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Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing CompanyAvery Brewing Company
BA SCORE
97
world-class

185 Ratings
Ratings: 185
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.88%
Active Beers: 103
Beer Ratings: 34,191
Beer Avg: 3.96
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

5763 Arapahoe Avenue Unit E
Boulder, Colorado, 80303
United States
phone: (303) 440-4324

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @averybrewingco

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

I went to this brewery a few months back with a friend from Denver and to my surprise there was a line of people going out the front door into the parking lot! It didn't seem to be any sort of release day?! Anyway, I got with my friend to try and sample some beers and he mentioned he had never visited there and I was from Wisconsin. This led to three free samples. At the time, some of their higher end beers were hard to find in my area of Wisconsin, so it was a treat. There were checker boards, card tables, shuffleboards (I think), etc, etc. The feel had the ambiance of an old time tavern like one you would see on the movies where everyone was happy. In all the places I've been... hundreds of breweries, this place on that day had the best atmosphere I've ever seen. I mentioned how great the place was to the server, who in turn gave me yet another free sample! The prices when I did pay were ok, and they had virtually their whole line up for trial. They would have gotten a perfect score from me if they had some rare or one off that day, but that may be as much my fault as it is theirs. I would love to come here again, and found this to capture the adventurous spirit that comes with the pursuit of good beer.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of StoneTSR
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%

The Avey IPA is widely available in the Chicago area, so I am quite familiar with it and fond of it, but the other brews from Avery (aside from Ellie's Brown) can be tough to find.

So, when the girlfriend and I recently travelled to Boulder, CO we had to make a stop and check out some of their other offerings. Much to my delight, their tap list was extensive and delicious. The Maharaja (which I will review sometime very soon) was amazing and the rest of the beers all impressed us both.

The trip to the brewery confirmed to me that Avery is one of the op-notch breweries in the country. Plus, they had some pretty great gear. A good looking t-shirt for me and a tank top for the girlfriend that I LOVE to see her in. Yes, we are beer geeks.

Although the tasting room is in a fairly strange location (kind of an industrial park-type area), the outdoor tables provide a nice atmosphere during the warmer months and the inside is gorgeous, with a shiny wooden bar and a nice collection of classy pictures and maps throughout. It feels like a wine tasting room.

One major drawback, however, is the lack of food. We had to order from a place across the street (or alley maybe?). Another minor drawback, although the bartender was very helpful and friendly, our server seemed overworked and let it show. She was short, not very informative and more concered with turning tables than with allowing people to enjoy their expeience there.

We are looking at Boulder as a possible future home, and if we end up there, we will certainly be returning on a regular basis. World class beer at great prices.

StoneTSR, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%

Decided to make my way up to Avery after GABF 2009. I know, I know, it has been awhile, but I will always remember this place.

The atmosphere is good. The indoor area is less a bar and more has a bar and places to sit. Basically - it's a bar in their brewery where their lobby would have been. I'm ok with that, it's laid back and the view outside is gorgeous.

The quality and selection of beers was out of this world. I think Avery is a decent brewery, but I was amazed by what they had on tap. They had experimental beers, older anniversary beers, barrel aged versions of beers. I was really very impressed. But WHY DON'T THEY RELEASE MORE OF THESE EXCEPTIONAL BEERS? They do have some very good beers they've released, but I feel like they could do much, much better.

The service was also outstanding. Everyone there knew a lot about all of the beers they had and were willing to talk about them.

Update: Visit during 2011 GABF
I visited Avery again on the Sunday after GABF 2011. I was not nearly as impressed as the previous visit. The servers seemed less knowledgeable, the re-design of the pub made it seem less brewery and more pub/restaurant, and the overall vibe wasn't nearly as good. I really enjoyed the raw, brewery feeling of the pub pre-re-design. I'm sure this had something to do with sitting in the back of the place instead of ordering from the bar and the place was by no means bad or even average, but I was certainly disappointed. This was at the time of my first visit my favorite brewery experience. It has dropped quite a few places.

coreyfmcdonald, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of hopstradamus
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%

A. The atmosphere is nice enough, but I always expect more from Avery. I have visited several times, but I am always surprised by how small it is. I do like how you can see their Barrel Aging room through a window in the tasting room. A room full of barrels is not that exciting on its own, I just enjoy the mystery of what is aging in the barrels more than anything.

Q. Everything is delicious at Avery, every time!

S. The staff is always helpful, but they give the customers plenty of space as well.

S. I enjoy everything Avery distributes in my area, so it is a real treat for me to visit the brewery and get a chance to try the stuff they don't distribute. They don't do anything boring, and the stuff they do make is always exceptional.

It should be noted that the prices are reasonable, but can be a little pricey if you want to try the rarest specialty beers.

hopstradamus, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of nickhiller
2.13/5  rDev -51.7%

Visited Avery on a recent trip to Colorado. Went on the tour and sampled about seven beers. It was a Saturday, so I want to preface what I am about to say by saying that I understand that the place was busy because it was the weekend, BUT I must say, I have been to many breweries and many bars in my life and I have never in all my life had service as appallingly horrific as I did at their taproom.

Absolutely godawful, shameful even. There were two servers for the entire place, one full time bartender, one table server. The bartender, an unfriendly Scot (or Irishman?), kept me waiting for literally 20 minutes (I timed it out of curiosity) each and every time I walked up to the bar to order another beer. And the guy moved like molasses.

He gave preferential treatment to orders from the tables, which meant that he basically had his back to the everyone at the bar the entire time, ignoring us sad sacks who had come, cash in hand, to sample their only product--what fools! When he did, at long last, bark at you for your order, he did it in a curt, aggressive, almost demeaning way that suggested you were not worth his time and were lucky for the lack of service.

I always thought that the brewery visit/tour was the ultimate in PR for these breweries, large and small, the physical embodiment of who they are and what they stand for, but now I understand it works the other way too. Far from indoctrinated, I left this visit with a bad taste in my mouth for all things Avery, and it wasn't just the mediocre beer.

A little piece of advice fellas: hire some more waitstaff, even if it's just on the weekends. Your customers (you know, the ones who pay the bills?) will thank you.

nickhiller, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Dogbrick
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%

Visited the Avery brewery and Taproom on a recommendation from our server at Mountain Sun, and we were glad we did. The brewery is buried behind some industrial-type buildings off Arapahoe Ave. There is a small parking lot out front.

We were lucky enough to arrive shortly before a tour hosted by one of the bartenders. The tour included an exclusive glass, and was pretty informative to boot. It's amazing how much beer they are able to churn out in what seems to be a relatively small space.

The bar/tap room has an L-shaped bar on the right side, with high table seating in the adjacent room. There is also a small semi-private room in the back that has a window into the brewing area. The available beers are listed on boards behind the bar.

The tap list at Avery is pretty impressive, with 20 draughts plus two cask offerings. Several of the beers are only available in the tap room, such as Joe's Pilsener, Big Smoky, India Pale Lager, Hand of Buddha and an unfiltered dry-hopped IPA. In addition, many of Avery's flagship beers are available. The bourbon barrel Black Tot and Out of Sight Stout were especially tasty.

Service was very good on our visit. The bartenders were all beer lovers, including the one who took us on the tour.

We did not try any food on our visit.

Overall I am happy I didn't just discount visiting Avery due to them being a "bigger" craft brewery, because we had a great time and would have missed out on some good brews.

Dogbrick, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of clarkm04
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

Been to the Avery Taproom three times over the past year. I really like their remodel. This was badly needed and opens up the seating and bar area better for seating.

Avery is tough to find so be careful if it's your first visit. It's tucked far back in an industrial park.

I love the atmosphere at Avery. It has that laid back Boulder vibe. I could spend hours here everyday and not be bored. My girlfriend and I played a variety of games (Connect Four, Battleship, etc) from their game bin over two hours while drinking tons of fresh or non-released Avery beer. The Tap room staff are very outstanding. They can truly explain the taste of all the beer on hand and are super quick at picking up merchandise. I also enjoy their cooler which is typically filled with beer that is harder to find at liquor stores like Mephistopheles.

The only thing that could make this place better is food. They usually have a taco stand set up to buy some stuff or have some pizza but few choices. I have had the tacos before and they are your typical 'street' food. Yummy but greasy.

clarkm04, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
4.1/5  rDev -7%

Rolled in on a Tuesday on the front end of a business trip. Got there mid afternoon and there were fair number of folks already there. Very typical Colorado front range tap room feel. Lots of light. Sits towards the end of an industrial park. A few outside picnic benches, a nice touch. Board games for the regulars, another nice touch. Very good service, but it was relatively uncrowded. Beertenders had good knowledge of what was brewed, how, and what they liked. Great selection of Avery brews. Lots of stuff that isn't bottled. No food, but catering place across the street will deliver. Would I come back? If I'm in the mood for something out of the ordinary from Avery, yes. If I'm looking for a wider variety, particularly if it involves non-Avery beers, no. Lots of other places in the area worth checking out. But if you've never been, or are a fan of Avery beers, definitely worth checking out.

LittleDon, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of Erdinger2003
4/5  rDev -9.3%

We were told this was re-done in the past few years. I thought it was nice with a full length bar and plenty of fresh Avery on tap. It was also cool to see the map of where they distribute to in the US. Plenty of seating inside and a few picnic tables outside. We showed a few minutes late as we were on the road all day, but even so we got a tour and had a good time. We even got a great tour of the barrel aged room and saw the hundreds of barrels they have working on projects. I was surprised to see such a small setup after seeing them being distributed all over, even in Iowa. I was told they distribute widely, but they don't make as much volume.

Erdinger2003, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.74/5  rDev -15.2%

Our last stop in Boulder before heading to Breckenridge, 4 Feb 2010.

A nice place to have a beer, no food. Think they had five Avery beers available; somewhat disappointed they didn't have any of their more interesting/unusual offerings on tap. Lots of wood. Relatively quiet. Maybe a board game or two, no pool tables or darts. Picked up a couple of bottles of Black Tot to go along with some merch. Reasonably kid friendly. I would stop in again if I was in the area but unless I knew they had something unusual on tap would not go out of my way to get here.

htomsirveaux, May 19, 2010
Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO
97 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.