2006 21:52:40 | More by woodychandler
4.58/5 rDev +13.9%
I tried the Triple ale, very good and an Octoberfest (i think, we had already had few when we got there) and it was very good as well. We were there on a Monday night and it was rib night, they were outstanding but the sides were standard fare. I loved the atmosphere, it was befitting of a place that serves Man Beer. They have a lot on tap and judging by how busy they were and how long they have been in business they will still be there the next time in Denver. I am going back to sample more brews!
10-15-2006 18:43:57 | More by dlloyd4114
3.78/5 rDev -6%
Was this place a German restaurant and pseudo-English pub in a previous life? That is what it looks like inside and out. We ventured out after the GABF for their brunch ... really good eats. Eggs and Enchiladas were awesome. The staff was friendly and on top of their game.
As for the beer ... Justice IPA was good and Liquid Brain IMP Stout was awesome. Their ESB tasted like there was a little rubbing alcohol in it and their pseudo-lambic tasted like floor polish. So the beers are hit or miss but they get point for their selection.
Certainly worth a visit ... just ask for a taste before you order a pint.
10-04-2006 03:52:18 | More by Jason
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
First off the architecture from the outside looks like I should be somewhere in England about 1850. There is an outdoor deck visible from the parking lot that works great on cool summer nights. Stepping inside you quickly notice the dark, woodsy feel of the place, instantly comfortable. Sitting at the back of the bar able to look out over the dining room is the place to be. Lots of nice touches, the bar top being one of my favorites. Usually about 12 pub brews on tap. The best in my opinion being the Justice IPA. Great service, low-key, authentic pub atmosphere.
09-28-2006 03:45:42 | More by thanatos2948
Bull & Bush Brewery in Denver, CO
90 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.