Allan Wright

About Allan Wright

Allan came up with the idea for Eat Drink Boulder via his job, which involves beer, wine, food, and blogging. Allan runs Zephyr Adventures and Taste Vacations, two tour companies that, among other things, run food, wine, and beer tours around the world. Zephyr Adventures also organizes a series of lifestyle blogger conferences in the food, wine, beer, and fitness worlds. Locally, Allan runs the 1000-person strong Boulder Wine Meetup group. All this keeps him very occupied and very immersed in the worlds relevant to Eat Drink Boulder.
Posts by Allan Wright
Colterra in Niwot

The Best Patio Dining in Boulder is in Niwot at Colterra

I love downtown Boulder and all the fantastic choices for drinks or dinner. But I must admit I do schedule my itineraries around peak times since it is sometimes hard to get a table at my favorite haunts. That is one reason it was so appealing to sit down on Colterra‘s outdoor patio on a […]

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Georgia Boys in Longmont is the Real BBQ Deal

You might already be familiar with Georgia Boys BBQ in Longmont. But you are likely not familiar with the company’s backstory nor with their new, expanded location. Georgia Boys owners Nick Reckinger and Matt Alexander got into the BBQ business in a roundabout way. Authentic Georgia Boys, it wasn’t until the pair were laid off […]

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Decadent Saint – the Ultimate Mixers

Most times I write about a Boulder County food or drink business, I have to think up a good theme for the article. In this case, Decadent Saint has such a compelling story it sort of writes itself. Decadent Saint founder Michael Hasler is a New Zealander with 35 years of winemaking experience. While running […]

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John Fiorilli: Director of Brewing Operations at Mountain Sun

We attended a dinner at Under the Sun recently where I had the chance to meet John Fiorilli, Director of Brewing Operations at Mountain Sun Pubs & Breweries. The term “Director of Brewing Operations” comes about because John is responsible for overseeing brewing at all five of the Mountain Sun locations. As a group of brewpubs, […]

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Roadhouse Boulder Depot – A Reason to Visit Boulder Junction

For many of us in Boulder, we have read much but had little reason to visit the area called Boulder Junction. We just discovered a delicious reason, provided you let your tastebuds take charge. According to the city’s website, “Boulder Junction (previously known as the Transit Village) is a 160-acre redevelopment area located in the geographic […]

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Eat Drink Boulder Seeking Social Media Volunteer

Eat Drink Boulder is seeking a volunteer to handle our social media, which primarily consists of Facebook and Twitter but could easily be expanded to include Instagram. Social media is an important part of this food and drink website. Each post we write gets promoted on Twitter and Facebook to almost 2,000 and 500 people […]

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Eureka Restaurant on Pearl Street is Now Open

The Eureka! restaurant in the new building at 1048 Pearl Street (the old Daily Camera site) is open as of Labor Day, 2016. It is sometimes easy to predict what restaurants in Boulder will fail before their first birthday. The Pearl Street Steak Room was selling $80 steaks, Lyfe Kitchen was a super interesting restaurant with […]

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Wild Standard restaurant in Boulder

The Best Restaurant in Boulder You Have Never Tried

“Best” is naturally relative to your own palate and some of our readers surely have been there but Wild Standard at 1043 Pearl Street is an amazing restaurant that we, at least, had not tried before this week. It is sort of amazing that Wild Standard has not become more popular, given its famous owner (Bradford […]

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Best Coffee Shops in Boulder … From an Outsider’s Viewpoint

We were pleased to receive an email from San Francisco Bay-area food and outdoors blogger Rad Sakalkale of The Snobby Foodie, mentioning a visit to Boulder and asking about guest posting on our site. Below is the result – a take on Boulder coffee shops from an outsider’s viewpoint. Thank you, Rad! ———————————– With hiking and […]

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Eureka! No Crap on Tap in Former Daily Camera Location

We have all been waiting to see what public spaces are upcoming in the new building on the former Daily Camera site on west Pearl Street. We recently received a press release about a new restaurant, Eureka!, that will be opening September 5th. It is not typical we rehash press releases here at Eat Drink […]

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Left Hand Brewing – Not Just Another Beer Fest

Left Hand Brewing takes its beer events seriously. Check out the calendar of the Longmont, Colorado-based brewery and you will see a monthly schedule full of beer dinners, music, tap takeovers, beer release parties, and more. They also have their High Five series of events that have become so big they are all held in […]

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The Ghost BBQ & Spirits – Worth Trying Even When Not At The Boulder Theater

The Ghost BBQ & Spirits has taken over the space previously occupied by George’s, immediately adjacent and connected to the Boulder Theater. As we previously wrote about George’s over four years ago, it is not easy in this space to create a restaurant that becomes anything other than a Boulder Theater afterthought for both locals and […]

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Per La Gente: New Restaurant in Creekside Building to Serve Fine Dining for the Masses

Boulder has a strong contender to reverse the seeming jinx of the Riverside Building that hovers over Boulder Creek on Broadway. Per La Gente is an amazing new restaurant that is an awesome combination of fine dining and Boulder casual and has everything it needs to be successful. The restaurant was started by a team […]

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Zephyr Adventures is Hiring

Zephyr Adventures, the company run by Eat Drink Boulder co-founder Allan Wright, is hiring three marketing professionals with an application deadline of September 20th: Conferences Marketing, Communications, and Sales Manager Chief Operating Officer of a new Marketing Agency Contract Work in September and October to Market Beer Workshops Zephyr Adventures has been operating since 1997 as […]

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Keen One Qu1noa

Keen One Qu1noa has a great story. Class project at the Leeds School of Business at CU. Desire to replace the typical ramen noodles of budget-conscious college students with something healthier. Adventurous trip to Bolivia to secure a source of quinoa. And success in terms of distribution deals with REI, Kroger, and Whole Foods. We […]

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Fast Casual Faves – Half Fast Subs

Fast Casual Faves – Half Fast Subs

Half Fast Subs is that rare restaurant concept, a fast casual joint that is highly successful with years of experience (19) and yet that only has one location – right here on The Hill in Boulder. The most amazing thing about Half Fast Subs is its menu, which has exactly 100 options on its menu […]

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Eat Drink Boulder to Start Wine & Beer Tasting Panel

Ever heard of a “shelf talker”? A shelf talker is one of those many little reviews stuck to shelves in the wine section of almost any local liquor store. Eat Drink Boulder is proud to announce we are starting a Tasting Panel to review wines and beers found at local Boulder retail establishments. We will generally […]

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Walnut Brewery – Worth Another Visit

Most Boulderites have been to the Walnut Brewery at least once. After all, it was established 25 years ago in 1990 and considers itself “Boulder’s Original Brewpub”.  (Boulder Beer Company was founded in 1979 as Boulder’s – and Colorado’s – first microbrewery.) However, I find many of my Boulder friends don’t often want to go […]

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Best Wine Bars Near Pearl Street in Boulder

Wood floors, exposed brick, salumi, cheese and the echoes of clinking crystal stemware, the Boulder wine scene is the cure for the Colorado wine enthusiast who may be seeking an alternative to the wonderful and plentiful craft brew scene. The smashed grape elixir, in its many manifestations, can be found in, around and off the […]

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Vertical Syrah Tasting … of Colorado Wines

How cool is it we have wineries in Boulder that send out messages like the one below? This looks to be a screaming deal for $20 and is a chance to find that wine from a local winery you can buy by the case and pull out whenever you have visitors in town! Go Settembre […]

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Lyfe Kitchen an Excellent Addition to Boulder’s East Pearl Street

The most unique thing about the new Lyfe Kitchen at 16th and Pearl Street in Boulder is situated right as you walk in the door. Diners are greeted by four separate menus: vegetarian/vegan, gluten free, wine & beer, and one that has everything the chefs prepare. As a vegetarian, it is pretty nice to not […]

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Avery Brewing: Best Location in Boulder for Beer-Loving Visitors

As organizer of the annual Beer Bloggers Conference and the European Beer Bloggers Conference, I am lucky enough to make friends with beer-loving folks from all over the world. Last week I met up with a third European beer blogger who was visiting Boulder and took him to my go-to location when I need to […]

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Passport to New Pubs and New Drinks in Boulder

A few days ago I met Eat Drink Boulder’s co-founder Paul for Happy Hour. I suggested meeting at 5:00 PM at the new License Number One pub which recently replaced the Catacombs bar under the Boulderado. Arriving at 4:55, Paul checked it out and was waiting outside when I arrived five minutes later. “It doesn’t […]

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Jill’s Vegan Buffet a Feast for Everyone

You might have seen the news last August that Jill’s, the St. Julien’s restaurant, started offering a vegan buffet for lunch every Friday. I myself missed it but apparently enough people heard the news that the offering is still ongoing five months later. And going strong. Dining there last week, our excellent waiter said the […]

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Jill’s Restaurant to Host Seven-Course Vegan Fundraiser Dinner

We don’t normally just regurgitate press releases. But the press announcement we received the other day was pretty unique. It is not every day we Boulderites have the chance to try a seven-course vegan meal. What’s more, the reasonable $54.95 cost sends all profits to the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, a “nonprofit organization that is […]

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Writer’s Guidelines

The following guidelines are oriented towards our existing writers but might also be helpful to those of you considering applying to write for us. Subjects: Writers for Eat Drink Boulder can write on any subject they choose within the topic of eating and drinking in Boulder. Most articles will focus on the City of Boulder […]

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Zeal! Boulder: Something for Everyone

Zeal!, the new restaurant on east Pearl Street taking the place of the old H Burger, has the goal of appealing to all Boulderites interested in eating healthfully … no matter how you define that. Think the Paleo diet is “the world’s healthiest diet”, as the founder claims? Choose the interesting cauliflower “rice” instead of […]

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Chow Down! Boulder’s First Food Film Festival

Don’t miss Chow Down, Boulder’s first-ever food film festival, with seven films running from Wednesday through Sunday this week. We at Eat Drink Boulder are especially pleased with the advent of Chow Down. About a year ago, we discussed creating such a festival at one of our writers meetings and (he writes sheepishly) decided we […]

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Eat Drink Boulder Makes the News in England

In a recent article titled “Nevada, Utah and Colorado: best blogs for travellers“, The Guardian newspaper based in England featured our very own Eat Drink Boulder. Written by freelance journalist Vicky Baker, the article named Eat Drink Boulder as one of three blogs to check out in Colorado, along with our compadres Denver Off the […]

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FOOD BLOGS RULE BOULDER … errr New York

Two days ago, the New York Observer printed a blog post by a food blogger-turned-writer titled “Blog-Tied: How a Hunger for Clicks Drives New York’s Brutally Fickle Food Scene.” The central theme of the article, as the title makes clear, is that food blogs are driving what is hot or not in New York City. New […]

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Best Asian Food in Boulder? Try Pho Basil

I was expecting Vietnamese food when I ventured to Pho Basil tonight. Or perhaps a combination of Vietnamese and Thai, given the name. I was also expecting a crowd given the menu we received in the mail a few days ago that had Grand Opening written in bold, red letters across the bottom; the group […]

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Tibet Kitchen: Come for the Momos!

I have been visiting Tibet Kitchen since it opened six years ago, primarily for the delicious vegetarian momos. Last night my wife and I visited again, this time for dinner. The menu is vastly improved and expanded from a few years ago and Tibet Kitchen is worth a visit for the variety of Tibetan dishes […]

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HBurger Management an HHorrible Mess

H|BurgerCo, located on Pearl Street at 17th, did its best last night to vie for the worst service ever performed in a restaurant. This for our group of four right before we went to Mackey Auditorium to hear two eminent chefs, Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, in the Good Versus Evil tour talk about the […]

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Patience Required – Korea House in Boulder

Writer’s Preface: My wife Devon and I are quite familiar with the rough cultural waters sailed when one eats in a small restaurant in a foreign country. I still vividly remember the scream of surprise as a live fish jumped out of a cook’s pan only to land underneath my wife’s feet as she made […]

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Colorado Craft Beer Week Coming to a Brewery Near You

Colorado Craft Beer Week is coming to a brewery near you, March 18 – 24. We realize it is a month away but we here at Eat Drink Boulder got excited when we read a press release sent out today by the CCBW organizers. So mark this on your calendar and check back on their […]

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Roots Cookbook Author to Speak at Boulder Book Store

We have all seen the many notices for author events at local bookstores. Here is one readers of Eat Drink Boulder can get excited about. Cookbook author Diane Morgan will be speaking from 7:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 25th the Boulder Bookstore. Morgan will be speaking about her newest cookbook, “Roots.” Here is […]

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Master Cocktailier Bryan Dayton at Oak at Fourteenth

If you are like me, you might think of the restaurant at Oak at Fourteenth as an upscale yet casual dining establishment. That it is. But if that is all you consider it, you would be missing out on an excellent experience: drinking cocktails at the bar made by proprietor and “Beverage Guy” Bryan Dayton. […]

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The Leaf: Best Young Chef in Boulder

When I asked Chef Rachel Best her age, she gave me an impish sort of look that combined “I’ve been asked that before” with “should it really matter?” with “I understand this is an interview so I need to answer the question”. “I’m not as young as I look”, is what she actually responded. Chef […]

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Win Free Tickets to The Blind Cafe

We wrote about The Blind Café back in March. As I wrote then, “It was an experience that will stay with me a long time and one I energetically recommend. Don’t be put off by the unknown.” Developed by a “group of inspired artists, musicians & entrepreneurs, sighted and blind”, The Blind Cafe is a […]

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Welcome Native Foods Café

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Devon Metz, fiancee of EDB writer Allan Wright. As a dietitian, who eats a mostly plant-based diet, I am thrilled to welcome a new vegan establishment to town.  To be honest, I am perplexed that Boulder, a mecca for health-conscious people, has a dearth of plant-based restaurants.  Most […]

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Jalino's Pizza

Jalino’s Pizza – Not Just For Students

Jalino’s Pizza restaurant is ideally located for students. The 17th & Arapahoe location is across the street from Boulder High School and down the hill from the University of Colorado. However, it is no secret among residents of the area that Jalino’s produces some of the best pizza in Boulder. In fact, go in for […]

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Native Foods Cafe Coming to Boulder

Walking out from a movie last night, I saw a new restaurant in 29th Street Mall that advertised tempeh, seitan, and other non-meat products. Native Foods Cafe is coming to Boulder! It has always been sort of amazing that a liberal, foodie town like Boulder does not have more vegan restaurant choices. Yes, The Leaf […]

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Bácaro: One of the Most Under-Appreciated Happy Hours in Boulder

As the title says, I find Bácaro to be one of the most under-appreciated happy hours in Boulder. It has a nice happy hour menu, good food, and friendly service. Yet, it is never busy on an off-night and always possible to find a table even on a weekend. The Bácaro menu changed within the […]

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blind glasses

The Blind Café – Experience of a Lifetime

Last night I determined the closest thing I have experienced to being blind is learning a foreign language. I had the opportunity to attend The Blind Café, courtesy of the organizers. It was an experience that will stay with me a long time and one I energetically recommend. Don’t be put off by the unknown. […]

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Paul Nashak from Mountain Sun

Interview With Mountain Sun’s Paul Nashak

On October 28th, we wrote a review of the Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery, focusing on the great service the establishment has. Since then, we were able to catch up with Paul Nashak, Managing Restaurant, to ask him a few questions. We felt as if the service actually got better in the last year or […]

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Reuben's Burger Bistro

Belgian Beers in Boulder at Rueben’s

I like Rueben’s Burger Bistro. For the right occasion. Rueben’s, located on the corner of Walnut and Broadway in central Boulder, has been open since spring of 2010. It specializes not only in burgers but also in Belgian beer. The decor is all about biking. Apparently Rueben loves the letter B. I have been to […]

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Beers at Backcountry Pizza in Boulder

Navigating the Backcountry Pizza Beer Menu

The Backcountry Pizza and Tap House, located at the old Dolan’s Restaurant building at 2319 Arapahoe Avenue, claims to offer Boulder’s widest selection of draft microbrews. With over 50 beers on draft plus another 81 in bottle, I have yet to see any establishment that can match them. However, if you are at all like […]

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Riffs Boulder

Riffing on Wine Bar Pricing: The Wine List at Riffs

I want to be clear upfront I am no wine expert. I simply know enough to determine what I like and what I don’t like. I also want to be clear that Riffs, the new establishment at 1115 Pearl Street in Boulder, does not claim to be a wine bar. Quite the opposite, it calls […]

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Avery brewing

Avery Tap Room Halloween Costume Party

Now here is a Halloween Party I could get into: the Avery Tap Room Halloween Costume Party starts at 6:00 PM this evening, October 31. First off, it starts at a reasonable 6:00 PM. Many of us prefer the early happy hour-style of going out in Boulder. And Halloween is, after all, on a Monday […]

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Mountain Sun – The Service Makes the Visit

I used to rarely visit the Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery, despite living only a few blocks from the establishment at 1535 Pearl Street. The pub has been around since 1993 and is always crowded, so others seem to sure like the place. For me, that was the problem. The pub was always crowded and […]

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