BRU Handbuilt Ales and Eats | Boulder, Colorado
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BRU Handbuilt Ales and Eats
Good based on 10 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

5290 Arapahoe
Boulder, Colorado United States 80303 [ print map ]
720 638 5193 | facebook | twitter

Hours: Daily from 11am

Mayor: HonkeyBra (1) | Taps: 12 |

BRU Handbuilt Ales and Eats

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Beer Available At BRU Handbuilt Ales and Eats (arranged by most recent)
BRU Rigley Red Rye IPA , BRU Citrum IPA 43, BRU Best Bitter , BRU Belux 45
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10 reviews for BRU Handbuilt Ales and Eats
 Ambiance  70%
 Service  77%
 Selection  72%
 Food  74%
 Value  70%
 Overall  70%
 Rating  77%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222  (48) East Greenbush, New York | February 28, 2015
Tasty food in a small strip mall brewpub. The beers they made were normal styles, but descently done and there were lots of options of their own beers, although some tastes pretty similar with small variations. Small place and a small brew system. Nice atmosphere. Worth a stop for sure.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie  (638) Denver, Colorado | August 12, 2014
BRU is in an end unit in a strip mall, but once inside youíd never know it. Everything is cozy and rustic-themed on the interior. I tried the Belux and Amarillo IPA on this visit. Neither were bad, but I thought both had room for improvement. The selection of styles included some interesting offerings, for sure. I had a pork sandwich with squash/carrot soup. BRU obviously puts a lot of focus into the food menu. My meal was absolutely delicious, especially the soup. Everyone in my party raved about the food. Service was attentive and personable. Iíd love to come back for another meal and give some of their different brews a try.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij  (40) Boulder, Colorado | February 14, 2014
Small taproom along Arapahoe. Friendly service. Good, fresh food. Pretty impressive menu for a brewpub. Beer selection seemed to be belgian and IPA dominant, fairly solid beers for the most part.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 10/20
HIGHB4LL  (81) Fort Collins, Colorado | February 3, 2014
Nice atmosphere, I really like the tables and the tap handles. Service was great. I was only there for a tasting, so I only noticed their selection of their beers (about 8 on tap) . Didnít eat. Prices were fair.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Danyel  (32) Colorado | December 15, 2013
Small place, very trendy, hip. Too dark inside. Staff was nice and helpful. Food was was decent. Wouldnít seek it out but would go back if it arose.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen  (422) Fort Collins, Colorado | December 12, 2013
MJ, Andrew, Bobby, and I visited here around GABF time. Kind of an upscale joint with yuppie-like, artisan food. The beers went from ok to above average but I was a bit disappointed. Fair number of beers to try.

Shitters: have yet to visit
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (1087) Orange County, California | October 17, 2013
Basically an upscale brewpub. They had 12 beers on tap during our visit, most of which were just okay. Almost all of them were either really sweet or borderline sour. Happy hour/tapas menu was available when we were there. Food was pretty good. Our server seemed to be one of the most genuinely disinterested waiters Iíve ever seen.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1503) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 9, 2013
Visited October 8, 2013.

This place belongs in San Francisco. Fairly upscale looking but caters to hipsters with no money, expensive small plates, and beer with strange ingredients in them. The server was nice enough but he really seemed like he didnít care if we were there or not. He also didnít know much about the beer but Iím guessing heís new. I ordered the sausage plate from the happy hour menu and while it tasted good I was disappointed by how little I got. If I didnít care about spending $30 on a meal I could have filled up and had some good food, but as it was I only got the one small plate. The beers were all very strange and in many cases very acidic. They had a wide range of styles (12 beers in total) from a dunkelweiss and IPA to a coffee brown ale and a sour mashed brown ale. Over all a nice place to hang out, but they need to improve on the beer.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest  (189) Boulder, Colorado | August 27, 2013
Went with a bunch of non-beer-geek friends back in late July. Kind of a weird atmosphere, mix of cool and tacky...and itís a lot to take in since everything is all visible at once: open kitchen, brewing equipment, bar, tables, itís a little bit of a visual mess but it has its own scruffy charm. Service is good, the usual Boulder friendly type. Food was also good, kinda interesting and upscale-ish sorta stuff...nothing fantastic, but it was way more enjoyable than the usual brewpub burgers and/or pizza. Iíd tried 3 or 4 things from bottle in the past year, so I got a sampler tray of 5 or 6 other things. Everything was syrupy sweet, across the board...didnít end up ordering anything to drink, and didnít even finish any of the samples. Maybe just the mood I was in, since his bottled beers are all very sweet too, and in one case (Beezel) it works quite well. But sitting there with supposedly 5 different styles in front of me and having them all basically smell (sugar/fruit) and taste (sugary sweet) the same does not bode well. I didnít rate any of them, but they likely would have been in the 2.7 area if I had. This brewer needs to work on attenuation, if he has one flaw. But in general I still think there is some promise here.
3fourths  (1444) Boulder, Colorado | June 20, 2013| Updated October 10, 2013
Lunch visit for food and drinks. Medium sized interior of tables, booths and bar seating. Sandwiches, soups, salad and some other items on the menu. Food quality was quite good, fresh ingredients, lots of flavor, even the bread was made with care. Letís hope they keep this up after the honeymoon period is open and all of the magazine and website reviewers have praised them. About a half-dozen BRU beers available in full and short glasses. Beer prices are quite high, Pearl Street high... would like to see them bring prices down by a buck or two. I give it good marks because the beer is actually really well-made, which isnít really something you see around here. Iím so used to being underwhelmed by every new brewery Boulder county, so call me surprised that the brewer here seems to know what heís doing. Will return semi-regularly and adjust my rating as I do.

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