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, it’s because he’s 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 couldn’t keep up. Anyone who thinks the beer selection is merely "good for the area" or plain "good" is just ignorant. I’ve 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 (let’s GO). I honestly think that the reason this place hasn’t blown up is because it’s kind of under the commercial radar, and it’s fairly new in terms of anywhere like it, and it’s tucked in a cozy town like Boulder. Mind you, this is a huge plus. All things considered, it’s the world’s best beer bar. The only place I’ve been to that’s this cool is Akkurat, and even there you’re 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).
Visited during lunch hours on GABF week. Pretty crowded but not too much. Helpful and very knowledgeable staff, the owner sat at the bar and had som beers with us, great guy. Selection is huge, both on tap and bottles, impressive. Had a cheese steak and completely loved it. One of the best beer bars I have ever attended. Highly recommended.
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.
I like the comment below that this place is like Beer Geek Nirvana. Apt.
This place has about the same selection as Falling Rock, with probably fewer taps but what seems like more bottled selections. i love the way they have beers organized on the menu, as it makes it easy to find what you like or to try something new.
What differs about BCP compared to many other beer joints I’ve been in is the service. Of the three times I’ve been there, I’ve always had top shelf service. Impressively, the waiters and waitresses all seem to know something about almost every beer on the menu. Try getting that at a Flying Saucer!
They rotate the taps pretty regularly to keep the selection fresh. Food is pretty good - not as good as Hops & Pie, but with a much larger selection to please all palates.
The new big brother to the original in Nederland, this place is exactly what Boulder needed - a premium tap house that appeals to beer geeks. Instantly the best tap house in Boulder. The staff is wonderful and loves to talk beer or tell of the rare kegs in the cellar (viewable through window) waiting to be tapped. Tap selection is unmatched, makes West End look like Old Chicago (not necessarily bad, but you get the idea). One of its best features is the game room, fully equipped with 8 or so old-school arcade/pinball machines and a brand new pool table. Food is awesome, including the pizza. Between the beer and the pool this place is hard to leave. You can drop 40 bucks here and feel as if you robbed the place. Was told they will later (soon) have bottles to buy and share. They will soon have four cask ales, two Averys and two of other kind. I drank meph addict, Anniversary Anderson Valley Double IPA, St. Fuillion Green Flash Collaboration, and much more all on tap at once. These guys and serious and have been collecting kegs for years. My new favorite hang-out. When bottles and casks are added I will update their selection probably to a perfect score. A ludicrous tap selection...
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.
A wide variety of beers with an almost strange assortment of bar food and fine dining, I thoroughly enjoyed the people and the selections.
Danyel (35) Colorado | October 19, 2013| Updated August 27, 2015
Amazing beer on tap! Never anything crappy on tap, all unique specialty brews that are hard to find anywhere else.
Food is good. Most of the time it has been great but every once in awhile it’s so-so. Mostly pretty good though.
Service has gone up, the staff is much more informed from when they first opened and quite helpful.
The building itself is laid out badly for a taphouse. There are lots of rooms, it’s set up more like a ’fine dining’ 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. Good service. Best beer bar in the state.
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.