Boulderites have a love for a great many things: the outdoors, local food and anything that's environmentally-friendly really gets them hot and bothered. But, above all, it seems to be local beer that just trips their trigger, which may be why they have so much of it here in Boulder, Colo. (Upslope, Avery and Twisted Pine, to name a few).
With the variety of breweries that you'll encounter when visiting this town at the base of the Flatirons, you may become overwhelmed, wondering where to go and, more importantly, what to drink. But never fear, for there's a new eatery and taproom in town that will act as the perfect jumping off point: Under the Sun Eatery and Taphouse.
Under the Sun provides a warm and inviting ambiance for beer lovers — Photo courtesy of Under the Sun
Pulling from the extensive beer collection of the main brewery and its sister restaurant Mountain Sun, Under the Sun pours all the favorites: Colorado Kind Ale, Old Skiddy and the full-bodied Megatron Stout at a whopping 10% ABV. You'll also find guest taps that are rotated regularly.
Got a hankering for beer on nitro? Under the Sun offers both the Java Porter and Old School Dry Irish Stout on nitro. To that you can raise a not-full-for-long glass!
The food is where you'll see the greatest distinction between Under the Sun and its sister restaurants. Fresh flatbreads like The Local – made with arugula pesto, Schnorr Organic Farms' heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella – or the braised lamb short ribs with grilled lamb ribs, red wine reduction, mashed red potatoes and roasted asparagus are just a few of the delights you can indulge in when you visit.
Don't expect "pubgrub." Expect finely crafted recipes that feature local meats and produce, made to pair perfectly with your beer of choice.
Brews and views at Southern Sun — Photo courtesy of Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
The After Party
For nightlife fun, it's recommended that you head upstairs to Under the Sun's other sister restaurant – Southern Sun – once you've finished down under.
Whereas the atmosphere at Under the Sun is more relaxed and elegant, Southern Sun has a charming and raucous casualness that will help you to further relax into the beer scene.