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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2880 Wilderness Pl
phone: (303) 444-8448
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by semihobo:
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.
01-11-2006 04:43:12 |
More by semihobo
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Nice friendly pub atmosphere. I've been there three times in the past two months. Servers have been quick, friendly, and helpful. All three times I've had large salads, all very good. I'm a malty dark beer fan, so absolutely love the chocolate porter "Shake."
Had the Shake on nitro and CO2... prefer the CO2. Also had the chocolate porter as a milkshake, which was good if you are in the mood for a dessert beer.
Really nice outside patio facing southwest. Plenty of parking. If you can't find a spot in the parking lot, park on the street that circles around the building. It is a comfortable, casual pub with a nicely quirky staff. The only disappointment I had were the french fries which I didn't like. I really prefer sweet potato fries, so I may not be a good judge on the fries.
In the past I've avoided the Wilderness Pub because I didn't really care for their beers, but the Shake is a big hit for us! We will be adding this to our regular pub outings.
12-17-2013 00:36:45 |
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More by jaydoc
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went for the tour, stayed for lunch, which was quite good and reasonably priced. I got a burrito of sorts if my memory recalls accurately. Tour was fun but if you already know how beer is made, there really is no need to attend. You get a ton of free beer at the end (like pitchers worth) so that was cool. Servers were helpful and nice so I can't fault them there. My only issue is that I can get everything they had on draft in New Jersey in bottles. Was hoping for a few more experimental beers having made the trek across country. I guess they just have to keep up with the production/bottling to fully experiment like other smaller breweries.
06-18-2013 22:38:55 |
More by claspada
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | $$
In all my visits to the Boulder area I had never been to Boulder Beer. I realized I had missed nothing. What a completely lame selection of beers on-tap. Nothing out of the ordinary at all.
We had just eaten at Oskar Blues in Longmont so we didn’t try the food. And frankly the beer selection was so boring we just had one each and left.
The bar/eating area is fairly small… there is a patio for the warmer months. I felt like it didn’t feel like a eatery or a bar… the “brewery” was too present. It was like the brewery tour launch point-bar-restaurant-gift shop was all crammed into once space… maybe because it was.
I have nothing else to add. It was almost pointless for us to stop.
01-20-2013 15:06:52 |
More by bditty187
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$
As a Boulder resident, I sure wish this place was better because I
would stop in a lot more often. Bottom line is: if you're from out of
town, it is worth stopping in just to buy some of their swag. One
thing that Boulder Beer has is great art work for their labels which
you can get on every type of apparel at this pub.
If you're local, maybe come in to see if they have Obovoid on tap (winter months).
The wait staff is a little slow and the bartender does not seem to care about the tables i.e. even though he is the first one to see
you, he doesn't communicate that to any of the waitresses.
They don't do tasters right: too small for the price.
Among locals, I have not heard anyone say much good about
the place. There are several other places where you can spend
your time and get better beer and service.
They do have a good summer festival if you're around for that.
01-08-2012 03:17:35 |
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