Boulder Beer closing shop but the brand lives on

A shifting local craft brewery landscape

By Paul Hagey Jan 9 2020

After a 40-year journey, the Boulder Beer, which did approximately 18,000 barrels annually, is shutting down its production facility at 2880 Wilderness Place.

Boulder Beer owner Gina Day announced the closing in a public letter on Jan. 6. Saturday, Jan. 18 will be its last day of operation.

Boulder Beer Company launched way before the craft beer boom hit the country; when the brewery first opened its doors, the U.S. had just 42 breweries. (Now the state of Colorado alone has over 375!)

The company evolved and transformed over the years to keep up with Boulder’s fast-changing beer scene, most recently hiring Boulder-based international design firm Moxie Sozo to revamp some of its most popular beers’ labels, including Shake, Mojo IPA, Buffalo Gold, Due East, Festbier and Pulp Fiction.

Boulder Beer has partnered with Denver’s Sleeping Giant Brewing Company so that its brand can live on, with Sleeping Giant now brewing, packaging and distributing the iconic Boulder Beer recipes to keep the legacy alive.

Changing local craft beer landscape

Boulder Beer’s closing coincides with the closing of Boulder seven-barrel nanobrewery Wild Woods Brewery, which will serve its last pint at its brewery taproom tomorrow at 5460 Conestoga Court.

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It’s bittersweet to announce that we plan to close Wild Woods Brewery with our last day being Saturday, January 11th after 7 years serving all of you incredible people. This decision wasn’t an easy one, but a personal one for us, and we’ve decided to turn a new chapter with a new year, and start a new adventure in life. Brewing has and always will be a passion of ours. We created these recipes years before the first pint was poured as the first nanobrewery with a tap room in Boulder back in 2012, with a dream to share handcrafted beers inspired by the outdoors. To be able to grow into a 7 barrel brewery and distribute kegs and bottles all over the surrounding counties has been a gift you all have given us as supportive and thirsty customers! It’s been a super fun ride that has included brewing up some really unique beers and throwing crazy parties in our little East Boulder nook. We feel privileged to have been supported by the Boulder community by participating in beer fests and farmer’s markets, and brewing special beers for many local events. Beer aside, I think our favorite part of the journey has been meeting all the amazing people who have supported us for so many years. Our hearts are full of all the stories and memories we have shared with all of you. There’s also no way to measure the gratitude we have for our hardworking, fun-loving staff that have been the face and personality of our tap room. Thank you all for supporting local craft beer – an art that we still very much believe in. We hope to see you on these dates for a few last pints of nature on tap! We’ll be selling all remaining merch and glassware deeply discounted at wholesale cost, and still have a great lineup of fresh outdoor inspired beers to drink. Open: Fri 1/3, Sat 1/4, Sun 1/5, Tues 1/7, Wed 1/8, Thurs 1/9, Fri 1/10, and Sat 1/11. Stay tuned for more awesome beer to come in the future, as a new brewing company has plans to take over this great space. Thanking You Again, Jake & Erin

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Fate Brewing closed in 2019 and local favorite Avery Brewing Co. aims to go even bigger by selling a larger stake in its company to international brewer Mahou San Miguel, which upped its stake in Avery from 30 to 70 percent in 2019.

Needless to say, there will be some updates to our ultimate Boulder craft brewery` guide this summer.

Paul Hagey

Paul Hagey is BLDRfly’s founder and editor. When not wrangling video, audio and words in the name of story, he’s riding his mountain bike, trail running and hanging with his awesome wife Jen and their young daughter.