Ian Clark, the chef at Jax Boulder and a part of the Big Red F team for over ten years, will branch out on his own to open BRU Handbuilt Ales and Eats, a restaurant and alehouse located at 5290 Arapahoe Street in Boulder.
Less than a year ago, Clark, who has always enjoyed brewing as a hobby started a small small operation with BRU handbuilt ales, a nano-brewery out of his garage. BRU became popular and was named one of the 2013 Breweries to Watch by Draft Magazine. With a desire to continue beer-making, while also incorporating his culinary background, Clark decided to open his own venture.
The food menu promises to feature rustic, approachable cuisine like house-made goat milk ricotta with roasted almonds and spiced honey, oven-roasted Shishito peppers with sea salt, or spinach wood oven pizza. Most dishes will come out of the wood-roasted oven and everything will be handbuilt, from scratch, just like the beer. "I can't even start to explain how excited I am to open BRU handbuilt ales and eats," Clark said. "The opportunity to finally share my passion for all things food and beer, that is going to be pretty amazing," he added.
The beers at this new joint will range from IPAs, a variety of Ales, including IPAs, Belgian ales, and pale ales, and brown ale, wheat-centric brew. To start out, BRU Handbuilt Ales and Eats will feature twelve beers on tap. Making the BRU beer starts with writing bold and thoughtful recipes and continues with selecting unique ingredients and not filtering nor pasteurizing the beer to preserve as much of its flavor as possible.
Chef Clark plans to open the doors for lunch and dinner at BRU Handbuilt Ales and Eats in mid April.
Ian Clark [Photo: Colorado Daily]