7 Best Year-Round Boulder Beers
Happy Friday, fellow beer enthusiasts! Since I’m new around here, I thought I’d give you all a taste of what my go-to choices are from a few of Boulder’s best microbreweries. When I was conducting research for my undergraduate Anthropology thesis about Colorado craft beer culture, these were some that I discovered early and still stand out in the sea of rotating taps. So, when you’re looking to learn what a particular brewery is all about, you can’t go wrong with one of these classic options!
1. Avery, White Rascal
Don’t let the devilish rascal on the can scare you away because this unfiltered Belgian-Style White Ale is delicious. Expertly spiced with coriander and orange-peel, it is flavorful and easy on the hops for those looking for lower a IBU.
2. Upslope, Pale Ale
This golden hued ale is a satisfyingly balanced option for anyone looking for a beer with just the right amount of hops to add flavor and still make for relatively easy drinking. It is bright, crisp, and always feels like the sweet spot between Upslope’s Craft Lager and IPA.
3. Boulder Beer, Shake
They weren’t kidding when they named this chocolate porter. The smell of chocolate hits you before your first sip of Shake and the sweet, deep taste of this nearly black beer goes down smooth. This is a great option for one of those sunny winter afternoons that Colorado loves to give us.
4. Mountain Sun, FYIPA
Self-described as “massive”, the FYIPA is an in-your-face American IPA that is heavy on the hops while still achieving a pleasant balance. This beer is one for slow-sipping to really appreciate the citrusy layer beneath the hops.
5. Fate, Norns Roggenbier
This red ale is true to form with its mahogany color and sweet profile. It is fruity and malty with enough of a hint of sour in its finish to get your feet wet for anyone looking to try the trend of sour beers without diving headfirst into it.
6. Twisted Pine, Big Shot
Another malty, sweet dark beer option, this espresso stout uses locally roasted coffee to give its robust aroma and taste. If you’re like me and can’t live without your morning joe, this brew beautifully blends the best of coffee and beer.
7. Finkel & Garf, IPA
Coming in at 80 IBU, Finkel & Garf’s IPA is surprisingly balanced while maintaining forward hops. This is one my all-time favorite IPAs because it is so representative of what an IPA should be—dry, aromatic, and slightly citrusy.