No trip to Boulder could possibly be complete without a visit to several of the area's craft breweries. While we haven't actually done the math, our guts tell us that the region surrounding Boulder must have the highest average Beer Advocate rating of any county! Not only are there more than 20 brewers that ship state wide, nationally and even globally, one seems to be better than the next.
We began our visits at Oskar Blues Grill and Bar, where bartender Suzie greeted us with a consultant's confident conversation. We discussed having a flight of her best available and she quickly waved at the tap on the main bar, where we sat. Her advice? "You can buy any of these brands at stores around the country. Why not sample a list of brews that are only served here?" Les Flâneurs love advice of this kind, so we placed ourselves in her hands. After sampling seven 4 ounce glasses between the two of us, we settled upon Old Chub NITRO and Hotbox Coffee Porter as our faves.
While we were tempted to stay on for lunch with Oskar, advice from a local suggested that Avery Brewing had by far the better kitchen. Indeed we were not disappointed by the fare and the brew, where we ate the Rascal Salad and Meat, Meat, Meat... which, as the name suggests, is a plate of each of the items on their Bar-B-Que menu. Our only challenge in the beverage department was to make a choice from the 30 brews on tap! Our choices were the Chardonnay Tripel and Coconut Porter, both of which were delightful.
We closed out our brief tour at Vindication Brewing, a micro-brewer with distribution "all across the county" according to bartender Barbara, which specializes in chemical-free craft beer brewed with natural ingredients.