The Horrible Gunbarrel Green Website and a Conflict-of-Interest

[Note added 30-May-2018: The website critiqued here is no longer the HOA’s website. Also, I’ve removed the name of the Board member with the conflict-of-interest, since my concern is with governance, not this individual.]

About a year ago the Gunbarrel Greeen HOA launched a new website, our third. Here’s the top part of the home page:

We have a useless welcome message, a photo of the Fatirons, and four facts inspired by a MasterCard commercial. If these facts were more interesting, they might deserve such a prominent positioning. Perhaps:

  • Formation in 1870
  • 31,500 houses
  • 700 miles from Pearl St.
  • Prideless

Unfortunately, the true facts are not only uninteresting, but seem to suggest that Gunbarrel has nothing of itself to offer (“7 miles to Pearl St.”). A photo of the Fatirons is as clichéd as you can get, and has nothing to do with Gunbarrel.

But the worst part is that the entire “above-the-fold” part of the web page, the most important part, is wasted. It’s importance is nicely explained in an article from the Nielsen Norman Group titled The Fold Manifesto: Why the Page Fold Still Matters:

The fold matters because what appears at the top of your page matters. Users do scroll, but only if what’s above the fold is promising enough. What is visible on the page without requiring any action is what encourages us to scroll.The fold matters because what appears at the top of your page matters. Users do scroll, but only if what’s above the fold is promising enough. What is visible on the page without requiring any action is what encourages us to scroll.

If the reader is somehow motivated enough to scroll down, here’s what’s next:

Apparently, photos of the board are the next most important thing, but, even though Sandi and Bev have been on the Board for many months, nobody was able to get any photos of them.

Next comes something that might actually be useful, some contact info:

On a smaller screen, such as a phone, things are much worse. Here are the first three screens:

So, you have to scroll past three screens to get to something interesting, and that’s only the contact information. With such an unpromising top part, not many will keep scrolling.

Suppose you want to see the Covenants, perhaps the most important item on the entire website. That takes three layers of menus:

Here’s a home page I put together in 10 minutes, which I would say is 100 times more useful that the actual site:

Starting out with a photo is pretty common on home pages, and is OK provided it’s not too high and has something to do with the web site. Here’s what I had on the predecessor site, the one that the current site replaced a year ago:

I took the photos and assembled the triptych, so I’m biased, but I think it’s pretty good.

There’s a lot more wrong with the site besides what I’ve said so far. A month ago, it was full of links that went nowhere and boilerplate left over from some earlier mock-up, such as this:

If the print is too small for you to read, here it is:

“Sed ut perspiciatis, unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam eaque ipsa, quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt, explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem.”

I wrote a long letter to the Board, and some of what I complained about has been fixed. But why did I even have to do this? Why wasn’t the site checked out before going live?

The overall design failure remains. To summarize it:

  • Boring material that never changes doesn’t suggest that the reader should put more effort into browsing deeper.
  • The Board seems to be enamored with their own photos, which appear not only on the home page, but also on the special Board of Directors page. Yet, they couldn’t even take time to snap photos of the newer members.
  • It’s ridiculously awkward to get to the only thing useful on the site, which are the documents. Many readers looking for, say, the Covenants will give up in frustration.

Well, how did this travesty come about? Here’s some history:

Originally, when I moved to Gunbarrel Green, HOA President Chuck Simmons had a rough website that looked amateurish, but at least had the relevant documents. Chuck gave the job of maintaining the site to me. Janet Ruetcke, Chuck’s successor, asked me if I could come up with a way so she and other Board members could easily add text without requiring the services of a web developer. I changed the site over to Drupal, a content-management technology that is specifically designed to allow different members of an organization to edit different parts of the site. I also moved the hosting to save the HOA hundreds of dollars a year.

That was fine until sometime in 2016 when new Board member XYZ (not the real initials) took on the job of replacing the site. In his words, at the 2017 Board meeting, this was because the old site was “out of date.” (I now suspect that what he meant was “no spiffy graphics.”)

Who did the site? A commercial web development company called ABC (not their real name). I didn’t know that at the time; I thought XYZ was doing the work himself for free, which is how Chuck and I worked. I learned at the October 2017 HOA meeting that ABC was paid $5,000 for the work.

Why was ABC picked? Well, I have no idea, since I wasn’t at that Board meeting and haven’t seen the minutes. But, get this: XYZ works at ABC!

So, what do we know? This much:

  • The web site fails at its most important purpose, which is to provide for efficient and up-to-date communication between the HOA and its members.
  • The HOA paid $5,000 for the site, and looks forward to as much as $1,000 per year for maintenance.
  • The money went to a Board member’s company. I haven’t yet been able to find out whether there was a written contract. I asked the Board about this, but they didn’t know.

At the last HOA meeting, the Board said that the $5,000 was a bargain, and that typically such web sites cost $15,000. In other words, a 67% discount. But, not really. You can get a shitty site for a lot less than $5,000!

Ordinarily, if the HOA contracts with an outside firm and gets poor results, they can go back to that firm and ask for fixes. Examples might be landscaping that fails to meet the specifications, or a “Covenanted Community” sign (see photo above) that has cracked. But, if the HOA were to do that in this case, XYZ would  be representing the Board and the contractor both.

There’s  a conflict-of-interest: Is XYZ suppose to represent the Board’s interests (getting the fixes and design improvements), or ABC’s (defending their work and minimizing the costs to make the corrections)? Board member or loyal employee?

I’ve communicated all of the above to the Board, the design failure, the bugs, and the conflict-of-interest problem. So far, not much has happened, except that, as I said, some of the bugs have been fixed. The Board is considering the conflict-of-interest problem, and two members seemed to understand it, but I’m not sure if anything will happen. As for the main problem, the complete ineffectiveness of the site, I very much doubt that anything will be done.

So, this embarrassing site is all we’re going to have for our $5,000.

I hope that the Board learns a lesson from this fiasco and takes their fiduciary responsibilities more seriously the next time they start spending our money. As the old joke goes, the site isn’t a complete waste; it can always serve as a bad example.

Featured Comments

Petur Williams says:
23-Nov-2017 at 12:39 pm
If the story about a five thousand dollar homeowners’ association website that takes a thousand dollars a year actually gets worse with the addition of someone on the board who benefits from creating and maintaining it, this appears to be preposterous mismanagement and misuse of funds. If this is all true, I think the Board and the Homeowners’ Association are owed an apology and a refund. There are many almost no cost website builders out there for the asking.

Jamie Stroud says:
23-Nov-2017 at 8:15 pm
I guess this goes in line with their culture. I was asked to redesign the logo about two years back from the ugly musket. I gave the board a few ideas, in which I was going to refine one and create a professional look for our HOA. Instead they just took my rough and started using is without my knowledge. None of my phone calls or emails were returned. Since I was not able to finish it I have been conflicted over whether to mention it considering the cheap quality and not wanting my named linked to the work. But after reading Marc’s note I realize I am not the only one dealing with poor management.

[Note added 30-May-2018: Two member of the Board have a different version of Jamie’s involvement and the logo process.]

Review: Asher Brewing

Asher Brewing claims to be Colorado’s first all organic brewery, but that’s not the only reason to drink their beer. Those I’ve tried are excellent, and their tap room is probably the most comfortable in Gunbarrel, as you can see in the photo just below. That’s what you can do if you have cheap industrial-park space, instead of expensive retail space.

The main room has a small bar and a few high-top tables. There’s also a play room with corn hole, a few other games, and plenty of room for parties. There are snacks for sale, and apparently occasional food trucks, although I didn’t see the schedule, but you can call to get it.

You’ll sometimes find Asher in bars and restaurants, but they’re not yet bottling or canning. Here are the beers, with appropriately organic names:

I had the stout, my favorite beer, and is was top notch, although maybe not quite as good as Vindication’s Freedom Stout. My daughter had the Sooper Trooper, which she liked a lot. I tasted it, but sours aren’t for me. (It’s strong; $7 gets you just 10 oz.) I once had an Asher in a restaurant, but don’t remember which one. It was good, though.

Asher is in the Twin Lakes Tech Park, just south of giant Avery:

If you live in Twin Lakes, you can easily walk there, which gives you a choice of Avery or Asher. If the noise and crowds of Avery aren’t what you’re in the mood for, Asher is the complete opposite.

Colorado Brewery List

I just discovered this:

It seems very complete, although the search function is quirky. If you check Full Service Restaurant, it doesn’t show Avery, although Avery’s listing show that it does have a full service restaurant. I’ve sent them a message, so maybe they can fix the search function. The problem is that the filters are too specific.

Also, when Avery first opened in Gunbarrel I tried several times to get in, and failed every time because it was full. They now take reservations. So, I’ll have a review within the week.

I went to Asher last night, and plan to have that review posted later today. (Spoiler: They’re great!)

Are the New Apartments the Cause of More Traffic at Lookout & Idylwild?

About 550 new apartments were added to Gunbarrel in the last couple of years, split between Gunbarrel Center, Boulder View, and Apex 5510. The three developments are just north or just east of Lookout and Spine.

Based on reading posts at and listening to my friends and neighbors, it’s widely believed that there’s more traffic at the intersection of Lookout and Idylwild, and that these apartments are the cause. Are either of those opinions true?

As for more traffic, I don’t think anyone knows. People who dislike the apartments, which includes everyone I know, tend to look for evidence to support their view, so it’s pretty unlikely that they’d say that there’s no increase, and they would certainly not say there’s a decrease. (Probably some of these people would also blame the apartments for an increase in homeless people in Gunbarrel, not realizing that an apartment dweller can’t simultaneously be homeless.)

So, I can’t say much about whether traffic has increased at Lookout and Idylwild, although I also can’t think of any reason for it to decrease, and, since there are more people in the world every day, there must be a slight increase, even if it’s not noticeable. (The apartments surely contribute to increased traffic at Lookout and Spine and Lookout and 63rd, but I’m only talking about Lookout and Idylwild.)

So, for the purposes of this article, let’s just say there is more traffic, even though no one knows by how much. The second question is: Are the new apartments the cause?

It’s widely believed that they are. Here are a few snippets from a thread on titled, in part, “Traffic light at Idylwild and Lookout:”

Since only 1/3 of the new residents have arrived, I think the traffic on Lookout will continue to get worse.

it’s only going to get worse when 900 more people move in.

And this from an article on

As development increases along Lookout Road in Gunbarrel (Gunbarrel Center, Boulder View Apartments, etc.), there is some concern that traffic flow won’t allow arterial street traffic to enter Lookout in a timely manner during peak traffic hours.

OK, so let’s figure out how the apartments contribute to increased traffic at that intersection. As everyone knows who enters the intersection from Idylwild, traffic is heavy westbound in the morning rush hour, and heavy eastbound in the evening. By contrast, eastbound traffic is extremely light in the morning, and westbound is extremely light in the evening.

Let’s just consider the morning. If any of this traffic is due to the apartments, there are a few explanations:

  • Apartment residents who work the night shift east of Gunbarrel and are taking Lookout to get home in the morning.
  • Apartment residents who drive the Diagonal to Longmont, but forgot their lunch and are circling back to get it.
  • Commuters who live east of Gunbarrel but work in the apartments as non-resident managers, nannies, house cleaners, plumbers, electricians, interior decorators, massage therapists, and so on.

What the traffic is not is apartment dwellers who are going to work. If that were true and they were using Lookout (which doesn’t really go to any place where people work), they would be going eastbound, not westbound.

Well, none of my three ideas make much sense, and I can’t come up with any other plausible reasons why these apartment dwellers are going westbound in the morning. You can work out the evening case for yourself.

I conclude that the apartments aren’t the cause of increased traffic at Lookout and Idylwild.

What is the cause? I don’t really know, but I’d guess it’s people who live in Heatherwood or even Erie who are going to work. You’d think that someone who really cared about the increased traffic at Lookout and Idylwild (if there is an increase) would want more apartments in Gunbarrel, not fewer. Fewer westbound commuters, not more. In fact, the higher the density in Gunbarrel and Boulder generally, the less traffic east of Gunbarrel. To imagine an extreme, suppose everyone now living in Heatherwood moved to a giant highrise somewhere around Lookout and 63rd, and Heatherwood were turned into open space. That would drop traffic at Lookout and Idylwild by at least half.

Gunbarrel Restaurant List

Here are all the restaurants and tap rooms in Gunbarrel, as far as I know. The locations are:

  • Gunbarrel Square (where King Soopers is)
  • Gunbarrel Center (the new on-street retail under the apartments)
  • Spine South (Spine Rd. south of Lookout; just south of First Bank)
  • Spine North (Spine Rd. north of Lookout Rd.)
  • Twin Lakes Tech Park (Nautilus Dr, off of 63rd St.)
  • 63rd St. and Lookout Rd.
  • Gunbarrel Tech Center (71st St.)
  • Longbow Drive (where Medtronic is and Leanin’ Tree was)

Restaurants in bold are ones I’ve been to; a link means that I’ve written a review. A ♥ means I go to the place regularly or want to. If a place I’ve never been to doesn’t have a ♥, that doesn’t mean I won’t like it once I’ve been there.

I’ve omitted cafes inside office buildings and factories, such as the Celestial Cafe inside Celestial Seasonings. Also omitted is the Boulder Country Club, which is open only to members and their guests.

Ampersand Coffee Roasters – Spine North
Aperitivo – Spine North ♥
Asher Brewing – Twin Lakes Tech Park
Avery Brewing – Twin Lakes Tech Park
Beyond the Mountain Brewing – Longbow Drive
Blackjack Pizza – Gunbarrel Square (now closed)
Domino’s Pizza – Gunbarrel Square (where Blackjack was)
Burger King – Gunbarrel Square
Cafe Blue – Gunbarrel Square
Dannik’s Gunbarrel Corner Bar – Gunbarrel Square
Deli Zone – Spine South
Element Bistro – 63rd & Lookout (almost gets a ♥ for its rooftop bar)
Finkel & Garf Brewing – Spine North ♥
Gunbarrel Brewing – Gunbarrel Tech Center ♥
Gurkhas Restaurant & Bar – Gunbarrel Square (moved to Longmont)
Lookout Cafe & Cocktails – Gunbarrel Center
The Morning Table – Gunbarrel Square (in the space vacated by Gurkhas) ♥
Proto’s Pizzeria Napoletana – Gunbarrel Center ♥
Raglin Market – Gunbarrel Center
Rush Bowls – Spine North
Sancho’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant – Gunbarrel Square ♥
Snarf’s – Gunbarrel Square ♥
Subway – Gunbarrel Square ♥
Tod’s Espresso Cafe – Gunbarrel Square
Up Dog Cafe – Gunbarrel Square (replaces Page Two Cafe)
Vindication Brewing – Gunbarrel Tech Center (now closed)
Yurihana – Gunbarrel Square ♥

Review: Aperitivo

The Apex 5510 apartments at the north end of Spine Rd. mention an “On-site Coffee Shop” on their web site. It’s turned out to be Aperitivo, which calls itself “The Gathering Place: Coffee – Tapas – Bar.” It’s a great addition for Apex 5510 and other Gunbarrel residents, and, alone among Gunbarrel restaurants, it’s good enough to be a destination for people outside the area. (I think the Element Bistro hoped for that, but they fall well short.)

I visited for the first time with my daughter on Friday, and we were impressed. It’s got a comfortable feel, an attentive staff, good food, and reasonable prices. And, unique among the Gunbarrel restaurants I know of, it’s open for breakfast at 7 AM every day. (OK, so is Subway, but not till 8 AM, and only if you want a breakfast sub.)

Here’s the dinner menu:

My daughter had the Italian Potato Schmear and the Trio de Tacos. It’s fusion! Italian, Yiddish (“schmear”), and Mexican.  Thai, too: Slow Braised Short Ribs Panang Curry, which I didn’t try. I had the Penne Meatball Marinara instead, which is a big dish, not a tapa. All were excellent.

There’s no beer on tap, but a fine assortment of beer in cans, which is next best. I had the Finkel & Garf Milk Stout, which came all the way from the brewery located about 500 feet to the south, between Aperitivo and Lookout Road. My daughter had a glass of wine. There’s a full bar, too.

The Mexican influence is from executive chef Miguel Vazquez, who I met briefly. I also had a nice conversation with the owner, Edward Vanegas, who you see at left in the photo below. He appears to be hurrying out of the picture, because he was all over the place, seating customers, asking diners about their food, and generally radiating enthusiasm and joy, which is exactly why Aperitivo is so much fun.

Speaking of fun, look at the deal you can get on Sundays if you rush right over without getting dressed:

That’s not all they have on Sundays. Look at the piano in the far corner:

That’s for Brews, Burgers and Blues, when the Burgers are only $5, from 5 PM to 8:30 PM. On their website they say that anyone is invited to play the piano… I wonder if anyone has? [UPDATE: $5 burgers is what I thought I heard, but, unfortunately, it isn’t true. They’re $11. And when we went back last Sunday evening, we had a fine time. The music was excellent, and so were the burgers.]

One thing I like about Aperitivo is that there’s no large expanse of asphalt in front of it for parking, but that does mean you might have to walk a block from your car. Walking only a block would be called easy parking in downtown Boulder or Denver, but in Gunbarrel some might think of it as inconvenient. Get over it! There are a dozen spaces right in front, not for use by Apex tenants, and lots of on-street parking on Odell Place and Spine Road. But stay off of the Apex internal streets–they’re for permit holders only. (They’re labeled “Spine Rd” on the map above, but there are permit-holder-signs.)

There are three restaurants in Gunbarrel that I go back to over and over: Yurihana, Proto’s, and now Aperitivo. You eat and leave at the first two, but at Aperitivo you might hang out for a while.

I’m looking at my pajamas now and trying to decide if I want to wear them to breakfast. I might have get onto the LL Bean website and find something better. Edward told me that you can’t cheat by sleeping in your clothes.

Mockingbird Concept Plan

The concept plan has been filed with the City of Boulder for development of the so-called Mockingbird site, on 2.4 acres SE of Lookout Rd. and Gunpark Dr. I blogged about this a couple weeks ago.

Disclosure: I have no connection with this development, but I am friends the Petur Williams, one of the principals. I do like beer, food, and libraries, all three of which will be part of this development.

There’s an open house every Thursday starting around 5PM where you can learn about what’s planned first hand from Thysson George Williams, Petur’s son, who is main guy behind the project. I dropped in just once, even before their concept plan was filed with the City. Good wine and barbecue. Most recently, it was 5-7pm at 6700 Lookout Road, No. 3 & No. 6.

Anyway, the documents for the plan are now posted on the City web site:

0_LUR Application.pdf
1_Sign Posting.pdf
4_Legal Description.pdf
6A_Written Statement.pdf
6B_Written Statement.pdf
6C_Written Statement.pdf
22_Context Map.pdf
23_Schematic_Architectural Sketches.pdf
31_Trip Generation_Trip Distribution .pdf
33_Inclusionary Zoning.pdf

If you have time to read only one, is should be 6B.

My impression of the whole thing is that it’s totally first class, and I also appreciate the transparency that the Williams family has offered as they go through this very long process.

Review: Vindication Brewing

Vindication closed on 28-April-2018.

Vindication opened as Kettle & Stone Brewing in 2013, but a conflict with another brewer (on the West Coast, as I recall) forced them to change their name. Their tap room is small compared to Gunbarrel Brewing, but, then, so is everybody else’s tap room. But it’s comfortable and, unlike Gunbarrel Brewing, has a view of the mountains:

Like the other breweries in Gunbarrel, except maybe for Avery, Vindication is nothing special on the outside:

Being more established than Gunbarrel Brewing, Vindication already has distribution to some of the smaller liquor stores around Boulder, but apparently not Hazel or Liquor Mart. I’ve seen their beer on tap at the Boulder Country Club, too.

I first visited what was then Kettle & Stone when it opened, but hadn’t been back until last Monday. I had a Freedom Stout, which was excellent. Vindication has around half as many beers as Gunbarrel Brewing, fewer events, and no food trucks. But, if all you want is a beer and maybe some snacks, it’s top notch. Here’s their beer list, enlarged from the first photo:

If you’re walking or biking from any of the neighborhoods to the south of Gunbarrel Technical Center, there’s a shortcut from the LOBO trail, with a skinny bridge that somebody built to cross the ditch, which you can see on the map below. Otherwise, enter the Tech Center from 71st St. and follow Winchester Circle to Vindication.

If you’re going by bike, you probably don’t want to ride it over that bridge, because you’ll suffer a nasty, wet fall if you go off it:

If you go on a Monday, pints are $1.50 off, which is a great deal.

Food Hall and Library for Gunbarrel?

Sounds terrific, right? But if the title were “Yet Another Apartment/Office/Retail Development for Gunbarrel,” you might be less enthused.

It’s both. Yesterday I went to an open house where a redevelopment concept for the 2.5 acre site owned by the Williams family was introduced, to be called Mockingbird, after a long-gone restaurant on the property. It’s in the conceptual stage, and the concept will be presented to the City of Boulder on Monday. At that point whatever documents were presented will be public, and we can all read them. If I can find them online, I’ll post a link.

Disclosure: Petur Williams, who’s involved in this development and is the father of the two principals, is a friend of mine. We played tennis last night at the Boulder Country Club and drank beers while watching the Cubs beat the Nationals.

The property in question is shown on this map (my map, not theirs):

The existing squarish building is for offices, the most well-known of which is Green Dream Cannabis, also owned by the Williams’s (not sure who exactly). The open house was in a large office next door to Green Dream.

Only a few details of this project are known at this point, and all of them are subject to change, since the project is only in the conceptual stage. I understand that no architectural plans have yet been drawn up, only rough sketches. Right now, the thinking is 40,000 sq. ft. residences, 15,000 offices, 13,500 food hall, and 6,500 retail. Also, I was told orally that there will be a 1,000 sq. ft. library, just big enough to pick up and return books and do a little browsing. That depends on whether the Boulder Library is interested, of course.

Like the Rayback Collective, Mockingbird will be on a bike path, easily accessed from both sides of Lookout Rd.

A food hall is not a food court, which is what you typically see in a shopping mall, filled mostly with fast-food franchises. Rather, a food hall is more like local food trucks without the trucks and with a liquor license. Also, you usually just eat in a food court and leave, whereas in a food hall you hang around. They’ve been popular in Europe for years, and are now catching on in the US. There’s an article in the NY Times that explains the whole thing.

This development can’t actually be stopped, if that’s what you’re thinking, because it’s a commercial property and it’s already developed. That rectangle on the map that appears to be a foundation is in fact just that. There was a restaurant building on the site that was torn down. The existing foundation was poured in 2007 for dental offices, but the recession killed the project. But the development can be influenced, perhaps by attending and participating in the City meetings that will ensue over the next year or so.

One thing I did get from yesterday’s open house is that the developers really want this project to be first class, not at all like boring and ugly Gunbarrel Center. One interesting twist is the the Williams family lives right next to the property (see map, above), so they’re not the typical absentee, carpetbagger, developers. This new building will be what they see when they look west, so I’m sure they want it to look pretty good. In fact, they want it to screen what they see now. George Williams, Petur’s son and one of the principals, joked that, in this case, the BY in NIMBY is literally his back yard.

George told me that they’ll be doing these open houses every Thursday. So, next week I guess you can drop by, take a look at what they sent to the City, drink wine, eat some food, and talk to George.

I’ll post more here or in another article once I learn more.

UPDATE: The Boulder Library DOES want a 1,000 sq. ft. library in Gunbarrel, according to this Daily Camera article.



Review: Gunbarrel Brewing

I first read about Marie and Jamie Fox’s plans for their brewery in the Daily Camera (I think), and went to their fund-raising site at Indiegogo. They raised $11,470 from 105 backers, including $150 from me, which gave me no equity, just a free pint a month for life, which I’ve been claiming since they opened in July. (I need to stay alive and drinking beer until the end of 2019 to break even.)

When I first saw the place and introduced myself to Marie, I told her how amazed I was at the size of the place. “Go big or go home,” she said. It’s 20,000 sq. ft.! Maybe around half of that is in two huge rooms, one at the front with the bar and a bunch of tables, and another one just behind it with more tables, a couple of pool tables, a ping-pong table, a Foosball table, and a half-dozen pinball machines.

Here are some photos of the public areas, including the patio in front:

In back is the brewery, along with a big lab so Jamie can experiment and develop new brews:

No kitchen, but they have food trucks every day:

With all that space, they can do a lot besides just serve beer:

“Big” also applies to their beer list, which is longer and more ambitious that any of the other breweries in Gunbarrel:

Long Haul: LIght and refreshing blonde ale
Sweet Jane: Wheat ale with loads of palisade hops
Bogan: Australian Sparkling Ale.
Bohemian Saazity: Crisp & clean Kolsch w/ Saaz hops
Edna: Saison with proprietary yeast strain
Begbie: Scottish Ale. named for the infamous iron fist
Rosemerry: Savory Pale Ale with rosemary
Holee Cow: Lactose IPA
Moonshadow Mesmerizer: Mochi-inspired NE Style IPA with Matcha green tea powder from The Tea Spot, lactose & tapioca starch.
Midnight Rider: Traditional porter.
Bad Wolf: Delightfully bitter IPA w/ a touch of lactose
Wilson: American IPA
Forbidden: Sour w/ lactobacillus, black & red currants
Milo of Croton: Export Stout.
Mary Ann: tropical fruit beer with loads of Denali hops, passion fruit and guava
Dirty Habit: Double IPA

Yesterday I had a Milo of Croton, my free pint for October, and then a Dirty Habit, which I paid for. I also paid for some terrific salt & vinegar pretzels, made in Boulder. See how they tricked me?

Their beer list, which changes often, is exactly why you go to a brewery instead of, say, Element Bistro, which also has a large beer list. Most of Gunbarrel Brewing’s interesting beers will never find their way onto a distributor’s truck.

One thing Jamie and Marie can’t do by all by themselves is fill the place. Notice the empty seats in the photos? But, it’s the best brewery in Gunbarrel, maybe the best in Boulder County, maybe the best in Colorado. You should visit and try their beer. If you can’t decide, Marie will pour you a sampler, and you can taste them all.

(Notice Vindication Brewing on the map above? They’ve been overshadowed by Gunbarrel Brewing, I think. I only went there once, and I need to go back so I can write something on them. There… I’ve just assigned myself some more work.)