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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1123 Walnut Street
phone: (303) 447-1345
(Place added by: MJR)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I went to the Walnut Brewery while on a trip checking out the Graduate School programs in the area. Walnut is in a great little area in Boulder that is a little further away from the school so it does not seem like a huge undergrad hangout. Actually, the area reminds me a little of 3rd Street in Santa Monica, CA.
Anyway, the Walnut Brewery was fairly decent for the beer selection. It was standard fare. No big beers here, but they had a Poor Richards Ale and a Maerzen that were pretty decent. The Poor Richards did not bowl me over and neither did the Maerzen, so I decided to order their brown ale which the waitress told me was one of the more popular beers on the menu.
Their food was phenomenal and I really enjoyed the salmon sandwich that I ordered. The portions were large and they arrived fairly quickly even though the place was packed with people.
I would definitely hit this place up over a Rockbottom any day.
04-18-2006 03:38:27 |
More by PuckLSHS
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
One block south of the Pearl Street Ped mall, there is a large parking structure right across the street. Free parking on the weekends. My wife suggests this place occassionally as we both like the food and atmosphere. I like that we get a discount because of my Am. Homebrewer's Assoc. membership card.
Upon entering, a greeter is to the immediate right and the bar is forward a touch on the left. In front is seating level with the bar and a few steps up to the right is a raised dining area. The ceiling is high and the entire inside is dark brown wood with moderate lighting. To the back, the brewing area is encased in glass. The fermentation tanks are also encased in glass, but are located above and behind the bar. Pretty cool set-up, IMO.
We've been here several times and have always found the servers to be well informed of both the menu and the available beers. Note: I once wore a BA T-shirt in here and received especially attentive service. The offerings on the menu are not expansive, but have interesting nooks and crannies. A standard selection of 6-8 beers are available with a seasonal or two and a cask-draw version of one of the standards. Nothing killer here, but it is a functioning brewpub in a college town (and part of a chain brewpub, at that). I wish dining out wer an option for us a couple times each week as there are a number of brewpubs in Boulder that I'd like to frequent more often. This would definitely be one of them.
04-30-2006 07:32:48 |
More by mentor
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I went to the Walnut Brewery with five friends for lunch while in Boulder. The hostess was friendly and promptly had us seated. There was nothing special about the overall look and feel of this place. Just a basic restaurant/brewpub type of atmosphere. There were a few too many televisions to suit me, plus I think there was a decent amount of sports crap on the wall. Otherwise, the place itself was just fine. Some of the brewing equipment was on display on the second floor above the bar.
The staff that we dealt with was great. Our waitress was quick, friendly, and put up with all the crap that we were able to dish out. She had a great sense of humor and started dishing it out herself after awhile. She seemed to be knowledable about beer, too. We had a fun time with her.
The food was pretty good and priced as expected. My burger was delicious and absolutely huge, and the slaw was wonderful.
There were a decent amount of beers available, maybe around eight. First I had a dry-hopped IPA on cask that was really good, though it was served too cold for cask. I then had the Devil's Thumb stout which wasn't very special. Typical nitro-served, dry stout that was a little bland. I wish I would have had more time to try some others.
The Walnut was an overall positive experience and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.
10-05-2005 22:20:50 |
More by Quaffer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I would say that Walnut Brewery was good. Only had time for one beer. The bartender was very generous in letting us sample whatever we were interested in at the time. I kinda felt the Boulder "we're an upscale brewery, food, and peolpes type of place" Effect. On the surface good but I guess a little too polished. Beer was good. Staff friendly. I guess what you'd want in an establishment. Just not Outstanding. I did like the sign in the doorway, 10 years before when I was in the place, and the craft beer industry was building, which read..."No beer ever enters or leaves this door." Cool.
05-10-2007 01:27:19 |
More by jyeast101
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited Walnut brewery on a trip to CO with my family. We went there for lunch and overall it was a great experience. The food was decent for a reasonable price and they seemed to be fairly kid friendly, although quarters are tight for a stroller. I liked the large, easy to read boards that detailed all the current beer selections. I tried a Black IPA and an English Bitter on cask. Both were enjoyable beers, especially the Black IPA. I left there with a positive experience and would go back the next time we are in Boulder.
10-24-2010 20:40:06 |
More by ghebel
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
great spot in boulder just off the mall. nice selection of beers, couple of cask offereings as well. i really enjoyed the rye porter from the cask, unique and complex beer. cool atmosphere with the tanks visible up above and a neat mug club. prices totally fair, especially at happy hour. looks like a nice menu, i can only attest to the chili though, and it was very good. service is always okay, nothing out of the ordinary. its a nice place to have a few pints after tooling around boulder. dont think they bottle so its worth a visit if you are in town.
12-31-2011 19:35:29 |
More by StonedTrippin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Located closely to Mountain Sun, I had to stop by because I was in the neighborhood. Interior is pretty nice. Large with lots of wood and steel girders. It had a cool look. Serving tanks are behind the bar, fermentation vessels above the serving tanks, and the mash tun, hot liquor tank, and boil kettle is located in a square room surrounded by glass near the back. I had a chance to talk to the brewmaster and he was very knowledgable and nice.
I found out that they are a sister company to rockies brewing company, so some of the beers like single track and buffalo gold are on tap. They had a few other ones that they just make. Looks like they keep their 7 flagship beers on tap, 2 on nitro, and 1 special one. I thought most of the beers were good, but there was a few that I didn't care for, and one that was really good. I got the sampler and they gave it to me for free because it was my birthday the day before. How nice. If your looking for beers that are out of the ordinary, this isn't the place.
03-15-2005 15:04:36 |
More by dauss
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I must say I was glad I got to stop in this place on my trip. I walked in and the place looked great with the high arched ceilings but yet still a cozy feel to it. Walked right up top the bar and had a pint of the stout, and was very impressed with the fullness. They seem to really make a good point of taking care of theri brews. Did not have time to try the food, but what I saw and seemed seemed good. The bartender was friendly and took a couple minutes to chat with me. Overall this was more then a decent stop and a good little brewer. I wish I had more time, I would have styaed and tried some more. Maybe on my next trip.
11-20-2007 11:43:39 |
More by mikesgroove
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Out of the gold mine at last and backtracking now east most of the way towards Denver before hooking back up a ways northwest towards Boulder. You'd think there'd be a shorter distance between the two points, but someone put mountains between them, so no, it'll be the long way around. Boulder; a popular Orkan winter retreat and a cool little artsy town, much to see. Evil master plan = dodge the breweries, hit the brewpubs...
Big brick shell of a building, wide planks floorings, way vaulted ceiling, steel girder erector set above supporting spinning fans & spots, and drop spinning top lamps over the bar. Old framed black & white prints mounted in the rear rooms here show this building when it used to be City Plumbing & Heating, back in the day, some day. And supposedly, and I can't speak to it, but it's been said that this was the very first Rock Bottom location which means nothing really, except affording you the opportunity to express "and?"
A long slight "L" light with a dark wood strip design topped bar seems like it would seat more than the dozen it does. 2 towers of 10 a piece sit at different points along the bar. The barback is stainless steel countertops over coolers below. Tiered booze on both ends & wines inside, and a pair of handpumps on center. Shades of green brick barback wall with a long horizontal window over the handpumps with a smaller board listing those selections. The rim over the window and 3 long shelves running the length above are lined with mug club mugs of all sizes, shapes and ceramic & glass makes. And up atop, a row of 3 fermenters in a brewhouse visible through windows. On one end, a big board lists tap selections; names, styles, ABV's, birthdays, descriptions. TV's above the bar and a large flat screen over the front vestibule with bags of malt & barrels displayed, and elk & buffalo heads mounted up high to both sides.
6 bar counter tables and a pair of booths in the front corner forward the bar, around an old time fire extinguisher. 8 raised roundy bar tables and a pair of booths in the center of the room away to the bar, and a raised area lying adjacent, running the whole side of the room opposite the bar, 8 red leather bench booths running the wall below large Walnut Brewery beer placards, and a dozen tables alongside. Also 6 tables out front curbside for someone's interpretation of what seasonal seating is. Kettles and a mash tun behind glass in a large room to the rear, with smaller rooms with slight seatings to both sides; 7 tables in one and 5 booths & tables in the other, both decorated with old time black & white pics of town.
They do a 7 beer sampler which became a 10 beer on my request (I was extra thirsty, I think it's the altitude), normally served on a red handled holder but this I was denied as I was bar side. 7 house regulars; the Buffalo Gold, light, slightly citrusy; the Dunkel (rotating wheat), good cloviness, quite tasty; the Indian Peaks Pale Ale, Cascade, nice crispness; the St James Irish Red, nutty & malty, with a grainy flavor; the Big Horn Bitter, Chinook & Willamette, some spiciness there; the Old Elk Brown Ale, full bodied and a good sweet malty flavor; the Devil's Thumb Stout, thick, oaty, deep & dark, pleasantly licoricey; plus 2 seasonals Alt (Ctrl + Alt + Del), good maltiness with some grainy flavor, a very nice Alt; Oktoberfest, pleasant enough, good balance; and a nitro Pale Ale, more of the same. The Dunkel, Old Elk Brown Ale, Devil's Thumb Stout & the Alt (Ctrl + Alt + Del) were the best of the lot. They've also got 2 handpumps flowing (Gold & Pale Ale) but I didn't get to them as I was samplered up and we had other places to be.
Fairly quiet on this Friday afternoon between GABF play days. Service was easy enough, it's a good space, comfortable house, and I got a couple of real nice beers on that sampler. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 how many Rock Bottoms have I seen now? This was one of the better ones.
11-22-2008 02:26:39 |
More by slander
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Large, spacious building with lots of woodsy accents. We were seated quickly and the waiter attended to us after only a slight delay. The wait staff continued to be very attentive and polite throughout the night.
We ordered only beers, but several. I would not recommend many of them highly, but they were for the most part serviceable and they came in a variety of styles, maybe 10 taps or so.
A little cookie-cutter, but overall a pleasant brewpub to take some friends out for some brews. Not too adventurous, but unlikely to offend.
01-02-2010 23:39:35 |
More by BretSikkink
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