The Edgy, Classy and Quirky Craft Beer Hot Spots of Boulder

Beer, mountains, and sunshine. These are the staples of Boulder, Colorado and the key ingredients to having a spectacular time in this foothills town during the summer. Brewery tours abound, bicycles can be rented for touring safely, and nearly all of the breweries on our list offer stellar food, much of which is locally grown, and exciting events throughout the year. 

Topping out our list, Avery Brewing Company offers some of the most bold and unique brews in the country. With their new location, just on the outskirts of town, along with a taproom and dining room serving Cajun-inspired fare, Avery isn't just a place to throw back a few; it's craft beer experience that beer snobs and beer enthusiasts can rally behind. 

For a smaller and more intimate venue, Upslope Brewing Company and Mountain Sun are the perfect spots. Mountain Sun is right in the thick of downtown Pearl Street and offers hardy pub-grub, while Upslope offers two locations and provides a relaxed hole-in-the-wall experience. 

If you fancy a drive to the mountain towns just above Boulder, Oskar Blues Brewery of Lyons and Very Nice Brewery of Nederland offer a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Front Range.

With the all of the craft beer options in and near Boulder, you're sure to drink your fill and become a beer connoisseur in the process. 



The ambiance of Fate Brewing Company is that of laidback elegance and taste in more ways than one. Start your lunch off with their savory Caramelized Sweet Potatoes or the Country Fried Chicken Bites. For your main lunch course, be sure to...  Read More



Very Nice Brewing Company is located in Nederland, Colorado just 30 minutes from Boulder and is one of the few dog-friendly bars in the area. If you're traveling with your fur-baby, they are more than welcome to sit, lay, and loaf in Very Nice's...  Read More



This local brewery offers some of the best refreshments in the area and is perfect to visit after a long hike at Chautauqua Park. One of their most popular beers, the Colorado Kind Ale, is dry hopped deliciousness and should be paired with one...  Read More



Twisted Pine is a provides live music, beer festivals, and killer happy hours which make it one of Boulder's best spots to enjoy a happening night-life. Their pub-fair is fresh, filling, and reasonably priced. What's more, they offer and cookie...  Read More



Boasting one of the most generous happy hour's on our list, BRU serves up $3 16oz and $5 22oz glasses of select beer. Not to mention Chicken Wings, Cheddar and Corn Fritters, and a variety of other nibbles for dirt cheap. Some not-to-be-missed...  Read More



Upslope offers two relaxed locations in Boulder. The taproom in East Boulder offers live music and has a hole-in-the-wall feel that is appealing after a long day in the mountains. The better known and frequented location on Lee Hill drive also...  Read More



This pub is Colorado's original microbrewery and produces the finest handcrafted brews using only natural ingredients. Sample the award-winning beers and witness the brewing process in action. The American menu features burgers, fries, fish and...  Read More



The Grateful Dead are alive and well, at least as a decorative motif, at this tie-dye styled brewpub that features some of the best beer in the region. For a kick, try the coffee-inspired Java Porter. Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will...  Read More



With two locations just 20 minutes from Boulder in Lyons and Longmont, this local brew-pub favorite if one of the best places around to grab a delicious burger, beer, and dance the night away. The Tasty Weasel taproom boasts a large dance floor...  Read More



Hands down, one of the best breweries you'll ever visit; Avery Brewing Company offers an escape from the bars and pubs of downtown. The lively atmosphere immediately invites you to snuggle up with your honey, cheers with your friends, or just...  Read More


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Hope Gately should have a bumper sticker proclaiming "Not a Native...But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" A transplant from the Midwest, Hope has fallen in love with Colorado's mountains playing...  More About Hope