When you’re feeling peckish and craving a quality beer, BRU Handbuilt Ales and Eats has you covered. Still one of the newer-comers on the craft beer scene, BRU has built an excellent reputation for both its food and beer since its inception in 2012. They’re known for their unfiltered, naturally carbonated ales and made-from-scratch sourdough.

I have to admit to some favoritism among those ales. My number one from BRU is the Solus Patersbier. This easy-drinking beer packs a spiced flavor, with bitter orange and coriander used during the brewing process. It owes its hazy golden color to being unfiltered and its drinkability to a reasonably low alcohol content, coming in at 4% ABV.

Another favorite BRU ale is the surprising Spot O’ Tea Pale Ale. The brewers used wildflowers and honey to make this tasty treat and both make themselves known on your palate without being overpowering. The wildflowers add a subdued earthy flavor while the honey offers just a hint of sweetness. Don’t worry, while the drink is reminiscent of tea, you aren’t left feeling beer deprived.

Finally, I’ll leave you with the Three B’s. These three B’s stand for Bru’s Best Bitter and it lives up to its name. Satisfyingly bitter without being overpowering, this paired quite well with the sourdough bread that came with my meal.

If you haven’t been yet, I suggest heading over during happy hour to take advantage of for some bru-tine (french fries smothered in ale sausage gravy and aged cheddar) and wood roasted PEI mussels. Their happy hour runs from 3-6pm daily, with Tuesday featuring all day happy hour. And what better way to wind down after the workday than with delicious food and beer?



Krista is a native of Nebraska who left all that corn behind for the Rocky Mountain lifestyle. She graduated from the University of Denver with BAs in English and Anthropology and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from CU. In the ceaseless search for inspiration, her passions for writing and culture led her to another great love: Colorado microbreweries. When she’s not trying the new IPA on tap, Krista can be found hiking Chautauqua, running the Boulder Creek Path, or curled up with a good book