Not many breweries in America can celebrate 40 years in the beer business. But 10+ years before the OG Boulder brewery Avery opened its doors, there was Boulder Beer. And while you can still buy its cans in stores, paying a visit to the pub is key to discovering what this enduring brewery is all about. Live music, trivia nights, and plenty of daily food/drink specials (bottomless beermosas on the weekend, taco Tuesday deals, etc.) are why Boulderites keep coming back. Sure, you can order a New England-style IPA (Due East) or its classic golden ale (Buffalo Gold), but when the temps dip in Boulder and the snow begins to fall, there’s nothing like the Shake Chocolate Porter to keep you warm. As an added bonus, it’s one of the few breweries with a serious menu, from in-house smoked meats to bison burgers and fried chicken sandwiches. Here’s to another 40, Boulder Beer Co!
Key beers: Shake Chocolate Porter, Hazed & Infused