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Avery Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.95/5
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Place Score:
96
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
340
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
5.48%
 
 
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4910 Nautilus Ct N
Boulder, Colorado, 80301
United States

(303) 440-4324 | map
www.averybrewing.com

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -7.8%
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 -7.3%
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 +11.2%
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 +0.5%
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 -2.7%
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 -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

7/13/12

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 +9.4%
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 -2.3%
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 +9.1%
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 -7.5%
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 +2.1%
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 +11.4%
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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Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.25/5  rDev -25.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

FINALLY made the trip to the tap room and was horribly disappointed. Love Avery beers, and they had a good selection on tap, which was nearly impossible to get anything from. Yes, it was busy, and being a small tap room didn't help, but none of the staff seemed interested in doing much of anything but wandering around talking to each other. The food was good, and the beer is always awesome, but having to literally hunt down and grab someone every time you want anything is not worth it at all. Myself, and the three people I was with agreed....next time we want to enjoy some delicious Avery beer, we go to the liquor store to get it.

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Photo of DividedAvery
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of mentaltraveller
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of tripelhops
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of fltmedic
3.3/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of mattkooler
4/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of MattPL
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO
96 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.