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Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing CompanyAvery Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.99/5
Based on:
85 Beers
36,979 Ratings
Place Score: 98
Ratings: 248
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @averybrewingco

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Photo of Deever2
1.84/5  rDev -58.4%

Photo of nickhiller
2.13/5  rDev -51.8%
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 franklymyrhett
2.25/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of one800higgins
3/5  rDev -32.1%

Holy crap this place was pricey! Everything was priced about 10-25% higher than every other of the 13 breweries we visited on our trip to Colorado. They even have a special cooler where they price gouge older beers... It was a shame, because I have a local shop in NC that sits on various beers and does the same thing without the gouging. I even snagged an '08 Czar from there recently at under $20. I've also been to plenty of breweries that bust out and sell older beers from time to time as a treat to customers, not as an eBay-esque ploy with 2-3x the price in markup. All the merch was also overpriced. Beer pours were a bit pricey, though that was expected as I knew their bottles were already pricey. Good beer, of course -- that was a known before visiting -- but I wouldn't visit again. It felt more like an amusement park where they take advantage of their fan's wallets rather than enjoy their notoriety.

Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.25/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of Whtcombe42
3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of fltmedic
3.3/5  rDev -25.3%
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 dsalmons
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Erico1
3.68/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.74/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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

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

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of Wobbly
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Good but overrated brewery.

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of claytong
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
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 joefarid
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
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 msubulldog25
3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of the_encinitan
4/5  rDev -9.5%

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Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO
98 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.