In 1979, two CU professors applied for and received the 43rd brewing license issued in the United States, creating Boulder Beer Company, Colorado’s first microbrewery. The original site was a small farm where the brewhouse shared space with a few goats. Early on, the brewery won industry and consumer accolades for its line of Boulder Beers. Five years later, they moved to their current site in Boulder, expanding from the original one-barrel system to a 50-barrel brewhouse with top-of-the-line packaging equipment. Today they have the capacity to produce 43,000 barrels of award-winning beer annually. The first microbrewery to reach that milestone, they celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2009.

I n 1990, Gina Day and Diane Greenlee bought the brewery and expanded the small tasting room into a full service restaurant and pub. Since 1992, Boulder Beer (under the hand of Brewmaster David Zuckerman) has won more than forty awards and citations for excellence in packaging, brewing and business. By the spring of 2003, the complete family of Boulder Beers was reintroduced and repackaged, followed by the successful launch of a new line of specialty brews. Our Beer of the Month Club proudly presents:

Flashback India Brown Ale (initially Flashback Anniversary Ale) is citrusy with a prominent hop aroma. It finishes clean, crisp and dry with dark roasted flavors from the biscuit and chocolate malts perfectly complementing the five cascade hops.

Never Summer Ale is their aggressive Winter seasonal, winner of Gold in the Strong Ale category at the 2004 World Beer Cup. A deep ruby red color, it’s assertively hopped and brewed with dark caramel malt. From the vicinity of the ski slopes, it’s cleverly advertised as “the brew for the drinking town with a skiing problem.”

Featured Beer from Boulder Beer Company: Flashback India Brown Ale and Never Summer Ale

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