Photo courtesy of Walnut Brewery

Walnut Brewery’s Old Elk Brown Ale tastes like victory. Perhaps it’s because the English-style brown ale wins medals as often as the US Olympic gymnastics team; the beer is a two-time Silver and Gold medalist at the Great American Beer Festival awards. The brew is rich and malty, with notes of caramel and chocolate and subtle hops. The beer is as delicious as it is interesting and needs to be on ever beer snob’s bucket list.

Of course, the brewery offers lots of delectable brews worth tasting. Some of my favorites?

  1. It’s toasty, it’s nutty, it’s spicy. Need I say more?

Beers and brews aside, this Walnut street gem is one of the friendliest bars I’ve ever been to. Craft brews have a way of bringing people together and forming fast friendships. Every time I visit this brewery I end up in conversation with a fascinating stranger. It is a warm hostel for the lonely out-of-stater or Midwestern transplant. Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that they have a full bar, food menu, and some to-die-for nachos.

Check them out during happy hour, when all their draughts are only $3. Cheap beer never tasted so good.


Katy Caballeros moved to Boulder from Grand Rapids, MI. She studied English and writing at Aquinas College and pursued a liberal arts career path gone crooked, occupying jobs ranging from telemarketer to kindergarten phonics tutor. Passionate about local advocacy, Katy admires Boulder’s proclivity towards progress, scholarship, and environmentalism. When she isn’t writing or listening to KUNC, Katy likes to explore local cafes and bookstores with her partner, Em. Passionate about motivating young people, Katy is an assistant coach for the Boulder High School cheerleading team (Go Panthers!). Grateful to be welcomed into the Boulder community, Katy wants to give back by informing Boulderites about the best places to play and visit in their community.