Summer Beer Love

5 Best Brewery Beer Gardens and Patios in Boulder

Colorado is known for many things (yes, legal marijuana comes to mind), but 300 days of sunshine per year is one that locals consider a lesser-known gem. We’re also known for being the best state for craft beer. So when you combine the sunny summer weather with craft beer, magic happens. Well, okay. It’s not quite like a leprechaun riding a unicorn, but it should be—so we’re breaking down some of the best brewery patios, rooftops and beer gardens for you to get your summer drink on (just don’t forget your SPF).

Sanitas Brewing Company (3550 Frontier Avenue, Unit A, Boulder)

It’s really hard to beat the patio (or as we like to call it “beer playground”) than Sanitas Brewing Company. It’s kid and dog friendly. McDevitt Taco Supply has a permanent spot there, for when the munchies get the best of you.  In addition, they have various games to keep you entertained while you drink your pints—board games, bocce ball, bags—you get the picture. The beer? Yeah, it’s hard to choose a favorite. If you’ve had a rough week, the Birds of Prey beer has a 10.7% ABV. Or if you’re enjoying an evening with your family, opt for the Train Beer—which is low alcohol and on special when the train goes by!

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The Post Brewing Company (105 West Emma Street, Lafayette, CO)

The Post has quickly gained popularity by locals and visitors alike. Just picture this: Amazing beer and gluten-free fried chicken. Yeah. We said Gluten. Free. Fried. Chicken. Not only that, the atmosphere is laid-back and just makes you happy the minute you step foot in it. The patio is large with community seating picnic tables and games for the kids to play. The beers are solid –take The Large Marge for example. It’s 8.3% ABV and, well, it’s satisfyingly tasty.

Join them in the yard every Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for live music! That’s a great ending to any weekend.

Visit for additional information on beers, food and events.

FATE Brewing Company (1600 28th Street, Boulder)

The name couldn’t be more perfect for this local hotspot. Every time you drink good beer in a beautiful city, you know fate brought you to that moment. The patio is covered and heated when it gets stormy—but they take the sides down when it’s nice out. So if you’re one of our fair-skinned friends, you don’t have to worry about getting crazy sunburned while you knock back a few.

On the FATE website they sum it up beautifully, “We see craft beer as the perfect accompaniment to life’s adventures. It’s something that brings together people from all walks of life.”

So when you’re ready to mingle with friends and enjoy delicious food and a craft beer to pair with it, FATE has your back.

Visit for more information on their beer menu, food menu…okay, we lost you at beer, didn’t we?

Bohemian Biergarten (2017 13th Street, Boulder)

Boulder’s Bohemian Biergarten doesn’t hold back in the awesome department. They go all in and we love them for that. Sure, their patio isn’t great—there’s only four tables and seats about 20 people—but they have a calendar worth checking out any night of the week. On Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays they have live music; Sundays is comedy night; Tuesdays is trivia; Wednesdays is karaoke; Thursdays is bluegrass. They’re truly unique in what they bring to the table.

Seriously. We’d say that calls for a night out with friends this summer.

Visit for all the information and to learn more about their beers and food menu.

Boulder Beer Company (2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder)

The Boulder Beer Company is an oldie but a goodie. Chances are you have already had some of their hoppy goodness of beer before—think the Hazed Hoppy Session Ale, the Mojo IPA, or the Shake Chocolate Porter just to name a few. The brewery is full of locals who love to get together and have a good time. Their patio is definitely the place to be over the summer.

Also, we recommend doing a brewery tour. They offer tours Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Visit for the lowdown on happenings and events over summer.