Avery Brewing Company
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2.13/5 rDev -51.8%
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.
09-10-2010 08:28:37 | More by nickhiller
3.25/5 rDev -26.5%
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.
10-07-2011 00:59:30 | More by FrankenBeerStein
3.3/5 rDev -25.3%
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.
06-15-2011 00:47:14 | More by fltmedic
3.74/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
05-18-2010 23:06:52 | More by htomsirveaux
Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO
98 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.