Avery Brewing Company

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Place Score: 98
Ratings: 286
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.43
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4910 Nautilus Ct. N.
Boulder, Colorado, 80301
United States
phone: (303) 440-4324

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @averybrewingco

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Reviews by GilGarp:
Photo of GilGarp
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I've visited the Avery Brewery several times but now I'm motivated to review.

It's hardly what you would call a pretty brewery like New Belgium or Odell. Hidden behind a carwash and other crappy non-descript buisinesses, Avery has zero street presence. However, once inside, things improve. A newly lengthened bar (now a longer L-shape) and enlarged seating area with tables and memorabilia, give Avery an improved atmosphere and it's a genuinely enjoyable place to sit and have a beer.

Quality is excellent, as you'd expect from such a well-respected brewery.

Service is exceptional. Every time I've gone in, whether for samples or a pint, the service is better than any other brewery I've visited. They not only greet you and make educated recommendations, but they ask you your name and offer theirs as well. Not only that but they remember your name when you come back to the bar.

Selection is great as long as you're only looking for Avery beers. In this case, they have all of the "usual" offerings plus a lot of great brewery-only beers. They even have a couple on cask and a few pre-mixed blends.

No food other than the option to heat your own pizza. Something about not being able to serve food at a brewery in Colorado...

Overall very reasonably priced.

A great brewery with awesome service and excellent beers. What more could you ask for? Maybe some nice pub food but I'll have to bring that up with CO state legislature.

More User Reviews:
Photo of wolverine0712
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5


Photo of kovfer
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The servers are very knowledgable, there are 3 areas for seating, each with their own feel, and you can walk through the brewery on a catwalk any time you'd like. There's also a great store that's affordably priced.

Photo of Radilius
4.98/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great beer great tour great food great knowledge front the staff.

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stark white and blood red brewery looms over the industrial landscape around it, an ominous presence eyeing the snow-capped mountains in the distance. But that's where the crowd was headed, so in we went. Enviable decor (repurposed used barrel staves make a lot of the light fixtures), but otherwise a very stark and commercial feeling environment. Staff had personality and charm to spare, which helped. It was slick to have a small bar at the back of the brewery catwalk, too.

The small restaurant (also tons of barrel-themed decor) is lovely and more warm than the entrance and brewery, but of course packed as it's quite small. Mind-blowing tap selection, so awesome to have Maharaja and Tweak and PumpKYn and tons of barreled wild ale options simultaneously.

Cooler with scores of brews to take home, many available in multiple (and pricy) vintages.

Wish we knew they had a patio around the side on the first floor!

Photo of H0py_Just1N
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

"Sold out"

I expected a unique craft brewery and happened upon a family oriented restaurant that provided their beers. From the moment I entered, the craft brewery expectation was completely trampled by the unnecessary large two story family restaurant. The brewery conveyed a sense of commercialization which was not in keeping with the craft brewery art and experience.

Hands down some of the most unique and tasteful beers I have had. Terrific bartender and service made up for the lack of a taste room.

Photo of Macsimus
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

New brewery was great and awesome walk ways over looking brewing floor - keg filler, canning line and bottling line : )

Photo of Joey2timer
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

wow!! the new Avery is killing it!! And a huge step up from the old alley.Two restaurants located in the building, one open to all and one reservations only. from what i could tell they are the same menu. also there is an outdoor patio and a small bar hidden in the back.
had 30+ beers on tap last time i was there, all house brew beers.

Photo of EMV
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My wife and I stumbled into the Avery Brewery quite by accident on a road trip through Colorado. Boulder Brewing co. was closed, so... we figured what the heck. It's hidden a bit out of town... basically in a beer warehouse. The place has a great ambiance... very friendly servers and we very quickly struck up some nice conversation with a bunch of guys that were clearly regulars. The bartenders we met were awesome/knowledgeable and clearly proud of their brews. They don't make their own food, but have an arrangement with the caterer next door and the food was great. There were so many amazing beers on tap that I didn't even get to order a full pint.... and tried about 10 different samplers throughout the evening. One of the finest breweries I've ever visited and just a spectacular evening.

Photo of 14erFan
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

What a pleasure it is to live so close to this amazing place!! The new spot has a lot of seating (although it stills can get full), a huge variety of great stuff on tap, awesome store, a unique and delicious food menu, and a stunning new facility. My wife and I have been three times - just did the tour which was really neat.

I really enjoyed the reuben sandwich, the same for my wife and her chicken and waffles. Of course, getting to have the Eremita, Tweak, Bad Karma, and Bad Buddha was a real treat too. We will be back soon!

Photo of MaybeKatie
4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Warm and welcoming is the best way to describe this brewery. The staff are knowledgeable and unpretentious. The number of beers on tap is impressive, the number of notably delicious and unique beers on tap makes me want to live next door. Take the tour when you're there; it's free and you'll get knowledge, beer, and swag (the trifecta of happiness).

Photo of one800higgins
3/5  rDev -32.3%

Holy crap this place was pricey! Everything was priced about 10-25% higher than every other of the 13 breweries we visited on our trip to Colorado. They even have a special cooler where they price gouge older beers... It was a shame, because I have a local shop in NC that sits on various beers and does the same thing without the gouging. I even snagged an '08 Czar from there recently at under $20. I've also been to plenty of breweries that bust out and sell older beers from time to time as a treat to customers, not as an eBay-esque ploy with 2-3x the price in markup. All the merch was also overpriced. Beer pours were a bit pricey, though that was expected as I knew their bottles were already pricey. Good beer, of course -- that was a known before visiting -- but I wouldn't visit again. It felt more like an amusement park where they take advantage of their fan's wallets rather than enjoy their notoriety.

Photo of deac83
4/5  rDev -9.7%

A: Went on Labor day and they were very busy. The have several rooms with tables available
Q: The beers across the line up are clearly good. There were a couple of misses.
S: This was a mixed experience. One bartender basically ignored us (we were at the bar) then another came along and service picked up for us.
Sel: Quite a few beers on tap. Other than the usual big hitters nothing that was really new/unique when we were there.
O: Overall an enjoyable visit. Good but not great.

Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Avery excels at the small-batch and bomber-packaged beers rather than your standard 6-packs. They really get creative with some of the high-alcohol beers, though on occasion they'll jack up the alcohol content just to say they can. But their stuff is by and large very good. I feel like they're one really good regularly available year-round flavor away from really making the leap.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Came on a Saturday last fall a couple of hours before the Buffs were to play (football). The parking situation around the brewery was hectic and we had to park in a precarious position at the far end of the industrial-looking brewery in which the brewery is housed.

The brewery had a small patio and it was packed to the brim, so my pops and I headed indoors to find it also pretty busy, especially at the bar, but we were able to find a table. We chose just to order from the bar and return to the table but it turns out we didn't need to do this. The service here was pretty good, if not entirely friendly.

We don't get Avery down in New Mexico for some sad, sad reason, so I was eager to try a bunch of the different beers I've heard from others are outstanding. As usual, I opted out of the year round beers in favor of the seasonals and big offerings: Hog Heaven (a barleywine), duganA IPA (a Double IPA) and the Old Jubilation Ale ( a Winter Warmer). All were outstanding and I wanted more. Alas, the price points here were exceptionally high. Even smaller pours of the barleywine and DIPA were more expensive than pours at most breweries and bars. This was a bummer and a huge shock to my dad who's not the beer fanatic that I am.

We decided not to stick around too long due to the high prices, but fortunately there was a bottle cooler right next door to the taproom where I could pick up some Avery bottles to take home.

Despite the high prices, I really like Avery's beers and I will acknowledge that they do have year round offerings that are affordable and tasty (Ellie's Brown, White Rascal), but drinking at the brewery can certainly be an expensive endeavor.

Photo of EmptyPockets
4/5  rDev -9.7%

The service was great for being very busy......the beers were they solid.....I had the Oktoberfest (awesome!!!!)....Gored (pumpkin and very thin in character), The Kasier (Oktoberfest) was a little sweet but helped mask the ABV. If you are in the area it's a must visit.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Poured an extremely dark, almost opaque brown color with no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Malty and bready up front, like toasted English muffins. Some notes of black pepper, brown sugar and hops.

Taste: Delicious!! Tons of malt and freshly baked dark bread, like pumpernickel, followed by some notes of roasted nuts, black pepper, and some toffee-like sweetness. Some notes of dried fruit as well, dates, prunes, cherries. Good fruitcake in a glass.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth, with no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.3%, there is quite the presence of pleasing alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Damn, this is a great beer! I love the toffee and the malt and the nuttiness. Simply an outstanding Christmas ale! Highly recommended!

Photo of outoffocus
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%

Located just outside downtown Boulder in an industrial park. The location and surroundings aren't great, but seems to be standard for mid-size breweries like this.

Went on a Friday afternoon and it was very busy. The bar was full and had to stake out a space to the end of a larger table already occupied by a group. Beers are available in full or tasting sizes. The prices varied, but they were all reasonable. Service was good and very quick. The waiter puts the order into a handheld device and someone comes out with the beer moments later. Didn't try any food.

Got unlucky I think in that there were no barrel-aged or sour releases available, but still had a good time. Would recommend.

Photo of simplejj81
5/5  rDev +12.9%

I like everything about this brewery and their staff! If you are in the Denver area for GABF, find out what events and special tappings they have going on and GO! Rumpkin is my all time favorite beer!!

Photo of Wobbly
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Good but overrated brewery.

Photo of rjengelking
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I grew up and currently live in Boulder so I've been here many times. The beer is always spectacular with a gigantic selection of truly interesting beers that turns over quite often. The service has always been great and the taproom has a generally good feel to it. I'm excited for their new location in Gunbarrel because it's clear that they outgrew their current industrial alley space long ago. My only objection is the pricing. There is no question you are buying way-above-average beer when you're going to Avery, but there are times I just cannot justify the price of some of the extremely special releases. Some of their special tappings come out at $6 for a 5oz taster. They clearly sell very well and I would love to try them, but I just can't justify buying beer at over $1/oz. Like I said, it's clearly amazing beer and I wish I had all the money in the world to drop at this place, but the prices for these special beers definitely exceed my ceiling. Still though - amazing brewery and is worth travelling a very long distance to come visit.

Photo of beergoot
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

My wife and I attended a BA social at the brewery/tap room 4/19/14. We were impressed with the selection of beers and truly outstanding service. The staff was very friendly and very helpful and certainly knowledgeable about their beer offerings. My wife is not much of a beer person, but the gentleman who took our order was spot on with picking a winner suitable to my wife's taste. I didn't count the total number of available beers, but would estimate around 20 or so on tap. Beer styles were wide and varied, so it should be easy to pick something to your liking.

We also had a small tour of the brewery facility. The tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining and quick to get answers to our questions (even ducking inside the facility to consult a brewer to answer my question of how much yeast is used in their 40-barrel batches -- answer: about three barrels of yeast slurry).

Food is available next door at a local eatery and is delivered to your table. We didn't eat anything, but were tempted.

You can't help but notice packed interior and exterior seating areas full of cheerful, engaged tap room visitors. If that doesn't say something about the quality of this joint, I don't know what else would.

The brewery and tap room may be slightly hidden and tucked away off Arapahoe Avenue, but it's worth finding (it's pretty easy, actually) and then checking it out, grabbing a few tasty brews, and enjoying the vibe.

Photo of idahobeerster
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This is a dedicated micro if there ever was one. As one of Colorado's best rated micros, staff is humble and welcoming. Food was fantastic and wings are true to the New Yorkers' taste. Every beer is carefully crafted and flavored as described. A great place to enjoy beer, friends and life!! Smooth finish to every flavor and just a friendly place to enjoy a few...

Photo of stumac
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went there on my trip to Colorado and just happened to get there on the day they were having the Momi Hiwa release party! Great lively atmosphere, great food (we got pizza), cool back warehouse full of barrels, they had all sorts of special release beers on tap that day (Tweak being my personal favorite, huuuge espresso stout), great service, very friendly. Overall I could totally see myself frequenting that brewpub on the reg if I lived there.

Photo of madamswe
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

First of all, had the slightest hard time finding the place. Couldn't believe it was where my phone said it was. But was very pleased once I found it. Was very impressed by the depth of the beer menu. I think I had only ever seen two or three Avery beers at a time at any store or bar, so I did not expect such a deep bench of flavorful beers. Really appreciate being able to order a variety of sizes too; that really facilitated the sampling.Sampled more than one of the Belgian styles, and each was phenomenal. The chai brown was not as intense as I would have liked - more just a tasty brown ale with some sweet spice. Still, very unique. The passionfruit ale was almost too tart, but not quite. The barleywine was advertised as being very hoppy with a carmel sweet aftertaste. I've never liked barleywine but that sounded worth trying. Again, not what I expected but very good. Still the best barleywine I've ever had.

The best thing I had was called Samael. A 17 percent 5 ounce pour that was like whiskey and beer had a beautiful, beautiful baby. Every sip was the best thing I'd ever tasted. I could have just smelled it all day, except not, because it was so good to drink.

All I had to eat was a side of sweet potato tots, which were awesome.

The place was bursting at the seams on a friday afternoon; I and my wife were lucky to snag a table in the tour reception area(?) just as a tour was finishing or we would have been SOL for anywhere to sit. Nothing to do or see really except the bar and your table, but what else do you need?

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Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO
98 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.