In the land where beer flows like milk and honey, Boulder is known for its craft brewed libations and food pairing. And what better to pair with a delicious seasonal ale than an enormous specialty pizza? Backcountry Pizza and Tap House does just that by offering over 60 draft beers - rotating taps to ensure you never get bored with the selection - and over 200 bottled brews from around the world.
Beers on tap at Backcountry Pizza and Tap House — Photo courtesy of Backcountry Pizza and Tap House
Why is Backcountry's pizza the best in town, you might ask? Because it has the three things that are necessary for any perfect pie:
1). Great proportions. These pizzas are massive!
2). Specialty options that you can only find at Backcountry.
3). Fresh, local ingredients.
Some of our favorite pies include the Neditteranean, a Mediterranean twist with kalamata olives, fresh feta cheese, artichokes, roasted red peppers and pine nuts. What's in a name? This pizza is lovingly named after Boulder's sister town, Nederland, which plays host to Backcountry's mountain counterpart store.
Backcountry also offers sandwiches, calzones and appetizers, such as the fried macaroni and cheese - highly recommended!
Servin' up some pizza — Photo courtesy of Backcountry Pizza and Tap House
Besides carrying a cornucopia of local brews - including Avery, Lefthand, Oskar Blues and Boulder Beer Company - Backcountry also serves up beer from various parts of the US and the globe.
Some of our favorites include Siren Rum Maiden from England and Hoppin' Frog Barrel-Aged Naked Evil Barley Wine from Akron, Ohio. (Yeah, that's a mouthful, in more ways than one.)
Into beer but need a gluten-free option? Backcountry serves several tangy ciders and also has gluten-free pizza dough.
Sports and More
Backcountry boasts TVs throughout their dining room, which is sure to be jam-packed on Broncos Sunday. Go Broncs! There's also a pinball and gaming room, as well as pool tables in case you're in the mood to play.
Not Chicago Style, but Mountain Style
So, here's the deal. Though the west isn't known for its pizza, Backcountry is a special breed. Their dedication to an extensive and impressive beer collection that pairs perfectly with their menu, not to mention their sporty atmosphere that is also family friendly, ensures that there's something for every crowd. Not to mention, it's the perfect feast after a long day in the Colorado Rockies.
Also, don't forget that there's another Backcountry located just up Boulder Canyon in the funky mountain town of Nederland, perfect if you stop off from a trip to Indian Peaks Wilderness or Rocky Mountain National Park.