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Avery Brewing Company

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Based on:
97 Beers
41,271 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 76
Visits: 316
Avg: 4.35
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: 76 | Visits: 316
Photo of Dan_K
4.7/5  rDev +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 Canada_Dan
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Laid back vibe, albeit often crowded. The outdoor space is where it's at. Amazing variety of Avery's always enjoyable offerings. Tap room rarities, big BA beers, and awesome sours. The food has been really excellent from what I've tried. Don't pass on the fried chicken. Only complaint, I've had inconsistent results from the growler filler. Had an IPA filled last week, got home 20 minutes later and it was only 3/4 full and low on carb.

EDIT- I mentioned the growler issues yesterday and they explained that some of the insulated growlers like the one I was using are problematic. I brought along a traditional glass growler also and the filled that with no problem and bought me a beer at the bar for my troubles. +1 for service!

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Photo of denver10
4.48/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A very happening place. I went mid-day during the work week and the place was packed. I found a place to sit at the end of the bar. Pretty relaxed, social atmosphere. Outdoor seating area looked nice and I would have liked to have sat out there, but I was lazy and stayed at the bar. Amazing selection of beers to choose from, all their staples plus many of their special releases, as well as plenty of pilot beers. Honestly, I was blown away with the taplist. Service was really good, friendly and on top of things. Food looked good but I did not get anything while there. Overall, this new Avery taproom is a must visit when in the area. Right there, IMO, with Odell for best taproom experience in Colorado (at least that I have been to so far).

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Photo of khmel
4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
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 GABrew
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
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 jacobdunne
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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 +14.9%
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 MLDucky
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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 W_Des
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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 M_chav
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Beautiful building, over 30 beers on tap including many rare sours. Awesome self guided brewery tour and a great looking menu. Plenty to choose from in the bottles to go area.

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Photo of kovfer
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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 PlatonicOtterLuv
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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 H0py_Just1N
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

"Sold out"

I expected a unique craft brewery and happened upon a family oriented restaurant that provided their beers. From the moment I entered, the craft brewery expectation was completely trampled by the unnecessary large two story family restaurant. The brewery conveyed a sense of commercialization which was not in keeping with the craft brewery art and experience.

Hands down some of the most unique and tasteful beers I have had. Terrific bartender and service made up for the lack of a taste room.

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Photo of Joey2timer
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of EMV
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
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 14erFan
4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
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 MaybeKatie
4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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 one800higgins
3/5  rDev -31%

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.

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Photo of deac83
4/5  rDev -8%

A: Went on Labor day and they were very busy. The have several rooms with tables available
Q: The beers across the line up are clearly good. There were a couple of misses.
S: This was a mixed experience. One bartender basically ignored us (we were at the bar) then another came along and service picked up for us.
Sel: Quite a few beers on tap. Other than the usual big hitters nothing that was really new/unique when we were there.
O: Overall an enjoyable visit. Good but not great.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev -8%

Avery excels at the small-batch and bomber-packaged beers rather than your standard 6-packs. They really get creative with some of the high-alcohol beers, though on occasion they'll jack up the alcohol content just to say they can. But their stuff is by and large very good. I feel like they're one really good regularly available year-round flavor away from really making the leap.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -8%

Came on a Saturday last fall a couple of hours before the Buffs were to play (football). The parking situation around the brewery was hectic and we had to park in a precarious position at the far end of the industrial-looking brewery in which the brewery is housed.

The brewery had a small patio and it was packed to the brim, so my pops and I headed indoors to find it also pretty busy, especially at the bar, but we were able to find a table. We chose just to order from the bar and return to the table but it turns out we didn't need to do this. The service here was pretty good, if not entirely friendly.

We don't get Avery down in New Mexico for some sad, sad reason, so I was eager to try a bunch of the different beers I've heard from others are outstanding. As usual, I opted out of the year round beers in favor of the seasonals and big offerings: Hog Heaven (a barleywine), duganA IPA (a Double IPA) and the Old Jubilation Ale ( a Winter Warmer). All were outstanding and I wanted more. Alas, the price points here were exceptionally high. Even smaller pours of the barleywine and DIPA were more expensive than pours at most breweries and bars. This was a bummer and a huge shock to my dad who's not the beer fanatic that I am.

We decided not to stick around too long due to the high prices, but fortunately there was a bottle cooler right next door to the taproom where I could pick up some Avery bottles to take home.

Despite the high prices, I really like Avery's beers and I will acknowledge that they do have year round offerings that are affordable and tasty (Ellie's Brown, White Rascal), but drinking at the brewery can certainly be an expensive endeavor.

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Photo of EmptyPockets
4/5  rDev -8%

The service was great for being very busy......the beers were they solid.....I had the Oktoberfest (awesome!!!!)....Gored (pumpkin and very thin in character), The Kasier (Oktoberfest) was a little sweet but helped mask the ABV. If you are in the area it's a must visit.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Poured an extremely dark, almost opaque brown color with no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Malty and bready up front, like toasted English muffins. Some notes of black pepper, brown sugar and hops.

Taste: Delicious!! Tons of malt and freshly baked dark bread, like pumpernickel, followed by some notes of roasted nuts, black pepper, and some toffee-like sweetness. Some notes of dried fruit as well, dates, prunes, cherries. Good fruitcake in a glass.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth, with no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.3%, there is quite the presence of pleasing alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Damn, this is a great beer! I love the toffee and the malt and the nuttiness. Simply an outstanding Christmas ale! Highly recommended!

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Photo of outoffocus
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

Located just outside downtown Boulder in an industrial park. The location and surroundings aren't great, but seems to be standard for mid-size breweries like this.

Went on a Friday afternoon and it was very busy. The bar was full and had to stake out a space to the end of a larger table already occupied by a group. Beers are available in full or tasting sizes. The prices varied, but they were all reasonable. Service was good and very quick. The waiter puts the order into a handheld device and someone comes out with the beer moments later. Didn't try any food.

Got unlucky I think in that there were no barrel-aged or sour releases available, but still had a good time. Would recommend.

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Photo of simplejj81
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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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Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO
96 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.