Backcountry Pizza and Tap House | Boulder, Colorado
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Backcountry Pizza and Tap House
Excellent based on 20 ratings
Type: Restaurant

2319 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, Colorado United States 80302 [ print map ]
303 449 4285

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Mayor: Danyel (11) | Affiliated user(s) here bcptaphouse | Taps: 68 | Bottles: over 200


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Beer Available At Backcountry Pizza and Tap House (arranged by most recent)
Cantillon Fouí Foune 100, Cantillon Mamouche 100, Wynkoop Berliner Hasselhoff , Epic Santa Cruz Brown Ale (Ethiopian Coffee, Blueberries and Cream) , Telluride Fishwater Double IPA 76, Hogshead Gilpin Black Gold 95, Stone India Pale Ale (IPA) 100, Trinity Farmoya Melange , Dry Dock Signature Series Blighís Barleywine Ale 99, Odell Myrcenary Double India Pale Ale 99, Perennial / Prairie Dual Artisanship 89, Thai Me Up Melvin IPA 93, Thai Me Up Asterisk Double IPA , Thai Me Up 2x4 Quadruple Pale Ale 96, Freigeist Salzspeicher Sour Porter - Cherry 86, Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee 100, Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale) 100, Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale) 100, Struise Ypres 94, Struise Smonk 91
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20 reviews for Backcountry Pizza and Tap House
 Ambiance  72%
 Service  78%
 Selection  93%
 Food  75%
 Value  74%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  93%
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98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
slowjohn  (1) Boulder, | May 20, 2014
I travel for a living, and I can say confidently that it is virtually impossible to find a place with a beer selection even comparable to Backcountry. With 67 taps, you would think that some of the selection is potentially hit-or-miss beers. No. John Fayman (publican) rarely serves mediocre beer - and when he does, itís because heís taking a chance on a product that sounds awesome from one of the more respectable brands, whether local or out-of-state. He also has the chance to represent local brands with great pride - he gets the rarest Crooked Stave stuff, and regularly pours beers that he knows are good from the new breweries; he tastes them first. Beyond that, just take a gander at their draft list on Facebook - and peek at this list here. His bottle list is there just in case you want to go nuts and ball out, otherwise the draft list will keep any daily craft beer drinker quite occupied. I know because I used to go here every day when I lived in Boulder, and I almost couldnít keep up. Anyone who thinks the beer selection is merely "good for the area" or plain "good" is just ignorant. Iíve visited top beer bars all over the world, especially in the US and Europe, just trying to find somewhere that out-does what BCP has to offer, and it is truly unmatched. The food is fantastic, by the way, starting of course with the pizza (they offer slices for those thrifty folk who want a simple meal), but there are also daily specials, rarely exceeding $15/entree, and there is always one under $10. Chef Anthony Lopiccolo has a smoker out back, and now offers specials prepared in that baby. He makes killer smoked meats, poutine-style appetizers, soups, and actually has an unbelievable knack for Asian-inspired dishes whenever he offers one. It is a very spacious building with two patios, a large bar area, and a family-friendly dining area separate from the bar. There is also a game room with a pool table, choice pinball machines, and they recently added a Big Buck HD machine (letís GO). I honestly think that the reason this place hasnít blown up is because itís kind of under the commercial radar, and itís fairly new in terms of anywhere like it, and itís tucked in a cozy town like Boulder. Mind you, this is a huge plus. All things considered, itís the worldís best beer bar. The only place Iíve been to thatís this cool is Akkurat, and even there youíre gonna get ripped off on a bottle like you would at Moeder Lambic; it has a tourist-y edge. At Backcountry, they just do what they do, and they do it so damn well while making you feel like you belong (and you do).
84
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
mtnman22  (7) Superior, Colorado | March 8, 2014
One of the best beer selections in the area! Large number of Colorado and regional beers with more then enough out of state to keep it interesting! Taps rotate pretty regularly, and many of the beers are hard to find in Colorado. Service is good, and the pizza is solid! Great place to grab beer if your in Boulder!
80
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel  (26) Colorado | October 19, 2013
Amazing beer on tap! Never anything crappy on tap, all unique specialty brews that are hard to find anywhere else. Food is can be hit or miss. Most of the time it has been great but every once in awhile itís so-so. Mostly pretty good though. Service is decent. Iíve never had bad service but itís never been great either. Wish the waitresses would know a bit more. The building itself is laid out badly for a taphouse. There are lots of rooms, itís set up more like a ífine diningí restaurant than a taphouse. A few walls need to be knocked down and the bar extended. The place should be more open and centered around the bar rather than a maze of rooms that no one wants to be in. Overall, outstanding beers. Good food. Decent service. Work a visit, definitely a destination point.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail  (811) Orange County, California | October 13, 2013
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, Iíd 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.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1330) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 8, 2013
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 donít 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 didnít ask too many questions about the beer so I canít comment on their knowledge. The calzone I ordered was good though I probably could have put more effort into the choosing the ingredients.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
Brouwerij  (40) Boulder, Colorado | June 6, 2013| Updated April 6, 2014
Large restaurant with a large bar. Good tap list and extensive bottle list, including many rare beers. Draft prices are reasonable and bottle prices are expectedly steep. Service was alright.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff  (424) MŲlndal, Sweden | October 9, 2012
Visited with two friends on October 8, 2012. I didnít 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.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
ILikeOl  (117) , Norway | September 21, 2012
Based strictly on the beer selection, this may be my all time favourite bar. 52 taps, the majority from Colorado. Half the taps were rotating and the selection changed a good bit from one week to the next during my two visits. The 182 bottle selection is great, which include numerous sour, lambic and wild ales from the US, as well as Belgium and other countries. As a Norwegian it was nice to see a Nogne Saison on tap for $8, half the price of at home. Unfortunately, several factors are pulling down the overall impression of rhe bar. If you take a right after walking in thru the main door, you have a game room, followed by a dining room full of pizza eating kids with their parents. This room can be avoided, but it still does not belong in a quality beer bar. The food was average.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign  (100) Fort Collins, Colorado | February 28, 2012| Updated May 22, 2012
tons of great craft beer on tap and in bottles - had a Pliny the Elder - they had lots of CO beer and plenty of rare stuff in bottles. the pizza was good, not great and the service sucked. conflicted about this place.
96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Grundlepaste  (12) , | February 23, 2012| Updated April 17, 2012
Always a pleasure to visit this place when I go to Boulder. Actually my favorite. Keep up the good work guys. Congrats on the year anniversary!!!

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