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    Ian Clark of BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats

    Ian Clark of BRU Handbuilt Ales & EatsIf we had to choose two words to describe Ian, it would be passionate and fearless. He is a chef, a brewer, a gardener, a beekeeper and a modern-day MacGyver.

    His passion for cooking has earned him numerous awards and accolades throughout the years, like a national TV appearance on the Cooking Channel’s "Unique Eats" and the designation of “Denver’s Best Restaurants” by 5280 Magazine while behind the line at Centro.

    Since opening BRU, Ian has also fearlessly reinterpreted the world of food and beer by combining his craft of cuisine with the art of the bottle. This combination of fearlessness and passion haven’t gone unnoticed. In just a few short years of being open, he won 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 Ozo coffee, then head to the garden and pick breakfast for my wife, Bryce, 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 Upslope craft lagers and the paddleboards and head up to Gross Reservoir for a little paddle boarding with my wife.
    • Once back from Gross Res, grab Maddex and head to the Valmont Dog Park.
    • Get on our bikes and head to BRU handbuilt ales & eats for dinner. I always go for the fried chicken and Citrum IPA...hard to go wrong with that combination!
    • On the way home, swing by Sweet Cow for an ice cream cone (I am a sucker for ice cream). Check out the seasonal flavors...always delicious.
    • Cap off the evening with a fire on the patio at our house drinking a gin cocktail with gin from Vapor Distillery (Ted makes the best gin), and relish in stories about how great the day was.