Walnut Brewery has a great location in the heart of downtown Boulder. I can’t imagine a better location. However, I find there beer really nothing to write home about (and yet I’m writing).
Although, perhaps, some would beg to differ, Walnut has won a few awards here and there. Buffalo Gold (appropriately named for CU Boulder Buffalo’s), Seasonal Wheat (don’t get me started on wheat beers), Old Elk Brown Ale, and the St. James Irish Red Ale. I was not too impressed with them, but people seem to enjoy them. Perhaps they don’t have the inner beer snob in them.
I love hoppy beers, but the Big Horn Bitter, was not really that bitter, I expected more from a “bitter” beer. Their Indian Peaks Pale Ale, was not nearly as hoppy as I like a good pale.
OK, I have to admit, I do like the Devil’s Thumb Stout, it’s a good dark stout with roasted malts that give it a dark black/onyx color. I think perhaps why it’s so good, is because it’s served unfiltered on a nitrogen tap, it remains smooth and creamy to the palate. I think nitrogen taps always taste amazing though.
Something that does make Walnut rock is their rotating tap of a new beer monthly. Oh, and Tuesday’s is pint night. You get to pick one of their pints to take home when you order a pint. That’s pretty sweet I have to admit.
1123 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302