New Brewery Spotlight: Wild Woods Brewery, Boulder, CO
There’s something special about a beer that’s capable of taking you on a sensory journey. A special beer that can conjure up good memories or allow you to sit back and reminisce about a memorable event in your life. For me, Magic Hat #9 reminds me of my Wedding day. It flowed like water at our Wedding reception and was enjoyed by both the beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers in the crowd. Cantillon Gueuze is another beer that’s capable of whisking me away to a great memory. One sip and I picture myself sitting in the old, cobweb filled brewery in Belgium, where I met the Van Roy family, owners of the 100+ year old brewery.
It takes a pretty special beer to be able to achieve such a connection, but Wild Woods, the newest brewery to open in Boulder, CO, is on its’ way to evoking a good memory or two out of you. They’ve taken an approach that brings the great outdoors to craft beer.
The husband and wife team of Jake and Erin Evans came up with the idea to open Wild Woods Brewery during one of their many camping trips. They’ve spent the past few years fine-tuning and perfecting their recipes on a homebrew setup and are finally ready to share them with you.
The Wisconsin raised couple have been brewing up their ideas and dialing in their recipes on a 2BBL electric brew system at their newly opened brewery. They’re pouring 6 year round beers and in just a few short weeks since they’re official opening, they’ve already released several unique and tasty seasonals. Their year round beers consist of:
-Wildflower Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV, 38 IBU. Pale ale brewed with organic jasmine flowers. Hoppy, floral and fruity.
-Berry Patch Wheat, 5.5% ABV, 25 IBU. Wheat beer blended with raspberry and strawberry puree during secondary fermentation. Cloudy amber beer, with huge, sweet fruit notes throughout.
-Campfire Red, 5.4% ABV, 22 IBU. Red ale brewed with smoked malt to create a nutty, smoky flavor.
-Treeline IPA, 6.4% ABV, 65 IBU. American IPA dry-hopped with juniper berries. Citrus and pine throughout this hop forward, tasty, bitter IPA.
-Ponderosa Porter, 5.1% ABV, 40 IBU. Porter aged with toasted oak and organic vanilla beans.
-Smores Stout, 4.7% ABV, 28 IBU. Sweet stout aged with raw cacao nibs. Roasted grains, bitter chocolate and an underlying sweetness combine to round out this yummy brew.
During my visit, they were also pouring Tropical Paradise Imperial IPA, that had a nose of mango and fresh melon.
Wild Woods Brewery has a laid back vibe and a friendly staff. In addition to a long, wooden bar and multiple tables in the tasting room, there’s also a small outdoor patio that’s perfect for sipping on a beer and watching the world go by.
Wild Woods is located just around the corner from Avery Brewing and near the location of the upcoming Upslope tap room. Sounds like the perfect side-trip on a Boulder brew tour by bike or with a designated driver. Stop by and grab a pint and a growler to go. Wild Wood Brewery is located at: 5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-484-1465.