BRU handbuilt ales & eats

5290 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80303
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  • Vegetarian Friendly, Catering, Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available
BRU handbuilt ales & eats, which opened in Boulder in the summer of 2013, is quite a vacation souvenir. Some people sit on the beach and drink beer. Others sit on the beach, drink beer and make life plans that will leave no time for beaches — but plenty of time for beer. Ian Clark is definitely the latter kind of guy. “I had a goal of, by thirty, owning my own restaurant,” says Clark. But when he was vacationing in Mexico at the age of 29, that goal still seemed out of reach, despite years of having run other people’s kitchens. “I felt the time crunch and immediately went home and started writing a business plan,” he remembers. The result was BRU handbuilt ales & eats, which got its start as a nanobrewery in Clark's garage and expanded to a brewpub in an out-of-the-way strip mall in Boulder. Clark, who attended the New England Culinary Institute, is intent on updating outdated notions, both about beer (which he’s doing along with the rest of the craft-brewing movement) and the food served with it. So instead of jalapeño poppers, the menu features blackened shishito peppers with celeriac remoulade. There’s pizza, but it’s made on sourdough crust with lemon-scented ricotta and mushrooms or ale-spiked tomato sauce with sausage and kale. And instead of peanuts to munch while you settle in, there’s trail mix with malted oat clusters, almonds and popcorn dusted with sea salt and housemade bacon powder.

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