Boulder Beer

Boulder Beer

Boulder Beer

Hey ~ When you’re the first microbrewery in Colorado, you can claim the city name for your beer! Personally, I’m a fan of the MoJo – are you picking up on an IPA theme yet?

History of Innovation

Boulder Beer’s Story:

In 1979 two professors at the University of Colorado received the 43rd brewing license issued in the United States, creating Boulder Beer Company, Colorado’s First Microbrewery. The original site of the brewery was a small farm northeast of Boulder, the brew house sharing space in a shed originally housing a few goats!

In a world of light yellow lagers, Boulder Beer won industry and consumer accolades for its line of bold Boulder Beers: Boulder Porter, Stout and Extra Special Bitter. Five years later, the brewery moved to it’s current site in Boulder and expanded from its original one-barrel brewing system to a 50-barrel brew house with top-of-the-line packaging equipment. In 1994 we converted the original tasting room to our full-menu pub and epic patio under the Flatirons.

Brewmaster David Zuckerman joined Boulder Beer in 1990, and soon introduced Colorado favorites Buffalo Gold and Singletrack Copper Ale, which are still popular today. Long time General Manager Jeff Brown became President of Boulder Beer in 2002, which was the same year that saw the packaged introduction of the innovative and widely heralded Hazed & Infused dry-hopped ale, an unfiltered dry-hopped amber ale. In 2003 Mojo India Pale hit the scene, and every year since then has ushered in new flavors and new styles of beer developed by our creative team of brewers, which often are on the cutting edge of craft brewing trends.

Our brewers continue to test boundaries with unique blends and combinations on our pilot brewing system and barrel-aged program. Stop in to our Pub for this week’s “Brewer’s Choice” and who knows, you could be sampling the first batch of The Next Big Thing!

Hazed & Infused Dry-Hopped Ale

This unfiltered amber ale is “Hazed” in its natural state and “Infused” during dry-hopping with Crystal and Centennial hops, creating a flavorful, aromatic brew unlike any before it. Tapping into the creative spirit that launched Colorado’s First Microbrewery, the brewers at Boulder Beer Company have blended together four different hop varieties to give Hazed a unique aroma, with just enough yeast for a full mouth feel and a smooth, easy finish. So sit back, relax and get hazed. 5% ABV

Mojo India Pale Ale

Introduced in 2003, this IPA from Colorado’s First Microbrewery is anything but traditional. Mojo India Pale Ale was inspired by the English who first shipped their ales to India and the Far East – but brewed with an attitude of the great American West. Pale in color but packed with flavor, Mojo reflects the perfect balance of hop bitterness and malt character. The unique Amarillo hop creates a big citrus flavor with an ultra-crisp dry finish. 7.2% ABV

Sweaty Betty Blonde Wheat Beer

Sweaty Betty Blonde is a refreshing, unfiltered Bavarian-style Hefeweizen. The Weinstephan yeast gives this brew subtle hints of clove and banana with an attractive, hazy blonde color. For the best flavor, rouse any settled yeast by swirling the bottom of the bottle.

5.2% ABV

Flashback India Brown Ale

Brewed using five separate hop additions, Flashback India Brown Ale boasts a citrusy flavor with a prominent hop aroma. Flashback finishes crisp and dry, with dark roasted flavors from the biscuit and chocolate malts perfectly complementing the bountiful Cascade hops. Originally brewed to commemorate our milestone 30th Anniversary, Flashback India Brown Ale earned a spot in our year-round line-up. Flash back to 1979 and you’ll find two professors at the University of Colorado in Boulder testing the entrepreneurial waters with a little project called a microbrewery. From the original Bitter, Porter and Stout recipes that founded our brewery, to our exciting new releases, Boulder Beer continues to uphold our tradition of innovation in brewing. 6.8% ABV

Buffalo Gold Golden Ale

A Colorado favorite since 1989, Buffalo Gold is the definitive golden ale. The mild maltiness gives way to a unique floral character generated by a perfect balance of Cascade hops. Our lightest beer in flavor, it’s an easy-drinking beer that still packs a stampede of flavor! 4.8% ABV

Singletrack Copper Ale

A refreshing, medium-bodied ale, Singletrack Copper Ale is brewed with toasted rye and caramel malt for a slight nutty flavor with a brilliant copper color. Reflecting a lifestyle adopted by many at our brewery and in Boulder, Singletrack is an homage to the two-wheeled athletes and weekend warriors pounding the narrow trails of our backyard mountains 4.9% ABV

Planet Porter

Planet Porter is a remarkably smooth dark ale. The generous use of black malt gives this brew a hint of coffee. Our oldest recipe dating back to 1979! 5.5% ABV

Mojo Risin’ Double IPA

Released annually in January. Mojo Risin’ double IPA is a souped-up, extreme version of the one and only Mojo IPA. We added more than a half ton of extra malt and twice the amount of Amarillo hops, so be prepared for a full sensory explosion. The double dry-hopped addition elevates the grapefruit-like aroma and flavor to an outrageous intensity, while the added malt raises the alcohol level to over 10% by volume.

  • 10% ABV
  • 80 IBU
  • Malts: Pale Malt, Wheat Malt, & 20L Caramel Malt
  • Hops: Amarillo & Centennial

Kinda Blue Blueberry Wheat Beer

Released annually in March/April. Perfect for summer, Kinda Blue is as cool as the day is long. A refreshing American Wheat with just the right amount of sweetness, aroma and blueberry. For those beer geeks out there, the blueberries are not added to the mash like many “fruit beers.” Rather, we add the organic Oregon blueberry puree to the cold fermenting wheat beer – much like dry-hopping – which gives this beer subtle notes of flavor. Try some today!

  • 5.2% ABV
  • 12 IBU
  • Malt: Honey Malt, Wheat Malt, Pale Malt
  • Hops: Mt. Hood
  • Pureed Oregon Blueberries

Hoopla Pale Ale

In search of the perfect festival beer, our Boulder Beer brewers and Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of The String Cheese Incident and an avid homebrewer, joined creative forces. Imagination and improvisation flowed freely, and Hoopla was born. Hoopla Pale Ale is dry-hopped with generous amounts of Glacier hops for a fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor that will have your taste buds dancing.

  • 5.7% ABV
  • 40 IBU
  • Malt: Pale Malt, Carared Malt, Melanoidin Malt, Chocolate Malt
  • Hops: Nugget, Glacier, Centennia

Never Summer Ale

Released annually in October. Our brewers’ mission to create a satisfying cold weather brew resulted in Never Summer Ale, our version of a more aggressive winter seasonal. Deep ruby red in color, assertively hopped and brewed with dark caramel malt, Never Summer Ale makes even the coldest Colorado peaks seem warm. Never Summer Ale: For the Drinking Town with a Skiing Problem!

  • 6.5% ABV
  • 40 IBU

Killer Penguin Barleywine

Our extremely limited winter barleywine ale. Traditional winter seasonals are warm and comforting — not this bird! Diving in at around 10 percent alcohol by volume, Killer Penguin uses over twice the malt as other winter beers. Aged to perfection, this beer doesn’t ferment, it hibernates — and wakes up with an attitude!

  • 10% ABV
  • 60 IBU
  • Malt: Pale Malt, 70/80L Crystal Malt
  • Hops: Nugget, Willamette, Cascade

A Honey of a Saison

A Honey of a Saison is a swarm of flavor and a stinger at 11.5% ABV. The French Saison yeast produces big, estery, phenolic aromas and flavors, while the Wildflower Honey lends a spicy, sweet aroma with essence of dried fruits. Champagne Yeast is also used to complete fermentation and create a dry finish. A strong malt bill imparts a rich, golden honey color to the ale, and it shows low hop bitterness at 25 IBU’s.

Released 12/13/12


Nitro Mojo IPA

Our big, citrusy Mojo India Pale Ale, served nitro-style for a smooth, creamy finish that mellows the beer’s big hop punch.

  • 7.2% ABV
  • 70 IBU

Cold Hop British-Style Ale

With a nod to our founder’s roots as homebrewers, we tapped into the expertise of an old chum, Charley Papazian, author of “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing”. Expanding on one of his favorite recipes by giving it our own twist, our brewers crafted Cold Hop – a cult favorite here at Boulder Beer Company. Rich golden malts from Great Britain combined with rare, aromatic and flavorful Czech and New Zealand hops make up the backbone of Cold Hop, our modern take on British-style ale.

  • 6.3% ABV
  • 46 IBU
  • Malt: Maris Otter Pale Malt, Honey Malt, 10-15 Crystal Malt
  • Hops: Willamette, Czech Saaz, Hallertau, Hercules, Nelson Sauvin

Freshtracks Wet-Hopped Copper Ale

The wet-hopped version of our Singletrack Copper Ale. Freshtracks is made using fresh-off-the-vine, still wet hops from the western slope of Colorado, allowing the beer to take on a unique hop profile from the oils that are typically evaporated during the hop kilning process. The result is a more citrusy, pineapple-like version of Singletrack that is perfect for harvest season.Look for Freshtracks in late summer or early fall!

  • 4.9% ABV
  • 38 IBU
  • Fresh Chinook Hops from Hotchkiss, Colorado

Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout

Released annually in November – draft only. Obovoid: 1) An ovoid with the broad end toward the apex; 2) a fun word to say! Something tells us that you’re going to love Obovoid oak-aged oatmeal stout. Perhaps it’s the color – as dark as deep space. Or the aging on oak that adds an earthy character to its roasted notes. Maybe you crave the bitter-sweet chocolate finish derived from the abundance of black and chocolate malts. Or quite possibly the rich, smooth mouthfeel and creamy, off-white head tickle your fancy. But most likely, it’s the perfect blend of “all of the above” that makes Obovoid a stout-lover’s dream.

  • 6.8% ABV
  • 40 IBU
  • Malt: Pale Malt, 80L Caramel Malt, Roasted Barley, Black Malt, Chocolate Malt, Rolled Oats
  • Hops: UK Progress, US Cascade, UK Fuggle
  • Aged on French Oak Chips

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