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Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1535 Pearl St.
phone: (303) 546-0886
(Place added by: nathi)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Mentor warned me that this place would be "somewhat crunchy." Ha! Man, let not bohemianism deter me from anything, especially beer.
The space was, at base, a storefront, longer than wide, with lots of fabric work and colorful painting on the walls. The best was the painted hops vines running the length of the exposed ducting in the overhead. Booths lined the right side, headed aft, with standard tables in the center and a long bench with tables fronting it on the left side. The kitchen was three-quarters of the way aft with a passageway to the left leading to the lavatories and the brewhouse, behind glass. The chalkboard with the day's offering listed looked like a mosaic. Very artistic!
I had a sampler that included a java porter; English IPA; American IPA; Jah Mon Ginger (!); a light Golden Ale; and a double IPA. My pick? The ginger beer, mais oui! It really was all good and enough to entice me to come back. In fact, it made me realize that I should visit the Mountain and Pacific states more often.
02-06-2008 21:53:53 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was our very first stop for beer and food in Boulder. (What a great town, BTW) Loved the friendly, down to earth, neo hippy, crunchy feel of the place. Service was super friendly, imformative and quick. Beer options were numerous including several of their own and several high quality guest taps. I greatly enjoyed a FYIPA which was a hopalicious and obviously high quality brew. Healthy infused, quality food. Add it all up and this place is a must visit in downtown Boulder.
I'd be a regular if I was local. Which to my mind is the best seal of approval.
02-19-2009 19:40:55 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Mountain Sun is located in the Pearl Street Mall area of Boulder. Metered parking is fairly abundant in the surrounding blocks, although it might take some good timing to find a spot right by the brewpub.
The inside is relatively small, with a narrow walkway up the middle of the space and tables/booths on either side. There is a bar of sorts in the rear that allows for standing. Funky artwork adorns the walls. The brewing equipment is in the far back end of the building near the restrooms and is visible behind windows.
The beer selection is pretty impressive. There are around 15 beers on tap, from lighter styles like Quinn's Golden Ale, Saint Amos Wit, a Saison, and a Blackberry Wheat to richer fare like couple IPAs, a Coffee Porter and Thunderhead Stout. All of the beers are average to above average, with a couple being standouts. Samplers are available in flights of 6.
Service was good despite the place being very busy. Our server brought us a ton of samples and gave recommendations for other beer spots in the area. On top of that, one of the brewers saw me scoping out the brewing equipment and invited me in to take a look around, which was nice.
We did not try any food on our visit.
Overall this is a very good beer destination in Boulder and I would definitely visit again.
08-18-2010 20:52:36 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Two words, loved it! Stoppd in on a visit out west, and was my favorite place I went to. Great atmosphere. As others have noted the place feels alive and is always jumping no matter what time of day you go. Seems liket he kinda place that you could easily see another BA chillin at. Very nice selection of bottles and taps, and the staff was very happy to make recommendations, I was in a stout mood. Food was good, had the burger and it did not disspapoint. Overall great balce, and a damn nice little pub/brewery. Would definatly visit again if given the chance.
06-23-2007 12:46:43 |
More by mikesgroove
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped here with a friend while in the area on business. We didn't have a lot of time, so we skipped the food and tried some samples of many different beers made on site.
There were maybe 12-18 taps working, I think only dipensing the house beers. I tried six of them in a sample platter (6oz of each). My personal favorite was the Superkind, which was kind of like a barleywine. Next best was maybe Swansong (IPA) and Ruckus Wheat. The pilsner was no good (I just don't like the style too much), and the ginger beer was weird.
The atmosphere is kick-ass. Very comfortable environment for the thinking drinker. Being close to the University helps, as well as being next to Pearl Street mall.
Definitely worth the stop while in Boulder (or Denver).
10-22-2005 16:35:52 |
More by TurdFurgison
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: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Ok first warning about this place: no bar. Anyway.
A small cafe-like atmosphere here; again--no bar, rather a few tables for patrons. You can stand at a bar-like structure, but it's pretty chaotic to do so, as it's the staff traffics the area. But anyway, second warning: if you're not from the area, you may notice the patronage as being--as a friend of mine described them--"over-privileged yuppy scum." Not the fault of the establishment, but I'm just saying...if you can deal with that, then it's not a problem. It is close to a college campus, so take that as you will.
On to the more important feature: the beer. Mountain Sun has a great selection of beer to choose from, including 20, yes, 20, of their own house brews, and an above average list of regional and national craft brews. Focusing on their house brews, I will say that just about every beer I sampled was exceptional. Service was just fine. The place seems busy at all times, but our servers were always on the ball, and very knowledgeable about their brews. Again, I prefer a bar to sit at, but I can make the best of any situation. Food was fine, and prices were very reasonable. Definitely worth checking out.
08-13-2011 16:54:57 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Hmm, a hippie place in Boulder? Go figure. I stopped and did a flight and all were decent with the IPAs being the stars of the show. Place had a laid back atmosphere and service was good, selection decent. Consider the broad range of beers listed I might have to stop again and if you're in Boulder it probably doesn't hurt to stop.
03-16-2013 00:25:13 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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