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Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
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Beer Avg: 3.69
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1535 Pearl St.
phone: (303) 546-0886
(Place added by: nathi)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 73 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
Stopped in twice last week over the course of a few days. Located right on the eastern fringes of the pedestrian shopping mall of Pearl Street. Felt a bit cramped with no bar area--standing only--and a few tables. I could see this place getting obnoxiously cramped when a good band is playing or something worthwhile happnin in town. Not exactly the burning couch CU crew, the place fits with the block of dirty wannabe hippe joints selling Tibetan junk and incense. There are a lot of light colored woods and the usual granola college kid assortment on the walls. However, for the area, it works.
The quality of the beers was excellent as well as the selection. They had about a dozen of their own brews on tap. As with the Southern Sun location, we had our fair share of the options. To make it even better, brews were only $1-2 while we were there. What better reason to send the ladies shopping along the street?
Service was fast and friendly. As was stated before, the female bartenders are not hard on the eyes--probably the only thing missing while we were at Southern Sun. They were also extremely well versed in the beer. This company definitely knows how to treat it's brewery/beer bar employees...
Overall, a pretty good bar and my favorite of the Pearl Street options. However, due to the mountains and excellent staff, I'd recommend their sister location Southern Sun as the best in Boulder...
08-30-2005 18:03:07 |
More by Dithyramb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Mountain Sun is located in downtown Boulder, easy to find. I cant say if parking is good or bad because I parked a few blocks away to walk around. Once inside I was greeted with a full house of hippies/dirty college kids/families that were raising their kids to be hippie college kids. I must say, they all fit in here because the décor is 1960s hippie; at least it wasnt gaudy. There was a good vibe to this place.
The restaurant is one room with the bar at the back, booths on each sidewall and tables in the middle. It really isnt very big. I visited at dinnertime on a Saturday. It was hot outside and just as damn hot inside. It didnt help I was sitting a foot from two other strangers. Anyway, there was something charming about it. I guess I was awash in peace and love
The food menu was pub grub with a healthy twist. I ordered the Gooney Bird (a kicked-up turkey sandwich) and it was good. The chips and salsa was tasty as well. However, my girlfriends chicken sandwich wasnt very good (poor cut of chicken) and the fries were a bit undercooked. The menu had enough variety.
I was impressed with the service here. Everybody was very nice and attentive. Remember, it was busy during my visit. Our food came quickly and the beer/water glasses never got empty. Plus I overheard them explaining their beers to the table next to mine and they did a good job.
I tried the XXX Pale and the IPA. Both were good stuff. There seemed to be about 18 beers on-tap.
All in all, Mountain Sun was a quality little brewpub. If in Boulder again I would absolutely stop in for a bite and a beer.
07-21-2005 01:16:10 |
More by bditty187
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
A nice place right on Pearl Street in downtown Boulder, CO. The atmosphere is all light coloured woods and many tables in a small room/space with no bar seating (standing room only bitch). Quality of the beers I had were great (Java porter, and some Colorado kind bud). Service was fast and friendly, and the female tenders here are hot. Selection is great as well with like 15 of their own brews on tap. Damn! Food looked good as well, but my time was limited. Other places to hit ya know...Beers were cheap as well, and pints are $1 at happy hour (holy shit!). Definately recommended and i'll definately be back when in Colorado!
07-08-2005 00:00:09 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Made yet another visit to Mountain Sun this weekend - decided it was finally time for a review. Past reviewers have complained that the place is a bit hippy - but what else would you expect on East Pearl in Boulder? Despite that the place has a nice atmosphere inside, with one long room. There are booths on one side and tables everywhere else, with a bar at the back to order a beer, but no seating. The brewery itself is behind glass back towards the rear of the building. On tap are 15 or so of their own offerings and a few guest taps. They offer a wide variety of styles. Food is vegetarian friendly, but they do make a good burger too. Mountain Sun is a nice place to grab a pint and a bite while interacting with the Boulder hippies.
03-08-2005 16:13:10 |
More by rowew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
I can't believe there aren't more reviews for this place. It's a gem.
A stroll around this place on a Thursday night was well worth it. Not only was there plenty of beautiful women around (both drinking and serving beer), but the beer was awesome as well. Every beer I had was great tasting.
I guess if you're going to be a brewpub in downtown Boulder you better come correct. And they do... if you look around the walls of this place, you'll see an impressive collection of hardware collected at the GABF.
In the bar, there was a mixture of college students, heads, young professionals, and just plain old beer drinkers. The vibe was good and positive, and there was a lot of revelry.
If you're in Boulder for any reason, give this place a shot. They've been brewing now for at least 10 years, and over time, they have definitely earned a lot of respect.
12-05-2004 06:22:49 |
More by Sixpoint
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Stopped in while in the area during July, 2004. Mountain Sun is located on the east side of the Pearl Street pedestrian mall in Boulder. Mountain Sun consists of a single large room with tables in the middle and booths along the walls. A small bar is near the back where you can order a beer, but that does not accommodate seating. The service staff is quite knowledgable about the beer selections and were very attentive. The decore is of a style appreciated by granola college kids, which appeared to be the main clientele. Lighting was a bit dim and the bathrooms left something to be desired, but are fitting with the rest of the establishment. But on to what's important, the beer. There was a wide selection and the beers I had were quite flavorful. For example, they had a British IPA and an American IPA, both of which were true to style (could have used a bit of age, but still were pretty good). This kind of selection and flavor is an uncommon quality at brewpubs so small. Mountain Sun is worth a visit if you are in Boulder without transportation. If you do have a car, there are many other breweries you could visit instead.
12-02-2004 03:15:00 |
More by mentor
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3
Walked down Pearl street to the Mountain Sun brewery. I swear everyone
in there was high. The guy serving us, the patrons, the brewers. It
stank of patchouli and unwashed hippies dashed dreams of a better
world. The beer was not good. I suppose this is what happens when you
are struck with the munchies in the middle of a brew session. The beer
was like beginner homebrew. Cloudy, mucky, adhering to no particular
style and full of off flavors. The IPA was not hoppy but had some
harsh (dude...HARSH) grainy flavor. The doppelbock was not malty but
jarringly alcoholic and *phenolic*! The hefe looked okay but it's
supposed to be cloudy. They had a WIDE range of 'styles' on tap but of
the ones I tried it seemed to me they should put down the bong long
enough to master a few basics.
The beer seemed rushed and as though it hadn't conditioned long enough before being placed on tap.
I won't be back until they report a
massive pot shortage in the Boulder area.
09-14-2004 16:35:51 |
More by randal
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
Oh, mountain sun. How you came so hyped from my friends, and how I still think of you from time to time. Such a good idea, such well, i'm still undecided about the product.
Moutain Sun Pub & Brewery is pretty close to the student-downtown area of Boulder Colorado. I always feel such misappropriation issues when i'm in this part of the country. Good beer on tap at alot of brewpubs, live music, beautiful landscape.
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery in a motif of that stoned friend of yours in college. No real theme or essence to the design, just lots of tapestries, Jerry Garcia bric-a-brac, and tye-dye everywhere. Pretty much like Mountain Sun. Thank god there's no incense burning. But the cigarettes that were burning seemed to contradict the earth-y feeling of the place.
There's a main generic dining area and a nice wood-inlaid bar with T-shirts, growlers, and even guest beer on tap. It had a bit of a Parrot-head feel, but you couldn't really look back into where the actual brewery was until you ducked around the hall-way into the bathroom. The brewery area looked crammed. Looking back, almost all the beer I had seemed 'rushed-to-market'.
The service was good, the waitress seemed unenthused about the beer but was quick to fill our pints.
I will say that the food at the brewery was probably the best I had all vacation. The organic, free-range, pesticide/hormone free beef burger was TO DIE FOR. The chese-fries looked pretty generic, but were plenty in number and quite well flavored. The wifey's cajun black-and-blue catfish was absolutely delicious.
There were quite a few beers on-tap, running the gamut of Pale, IPA, a couple of different stouts and porters, and probably their best beer, Colorado Kind, a darkish hoppy-pale ale on nitro.
We had a great time tasting almost all of the beers, but I couldn't get over the plasticene taste in many beers. I wondered if this was the result of extract brewing or simply lack of time in the fermentors. With the cramped set-up one could make guesses.
This brewpub was also pretty price-prohibitive. The beers were pretty much always 3.50 except for a few specials. The food was pretty pricey as well, and the wifey, friend, and I walked away with 2 meals, 1 appetizer, and 3 rounds of pints for about $65. Not that high, but not something I could do often as a college student.
Overall I thought that the Mountain Sun brewery was a good place for an afternoon stop if you are in the college area. The beer was pretty good overall, but get a few samples. The beer is noticably more alcoholic than most brewpubs.
09-12-2004 22:32:50 |
More by GreenWBush
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This place is a hippy joint. Kind of smelly from a lot of the backpackers stopping after their hike to get some beer. There are also a lot of pro-marijuana and anti-bush stickers. Nothing wrong with that.
The beer selection was huge, probably over 20 beers on tap including a few nitros. For the huge selection of beer, their beer was very good. I went on a weekday night and it was really crowded. I grabbed the last open table. The service was good considering for how busy it is. I'll come back if I get the chance, the beer was good.
Went in for lunch and got a burger and some beers. Everything is still good. Good service and good food. Since they are trying to be healthy, they use cows that are vegetarian, antibiotic and hormone free. The burger wasn't dripping with grease like other places, yet it was still very juicy and moist. I definitely want to come back to this place.
08-05-2004 19:20:35 |
More by dauss
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
The short way that I would describe this place is "Rastafarians Meet the Deadheads". Let's say it's a rathe eclectic place.
However, both the food and beer were good. And,
KUDO's to Mountain Sun for serving beer at a proper temperature!!!
The beer was cellar temperature and good.
09-18-2003 02:50:38 |
More by jcalabre
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery in Boulder, CO
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