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BRU handbuilt ales and eats

Map & Directions 5290 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80301
  • American, Pizza
  • Mon - Thu 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Fri - Sat 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM Sun 9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine


Westword's Description

BRU handbuilt ales & eats, which opened in Boulder in the summer of 2013, is quite a vacation souvenir. Some people sit on the beach and drink beer. Others sit on the beach, drink beer and make life plans that will leave no time for beaches — but plenty of time for beer. Ian Clark is definitely the latter kind of guy. “I had a goal of, by thirty, owning my own restaurant,” says Clark. But when he was vacationing in Mexico at the age of 29, that goal still seemed out of reach, despite years of having run other people’s kitchens. “I felt the time crunch and immediately went home and started writing a business plan,” he remembers. The result was BRU handbuilt ales & eats, which got its start as a nanobrewery in Clark's garage and expanded to a brewpub in an out-of-the-way strip center in Boulder. There Clark, who attended the New England Culinary Institute, is intent on updating outdated notions, both about beer (which he’s doing along with the rest of the craft-brewing movement) and the food served with it. So instead of burgers, the globe-trotting menu features roasted meatballs. There’s pizza, but it’s made on sourdough crust with lemon-scented ricotta and mushrooms or ale-spiked tomato sauce with sausage and kale. And instead of peanuts to munch while you settle in, there’s trail mix with malted oat clusters, almonds and popcorn dusted with sea salt and housemade bacon powder.

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  • Brad B. on 06/28/13

    That whipped honey is amazing!

  • Amanda M. on 10/26/13

    Great beer and even better food. Stop No. 2 on Ben's Birthday Bicycle Brew tour.

  • Alison P. on 10/26/13

    Hard to see from the road but a def must-visit! Their happy hour menu is great + cheap and the service is always fantastic! Nice outdoor patio and lots of parking, too.

  • Bill F. on 08/02/13

    Beers are solid. Service leaves a LOT to be desired. Food is worthy, but DOA with poor service. Get your food at Wendy's.

  • Stephen W. on 08/13/13

    If you can eat here only once, get the fried chicken. It's great.

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