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Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 68
Beer Ratings: 513
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1535 Pearl St.
phone: (303) 546-0886
(Place added by: nathi)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 73 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is a restaurant that serves their own beer, I think there was a couple of guest taps. Their own beer was average, even above average, i.e. the Kind. No bar, mixed service as once they saw I was there only for beer, I was handed over to someone else to order beer from scratch-so not their type of customer. Small place, on the touristy Pearl Steet Mall. Some extra stouts out for stout month, but only the one barrel aged stout from a promised list. Not a place to meet and talk beer as people here with their cliques, but I managed.
02-11-2011 01:17:51 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Mountain Sun is located in the Pearl Street Mall area of Boulder. Metered parking is fairly abundant in the surrounding blocks, although it might take some good timing to find a spot right by the brewpub.
The inside is relatively small, with a narrow walkway up the middle of the space and tables/booths on either side. There is a bar of sorts in the rear that allows for standing. Funky artwork adorns the walls. The brewing equipment is in the far back end of the building near the restrooms and is visible behind windows.
The beer selection is pretty impressive. There are around 15 beers on tap, from lighter styles like Quinn's Golden Ale, Saint Amos Wit, a Saison, and a Blackberry Wheat to richer fare like couple IPAs, a Coffee Porter and Thunderhead Stout. All of the beers are average to above average, with a couple being standouts. Samplers are available in flights of 6.
Service was good despite the place being very busy. Our server brought us a ton of samples and gave recommendations for other beer spots in the area. On top of that, one of the brewers saw me scoping out the brewing equipment and invited me in to take a look around, which was nice.
We did not try any food on our visit.
Overall this is a very good beer destination in Boulder and I would definitely visit again.
08-18-2010 20:52:36 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Summary: Beer consistently good. Food mediocre to good. A Boulder must.
I've been to both locations a number of time, have finally gotten around to reviewing. The review will be based on the Pearl St. location. Easy to find, right across from a large parking complex on Pearl, in the block just past the pedestrian mall, heading away from town. It is medium-small and can get crowded on the weekends. It has a very Boulder vibe, with decorations reflection the hippy music culture. Service has been good, but can be slow if it's busy. Pretty sure the waitperson left my order on the hot table last time I was in (fries were lukewarm). Got three or four beer samples without asking for them, though. Ten plus of their beers plus one guest beer, so if you're looking for other micros, this isn't the place. Food has also been variable. Burgers have been good. Again, last time I was in, the sandwich I ordered wasn't impressive. Given their past track record, I'd let them slide and go back to eat. Would I return? As a non-regular, probably. After being there a few times, and with the rate of beer rotation, I may wait some time before I go back next time, though.
Note: the biggest drawback to the place is that it's cash only.
08-14-2010 22:39:45 |
More by LittleDon
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a great place to go! cool stuff on the walls, a huge selection of beers on tap. And beer to take home with you in canning jars! when you visit the restrooms you get to see where they brew. The food is really good, and the beer is great! i always get a huge thing of nachos for like 8 bucks. it feeds at least 2 people. I guess there is another mountain sun on the hill in boulder. but ive never been to that one before. if your in the boulder area and your down on pearl street stop by mountain sun!
06-13-2010 17:52:42 |
More by mytireisfat
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Had lunch here on 4 Feb 2010.
This was our second stop after getting into Denver airport. The first was Southern Sun, which was unfortunately closed (does not open until 4pm). So we headed up the road to Mountain Sun. Slightly hippieish but nothing too extreme, pretty family friendly place (we had a 1 and 4 year old with us). Board games if you want them. Our waiter was friendly but I think we confused him when we told him we wanted to sample every beer they made. Took about 10 minutes to get this straight. Eventually we did manage to try all of their beers. Food was decent. Plenty of vegetarian selections (imagine that). Bring cash, they don't take plastic. I'd tell you what we spent but our friends grabbed the check and wouldn't let us pay... prices were reasonable though.
05-18-2010 23:00:48 |
More by htomsirveaux
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
All lunched up now, we're ready to make a move towards points north and west. Oh sure, it'll be easy to find the highway now as we stumbled on it before having overshot our mark and saw the signs, saw the signs. Witzel's talking some crazy about a Mork & Mindy museum, but if you don't make direct eye contact with him, you can play like you didn't know he was talking to you. No, I'm here for the beer; brewpub in a single store front in the strip of town before the road just ends, Boulder...
It'd be a hard one to miss, painted brightly hippy and all. (Open the door, 'cause that's how you get inside). Seating up front (6 booths on the near wall, and 8 small 2 seaters side by side by side sharing a length of green leather benchage on the far wall starting ½ way back. 6 tables down the center of the room and a few up front in the windows over Pearl), and the seatless seemingly service only bar to the rear (It was get and go when we got here, but now they be 3 deep and once they're beer fed, they've got nowhere to go. So they linger longingly, waiting for someone to vacate a table, sad; like the clown). Long row of 21 taps on the barback wall with a pac-manlike guitar mural or something someone had a vision of when they painted it high, to the right, and a kitchen cheese fries peek-a-boo pass through to the left.
Drop green nipple lamps down the center of the room and wider pan ones over the tables & booths to each side. White blended in ducts with green hop vines painted on and red paisleyish carpetings. White walls with a brown wood trim up high, the walls decorated with framed Boulder Theater venue prints, tapestries colorful in all sizes & shapes, a beautiful Grateful Dead Oakland Coliseum New Years Eve '87 print, another from Telluride the same year, a more recent The Other Ones print, and a Phish '04 Vermont print. Paintings everywhere of landscapes, sunsets, mountains, forests, a moon/sun yin yang, a big ½ sun rising over the shorty wood wall benchback, and to the rear area above the overhang, a long mural of mountains, and in the middle... a sun, I know, shocker.
GABF & World Cup medals framed in the hallway past the bar running to the rear wherest lives a little brewing system. Mounted African masks up high where I can't screw with them, some potted plants up front and above the bar overhang to the rear along with some house shirts displayed. Drop figurines and things from the ceiling; a faced crescent moon, pigs with wings and some guy's face on them, and a child seat with a doll in it ('cause you'd have to change out a live baby too often). A cupboard piece sits up front with some essential board games for your losing.
A big vertical board on the far wall lists tap selections. Like their other house elsewhere in town, they've got a pretty goddamn big list of beers at nearly a dozen and a half and it's not like they're catering to the GABF weekend being a ½ hour out of Denver proper. 6 beers of your choice on the sampler served in (Oof-ta) 8 oz glasses (Saint Amos Wit, hazy, lightly fruity, some lemon grass; Temperance, a light Belgian Golden, Amarillo; Annapurna Amber, good malty sweetness with light hoppiness; Isadore Java Porter, roasty coffee, solid; Korova Cream Stout, on nitro, lactose sweet, creamy, some chocolatiness; Old School Dry Irish Stout, roasty, decent dryness), and then I moved into single samples of this and that (Colorado Kind Ale, on nitro, a double hopped amber with a whole lot of Cascade, not too bad; FYIPA, big citrus & piney hoppiness, just a good, solid IPA; XXX Pale Ale, significant hop presence, uh huh, bitter & assertive; Illusion Dweller IPA, an English style IPA, bready, nice; Retro Pale Ale, easy bitterness, oooh, easy drinking), and they had another half dozen plus I didn't get to try (Nihilist, Cab barrel aged Nihilist, Fortitude, Hop Vibrant, Quinn's Golden Ale, Blackberry Wheat, Super Kind), and guest tap Belhaven for what effect I cannot imagine. The Annapurna Amber, Isadore Java Porter, XXX Pale Ale, Illusion Dweller IPA & Retro Pale Ale were the best of 'em.
So very not what I was expecting having visited Southern Sun last year in all its stripmall splendor, but now I seem to recall people saying how different this place is from that, and I understand why they said not to show up on a Friday at 5 PM. We scapped seating fairly easily just before the madness set in. Timing is a lot of thing. Servicewise, they transitioned us over to a "from back east transplant" server during shift change, so we didn't hate on him. Oh yeah, the whole deal; my sampler, the 3 comped baby samples, Witzel's 3 pints and a plate of cheese fries that he whoringly wouldn't share cost a whopping $11.86 although, fuck! They don't take plastic, what to do, what to do, what to do? How will we cover this tab? Dishes Witzel will wash. Good brewpub, I totally approve. I picture you in the sun, wondering...
01-22-2010 15:57:03 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
What a cool place. Fantastic beers constantly rotating. Several were available on nitro taps also. The choice of 8oz makes it awesome for 1st timers.
The food is super fresh with daily specials. They serve soups salads and a variety of comfort food. I loved the custom grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of hot potato soup. The lady had a burrito that was incredible.
The staff is great as long as you are polite. The place gets packed and it's cash only so just be aware of these things if you've never been.
Great place to go after a long day of climbing or skiing.
11-18-2009 02:55:31 |
More by fightingwords
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I really had a great time at this place this evening. About 20 different brews on tap; I tried a nitro tap Old School Dry Stout that was very good. Nice roasted flavor and light mouthfeel. I also had a Java Stout that was nicely flavored. For food, I tried a Pollo Burrito with Red and Green Chili sauces that was very good.
Service was excellent; very friendly waitstaff and clientelle.
I would definitely come back. Very reasonably priced, good food and good beer and great waitstaff. Make time to visit if you are in Boulder.
11-17-2009 04:04:38 |
More by doppelmeup
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Went here with a couple Denver-native friends because it was their favorite local Brewery. I was blown away - beer and service were both absolutely fantastic. We were getting samples all over the place for things we hadn't even considered (even of some of their guest beers!). Our waiter was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable about the styles and beers. Selection was great, especially for a smallish local brewery - think they had about 15 of their own on tap, with a few guests in there as well. Prices were also excellent - especially given that I was coming from DC (nothing over $5, from what I saw). Really an excellent place that I'll head back to again.
09-30-2009 03:12:14 |
More by soupyman10
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I must say, this is not what I pictured after reading the reviews. It did not disappoint, just was not what I pictured. For one, it was much cleaner, and tidier than I would have thought. The decor, despite being hippie, was very tasteful and well placed. There is no bar to sit at, which is sort of a strike against atmosphere.
I started with the Illusion Dweller IPA, which was awesome. I then ordered up an eggplant burger and green chili soup. I must say this was one of the best meals I ever had at any brewpub.
The staff is super friendly, and very attentive. They all do every job according to the menus. I believe it, they are super knowledgeable, and everyone waits on every table. Top notch in every way, their staff ranks head and shoulders above most establishments I have ever been to.
I wish they had a bar and if the place was a little more, well, rundown. But I do not think many people ever leave here disappointed. the beer, food and staff are all right on. I can't get back to this spot fast enough.
09-18-2009 23:24:51 |
More by gixxerman
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery in Boulder, CO
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