The following is a guest post written by Brian Burns, a full-time writer and part-time beer drinker, living in Boulder, CO. Brian is a fellow Clark U. grad and the author of You can also find him on Twitter @brianlburns

My name is Brian. I live in Boulder, CO — a place most people just call paradise. It’s true that we have lots going for us here. We have a major university, and major high-altitude rocky mountain skiing. We have an active outdoor culture, and an attractive population. We’re laid back, but we get our work done… and we’re within shouting distance of the major city of Denver. It’s no surprise that Boulder is consistently ranked among the top-10 places to live in the US.

One thing we’re overlooked for, however, is our beer. We have a vibrant culture here that produces some darn good brews. That starts with the big-boys right down the road in Golden — Coors brewery. They’re good to have around, even if none of us drink their stuff. The scene also includes the awesome Left Hand Brewing company right up the road, as well as Avery Brewing Company and the Boulder Beer Company right here in town. Plus, a Flying Dog brewery (one of their two) is just down in Denver, and they’re active in the Boulder community. I’ve drank free beer from them twice in the last two weeks… and have no complaints. Planning to do so again tomorrow.

Boulder also has a few smaller breweries/restaurants, that offer the best burger-and-a-beer options around. They include my favorite, the Walnut Brewery, as well as Oskar Blues — which features an incredible Stout, Ten Fidy Imperial Stout (editor’s note: this is one of my personal favorites; check out my review), with 10%+ alcohol content. Walnut’s right downtown, while Oskar Blues is just a short drive away.

So… if you find yourself in town at some point — here to enjoy the culture or relax after a day on the slopes — I urge you to check out the local beer scene. It may be better than you think. If you do, give me a call. I’ll buy you a drink.

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