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Beer Available At BRU Handbuilt Ales and Eats (arranged by most recent)
BRU Rigley Red Rye IPA , BRU Citrum IPA 41, BRU Best Bitter , BRU Belux , BRU Osito Stout , BRU Obitus American Brown 46, BRU Loch Wee Heavy Scotch Ale , BRU 5290 Saison , BRU Colorado Common Pale Lager , BRU El Oro Biere de Garde , BRU Beezel 81, BRU Arium , BRU Slocum Barleywine
NachlamSie (607) Denver, Colorado | August 12, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Brouwerij (40) Boulder, Colorado | February 14, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
HIGHB4LL (68) Fort Collins, Colorado | February 3, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Danyel (30) Colorado | December 15, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Small place, very trendy, hip. Too dark inside. Staff was nice and helpful. Food was okay...beer was decent. Wouldnít seek it out but would go back if it arose.
adnielsen (422) Fort Collins, Colorado | December 12, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
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
brokensail (900) Orange County, California | October 17, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
t0rin0 (1442) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 9, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Ernest (171) Boulder, Colorado | August 27, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
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 (1352) Boulder, Colorado | June 20, 2013| Updated October 10, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
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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