“Beer first and the rest will follow” (Gunbarrel’s Avery Brewing Co.’s slogan). That is not exactly how Gunbarrel came about, but that is certainly how it feels today. Gunbarrel was annexed by Boulder in the 1960s and most of the housing inventory was built mid-1960s – mid-1970s for employees working at the IBM facility, which set up shop in Gunbarrel in 1965.
Still considered a fringe area of Boulder, located to the Northwest of the city, people migrate to Gunbarrel to find more affordable housing while keeping a Boulder address and the good beer is an added bonus. Gunbarrel is home to many craft breweries including Avery Brewing Company, Finkle and Garf Brewing Co, Beyond the Mountain Brewing Co. and many more . Gunbarrel is also home to the Boulder Country Club, making it a hotspot not only for craft beer drinkers but also for avid golfers who want to live near the club.
Large corporations have headquarters in the area including Celestial Seasonings and IBM. There is no true town center in Gunbarrel, making it not for everyone, but the bike path system does make it easy to ride right into Boulder proper.