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Avery Brewing Company

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94 Beers
42,586 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 78
Visits: 322
Avg: 4.36
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: 78 | Visits: 322
Photo of simplejj81
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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 jacobdunne
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is incredible! This is by far one of my favorite breweries. Living 10 minutes away from here, I'll be going again and AGAIN! The Maharaja is my favorite but they have so many good ones! Great selection, great vibe, and delicious nachos!

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Photo of tweakin
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I finally made my way to Avery this weekend for their 22nd anniversary party. Great time! I love Avery beer (enough so that we named our dog Avery) and they had a massive selection for the event. Their vibe, beer, employees, and food are all top notch. Avery seems like the very definition of a 5/5 brewery. Now that I'm in the area as a local I'll be seeing a lot more of it.

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Photo of W_Des
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Came here for dinner and I was not let down at all. First off the facility is massive and beautiful. Sitting at the bar I saw 30, count them 30 taps! There were so many tasty Avery choices it just made it overwhelming to decide what I wanted. Everything from the light wits to the super high ABV stuff Avery is know for was accounted for. I had a cheeseburger and gouda mash and it was damn tasty. The place was full of people and bustling too. I highly recommend a trip out here. It's so worth it.

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Photo of kovfer
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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

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Photo of khmel
4.97/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place was fantastic. Of all the taprooms I've visited, I was most impressed by Avery. The vibe is great, not pretentious but still high-class. The knowledge and friendliness of the wait staff was highly impressive. In most other taprooms I've visited, the servers are usually either one or the other. The beer is outstanding and you can give yourself a small, self-guided tour of some of the brewery. The store upstairs could carry a slightly larger selection of their bottles. After all, this is their brewery... But other than that, outstanding!

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I lived in Boulder for five years before I finally made my way down to the Avery Tap Room. I wish I had known what I was missing before.

Atmosphere - Great atmosphere with a spacious, relaxed indoor seating area as well as a few outdoor tables. There has always been a solid crowd when I visit, but it is always a good, relatively quiet scene with no rowdiness.

Quality - Every brew I have had at the tap room has been very fresh and tasty.

Service - Great service with a knowledgeable and friendly staff that seems willing to answer any random questions posed.

Selection - Very solid and oft-changing selection with 10 CO2 taps and 1-2 cask ales. Five of the taps include their year round brews, while the other five rotate often, including some very nice aged selections as well as their seasonal and one-off beers.

Overall, a great tap room with delicious brews. Very solid prices on pints and samplers. Well worth a visit.

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Photo of MaybeKatie
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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

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Photo of GABrew
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This tap room is in the top 5 that I have visited in the country (actually this one and Surly's new beer hall are probably neck and neck for the top spot). The beer list was incredible when I visited. All their top barrel aged beers (Tweak, Pump(KY)n, Uncle Jacobs, etc), and several excellent sours were on tap when I visited. The food was top notch (I ordered the BBQ sandwich with spiced fingerling potatoes). The bar was packed and there was a 45-minute wait for a table on a Sunday at 5pm, but I was able to squeeze into a side bar spot and move to the main bar when the crowds died down a bit. It helped that I was solo. Service was average in the side bar, but was excellent at the main bar. I tried about 12 beers throughout the evening and only tried one I didn't really like (GORED!). The bartender felt so bad that I didn't like that one beer that she gave me another one free of charge. I will definitely be visiting again next time I'm in the area! I've seen several reviews that mention the ridiculous pricing... I found their beers to be very reasonably priced. The only exception was III Dolia at $10/5oz... but I felt the others were priced fairly. I wish they offered smaller sample pours of the big stouts... 5 oz of an 18% stout makes it tough to sample too many other beers!

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Photo of jwhancher
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
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 pinnser
4.87/5  rDev +11.7%
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 chugalug06
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
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!


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Photo of 14erFan
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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

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

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Dare I say the best brewery experience Ihave ever had? Phenomenal food and beer, selection of both was out of this world! Beer was expensive, but who cares? I'm going back again today. Servers were great, but it was packed on a Friday night. Gift shop well stocked with cool glasses. Catwalk over brewery was neat. Carry out had a few very rare bottle I will put in cellar. This is a must for true craft beer lovers.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
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 idahobeerster
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
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 EMV
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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

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Photo of h0ppster
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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 bradybeer
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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 MLDucky
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

The deviled eggs and the meat and cheese tray were outstanding. Service was fast, friendly and knowledgeable on the products. Very good experience on a busy Monday afternoon.

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Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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

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

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

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

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Dan_K
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Vibe: There are 2 areas at Avery. The restaurant upstairs has more of a laid-back upscale vibe. The bar is more energetic and loud, with a more casual vibe. Both have the same beers on tap. To help understand why Avery's rating is trending upward, you need to know that they just built a new $27 million dollar facility on the outskirts of Boulder (finished last year?) that is next to a small lake and some old massive cottonwood trees. The facility is state of the art, clean, and modern.

Quality: These beers are great. We sampled 5 different beers and they were exceptional. The ding off from 5 is that the pumpkin beer I had was unremarkable and most likely made with canned gourds.

Service: The service was efficient and friendly, helping to guide you into the right beers to try.

Selection: They have 30+ of their own beers on tap. That is beyond impressive. They have the old standbys, the special regular beers, and a bunch of small batch one-offs that are truely unique. I had a lime-raspberry-salted sour beer that was phenomenal.

Food: The food was quite good, we had really tasty legs n thighs served up like jumbo hot wings, and a hot pretzel that was one of the best I've ever had. The mustard was too sweet though. They have some more casual pub fare and some more elaborate bistro type food as well.

Conclusion: This place looks and feels great, the food is tasty and the beer is exceptional. The only thing bad about Avery is the prices are a little steep for a lot of their beers, then again, the beers are pretty special. As with any good place, it can be very popular. $9/5 oz makes for some of the most expensive beer you can find, but it was also the highest rated beer in Colorado.

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Photo of Joey2timer
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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

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Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO
96 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.