Open since September 2013, it’s obvious that Sanitas Brewing has already established a following. The folks you see hanging out in their Boulder taproom include beer geeks bellied up to the bar, groups of friends gathered at large tables and families with kids running around. And it’s easy to see why people enjoy Sanitas. There are games, friendly bartenders and delicious beers…what more could you want from the Boulder beer scene?
And it’s no secret – there’s no shortage of great Boulder beer. Let’s talk about what makes Sanitas special, though. The Black IPA is one of the flagship beers featured at Sanitas Brewing. It’s dark in color, loaded with piney hops and delicious. Additionally, the Sanitas Saison is an easy-drinking farmhouse ale, available year-round both in cans and on draft. The taproom also had three other Sanitas brews on tap during a recent visit, with those draft options depending on what seasonal beers the brewers have created.
Sanitas has a polished industrial feeling to it. With communal wood tables and a wall of garage door windows, the place is warmer than one would expect from the office complex setting. The natural light that floods in courtesy the large windows make for a sunny and intimate view of the railroad tracks. In addition to the barroom, there’s also a conference room that’s available for rental by large groups. A $100 deposit (that goes toward the purchase of beer) is required to reserve the room.
When it comes to outdoor entertainment, Sanitas has you covered. There’s a regulation-size Bocce court out back and ample room on the large patio for other impromptu drinking games. Sanitas Brewing, fittingly enough, offers a nice view of Mount Sanitas and even closer, the railroad tracks that are right next to the brewery. Word is that when a train passes, you get a $1 off your pints. Unfortunately, they don’t know when trains will pass and somedays you have 20 going by while other days don’t see any. The brewery suffered slight damage from the flood and has more extensive landscaping planned for the upcoming summer.
Although the brewery doesn’t have a kitchen serving food, they do have a dedicated food truck in McDevitt Taco Supply. Tacos are sold daily and you can find out specific details on the Sanitas Brewing Facebook page or by following them on Twitter.
Sanitas has fun events planned for January, with the Raggedy Bones Duo playing on January 4th (no cover) and a Chili Cookoff planned for January 18th. There is room enough for a band to play with extra space left over for drinkers and dancers. And with it’s location in an industrial complex, there is more than enough parking on the weekends at Sanitas. (The same can’t be said of the trailhead with the same name.)
With the craft brew scene exploding in Boulder, it would be easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of new ones opening up. Do we even need more Boulder beer?
Could I ask a sillier question? Forget I said that.
Sanitas Brewing has the ambiance of a much older establishment, creating community and pouring delightful beers right in the center of Boulder. Be sure to check this one out…especially if you have any train lovers in your family.