Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Boulder Beer / Wilderness PubBoulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
BA SCORE
52.5%
Liked Their Beers
3.53 w/ 12,886 ratings
Boulder Beer / Wilderness PubBoulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2880 Wilderness Pl
Boulder, Colorado, 80301
United States

(303) 444-8448 | map
boulderbeer.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
53
Reviews:
5,203
Ratings:
12,886
Liked:
6,759
Average:
3.53/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
76.3%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
97
Liked:
74
Avg:
3.87/5
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by semihobo:
Photo of semihobo
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GarrisWH
1/5  rDev -74.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

Most filthy, disgusting brew facility I have ever seen. Actually saw a rat running around.

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Photo of deereless
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of zotzot
3.91/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of ManBearPat
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Beerbirdnerd
2.98/5  rDev -23%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of erk0607
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Showed up on a whim and it was bluegrass day with lots of pups on the patio. Got a really tasty buffalo burger. Although the menu selection wasn't very diverse, everything was good. Lots of hop forward/hoppy beers, which aren't my favorite but were good nonetheless.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.91/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of TheHopsman
4.18/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of tiitomireles
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BeerOps
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of daem3384
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Doublicious
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mkharpo
5/5  rDev +29.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Vibe:Great visit with out of town guests. Cool local feel. Unpretentious as opposed to some other Boulder snotty spots.
Quality: Solid pub menu executed well.
Service; Dave and Ethan gave us great info about the samples at the bar.
Food: Good veggie options. Yummy pretzels.
Selection: Good tap room only stuff. Cask aged choice that rotates.
Overall: Great live music on Thursdays. Awesome patio. Friendly staff.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.83/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of IPAchris
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of aratcliffe
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Moose90
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of sudski77
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of dcCObeer
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Shake chocolate porter milkshake is the BOMB!!

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of aussieyank
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of jihadFRANK
4.45/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Boulder Beer is one of the best breweries, top to bottom, in Boulder. The service here was quick and very good. Our order was accurate, and the food was delicious.

Their outdoor seating area was comfortable.

I can't wait for my next visit.

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