BRU handbuilt ales & eats

Ian Clark, formerly of Centro and Jax Fish House, has officially nailed it with Bru handbuilt ales & eats in Boulder.

He could have stopped at unfiltered ales and sourdough pizza. That would have clinched it for me, but he took it to eleven. Here’s what to try at Bru:

Citrum IPA: this is one of my favorite Colorado IPAs (the others being Bootstrap’s Insane RushOdell, Avery, and Ska’s Modus Hoperandi).
– Sourdough basil (margherita) pizza… they’ll substitute locally available spinach if basil is not in season.
Beer mustard butter – are you kidding me? This is the peak of culinary creativity. Do I bathe in it or eat it? Hey, I can bathe in it *and* eat it! (thanks, Gaffigan)

Bru should top your list of Boulder brewery destinations, and happy hour is a steal. Check out special Bru beer events here.

Drool factor follows…

Bru's 5-beer sampler

Bru’s 5-beer sampler is whatever you want it to be. You choose, they serve, everyone wins.

Bru trail mix

At Bru, trail mix means almonds, caramel corn, pecans, and spice. Order from the happy hour menu, and a huge portion is $2.

Citrum from Bru in Boulder

Bru’s Citrum is Colorado’s finest unfiltered IPA, IMHO.

Bru sourdough pizza

Why isn’t all pizza made of sourdough? I just ate a ‘Merican-size dinner, and this still makes me hungry.

Bru salad with poached egg

Sometimes you have to pass on pizza and eat salad, so your salad should at least have a healthy damn poached egg on it.

Bru bread and beer mustard butter

Slather your loaf with Bru’s tasty beer mustard butter.

Bru wood-roasted veggies

Wood-roasted veggies w/beer vinegar. Beta carotene, anyone?

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Steuben’s Food Service

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Root Down

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The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

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Brasserie Ten Ten

Years ago, my friend Steve and I would visit the Brasserie pretty much every Friday for happy hour. It was (and is) simply one of the best spots in Boulder in terms of quality, value, service, and atmosphere. In fact, the Unchained Eatery may not be around today if it weren’t for Brasserie Ten Ten. It left an impression!

In 2007 – on a somewhat less sophisticated food blog (before I figured out that pairing actual *photos* with food blogging was a good idea) – I wrote my first restaurant review, which just happened to be about the Brasserie. Read it here.

For my money, there’s no better brunch in Boulder, but the Brass is also stellar for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and particularly dessert. Definitely check out the Parisienne Macarons, served four-per-plate for $3. Couple those with a glass of 20-year Taylor-Fladgate Port to end your night on a near-perfect note.

Parisienne Macarons at Brasserie Ten Ten in Boulder

Boulder’s Best-Kept Dessert Secret: Parisienne Macarons paired with Taylor-Fladgate 20-year Port at Brasserie Ten Ten

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