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 for their 5th anniversary party. The best word to describe the ambiance would be "bedlam"; the bar was packed to overflowing and the bartenders were pouring beer as fast as they could. For all that, the servers and bartenders were as attentive as they could be, very friendly and knowledgeable, and amazingly prompt. The selection was simply mind-blowing, although that was just the event. The pizza we had was delicious. The prices are a bit steep, and the half-pours are $5, which is a bit much, in my opinion. Still, this place lived up to the hype, and I will be back, as often as I can.
Cool concept of a bar with a restaurant attached. Very spacious and in a cool neighborhood in Boulder. The selection is impeccable. They even had Pliny the elder on draft. They should have more beers on draft. Very extensive bottle selection but the prices on those bottles is just obscene. Good friendly service but sorry to say the food was not good. Just come here to drink. You must try this place, but expect to pay through the nose if you aren’t buying draft beer.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.