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Walnut Brewery

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Walnut BreweryWalnut Brewery

40 Ratings
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.11%
Active Beers: 11
Beer Ratings: 36
Beer Avg: 3.44
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1123 Walnut Street
Boulder, Colorado, 80302
United States
phone: (303) 447-1345

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Photo of yemenmocha
3/5  rDev -15.5%

yemenmocha, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of bilyboy65
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Can't comment on the food. This review is strictly beer and atmosphere. Price seemed pretty good. Atmosphere was really nice. Brewing equipment in sight and cool posters of their beers made a nice brewery decor to a restaurant. Beers were not that good, even almost horrible. I don't know how they have so many mug club members. Decent prices and a cool atmosphere doesn't make up for the lacking of its sole purpose, to make beer. All the beers tasted the same. Same spice, lack of hops and water feel to them. Only the week use of malts differentiated them.

bilyboy65, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of cfrobrew
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

cfrobrew, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Butchnasty
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Butchnasty, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of JakeZWord
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

JakeZWord, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Jeremy_Karanovich
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Jeremy_Karanovich, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of RickyBell
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

RickyBell, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Shadmika
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Shadmika, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of maxecho
4/5  rDev +12.7%

maxecho, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%

The high spot of this brewery is probably the amount of space and ample seating around the brewery. A large bar and many tables and booths means we had no wait to be seated. The pub also had many TVs around (no some I look for in a brewery).

The beer selection is quite diverse but not to the quality of neighboring competitors. I tried single pours of many tap beers and couldn't find anything I was really sold on or would need to come back for.

They have a very large food menu, consisting of pretty ordinary pub food. The prices are nothing to celebrate.

All-in-all a nice pub worth visiting, but probably not your go to.

Aaron_Kerkvliet, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Hopheadjeffery, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of cleonile2000
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

cleonile2000, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.84/5  rDev -20%

I just stopped in for beers since I was close by and it seemed easy and convenient enough.

I should have thought twice the moment the waitress looked less than pleased when I only wanted beer. Oh, I'm sorry, I thought this was a brewery. Turns out that's a stretch.

On beers alone, this place cannot stand.

I tried a flight, hoping to find a good beer to have a pint of and was less-than-impressed to unmoved by all of the beers. Essentially, these beers are light-bodied, lightly-flavored concoctions that seemed cheaply made.

If you are looking for good beer in Boulder there are TONS of better options.

ONovoMexicano, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of ScorpyX
3/5  rDev -15.5%

ScorpyX, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of BeerBuffalo
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

BeerBuffalo, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Juner03
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

I love love love their peppercorn burger. It is the perfect compliment to a beer - any beer! The atmosphere is lively, close to Pearl Street with plenty of sports on the tv. I must say I have had bad service here once or twice but thankfully the food and drink made up for it. I remember waiting so long for my drink that I decided it was time to move onto Pearl Street Pub, just around the corner. Comparatively, the pub is small and the staff can't help but notice when you are need of a drink. Walnut, while high in quality is rather large. If you are looking for a quiet place where you don't want to be interrupted, Walnut is the place for you.

Juner03, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +12.7%

great spot in boulder just off the mall. nice selection of beers, couple of cask offereings as well. i really enjoyed the rye porter from the cask, unique and complex beer. cool atmosphere with the tanks visible up above and a neat mug club. prices totally fair, especially at happy hour. looks like a nice menu, i can only attest to the chili though, and it was very good. service is always okay, nothing out of the ordinary. its a nice place to have a few pints after tooling around boulder. dont think they bottle so its worth a visit if you are in town.

StonedTrippin, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of kemoarps
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%

We stopped here on our way back to Texas from RMNP. Our original plan was foiled (because it was sunday), so we just googled nearby breweries, and this came up.
The interior was alpine standard, wood everything. I like it, but it wasn't anything special. The beer itself was a little underwhelming. Again, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't anything special (I got the Porter because the Stout wasn't available). My friend's got a flight and liked the white quite a bit. We also got the stadium pretzels, which were decent, if doughy. The dip was pretty good, though. Our server was very attentive (but not to the point where he was annoying or smothering), though there wasn't really many other tables, so YMMV on a busier night. When we were there, of the nine or so brews they had on the board, a vast majority of them had been crossed out, and were unavailable, which was disappointing. Ended up spending like 30 bucks for two full beers, a flight and the appetizer (including tip).

kemoarps, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

The Walnut bar is at one end of the tourist area. It is a decent looking place, and larger than the average bar, and one can come here and talk beer, and sit or stand at a decent sized bar. A little loud for music at 315 pm. The beer selection and quality is a bit poorer than the regular Rock Bottom brewpubs. They have to pick it up here to stay competitive to craft beer consumers. If you want a light session beer,as opposed to some inetresting imperial stout, this is the place to come. If you have the time, pop in.

Sammy, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of ghebel
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Visited Walnut brewery on a trip to CO with my family. We went there for lunch and overall it was a great experience. The food was decent for a reasonable price and they seemed to be fairly kid friendly, although quarters are tight for a stroller. I liked the large, easy to read boards that detailed all the current beer selections. I tried a Black IPA and an English Bitter on cask. Both were enjoyable beers, especially the Black IPA. I left there with a positive experience and would go back the next time we are in Boulder.

ghebel, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Large, spacious building with lots of woodsy accents. We were seated quickly and the waiter attended to us after only a slight delay. The wait staff continued to be very attentive and polite throughout the night.

We ordered only beers, but several. I would not recommend many of them highly, but they were for the most part serviceable and they came in a variety of styles, maybe 10 taps or so.

A little cookie-cutter, but overall a pleasant brewpub to take some friends out for some brews. Not too adventurous, but unlikely to offend.

BretSikkink, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of rye726
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Nice bar located in Downtown Boulder. Usually a little crowded for my taste, but then again, most places are.

Decent atmosphere, a big bar with lots of seating area. The food is pretty good bar food. Ihad a burger and a salad. Both were tasty. As I said before, service can be a little slow during peak hours.

Their beer selection is pretty good. A buch of house brewed taps which is getting harder and harder to find these days. Decent quality, no big or special beers though.

They have a beer club that gives you a discount on pints which is cool.

rye726, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

I've been here many times over the years. It's hard to believe that this place kicked off the Rock Bottom chain.

The look of Walnut is pretty typical for an older pub. Lots of wood and lots of exposed brick. It was cool when it opened, but now feels a bit dated and generic. On the upside, the place is clean and has a ton of space.

Food is more or less the same as the Rock Bottoms that now dot CO. Being in Boulder, it looks like the vegetarian offerings are bit broader, however. I stuck with appetizers, as I was mostly there for the beer. I had a nice asiago cheese dip with beer bread.

The beers here are generally above average. I've never had a beer here that pushed the envelope, but I haven't been disappointed either.

Service is good and prices a little high. Definitely worth a visit when in Boulder, as this place is a bit of a landmark.

Rayek, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of slander
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%

Out of the gold mine at last and backtracking now east most of the way towards Denver before hooking back up a ways northwest towards Boulder. You'd think there'd be a shorter distance between the two points, but someone put mountains between them, so no, it'll be the long way around. Boulder; a popular Orkan winter retreat and a cool little artsy town, much to see. Evil master plan = dodge the breweries, hit the brewpubs...

Big brick shell of a building, wide planks floorings, way vaulted ceiling, steel girder erector set above supporting spinning fans & spots, and drop spinning top lamps over the bar. Old framed black & white prints mounted in the rear rooms here show this building when it used to be City Plumbing & Heating, back in the day, some day. And supposedly, and I can't speak to it, but it's been said that this was the very first Rock Bottom location which means nothing really, except affording you the opportunity to express "and?"

A long slight "L" light with a dark wood strip design topped bar seems like it would seat more than the dozen it does. 2 towers of 10 a piece sit at different points along the bar. The barback is stainless steel countertops over coolers below. Tiered booze on both ends & wines inside, and a pair of handpumps on center. Shades of green brick barback wall with a long horizontal window over the handpumps with a smaller board listing those selections. The rim over the window and 3 long shelves running the length above are lined with mug club mugs of all sizes, shapes and ceramic & glass makes. And up atop, a row of 3 fermenters in a brewhouse visible through windows. On one end, a big board lists tap selections; names, styles, ABV's, birthdays, descriptions. TV's above the bar and a large flat screen over the front vestibule with bags of malt & barrels displayed, and elk & buffalo heads mounted up high to both sides.

6 bar counter tables and a pair of booths in the front corner forward the bar, around an old time fire extinguisher. 8 raised roundy bar tables and a pair of booths in the center of the room away to the bar, and a raised area lying adjacent, running the whole side of the room opposite the bar, 8 red leather bench booths running the wall below large Walnut Brewery beer placards, and a dozen tables alongside. Also 6 tables out front curbside for someone's interpretation of what seasonal seating is. Kettles and a mash tun behind glass in a large room to the rear, with smaller rooms with slight seatings to both sides; 7 tables in one and 5 booths & tables in the other, both decorated with old time black & white pics of town.

They do a 7 beer sampler which became a 10 beer on my request (I was extra thirsty, I think it's the altitude), normally served on a red handled holder but this I was denied as I was bar side. 7 house regulars; the Buffalo Gold, light, slightly citrusy; the Dunkel (rotating wheat), good cloviness, quite tasty; the Indian Peaks Pale Ale, Cascade, nice crispness; the St James Irish Red, nutty & malty, with a grainy flavor; the Big Horn Bitter, Chinook & Willamette, some spiciness there; the Old Elk Brown Ale, full bodied and a good sweet malty flavor; the Devil's Thumb Stout, thick, oaty, deep & dark, pleasantly licoricey; plus 2 seasonals Alt (Ctrl + Alt + Del), good maltiness with some grainy flavor, a very nice Alt; Oktoberfest, pleasant enough, good balance; and a nitro Pale Ale, more of the same. The Dunkel, Old Elk Brown Ale, Devil's Thumb Stout & the Alt (Ctrl + Alt + Del) were the best of the lot. They've also got 2 handpumps flowing (Gold & Pale Ale) but I didn't get to them as I was samplered up and we had other places to be.

Fairly quiet on this Friday afternoon between GABF play days. Service was easy enough, it's a good space, comfortable house, and I got a couple of real nice beers on that sampler. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 how many Rock Bottoms have I seen now? This was one of the better ones.

slander, Nov 22, 2008
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Walnut Brewery in Boulder, CO
83 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.