While they are known for the extensive tap list and I appreciate them reserving taps for interesting imports, it’s so rare to find these beers in good shape at Backcountry. More often than not their versions of De Dolle, De la Senne, Blaugies, etc., are underwhelming. They are trying, and they surely do better with American craft beer, this is an American beer geek place at its core, but I get the feeling they don’t have a lot of care-taking experience with the more delicate beers, especially Belgian styles. I would put up with the ambiance (televisions, neon signs, garish paint) if they had the ability to serve these world-class beers in their best shape.
Visited October 7, 2013 with 3fourths and womencantsail.
This is a very large set up. Multiple dinning rooms and a bar area. We were given a table in one of the dining rooms, right in front of the big TV during Monday night football so some annoying Jets fan was yelling every time the waitress walked by our table. They had just done a sour beer event the day before so they still had a lot of interesting sour beers on tap. They don’t do flights or samples but you can ask for a couple of tastes to help decide what you want. The service was friendly though we didn’t ask too many questions about the beer so I can’t comment on their knowledge. The calzone I ordered was good though I probably could have put more effort into the choosing the ingredients.
Last stop of night one in Boulder. Large bar area in front and plenty of restaurant space in the rear. They were having some special events, so hard to judge the taplist, but if the kind of beers yet had for the events were any indication, I’d say a solid taplist. Food is typical pizza joint fare. Ordered a calzone which was quite good. Service was pretty good as well. Definitely a place to hit when in Boulder.
This place is like beer geek nirvana. They had 50 taps of craft beer and most of them were unusual and not commonly found in most pubs. In addition to some of the finer Colorado craft they also had 4-5 Russian River and 4-5 Mikkeller. They also had a large number of bottles including some bombers that had been aged. The pizza was solid but not spectacular but good value for money. Everyone there was very friendly and had a real passion for beer. I wish we had a place this awesome close to where I live.
Visited with two friends on October 8, 2012. I didn’t eat, but my two friends did and they enjoyed it. Service at the bar was great, service to the table was not good. Big selection of draught beers, nice place, I could go back for sure.
adnielsen (420) Fort Collins, Colorado | July 20, 2011| Updated December 12, 2013
Great pizza and excellent selection of beers on tap. My waitress was very rude and didn’t visit our table between the time she took our order and the time she brought the bill. I’m sure this is the exception rather than the rule but I’ll see the next time I’m in there.
Stopped for lunch here on my walk to Avery ( be warned if you do like me and walk, it is a few blocks down the street )
Good food, had a nice pizza, very nice helpfull and knowable sevice, wich pointed me to a few nearby breweries i could visit.
Great selection of beers, sadly no Angels share while i was there. Abit on the pricy side, but not to bad
Dragged the fam here for lunch today - the ambience was an immediate strike for me - obnoxious bright yellow and blue paint of the exterior - interior is not sure if it wants to be a pub or a family restaurant, so it simply fails at being both - everything besides that was nice, though - staff was extremely friendly and attentive - beer selection was excellent, with a quality assortment of regular brews and an extensive rotating list, some of which is fairly hard to get - prices were on the high side, with 5 bucks being the cheapest you can get a pint - the pizza is fairly good, but IMO not worth the price - the beer selection is probably the only thing that would bring me back.
Multiple visits indicate a lot of possibility here. First and foremost, selection is great - excellent all the way through the enormous amount of taps, with no BMC to fill out volume (though I know a few bottles float around). Pliny the Younger, BB Angel’s Share, Meph Addict, the Abyss, etc. Just a jaw-dropper. The kitchen was also excellent, from the pub grub to the pizza I had for lunch (I’d def rec the Nediterranean). Sweet servers and a lot of beer geeks here, including brewers and reps I met in other hot spots in Boulder and along the whole FR. I really like the different rooms, has sort of a family/restaurant section in addition to the bar side and pool/games area. So what’s not to like about a premier gourmet experience? Well, the quality’s there, and you’re going to pay for it. Parking was easy, and though I know it’ll probably be super busy here at times, I never had a problem finding a spot. I’d be here every week were I local.