Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery Celebrates 15 Years

Kyle Hollingsworth - photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

In celebration of fifteen years of business in Boulder, The Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery will be hosting a night of funk at the beautiful Boulder Theater to say thanks to the local community for all of their support.  The Mountain Sun recently opened their third location, The Vine Street Pub, on Denver's booming 17th Street strip; adding to their two Boulder locations, The Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery and The Southern Sun.  Since The Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery opened its doors in 1993, The Pub has been a favorite local gathering place, where music has always played an important role in creating the Pub's festive vibe.

For the October 18th event, which will benefit KGNU 88.5 FM and KGNU 1390 AM, The Pearl Street All-Stars will rock the house.  The Pearl Street All-Stars is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration featuring George Porter Jr. (The Funky Meters / Bass), Kyle Hollingsworth (The String Cheese Incident / Keyboards), Eric Krasno (Soulive / Guitar), Adam Deitch (Lettuce / Drums) & Hazel Miller (Hazel Miller Band / Vocals) and the 14th Street Horns ( Danny Sears - Panjea / Trumpet, Dominic Lalli - The Motet / Saxophone, and Jon Stewart - The Motet / Saxophone). All proceeds will benefit KGNU 88.5 FM & 1390 AM, Boulder County's only non-profit Community Radio Station. Fellow Colorado brewers Lefthand Brewing (who also turns 15 this month) and Avery Brewing Company will help The Mountain Sun supply the beer this year (with the Vine Street location now open and waiting for zoning permits to brew more beer on site, The Mountain Sun hasn't yet caught up to the increased demand!), offering three ales on special for $3 - Avery IPA, Lefthand Haystack Wheat and Mountain Sun's own Colorado Kind Ale.

Show details are as follows:
Saturday, October 18th @ 8:30 PM
Fifteen Years of Funky Good Times Anniversary Benefit
with The Pearl Street All-Stars
Boulder Theater on 14th and Pearl
Tickets are $23.00 advance - $24.50 Day of show plus taxes and service / 21 and over
Tickets available at the Boulder Theater Box Office (303.786.7030) or online at

About The Mountain Sun
Since opening its doors fifteen-years ago, the Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery has always believed community is the foundation of business.  Our pubs are gathering places designed to feel like your living room where the community comes to eat affordable, fresh pub grub and drink finely crafted ales, where folks play Scrabble or debate politics or listen to free weekly concerts.  Our mission has and always will extend beyond our pubs.  We believe it is our responsibility to support non-profits and community-based action.  On this, our fifteenth anniversary, we want to say thank you to our community.  Our businesses begin with you.

About KGNU
KGNU has served the Boulder and Beyond audience for over 25 years.  They are a volunteer powered, listener-supported station with a commitment to diversity in their programming and open door policy. Musical selections come from around the globe and the news & Public Affairs programming looks at local, national and international issues.

Edinburgh in Boulder

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Whether you want to relax in the snug with a glass of scotch, watch a rugby game at the bar with friends, or listen to the resident bagpiper, the Scotch Corner Pub will transport you across the pond to Scotland.  Maggie and Robert Pitkethly, along with their son, Ben and his wife, Annette, opened the pub December 17th.  The Pitkethlys, who are from St. Andrews, Scotland, have brought a traditional Scottish pub to Colorado.  Maggie said, "For us it really is bringing a bit of Scotland here."

They want their pub to have a community atmosphere for their patrons.  "We're trying to create a home [away] from home so they don't want to go home and cook and they have fun and get entertained at the same time," said Maggie.  They have succeeded.

The pub is located at Broadway and Walnut and is open and bright.  It has tables at which European seating is an option, a bar with a flat screened television, and a snug that includes comfortable chairs in which to lounge and watch passers by.  The walls are covered with paintings of St. Andrews golf course and portraits of famous Scots such as Robert Burns, a poet laureate of Scotland and Bonnie Prince Charlie who took the Scots to battle against the English.  The television in the bar broadcasts popular Scottish sports such as golf, rugby and soccer, as well as travel DVDs showing Scottish castles.

"It's a new style pub as opposed to an old world pub," said Ben.  The pub, though bright, open and modern rather than dark like the older pubs of Scotland, still has an authentically Scottish ambiance.  "We wanted to make it Scottish but still appealing to a wider range.  Because this is a modern building, we had to make use of the space; it's contemporary, it's fun."  Maggie said the pub resembles the modern pubs in Scotland's cosmopolitan capital of Edinburgh.

"I want a friendly, fun, happy gathering place.  Simple home cooking done well, that's all we offer," said Maggie.  The food and beverage menus are distinctively Scottish.  The cuisine includes such items as Scottish broth, toasties, sausage rolls, and mash (mashed potatoes) with seven different types of gravy.  They also offer Scotch eggs, one of their signature dishes, which are boiled eggs wrapped in sausage meat, rolled in bread crumbs, fried, baked and sliced in half.  The average price of an appetizer is $5.95 and the average price of an entrée is $13.95.  The pub also offers chicken, vegetarian and steak and ale pies that serve six people, and a Scottish breakfast that is served all day.

Another unique characteristic of the Scotch Corner Pub is its vegan kitchen.  In other words, the fries are not fried in the same oil as the chicken.  Maggie, who is a vegetarian, wanted to offer more vegetarian options to the public.  Additionally everything on the menu is made with organic ingredients.

Two Scottish brews top their list of popular beers: Bell Haven, brewed in Scotland since the 1700s and Tennent's, brewed since the 1800s.  "Bell Haven outsells everything," said Ben.  The pub also offers 45 different kinds of single malt scotch and several types of blended scotch.  "I'm always searching for weird and wonderful ones," said Ben.  Their scotch represents every region of Scotland.  They have Bunnahabhain from the Isle of Islay, Tobermory from the Isle of Mull, Glenmorangie from the North Highlands, Oban from the West Highlands, Dalwhinnie from the East Highlands and Glankinchie from the Lowlands, to name a few.

Live musicians are regular fixtures at the Scotch Corner Pub and usually play during happy hour, which is 4:00pm to 7:00pm daily.  Live music ranges from Celtic, to bluegrass, to reggae, to Sunday afternoon jazz.  Wednesday night is open session night, during which people can bring their guitars to the pub and play.

"It's a community pub where people are caring for each other.  Women can come in here alone and feel safe and feel part of the family.  That's a favorite for me," said Maggie, "We're getting so many regulars now and it's wonderful.  It's like we've known them forever."

Seven Eurobar: Sophistication Without Pretension

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A crowd of people fills the floor and tables of Seven Eurobar on Pearl Street.  Open since May, Seven Eurobar is already one of Boulder's popular hang-out spots.  The cuisine is Mediterranean including French, Spanish and Italian dishes.  It is a taste of Europe in the heart of Boulder.  Seven Eurobar, with its authentic fare and relaxed atmosphere, embodies sophistication without pretension.

"Sharing cuisine and culture" is Seven Eurobar's motto.  General Manager Jason Nolley, said he wants the place to be "comfortable for people from all walks of life."  The founders of Seven Eurobar have achieved this as the environment, food and wine are a cut above, and there is also a wide screen television on one of the walls.  The decorating consists of a lot of wood, brick walls, and warm orange hues.

The name, Seven Eurobar was chosen by Belgian Head Chef and Owner Michel Wahaltere because of the significance of the number seven.  "Seven is a lucky number, there are seven continents, seven seas, seven wonders of the world.  This is the seventh restaurant I have opened in Colorado."  The number seven also has special significance from Wahaltere's childhood.  Wahaltere was born and raised in Belgium.  As a child his family used to take vacations in the south of France where they owned a home.  Route 7 was the name of the highway the led south through France to the Mediterranean.

The menu, designed by Chef Wahaltere, is composed of a variety of appetizers, divided into three categories: vegetables, fish and meats. I sampled food from all three categories and all three countries.

From the vegetable category of the menu I had the Espinacas a la Catalana, a Spanish dish comprised of "sautéed spinach with pine nuts, garlic, green olives, and golden raisins."  I also ate the Alcachofas a la Plancha, also a Spanish dish, and my favorite dish of the evening, comprised of "aged manchego crusted artichoke hearts served with tarragon aioli." I sampled the fish portion of the menu and had a taste of France in the form of Gnocchi aux Crevettes – "potato dumplings with sautéed rock shrimp and lemon tarragon beurre blanc."  From the meat category, I ordered the Polpetine della Nonna, an Italian dish consisting of "classic Italian meatballs cooked in a delicate tomato ragu sauce."  It was an eclectic dinner and everything tasted great.  The four dishes together were more than enough for a satisfying meal.  Prices for these dishes are reasonable, ranging from five to nine dollars per dish.

The server recommended a glass of Laboure-Roi Pouilly-Fuisse 2004 to accompany the dinner.  And, it was a perfect recommendation, and is just one of an impressive wine list to matching the diverse menu.  The wine is also reasonably priced as a glass of the Laboure-Roi Pouilly-Fuisse is five dollars.  Nolley would like Seven Eurobar's wine program to be as well-known as its cuisine.

For dessert, I had the Mousse au Chocolat, which is Chef Wahaltere's mother's recipe.  The delicious dessert arrived as three scoops of mousse served in three different ways.  One scoop was served the Spanish way with olive oil and salt, one scoop was served with fruit as in France, and one scoop was served with nuts as in Italy.  Ergo, all three Mediterranean countries are represented in this one dessert, which costs six dollars.  A glass Chateau Grillou Souternes, a French dessert wine, complemented the mousse well.

Seven Eurobar fills a void that used to exist in Boulder.  The food is gourmet, satisfying and priced fairly.  It is a great place for a couple or a group of friends to go if they are tired of sushi, tacos and pizza.  Once you go, you will want to go back repeatedly to try everything on the menu!