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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Photo of DividedAvery
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is my favorite brewery around. The bartenders are lovely people, the atmosphere is great and they have a catering company next door that delivers to the tap room making for a great overall experience. My favorite would be the sweet potato tater tots. Delicious. Back to the beer though, every Friday they release a new beer on draft and always have some cask ales to try. I can't say enough about the people that work there though they are truly some of the best. If you are nearby, come through, it is definitely worth the trip.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stop #247 on my world brewery tour.

Visit was on the Thursday of GABF and the taproom was very crowded (parking was a challenge in an industrial park with other businesses). The barrel room was closed to the public for an industry event which made things even more crowded.

The good news of all the hassle of the crowd was the service was excellent and the special beers available were great. We had the Double Dry Hopped duganA, Meph Addict, and a sour (maybe Fred's Mom). The sour and Meph were both phenomenal.

Look forward to a return visit at a more low-key time.

Photo of mentaltraveller
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Another one of my favorite stops in Boulder. In retrospect, I should have taken more advantage of living five minutes away: this place is really great. Their beer is excellent and their service is much swifter than most places. Their food was a pleasant surprise; being a vegetarian there is not usually much in the way of decent pub food, but Avery has some good options. There is a cool room with all their barrels and soft lights and a stage for when bands play. Put this om your must stop list if you are in Boulder.

Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We get a decent amount of Avery brews here in the Philly area, but I figured there was a lot we were missing, so a trip to the brewpub seemed necessary. A bit off the beaten trail, which is nice. The pub was nice; kind of gave off an "I'm partying in a friend's basement" vibe. A bit hipster, but oh well, it's Boulder. Also since many Avery brews are higher in alcohol...beware of drunken hipsters; d-bags can and may abound.

A medium-size bar seats around 15 people, and there's plenty of tables, including an outside seating area. Service was just fine, with ample servers and bartenders to accommodate a larger crowd. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. A great selection of beer on tap for a micro. Only Avery brews available, as would be imagined, but there were about 15-20 to chose from, including some taproom-only selections. Bottle and cans available for take-out as well. Mostly pub food and comfort food on the menu, salads and burgers and the like, but everything was good. Lots of merch available. Prices are relatively reasonable, though if you dive into the stronger beers, you're going to be paying more.

A good experience and definitely worth the stop and then some.

Photo of tripelhops
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've been a fan of Maharaja for a while, in fact it was the first Imperial IPA that I ever had. So when I had the opportunity to visit Boulder Avery was my first stop. I drove right to the brewery and made it just in time for the brewery tour. There were about 10-15 people on the tour, which for a Wednesday I thought was pretty decent, along with another 10-15 hanging out in the tasting room. Everyone was very friendly, and the person doing the door was both knowledgeable and had some fun facts while on the tour. Back at the tasting room, they have cooler with bottles, and around 10 drafts or so, some regular, some a little off the norm like a dry hopped IPA, but while I was there nothing super special or one off. If you're in Boulder, I'd certainly visit. When I was there, they were not selling food, but sounds like maybe they are now.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was blown away by this brewery. I have had their beers before and they are good, but this brewery was mind blower. They serve everything in style specific glassware. The beertender knew more about beer than most people on the face of the planet. Their barrel room is something to be seen. They have so many experimental brews aging it's insane. This brewery is trying everything it seems to further the enjoyment of beer. The food was very good, The beer was great, The service was incredible. A must-stop for any BA!

15-20 taps
2 experimental batches
a fresh sour

Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by during a recent trip to Boulder. This place is back off of the road in an industrial area and it can be difficult to find, almost impossible at night, due to the lack of a lit sign.

After finally finding the place it was well worth the search. It's basically a large open area with the bar n one side and an area of tables on the other. There is anther small back room that has a window with a view of the barrel room. There are a few outdoor tables and when I took a tour of the barrel room there was a bar and some more tables back there. The place is pretty small so I can see it becoming uncomfortably crowded. Fortunately I was there with abut two hours until closing on a week night so it wasn't too bad.

They have a very good selection of taps and bottles as well as glassware and other merchandise. There were around 15-20 taps that included all of the regular lineup plus some seasonals and brewpub only releases. was able to try a barrel room sour, a witber brewed with passion fruit, a barrel aged smoked beer and a few others. The selection ranged across the board of styles and Ii was really excited to try all of the beers that I've never seen or heard of before. My only complaint was that they didn't have any guest taps that I could see.

I didn't eat anything here but have to take a moment to talk about the service which was excellent. Our server Abbey was really friendly and knowledgeable about the beers. She knew more about beer than most people on this site and honestly shocked me with her insight. I talked to her for almost the full two hours we were there. In addition, she knew that I was interested in the barrel room so she took me on a tour of the area and let me take my time checking out all of the barrels. That back room is simply amazing! Barrel upon barrel of crazy experimental beers, some of which had notes on the process and how the beers were developing. I could live in that room.

Overall, this place was awesome and everything you could want in a brewpub. If was a resident of Boulder I would probably visit this place daily. I cannot recommend it any higher.

Photo of fltmedic
3.3/5  rDev -25.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in for dinner and a few brew tastes while on a whirl-wind brew trip in the Denver and Boulder area.

Set back in the metal row industrial buildings, I was surprised at what I found inside. This is a big, open bar and tables area with a great patio. It has a nice pub feel which transcends the location. The problem with the place is that it was really busy and filled with a very young crowd on the night that I was there. The table servers where fairly knowledgeable about the taps and the menu notes gave some great guidance.

The beers were very flavorful. Since so many of Avery's brews are higher on the ABV, and my palate was tired from a long day of tasting (I know, poor me) I kept it to just four.

The food was average for typical "bar food" and the menu is nothing to write home about, but the calamari hit the spot for that salty-crunchy something to have with my beer.

I'll go back when I am in the area if there is something on tap that piques my curiosity, but I'll try to hit the off-prime time.

Photo of mattkooler
4/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Atmosphere- Smallish taproom size. Feels nice and cozy. Quite a few people seem to usually be there, which keeps the room buzzing.

Quality- Beers were good, and seemed to be served in proper glassware. I had the taproom sour, which was not my favorite sour, but still pretty good.

Selection- Had all of their standard beers on tap, as well as a few rare ones, including the taproom sour, which was only available at the taproom. Really appreciate breweries that keep something special in the taproom, as if I'm making the effort to go, I have probably tried many of the "normal" or regular release beers.

Food- No food technically served on site, however, you can put in an order with the waiter at Avery for food from a catering service across complex, and they will bring it. We did not actually eat anything, so I can't say whether the food is good or not....

Value- Samplers are a buck a piece, except for the taproom sour and a couple others, which are between four and five dollars for a four ounce sampler. Those were pricey, but everything else was reasonable.

Went on the tour, which was pretty fun. The tour is fairly informal, so if you are offended by off color humor, this may not be your thing. Because of Avery's size, you cannot actually see many facets of their brewing line up close, however, it was fun seeing their barrel aging program. Definitely recommend the tour.

Photo of MattPL
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A great place to spend a couple hours on a Saturday afternoon. Extensive tap list, tasters for a buck, (bring your ski, bike, etc... helmet on Saturday's for a discount). Outdoor tables with umbrellas in the parking lot. Somewhat kid friendly with board games available. The food is better than average bar food.

Bottles are available for purchase, they don't fill growlers though.

I have not been there at night other than for release parties so, I can't say what the night vibe is like, but I do know that it is a great place to chill on a Saturday afternoon.

Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Set back in a small industrial area, the Avery taproom is directly adjacent to the main brewery. There's a small cement patio with some chairs, a few picnic tables, and lawn games. The inside features a small bar with all drafts in chalk above, an array of tables, and a pretty chill back room. Loud inside but a nice crowd.

Tons of product on draft. Mostly stuff you can find in stores, but a few draft exclusives. Ran through loads of tasters - cask dry hopped ipa, Beast, coffee stout, Majaraja and others. 20 drafts and 2 casks at the time of my visit. Tasters were very cheap, with a slight upcharge for special items like the Beast. Current list available online.

Service was friendly and fast, and they did a great job of keeping the tasters straight for a table of 8+ people.

Food is available, with some nice variance from the pub food standards. Did not partake.

Overall the Avery tap room was a great time, and one of the highlights of my Colorado visit. Cheap samples and lots of them, good staff, and a chill place.

Photo of chugalug06
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Avery -

Many good times have taken place at this wonderful "hidden" Colorado brewery. I have had many great experiences at Avery, form playing "Asshole" at the "King's" table to drinking delicious beverages with great friends at their many different parties.

Avery always has around 15 brews on tap and takes pride in regularly changing them out. There's always something new to try and very rarely are you "stuck" drinking something you've already had.

The employees are always nice and more than willing to help! Great job Adam! Keep the good times rolling!

Cheers!

Photo of Hibernator
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

After getting lunch and some beers at Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery I jumped in a cab and headed for Avery Brewing. This place would have been difficult to find if it wasn't for a cab driver. The location is in the back of an industrial park.

There is an L-Shaped bar on the right side of the Tap Room and tables to the left. After reviewing the beer list, I was mesmerized by the extensive options, so I went with an amalgamation of different samples. You can get 4 oz pours for $1 ($3 for the bigger beers), pints are only $4, which is a really good deal.

On to the epic beer draft options...selections included Joe's Premium American Pilsner, White Rascal, Karma, Jerry's Roggenbier, Ellie's Brown Ale, Out of Bounds Stout, IPA, Dry Hopped IPA, New World Porter, Seventeen Anniversary, dugan A IPA, Salvation, The Reverend, Hog Heaven, 2010 Collaboration Not Litigation Ale, Maharaja IPA, The Czar, Rumpkin and 2009 Beast Grand Cru (16% ABV).

What an amazing selection! All beers I had were ridiculously fresh and served in appropriate glassware.

Must say this was a great visit and had the opportunity try some fantastic beers. I just wish I had more time to stay there and check out of one of their tours, but I had to get back to Denver.

Photo of claytong
3.83/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

I am saying inexpensive as I had a ton of beer for all of 3 bucks. Get there 5 oz samples for a buck and tasters a glory. A lot of the beers are strong and a steal at 5 oz a buck.
They have food, I just didn't try anything as I was belly fully of beer at the time.
The atmosphere feels a bit collegey, could be the people behind the bars and the bartender flirting with two college guys. A lot of Avery's beers I'm not big on, but the place is worth checking out. They also have an asshole Scottish bartender who somehow thought I said something because it was loud and brought me a beer I didn't order and then proceeded to get upset thinking it was my fault. And I'm still a bit upset about it because I left a decent tip still.

Photo of cyrock1
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I drove an hour from Central City just to visit the brewery. It was worth while. The overall feel was like being at a friends house that just happens to be a brewery and just happens to make great beer, I felt right at home.

I was given a tour of the facilities and my guide, who was the sales manager for Colorado, could answer all my questions and was more knowldgeable than I expected.

The beers are all spot on, from the usual line up to the dictator series. I often tell people, why all this obsession with Dogfish when we have our own version right here in Colorado.

Photo of Sammy
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Avery was the place to come to, and a highlight on this trip. Great sunny bar, amazing selection of beers on tap, with a couple of casks always running. Lots of tables for the evening crowd. Friendly customers and the service extremely good. Very good prices on their beers at about $4 for 10 ounces. The experiments were th great fun, with a dry-hopped pilsner, a wonderful smoked beer barrel aged in an excellent local Colorado scotch streatham cask. Their regular beers were even better than the bottles, as you would expect. You can buy some beers. A couple of aged barrels were out and available. Only complaint was on my timing as no sour was available.

Photo of northaustin
4.03/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Atmosphere: the place is kinda tucked away in an industrial strip mall type of place with a very small parking lot. there was kind of this feeling around that nothing on earth existed besides avery, which was nice. the service inside was almost intolerably slow. two people working on an entirely full dining room worth of patrons. but to be fair most of the people in there were there for a tour. looking around, ordering incredibly slow, and asking a zillion questions. the barkeeper was incredibly nice and engaged everyone in a conversation, so by the time i got my beers and a chat i didnt really mind the slow service. the tour was informative and interesting enough.

quality: everything was great. lots of beers to choose from. cask maharaja and ballsmack baltic porter were my personal highlights.

selection: all you could hope for and more on tap. as well as an expected selection of bottles.

food: I had a delicious taco from a local vendor who had set up on the grounds. so...

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2

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.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of hopstradamus
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of nickhiller
2.13/5  rDev -51.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3

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.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of clarkm04
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of LittleDon
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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