Craft Beer


Boulder, CO

In 1979 two CU professors applied for and received the 43rd brewing license issued in the United States, creating Boulder Beer Company, Colorado's 1st Microbrewery. The original site of the brewery was a small farm northeast of Boulder, the brewhouse sharing space with a few goats. Early on, the brewery won industry and consumer accolades for its line of Boulder Beers: Boulder Porter, Stout and Extra Pale Ale. Five years later, the brewery moved to its current site in Boulder and has since expanded from an original one-barrel brewing system to a 50-barrel brew house with top-of-the-line packaging equipment. The facility has a capacity to produce 43,000 barrels of award-winning beer annually. In 1990, Gina Day became Managing Partner of Boulder Beer Company, and soon introduced Colorado to favorites Buffalo Gold and Singletrack Copper Ale as packaged products. Since 1991, Brewmaster David Zuckerman has overseen the production of brews that have garnered more than 20 national and international medals in prestigious beer competitions. In 2002, Boulder Beer formed a Strategic Alliance with Rock Bottom Restaurants, Inc., and named Jeffery Brown President. Additionally, that year saw the introduction of the innovative and widely popular Hazed & Infused Dry-Hopped Ale, flagship of the Looking Glass Series. Hazed & Infused was soon followed by Mojo India Pale Ale and the seasonal favorites Never Summer Ale and Sweaty Betty Blonde wheat beer and the occasional appearance by the cult favorite Killer Penguin barleywine style ale. The 25th Anniversary of Colorado's First Microbrewery in 2004 introduced the brewery's annual signature fundraiser 'The Goatshed Revival!,' an outdoor festival celebrating the heritage and continuing innovation of craft beer by Boulder Beer.