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    Ian Clark of BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats

    Ian Clark of BRU Handbuilt Ales & EatsIan Clark is a man of many talents. He is a chef, a brewer, a gardener, a beekeeper and a modern-day MacGyver. He attended the New England Culinary Institute and went on to work in acclaimed restaurants across the country before falling in love with Boulder. After years honing his culinary techniques in the kitchen and devoting endless hours to his home-brewing passion, he started his entrepreneurial career by opening a brewery, BRU, from his garage. BRU quickly moved and expanded to its full gastro-brewery glory, where he brings both his passion and knowledge of food and beer under one roof.  

    Ian has also won numerous awards and accolades over the years for his cooking and brewing, including a national TV appearance on the Cooking Channel’s “Unique Eats,” the silver medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival for his LOCH Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, Best Brewpub from Westword and a spot among the “6 Beer and Food Innovators” named by Draft Magazine.

    My Perfect Day in Boulder: 
    • Wake up and go on a run along Cottonwood Trail with my dog Maddex.
    • Once back at the house, make a fresh pot of Dragonfly coffee, then head to the garden and pick breakfast for my wife, Bryce, my son, Alden, and me.
    • Make some sandwiches with meats and cheeses I picked up at Cured on the east end of Pearl Street and a few tomatoes fresh from the garden.
    • Pack up a couple of Upslope craft lagers and the paddleboards and head up to Gross Reservoir for a little paddleboarding with my wife and son.
    • Get on our bikes and head to BRU handbuilt ales & eats for dinner. I always go for the Korean barbeque pork and Obitus Brown Ale...hard to go wrong with that combination!
    • Cap off the evening with a fire on the patio at our house, drinking a gin cocktail with gin from Vapor Distillery, and relish in stories about how great the day was.