10 Best Boulder Breweries

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Boulder breweries have long been under the influence of Denver’s because of its status as a brewing mecca. But these hidden gems have now started to emerge and get recognized for their quirky, unique, and award-winning brews in competitions like Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and more.

Besides its award-winning breweries, Boulder is famous amongst outdoor activities lovers such as bikers, with 300 miles of bike trails spread across mountains & plains, hikers, and more. Boulder has been aptly called “the bike racer capital of the U.S.”

So whenever you’re in Boulder for brewery hopping, you will never be out of fun activities to chill.

Sadly, even though the locals’ favorite & oldest brewery of Boulder, Boulder Beer Co., has stopped its production after 40 glorious years, there’re lots of other very well-known breweries too. Its last business day was on 18th January 2020, but Boulder Beer Co. has done partnership with a Denver brewing co. Sleeping Giant Brewing Company to keep its best brews in production.

Sleeping Giant will be producing this iconic brewery’s flagship beers, including Buffalo Gold, Shake Chocolate Porter, Mojo IPA, Hazed Hoppy Session Ale. So you are definitely going to savor the finest offerings of this iconic brewery for many years to come in your favorite liquor stores & bars.

Now for your beercation, here are the 10 best breweries in Boulder, Colorado, you mustn’t miss.

10 Best Boulder Breweries

1. Avery Brewing Company

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2nd of iconic breweries in Boulder after Boulder Beer Company, Avery Brewing Co. is well acknowledged even outside Colorado for its eccentric offerings & experimentation. Only a year after opening in 1993, their Out of Bound Stouts won a Gold medal at GABF. Since then its popularity has grown leaps & bounds.

Whatever your favorite poison is, you will find it here. With 30 beers on tap, some of their best offerings are their flagship Belgian-style white ale White Rascal, Maharaja – imperial IPA, representing its namesake it is full hoppy & malty bounty, Elle’s Brown Ale – a chocolatey and malty delight named after owners beloved chocolate lab. There are more of Stouts, Lagers, Porters, Wild Ales & Sours.

Enjoy all of these with their tasty food dine-in menu on their spacious patio & taproom.

2. Upslope Brewing Company

Beers of Upslope brewery give you the same experience as the meaning of the brand name itself- it’s an exciting weather phenomenon that brings loads of snow and brings out all snow sports enthusiasts.

Their brews have won various awards in beer festivals like GABFs, World Beer Cup, Best of Craft Beer awards, and more.

Some of their best offerings are – Craft Lager, Indian Pale Ale, Brown Ale, and much more. Enjoy their excellent beer with the gorgeous view, live music, and delicious food trucks menu.

This brewery has its taproom at two locations, Lee Hill & Flatiron Park, which means beer lovers have more options to choose from. Their beers are only available in cans which you can enjoy wherever you want.

But their Lee Hill location is where they like experimenting. You can enjoy as many pints of Barrel Aged Barleywine, Blue Hawaiian Sour Ale, Galaxy Dry-Hopped Wild Saison, and so much more.

3. Oskar Blues, Taproom+Restaurant

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Since its debut in Lyons, Colorado, in 1997 as a Grill & Brew Restaurant, Oskar Blues has come very far away and has spread its branches in Texas, North Carolina, and Colorado, and has an imposing range of beer.

Oskar Blues has many milestones under its belt. From 1st brewery to can its own crafted beer in 2002 to the largest brewery by vol. to eschew using glass bottles in the U.S.A. In 2012 they were ranked 2nd largest brewery in Colorado and 27th largest in the country.

Their delectable craft beers have won several GABF awards. Some of their best beers are Dale’s Pale Ale, G’knight – American Imperial Red Ale, Guava Rodeo – American Session Sour, Mamma’s Little Yella Pils – a crisp, gently hopped German-style Pilsner, and more.

Enjoy fine dining with some of the best pub grub – pizzas, burgers, fries, wings, available in the whole Boulder while admiring the majestic view of Flatirons in their taproom & outdoor patio. Or tap your feet with live music performances on Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays night with your friends while sipping a pretty good drinkable pint of beer.

4. Sanitas Brewing Company

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Opened in 2013, this Boulder brewery has 21 very unique and award-winning beers on the tap. Although they’re still growing up, a Silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival 2020 for their Deluge – in mixed-culture Brett Beer Category and winning Colorado Ale Brewery of the Year 2021 at the Annual New York International Beer Competition has helped very much to spread their identity.

Their best beers are Passion Fruit Sour, Black IPA, Deluge – barrel-aged sour, and more. Enjoy a pint or a few of your favorite drinks at their huge outdoor patio, approx. 8000 sq. feet with acclaimed Heady Tacos from the food truck parked by the patio and live music.

5. Mountain Sun Pubs & Breweries

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Having been in business since 1993, Mountain Sun Pubs & Breweries has 4 others branches between Boulder, Denver, and Longmont. The original Mountain Sun Brewery is at Pearl St., Boulder; 2nd one Southern Sun Pub & Brewery at South Broadway, Boulder; 3rd one Vine St. Pub & Brewery at Denver, Colorado; 4th one Under The Sun Eatery & Pizzeria again at South Broadway, Boulder; 5th one Longs Peak Pub at Longmont, Colorado.

All these branches serve brew from the original brewery. Some of their prized brews are F.Y.I.P.A – an American-style IPA, Colorado Kind Ale – original hoppy amber ale of the Rocky Mountain, Isadore Java Porter will tempt you to replace your coffee with this excellent offering.

Mountain Sun brewpubs also serve quality wine from wineries across the world and some guest beers along with their own craft beer.

You’re spoiled for the choice with their 5 brewpubs here. Don’t forget to grab their Ruben Sandwiches, Date Night Burgers, wood-fired pizzas, but there are more tasty dining menus to entice you. Enjoy all these with your favorite poison of your choice while enjoying weekly events.

6. Asher Brewing Company

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Only organic brewery in the whole of Colorado is well known for brewing high-quality brews. Located north of the town, some of the awards under their belt are 2 GABF silver medals, 2nd overall place at National Organic Brewing Competition, and more.

Some of their best creations are Green Bullet IPA, brewed with the finest organic malted barley & hops; Green Lantern Kolsch, Greenade Double IPA, and Treehugger Amber.

Throw darts, play pool, or do other fun stuff available while enjoying booze and grub of your choice in their taproom, which stays open all night (2 pm-12 am). You won’t only get to enjoy a unique variety of offerings but also help decrease your carbon footprint.

7. Wild Provisions Beer Project

Tommy Bibliowicz, the founder of the Wild Provisions Beer projects, has always been interested in traditional, old-world techniques of brewing & beers. He likes experimenting and always wanted to work with open-top fermentation, an ancient technique of fermenting beer.

He is also the founder of 4 Nose Brewing Company. But with Wild Provisions, he brings up his idea & passion to fruition by diving into the world of traditional brewing techniques.

Along with Czech-Style Lagers, they’re focused on experimenting with Sours, Farmhouse Ales, and American Wild Ales.

Enjoy some of their best offerings, Blauw Brett – a farmhouse-inspired sour, Premium Pale Lager – pale Czech-style lager, and more with their delicious food truck bites options.

They always have various food trucks parked throughout the week. Enjoy Nordic-inspired cuisines by Grey Duck Eats or tasty Southern food by The Southern Straw or cheezy pizzas with Lenin’s Wood-Fired Pizza

8. Beyond the Mountain Brewing Company

This 12 tapped award-winning Gunbarrel Boulder brewery has a few impressive ranges of beers, even though it’s a microbrewery. Known for their collaboration with live-performing bands to brew their beer, it shows the brewery owner’s passion for music & craft beer alike.

Mountain Brewery’s Klaus’s Kolsch – a classic German Kolsch has won a gold medal, Sour Shakedown Party – a Kettle sour with a heaping amount of blueberries has won a silver medal, and Prima Mexicana – a Vienna Lager has won a bronze medal at New York International Beer Competition 2021.

Enjoy a pint or a few of your favorite drinks while enjoying live performances and light grubs from the food truck.

9. Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Brewing beers in Boulder, Colorado, since 1993 with more than 20 excellent beers on the tap, are well known for brewing traditional to twisted brews, but in a good way. Winning 10 GABF awards and 3 World Beer Cup also doesn’t hurt!

With the best beers like Ghost face, Killah – a chile beer peppered with infamous ghost pepper (not for faint-hearted!), flagship beer Hoppy Boy, beer lovers can enjoy great eats from the brewery’s chef personalized tasty dining menu.

10. VisionQuest Brewery

Uniquely styled beers such as Lichtenhainer – Smokey Sour, brewed with beech smoked malt, Hallertau hops, and malted wheat, There’s a Cake in my Boot! – an imperial pastry stout, Power Move DIPA – a double hazy IPA, dry-hopped with Mosaic & Citra, made this Boulder’s brewery a true craft brewery.

Be adventurous and try these unique beers with good eats and some live music in their lively taproom!

Start Planning Your Next Beer-vacation!

So these are the 10 best breweries in Boulder, Colorado, you wouldn’t want to miss on your next breweries tour with your friends or family. Discover these hidden gems by sipping their best creations at their home turf with a great food menu, live music & lots of adventures.

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