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Avery Brewing Company

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97 Beers
41,191 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 76
Visits: 316
Avg: 4.35
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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: 76 | Visits: 316
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -8%

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.

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Photo of EmptyPockets
4/5  rDev -8%

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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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!

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Photo of outoffocus
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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Photo of simplejj81
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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!!

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Photo of rjengelking
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of idahobeerster
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
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...

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Photo of stumac
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of madamswe
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of ridiculotron
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Super clean inside and outside on the patio. Great beers on tap and always rotating. A fantastic time if you're visiting or a local. Friendly staff. They use a touch pad system that if a server knows it well works super well. Otherwise it can be a time consuming experience ordering from some servers. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.83/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

If you dont' know what to look for, you could drive right by the place, It is in a funky little business district on Arapahoe St. In Boulder. I have enjoyed Avery over the years, and they are my favorite brewery and location to check out- they always have rotating taps, and constantly brew one-offs and variations of their regular lineup. They do not have their own food, but there are several awesome caterers that will bring food right to you at Avery. They put on the best festivals I've been to, and I love their barrel aged- and wild beers. They do it all, and I'm proud that they are in Colorado!

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.96/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited June 24, 2:30 - 3:45pm

A Monday afternoon and out last stop before heading to DIA for a flight home to Portland. After lunch in downtown Boulder, we drove the 10 minutes or so to the unassuming business park, tucked behind a self-serve car wash and not well-marked, where Avery is located. Signs pointed us onward - we found a parking spot next to some chained-off round picnic tables with umbrellas and ventured inside the tap room.

A decent layout, done-up with pseudo-bierhall touches (orange tile, yellow walls, faux wooden beams and white ceiling) that make a benign space more comfortable. We chose a couple seats right in the middle of the L-shaped bar to the right, ones that faced directly toward the 20 tap handles mounted against a backdrop of polished copper, varied beer glassware resting on a ledge above. The day's beer menu is mounted to the left on a colorful chalkboard; ABVs listed and basic prices (varying widely, anywhere from $1.50 - 6.00 for tasters or $5.00 - 12.00(!) for larger pours); a small black binder with more descriptions can be found at each seat. Roughly 1/3 of beers were marked (*) TapRoom Only.

We settled in and began ordering samplers, trying most of the menu that way. Among them: Hand of Buddha Belgian Pale, Bhakti Chai Brown, 3point7 Milk Stout, Amarillo/Cascade IPA, Red Table Saison, Trogdor (smoked doppelbock), Maharaja IIPA, Twenty (anniversary IIPA) and Snapping Turtles (wee heavy infused with smoked chili peppers - mmm!). Liked/loved virtually everything we tasted, 4 oz. pours being a good way to sample/share a bunch without getting overloaded. We did choose the Bhakti Chai for a finishing pint, it was very tasty and relatively low-gravity (5%) and $6 for a pint.

Since it was around 3pm when we arrived, it seemed that half the people in the place were brewers or Avery employees ending their shifts. What we saw was a great deal of camaraderie amongst the staff - lots of hugs and pours for each other and yucking it up inside and at the outside tables --- but what that meant is we *definitely* felt like outsiders. Service came, efficiently, from 4 or 5 different servers over the course of barely an hour... and focused more on clearing glassware, quickly drawing a next beer and then resuming a conversation with a fellow employee. Although I generally liked the energetic vibe, I really did not like the fact that we were somewhat shunned the whole visit - to the point that when we tried to start a conversation with one of our (several) bartenders, it basically ended after a short one sentence response... oh well, at least least the beer was pouring quickly/deliciously the whole time!

We skipped food, so no comments there. We also had to leave to catch our flight just before 4pm, so we couldn't join the afternoon's tour.

Top notch beers, comfortable taproom, but lackluster service. Guess I'm glad we went, but it wasn't my favorite place on our trip.

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Photo of bbristow
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

An industrial look outside with a warm interior. Gets majorly busy, but the staff do a good job in keeping things moving. Great selection of beers, including tap room only beers. In fact, once inside, at least half of what is offered is only available at the brewery. If you’re going to stop at only one place in Boulder, make it Avery.

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Photo of claspada
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Went for the tour and a taste of hopefully something I haven't had from Avery before. It was cool to see their barrel room and how they have had to expand to any building in the area and now you can understand why they have to love this upcoming year.

Servers and tour guide were fine but not as knowledgeable as I would have hoped. I knew more about brewing than the guide.

The tour was fine, not much or special compared to any others, no free samples or any beer which is unfortunate.

Tap room is quite small actually and the pours were not that reasonable to be honest. I only had one beer which was their special sour experiment the called Fusion 5 I think which was awesome, but expensive. Everything else you can get in bottles everywhere else which was disappointing.

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Photo of pinnser
4.87/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Located in the back of an industrial park. Went to Avery for the first time for their Momi Hiwa release. It was crowded, but not so much that you couldn't move or easily obtain a beer. They even had servers coming by for those of us standing in line for the beer release. Don't think I need to say much about the quality of the beer - outstanding as always. Their barrel aged stuff seemed a little overpriced ($12 for a 10oz pour), but other than that, everything was amazing. Definitely plan to make many return trips.

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Photo of jfstilling
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here a few times for barrel beers release parties. Everyone is friendly and helpful, and I love all of their different sours. Overall great vibe and love waiting for newly release beers even if you do have to wait a few hours in line. Cheers!!!!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Not exactly a place that I would have been eager to visit, had I not heard of the quality of the taproom exclusives.

Unfortunately, located a bit outside of the lovely Boulder citycenter. A bit hard to find from the road - very industrial setting. Decent enough interior and a handful of tables out front as well.

Lots of stuff on tap - including 8-10 brewery exclusives which ranged from solid to excellent. Service was good - really like the handheld devices that communicate with the bar. The option of ordering sampler-sized pours of everything was also a nice plus.

I don't really care for most of Avery's distributed line (less maharajah and a few other exceptions), but I'll look at them in a slightly different light after checking out the taproom.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75


Another Friday night stop on our tour of Boulder, Avery should be a list topper for every beer drinker: iconic, widely-distributed Colorado brewery the consistently delivers great beer.

However, if you're expecting a taproom that rivals Stone World Bistro because of the big name, you'll be disappointed. Instead, Avery is a small, crowded local with an extensive selection of their beers to try, well beyond anything I've been lucky enough to find in stores over the years.

On this stop, we jumped right in with a Lilikoi Kepolo. Lilikoi is passionfruit and we remembered having a fantastic lilikoi beer at Kona Brewing years ago; I didn't think this one matched up, but Gloria liked it. Excellent drafts of Nineteen and Dry Hopped Salvation followed. Drinking these on-site-only variations defines the very purpose of drinking local. We finished with Samael's, a 15.6% ABV beer that could've been a wonderful end to our evening in Boulder (or wouldn've been if not for sharing snifters) if we hadn't hit Avery early on our tour.

Any fan of Avery would do well to plan a little time at the tap room to sample their extensive list, including the regulars that are distributed plus several extra special beers just for showing up. As warned on the website, the taproom isn't big and most of the seating is outside, so dress accordingly if the plan is to settle in. Food and smaller draft samples are available so that the excitement of so many options doesn't overwhelm.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/05/avery-brewing-boulder-co.html

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Photo of h0ppster
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

The staff are incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and ready to serve you. Price is totally reasonable for the quality of product. The brewery tour is fun and informative for both those that brand new to brewing and those that have a ton of experience. If you're in Denver or Boulder you should add this one to your list.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

finally made it to avery on a day when it wasnt too crowded to enter the palce. its quite big inside, tucked back in an industrial park. few rooms, lots of people, outside seating area, maybe 15 or more taps, huge selection. all the beers were obviously fantastic, and there is always a few exclusive beers there that they dont bottle, which is great. the range was impressive, and the service was kind and good for how busy it was. prices were totally reasonable, food looked good, but we didnt eat, and it was just a great place to hole up for the afternoon and sample fine beers. definitely check it out if you make it to boulder, this place has it all, and the beer speaks for itself.

edit: the new place is so cool. its immaculate, enormous, and well planned, and it has a great vibe, with a fun dining area upstairs, a ton of brewery only beer, and an option for a self guided anytime catwalk tour. congrats to avery for getting this place up and running, and for making it such a fun gathering place. i cant wait to go back and drink eremita 8, oh my goodness that beer is special!

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Photo of bradybeer
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stop #2 of my CO beer vacation.

Even though our GPS sent us on a long roundabout path to Avery Brewing this is actually located on a road that cuts through Boulder.

Walking into the tap room the bar is located straight ahead and the seating area is to the left of the bar. There are also a few tables located in the barrel room (more on this a little later). Needless to say this beer destination was busy on a rainy Saturday night. My wife and I were able to score one of the few tables in the barrel room which was a wonderful, intimate, and sedate area of the brewery.

Our server was great and helped us to pick out a mega sampler. I recall we tasted the following brews; 19 Anniversary Ale (Belgian Triple), IPA, Buddha’s Hand (a stand out Belgian Pale Ale), Collaboration not Litigation Ale (Belgian String Dark, again a stand out), Ellie’s Brown Ale, Hog Heaven Barley Wine (a solid sedate BW), Maharaja (Double IPA, had another pint of this), Salvation, The Reverend, and a sour beer along the line of Rodenbach.

Being able to sit among the barrels with my wife was a very good experience as we ere able to carry on a great conversation away from the hustle and bustle of the main bar area.

They did have food but we didn’t try any but what I saw looked good.

If you are in Boulder you really do need to make this a destination.

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Photo of Rayek
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The last time I hit Avery, they hadn't remodeled their Tap Room. The expanded space is a nice update from the original. Inside, there's plenty of space and a large bar hosting 20 or so taps. There are lots of Tap Room Only beers to be had at any given time to provide encouragement to stop by.

Being in an industrial park doesn't help the exterior ambiance. The outdoor tables are basically in a parking lot. The vibe of the crowd; however, more than makes up for it. Avery has a deal with the catering company on the other side of the lot to provide food service. I haven't ordered, but friends of mine speak very highly of them. Service is good. The staff is friendly, knows the regulars well and is generally knowledgeable about the day's beers.

Overall, I'm glad I came back here. There are rumors afoot of Avery moving to a space that's easier to access and where they can prepare their own food. In the meantime, I'm quite happy with what they've got.

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Photo of MsRif
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I am so glad we got to try out Avery while in the area. It was EXTREMELY crowded...but that is to be expected for a place of this caliber. The tap selection was absolutely awesome. I didn't try everything on tap simply because Avery is pretty big in the Philly area, and a lot of it I had sampled before. However, I tried to get a sample of everything I hadn't tried...I think all told I ended up with about 15 samples. I definitely needed a nap afterwards, but it was worth it. All of the beers were EXCELLENT. I savored every one of them. The service here was decent considering the hoards of people who were there.

Atmosphere was not terrible...a little bit of that Boulder college-vibe going on which isn't the best...but overall, I liked the atmosphere. I would certainly visit Avery time and time again if I lived near it.

My only suggestion would be to try and go at an "off" hour. The crowd is really the only problem with this place. I think we went in the early evening on a weekend...if you can get in for lunch on a weekday, you might fare better with the crowd. Of course...this place is popular for a reason. I hope to go back again soon!

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Photo of jwhancher
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Came here the Monday after GABF. Tucked away in a somewhat narrow industrial park. Not hard to miss due to excellent signage. Like to see pallets of empty cans parked in the the front lot and workers doing their thing. Felt easily connected to the place within arriving.

Out if this world selection. As someone who hasn't tried many of Avery's beers up til now, I stuck with most of their taproom exclusives. Everything I tried except for maybe one beer was outstanding.

Dug the taproom setup but could imagine it gets packed during busy times. Liked the various magazine articles and clippings scattered throughout.

Service was excellent as the bartender explained a lot of the beers and went out of his way to make us feel welcome and well served. Talked to another server who was from around Philly. Overall, a very friendly & pleasant staff who had nothing but great words for working there.

Thought the prices were very reasonable. Used my AHA card for a nice discount. Didn't try the food but someone else's sandwich looked appetizing.

Would definitely like to come back for some more great brews and a tour of the facility.

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Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO
96 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.