Yes, this post is about a brewery that’s technically outside of Boulder proper, but it is still Boulder County and I am of the opinion that Your Boulder readers should make the 10 minute drive (or ride your bike or take the bus) to Historic Downtown Louisville to sample one or more of Gravity Brewing’s amazing selection of beer.
A word of caution though, for those of you driving out to Gravity: as the name of the brewery suggests, these are some heavy beers with big ABV, so one ought to do the trick. Or bring a DD, because after a few of their beers, you’ll be feeling a little light headed.
Old Town Louisville isn’t that far from Boulder proper and has exploded with great restaurants, bars and storefronts in the last few years. It’s no wonder that it’s now becoming a popular choice for craft breweries looking for a place to open a tap room. Gravity was the first to open a tap room and it’s slightly off the beaten path, but not so out of the way that you can’t enjoy a full day of fun in Louisville. Located right next to the American Legion behind a small strip mall just off Pine Street and Highway 42, it might be a little tricky to find Gravity the first time you go, but trust me, you’ll be back and will have no problem finding it a second time.
As I said earlier, Gravity prides themselves on making big beers, but the catch is that none of their beer feels as strong as their ABV suggests they might. My personal favorite is the Louisville Belgian Ale, a Belgian Abbey/Dubbel, which surprised me the first time I had it because normally I’m not particularly fond of dubbels (trippels and quads, on the other hand, are total palate pleasers). It’s smooth and rich with just a pinch of sweetness, although, I strongly recommend getting a sampler tray of several of their brews. During my last visit I got a flight of nine samplers and was pleased with all of my choices. Also, I was beyond pleased that I was on foot for this visit.
As far as vittles go, they don’t have their own kitchen and menu. You can purchased food next door at the American Legion and they allow you to bring in food from any of the local restaurants (Lucky Pie, Lulu’s, La Revolucion, Sweet Cow and Casa Alegre are all within walking distance) and eat it in their spacious taproom.
While it may not be in the heart of Boulder, Gravity Brewing is definitely a well-kept secret in Boulder County and I would like to see them become less of a secret so that they find the brewery success that they certainly deserve.