|Snow Fallen Rockies - Find me on Esty!|
Once we got into town we went directly downtown to Pearl Street. Once again pedestrian (like downtown Denver) and full of fun looking stores. Because it was snowing the street was basically empty. We were not deterred by the snow and enjoyed a good stroll.
|Pearl Street Lass|
I'm actually thrilled that we didn't go to Avery. We were determined to check out a local brewery, so I pulled up Yelp and started looking. Hmm, Wild Woods Brewery, almost in walking distance (if it wasn't snowing) and great reviews. Personally, I think this was the highlight of Boulder, well that and when the clouds cleared a bit and the Rockies seemed to slap us in the face. Wow, was that beautiful.
So, Wild Woods Brewery. Great place and I was pleased to find I had a kinship with the owners. They were from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where my dad was born, and one of the owners went to the same college as him. Their beer was themed to hiking and enjoying the mountains, which was a great touch for being at the foot of the Rockies.
We spoke with Erin, one of the owners, most of the time we were there and she explained the beers and their love for Boulder. She really made it a great experience. And their beers! Oh boy, they were amazing. Each one was perfectly fitting for the style and one flavor or ingredient wasn't prevalent in all their beers. So unique and delicious. There was only one I didn't try, the Smores Stout because it used milk sugars. I did touch my tongue to Dan's taster and was not happy. Yuck. But! I'm bias so I don't judge them on that beer alone. The rest were A-mazing. If you are in Boulder anytime soon go check them out. They should get the recognition they diserve and hopefully will then spread their beers for us all to enjoy, no matter where we are.
Dinner was at Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery which was back on Pearl Street. This was a fun, busy spot that looked to be a popular hangout for the locals. Good beers and food. Once again only a few vegan options, but I was used to this by now. I saw a group of college kids playing games at a table and drinking beers, but everyone else was eating. It wasn't a very good drinking only spot, but the beers were good enough to see why you'd want to hang out.
We called it an early night because I started to feel sick. We went to a liquor store that was huge and cards you on the way in. College town. Grabbed some local brews and headed back to the hotel. At this point it was about 3º outside, so it was no surprise that I was feeling off, plus at this point I was not used to the altitude yet.
|Bronze Native - Fine me on Etsy|
Before heading back to Denver for more exploring, we stopped in at the Leanin' Tree Museum. A free exhibition filled with art and statues. This museum has the largest privately owned collection of western art, and it was amazing! We were the only ones there so we were able to peacefully take in all the art and enjoy a break from all our hustling and bustling. From here we left to return to Denver.
Boulder was an awesome city (I almost put town). It had some cute homes and I can see why people would love to be so close to the Rockies. I wonder what it would be like in summer. While we were pretty set on going back to Denver, it was a great side trip and I would totally go again.
Find out about our Denver adventure here.