Best Boulder Craft Brewery

Beer Events Update

This post was first published on August 29, 2014.  I update the best Boulder craft brewery blog on a regular basis, adding events and brews.  For the latest events, check the very bottom of the blog.

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From A To Z

It seems there is a new Boulder craft brewery opening every week this year.  This national trend is sweeping Boulder with one fantastic local Boulder craft brewery after another opening around town.  The Boulder area is home to over thirty craft beer tap houses, breweries and distributors.   You’ve got big, national brands like Boulder Beer to small quirky start ups.   It isn’t just good beer either. The Boulder craft brewery scene has created 600 to 700 jobs in Boulder County according to Terri Takata-Smith, Downtown Boulder Incorporated’s marketing and communications director.

Avery Brewing Tap Room

Bob Gordon's real estate clients Stepahanie and josh in the avery tap house, boulder colorado
Clients Josh and Stephanie at the Avery Tap Room, #BoulderColorado

Local Boulder favorite is written up in the Boulder Daily Camera on August 29th, 2014.  Check out the article which aptly points out, this is a tough location to find in Boulder.  My clients Josh and Stephanie tell me this is their local favorite Boulder craft brewery. 

I had the good fortune to help Josh and Stephanie sell their Boulder condo and buy their new home.  Website, 5763 Arapahoe Ave, unit E, go North into an industrial/business park pretty much across from Boulder’s Flatiron Golf.

Asher Brewing

Bills itself as Colorado’s all organic craft brewery.   Local food trucks stop by this community brew house and there are plenty of games for you to enjoy while hanging out — cornhole/ bags/ bag-o.

What you need to know:  Website, Address: 4699 Nautilus Court, Suite 104 Boulder, Colorado 80301 up in Gunbarrel not too far from Powderhorn condos. 

stephanie and josh in front of the home they purchased with Bob Gordon Realtor as their agent
Clients Josh and Stephanie at their new home. They love it is walking distance to a local Boulder Craft brewery. Josh and Stephanie shared great details for this blog. Plus, their beloved St Bernard is the spokes-dog for a local winery.

 

Fate Brewing Company

Had the really good fortune to try some of their food at a Boulder Area Realtor Association event this summer. Delicious bbq and sauces.  The restaurant and micro brewery is located at 38th & Arapahoe near the Peloton condos.  Official website.  Fate does offer some of the best boulder craft brewery beers around town. But stop in for the food.  Delectable chili dish called Backyard (I love the Realty reference!) BBQ Dip.  Messy deliciousness.  It is a mix of pickled jalapenos (for a touch of spice), brisket, bacon, beans and cheese and served over Texas Toast.  And be sure to try the fried pickles, absolutely awesome.   These items are on the Happy Hour menu too!

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Try a medley of brewmaster’s latest offerings at FATE, a Boulder craft brewery

 

Gravity Brewing

Located in Louisville Colorado,Gravity Brewing was founded by John Frazee.  The tap house is tucked away behind a business building; the local word is there is a quirky opening between the tap house and the next door eatery.  Solid brew pub for Louisville which is already insanely popular making it one of the most beloved cities to live.   Downtown gets busy on the weekends with so much to do, from farmer’s markets to wonderful dining and add in a great Boulder craft brewery with Gravity.

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Gravity Tap House; photo courtesy of my clients Josh and Stephanie.
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Outdoor seating area, The Post brewery and southern cuisine eatery

Above, outdoor sitting at local Boulder craft brewery The Post; below, interior space of this sharp eatery and tap house.

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Southern food is the specialty at Lafayette brewery The Post. Save room for the Whoopie Pie for dessert.

 

Lafayette Brewery The Post

My good friend and mortgage lender connection Brian Crowder shares photos from The Post.  No selfies, because he says he was casually dressed in t-shirt, jeans and ball cap.  The Post is getting a great reputation for solid micro tap house and  dining.  Official website, The Post is located at 105 West Emma St (just off Public Road, near the new post office) Lafayette, Co 80026; phone 303-593-2066.

TIP: Order the southern fried chicken is fantastic.  Great selection of sides served family-style.  

Mountain Sun and Southern Sun

Longtime Boulder favorite/s known for cash only service and a damn good burger.  Southern Sun has recently added Under The Sun, a tap house located just below the signature space in the Table Mesa Shopping area.  Think beer meets tempeh meets bacon.  Basically the college scene with a Hippy twist.  

odd 13 brewery samplesOdd 13 – website has great animation. This Lafayette beer house only makes small hand crafted batches.  No food onsite, but food trucks swing by most every day.  Official Site.  301 East Simpson, Lafayette, Co 80026.  Selection of taster beers for County of Boulder craft brewery.

Upslope Brewing

With several locations around Boulder Colorado, this is a popular option.  Check out the tap house in Flatiron Office park and see all the worker bees hanging out after a day of designing tech ideas for the world.  Or visit the NoBo location handily located next to a winery for the non-beer set.  Upslope is a hand crafted, small batch beer.  It is only sold in aluminum cans.  Why? Recyclable and the shipping weight is low, so delivery costs less in fossil fuels (gasoline).

Official site; two locations. NoBo:  1501 Lee Hill Road n20Boulder, CO 80304,Phone: 303-449-2911 and Flatiron Park, 1898 S. Flatiron CourtBoulder, CO 80301  Phone: 303-396-1898.  Upslope Brewing also is big on Selfies.  Take one while in the mountains, with beer in hand and you could win fame on the wall of the Flatiron tap house plus some suds to take home.  Looking for more information on this brewery? Check out the Daily Camera article by Alexander Sieh.

Recommendations From Friends

Jenny Zuicker recommends Cannonball Creek in Golden and the Four Noses in Broomfield.   Jody T suggests 12 Degree in Louisville and Front Range Brewery.  Thanks for the suggestions and keep ’em coming!

Crispin Porter & Bogusky Announces Beer Tasting Association

News in the papers this week, that the advertising giant is putting together a side business that will visit and rate local boulder craft brewery operations.   The Beer Tooth tasting society just launched big fanfare according to this Boulder Daily Camera article.

Upcoming Boulder Craft Brewery Events And Festivals

Avery Brewery is setting up a beer garden for the Hometown Festival along Boulder Creek this weekend.  Check it out August 29 to 31, 2014 between 10th and 13th streets along the Boulder Creek path.  Love Chili? I wrote about the upcoming Town of Superior Chili Festival and Craft Brewery event earlier this week.  On Monday the 31st there is a chili competition starting at 11 am.

Lafayette Brew Fest

Saturday September 13, 2014 from 1 to 6 pm at teh Lafayette Marketplace, 400 West South Boulder Road.  Live music, steet food, plenty of great micro beer.   No entrance fee!!  More info online at LafayetteColorado.com.  View a MAP here.   Participating micro breweries: Crystal Springs Brewing Company * Echo Brewing * Front Range Brewing CompanyGravity Brewing * Kokopelli Beer Company  *  Liquid Mechanics Brewery  * Odd 13 Brewing Inc.The Old Mine   *    The Post Brewing Company *  Twelve Degree Brewing * West Flanders Brewing * Westminster Brewing * Wonderland Brewing    

Southern Sun, Under The Sun and Mountain Sun; three awesome Boulder craft brewery locations to chose from.
Southern Sun, Under The Sun and Mountain Sun; three awesome Boulder craft brewery locations to chose from.
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Brewing beer in #BoulderColorado
avery, a boulder craft brewery, beer selection.
Selection of beers at Avery, a Boulder Craft brewery.

 

More Upcoming Boulder Craft Brewery Events

Expect to find some of your favorite boulder craft brewery beers at this year’s Oktoberfest in Denver Colorado.  Details on the official site list great cuisine, music, dance and of course some of the best beer flowing day and night.  September 19th to September 28th (activities vary by date).

Coupled with the Town of Superior Chili Festival, be certain to check out the first ever Boulder Valley Beer Festival.  Word to the wise; this summer’s earlier craft beer event in Boulder sold out in minutes.  So you probably want to get your tickets in advance both to save some money and guarantee yourself some beer.   The chili festival already attracts around 7000 festival goers.  Event runs 2 to 6 pm on Saturday September 6th, 2014. 

Rotary club of Boulder Valley is the primary sponsor.  Ticket prices are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event.  Confirmed breweries include Lefthand, Upslope, 300 Suns, Durango, Front Range, Choose Wisely, Crazy Mountain, Wild woods, Oskar Blues, Fate, Avery, Odd 13 and Grimm Brothers.

Free Beer

Don’t forget the brewery that started it all for Colorado.  Located in Golden, the Coors brewery offers free tours.  Here is a link to find dates and times.  Micro Brewery Great Divide in Denver also offers tours.  Sign up for the Beer-Cation giveaway in conjunction with the sold out upcoming (October 2-4) Great American Beer Festival. Here’s a link to FB.  All your favorite boulder craft breweries will be there.

Oktoberfest 2014

Not one, but two local Oktoberfest celebrations have made into the Draft magazine Ten Must Visit list!  Not too shabby.  There is the two weekend long Denver Oktoberfest September 19-21 and September 26-28.  This festival started back in the summer of ’69 and has been raging ever since.  And locally for county of Boulder craft brewery fans, be sure to check out the Longmont Oktoberfest happening September 26, 4 to 10 pm and September 27, noon to 10 pm. 

Over 100 Kegs On Tap

Six local breweries at this year’s Longmont Oktoberfest: host Left Hand Brewing plus Grossen Bart, Long’s Peak, local fave Oskar Blues, Pumphouse and  300 Suns.  Family friendly event features a petting farm, Bavarian food, free admission and on Saturday an attempt to set a world record with a 200 foot long bratwurst.  Googling this last item, there is a lot of competititon to grill the longest Brat.

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