Redfish New Orleans Brewhouse

Redfish New Orleans BrewhouseRedfish New Orleans Brewhouse
32 Ratings
Redfish New Orleans BrewhouseRedfish New Orleans Brewhouse

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2027 Thirteenth Street
Boulder, Colorado, 80302
United States

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Reviews by benito:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Eight is the magic number (of craft brewers) in Boulder, and in such a competitive climate, it takes a lot to stand out. Redfish is a cut above the other Boulder brewpubs--it is hands down the best in downtown Bobo and competes with Southern Sun for the title of best in the city--though you're going to pay a pretty penny to enjoy its treats and wares.

They carry six year-round brews, the best of which is the exceptional Rasta Pils, and had three seasonals on tap when I visited. The Blackalicious Imperial Stout was a little light on alcohol for the style (only 8%) but strong on flavor and complexity. They also have a rice beer called "Hapa Beer" which is on tap in house and at the eponymous sushi restaurant around the corner on the Pearl Street mall.

Redfish's New Orleans atmosphere feels only slightly out of place in Boulder mostly because the atmosphere feels only slightly New Orleanian. The whole bar, done with minimalist decor and lots of unfinished metal, suggests a hip wine bar (like Redfish's neighbor Trilogy) or club. Redfish's swankiness is a nice counterpoint to the atmosphere that one finds in Boulder's other brewpubs--the crunchiness (Mountain Sun), athleticism (Southern Sun), and traditional fraternity atmosphere (Walnut, BJs) aren't to be found here. If Boulder, Colorado is a town that masquerades as an eco-oasis while actually existing as a conscientious consumer's paradise, then Redfish has the atmosphere that most closely captures the true pulse of the city. There's nowhere else in town that offers an Organic IPA to accompany a $22 entree. For me, it's that latent honesty that actually makes the visit. My only suggestion for improvement is that they drop the "New Orleans" moniker from the name.

Again, if you're only going to drink at one place while exploring downtown Boulder, Redfish is your stop. More than anything else, it should make you think...and let you do so over a high quality brew.

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Photo of slander
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

The between GABF sessions play day; we'll call it Friday. I parked my rental stupidly somewhere not near here. Not so much not near here but not near the place we were at before here, and really now here too having walked over from there. Where is my not my car? No matter, we'll just wait for everyone to go home and mine will be the last car in Boulder, easy enough. We'll just wait it out with a beer (sampler)...

Enter into a room with no beer and become a-scared. Oh wait, to the rear, a wall of glass running up and a doorway on center, behind which the goings on go on. "L" shaped slate topped bar seating 15, but not a clean "L", it bows, it rounds. Overhang trailing the bar winds and waves, and has strung red rope lighting tucked under it's curved white panels overlapping as they move along, like scales.

Bar back is fridge space below, with a 10 tap tower above, stacked glassware to one side, mirrored paneled wall pasted with brewery, radio & music stickers, and strung rope lighting all about the shelves of booze & glassware. Wavy metalness with hanging fish over the bar, a mounted flat screen in the corner, sunken spots in the overhang, and a "Be nice or leave" sign on the back wall cooler.

5 raised tables adjacent to the bar below a mural wall bar scene and angled cut windows. Drop colored cylinder lamps over the seating, and an open kitchen down past there. To the rear, a wide open space with a platform to the back for bands, sitting just in front of the brewing equipment in a room behind glass. A single very long stainless steel table able to hold 16, another one a bit shorter, and 3 raised rectangys on the far wall below large framed prints of the house beers, and a center flat, as are in every corner. Cool, what I can only call upside down canoe lighting overhead, plus random spots. A wall of posters along the hallway out back... Dylan, Marley, Dizzy, Chalie Parker, Muddy Waters.

The up front room holds a small "U" shaped bar seating 10 on the far wall. 3 booths, 7 tables and a pair more long stainless steel tables done with some crazy spiral patterns. Thin slat wood floors, and lime green & red walls, with colored wall mounted lamps and lots of festive bright paintings of mostly dead rock stars (Jerry, Jim, Johnny), Dylan and others + more colorful madness. I believe the sign reading "You're a liar, your feet stink, and you don't love Jesus" about sums it up.

8 beers on the sampler; 6 regulars, Rasta Pilsner, nothing; Big Easy Pale, an APA, light, fairly hoppy; Riley's Red, sweet, with a slight maltiness; Angry Monk, Belgian candy sugary 6.7%; Tree Hugger Organic IPA, 7%, hoppy, hoppy, solid, with a good finish; Space Stout, silky, oaty, nicely flavorful & some licorice; and 2 seasonals, Double Vision Double IPA, 9.5%, not as hoppy as the IPA and a bit too sweet; Badonkadonk Brown Ale, nothing really going on there and I very much wanted there to be. The Tree Hugger Organic IPA and Space Stout were the saving graces of this uninspired lot.

Servicewise, "One fish, two fish, Redfish blew". The bartender was shitty about having to do samplers, and actually said, "Oh, I see we have a real beer drinker here". Excuse me? Hey, Fuck you! You see this here in my hand? It's a Pilot Precise Rolling Ball, V5, Extra Fine, Red! Red, motherfucker! And maybe you didn't want the wrong side of it but you've got it now! He did it again when other people came in and ordered samplers, at which point I said, "You know, I always order a sampler so I can try everything and then make an informed decision about which one I'd want", and he said something like "I would rather give you a little taste of whatever you want and let you try them that way". I'm thinking, I don't really care how you'd like to play. I have in this pocket here, money, and I use it to buy samplers, and tip, or not...

Anyway, the beers in general were not all that. Two of the 8 were good, but otherwise, no, not really, and hell, I didn't even order the Jambalaya and I always order it when I see it, what does that say to you? Good art, and good music, mostly Dead and unoffensive Phish (it does exist)(yes it does). The place had a decent vibe although somewhat forced, if that makes any sense. Ed was making friends but I just wasn't feeling it. Onward, more to see.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We stumbled into the place during a Friday off from the Denver scene during GABF weekend '08. We were starving and looking for a cap to a great day in Boulder and Ft. Collins. Because I didn't know anything about the brewery, I was quite surprised at the quality. The beers were good and the food was very good. I grabbed a sampler of their beers (8 total) and the nacho appetizer. I would rate the beers quite high on the 'clean' scale, while they hit moderate gravities per styles. No one beer was a particular standout, but none were offensive. All were quite drinkable and moderate with the alcohol. The salad with tuna was quite good, fresh, and creative in the combination of flavors. All portions were very filling. The decor was a 'chic-urban' loung-y type place. The band was setting up in the back of the bar which takes on a less-pretty feel. Some neon and exposed metal trim give the place an interesting touch. I recommend the place, especially for the food- with beers worthy of pairing up.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Opens at 4pm on weekdays, so lunch isn't an option

This place reminded me of the House of Blues restaurant, but with better beer! Loved the bubble wall & primitive art/blues greats pictures

Most of the beer was above average; the stand outs for me were the smoked porter & the Fat Tuesday Ale.

Service was pretty good, but should been a little more attentive given how few patrons were there at the time

9 beers on tap with a pils & Belgian style offering, so the selection was not shabby

The food was excellent, if you like creole, this a great place. The gumbo & calamari were nice, had oysters on the half shell as well

Value-wise the beer was cheap $3.50 a pint, stay away from the oysters if on a budget!

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Photo of rye726
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Ah the Redfish, so many Thursday night spent drinking the best one dollar beer in town. Thats right, they use to sell one dollar pints of their beers every Thursday night. They are now $1.50, but still a good deal. Other bars in Boulder sell pints of Pabst for more than double that price.

Has a New Orleans creole atmosphere with soem Boulder dazzle. Never tried any food there, but what I've seen looks pretty good.

They also have decent beer. Some porters, stouts and Belgian styles are all good. If you are ever around on a Thursday, give it a try. Its been pretty empty since they raised the price as well.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.33/5  rDev -33.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Stop number 3 on my Boulder tour. An interesting place, more of a punk hangout (but not quite). Steel chairs, black metal all over the place. A rock band played in the back. Listed were 10 beers and I couldn't wait to try the Blackalicious again. I've had their beers before and liked most of them. However, I never did have any this night. while I was there (15 minutes) I counted 32 people in the place. Not a big crowd by any means. I sat at the bar, money in hand. Three bartenders and one waitress looked at me, then ignored me. Waving the money a bit didn't help. Neither did "excuse me". For ten minutes I sat there, no service (deplorable when the servers are NOT busy). I can see Blackalicious in sight. Alas no beer. I left in disgust. What a terrible experience, will probably never go back.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

This brewery lies almost directly across the street from the counter-culture-y Mountain Sun brewery. After a few rather unsatisfactory ales at said brewery, we happened across this particular "other brewery". I have to say that these guys make the better product.

The inside of Redfish in Boulder is industrially post-mod, or minimalistically industrial, however you choose to think of it. Basically its just a large area covered with strangely abstract hunks of twisted metal and bubbling water sculpture. Colored lighting (read: mostly red) reflected well off everything and gave a sort of chilly ambience. Would be much more impressive later in the evening, I suspect.

The service here was impeccable, but that had to do with the slow afternoon lack-of-crowd. Our waitress was a gorgeous Boulder co-ed who chatted us up with everything from the beer (she knew her stuff) to Nederland, a hippie enclave 30 miles in the mountains from Boulder. She treated everyone with that sort of the loving tease that brings the tips. Made it fun for the group.

On-tap was an organic IPA that wasn't abusively hoppy but was very tasty and drinkable. There was also a Red ale I tried, an ESB which was passable, and a delicious strong ale priced in line with the other pints. Very nice.

I didn't get a chance to try the food, but hopefully one day i'll make it back for Reggae Wednesday. An interestingly fulfilling lunch or dinner spot if you're in town.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.93/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place has a completely different slant on the whole brewpub genre. It's a New Orleans style restaurant. Yes, they brew on the premisis, but having menu choices like jambalya & etouffe (sp?) certainly exceed the normal pub grub. The food was great. The service was very good. And, I enjoyed the beers, which I'll review separately.
This place clear and airy. I would go back if I'm in Boulder again.

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Redfish New Orleans Brewhouse in Boulder, CO
Brewery rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 32 ratings
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