Avery Brewing Company
Ratings: 167 | Reviews: 51 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +1.8%
Avery was the place to come to, and a highlight on this trip. Great sunny bar, amazing selection of beers on tap, with a couple of casks always running. Lots of tables for the evening crowd. Friendly customers and the service extremely good. Very good prices on their beers at about $4 for 10 ounces. The experiments were th great fun, with a dry-hopped pilsner, a wonderful smoked beer barrel aged in an excellent local Colorado scotch streatham cask. Their regular beers were even better than the bottles, as you would expect. You can buy some beers. A couple of aged barrels were out and available. Only complaint was on my timing as no sour was available.
02-11-2011 01:31:03 | More by Sammy
4.28/5 rDev -3.2%
Visited the Avery brewery and Taproom on a recommendation from our server at Mountain Sun, and we were glad we did. The brewery is buried behind some industrial-type buildings off Arapahoe Ave. There is a small parking lot out front.
We were lucky enough to arrive shortly before a tour hosted by one of the bartenders. The tour included an exclusive glass, and was pretty informative to boot. It's amazing how much beer they are able to churn out in what seems to be a relatively small space.
The bar/tap room has an L-shaped bar on the right side, with high table seating in the adjacent room. There is also a small semi-private room in the back that has a window into the brewing area. The available beers are listed on boards behind the bar.
The tap list at Avery is pretty impressive, with 20 draughts plus two cask offerings. Several of the beers are only available in the tap room, such as Joe's Pilsener, Big Smoky, India Pale Lager, Hand of Buddha and an unfiltered dry-hopped IPA. In addition, many of Avery's flagship beers are available. The bourbon barrel Black Tot and Out of Sight Stout were especially tasty.
Service was very good on our visit. The bartenders were all beer lovers, including the one who took us on the tour.
We did not try any food on our visit.
Overall I am happy I didn't just discount visiting Avery due to them being a "bigger" craft brewery, because we had a great time and would have missed out on some good brews.
08-18-2010 21:06:13 | More by Dogbrick
4.26/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
05-29-2013 02:27:25 | More by dirtylou
4.3/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
10-03-2011 14:56:22 | More by Yetiman420
4.08/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
08-19-2011 17:24:19 | More by Rifugium
4.7/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
01-08-2011 19:51:12 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.3/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
04-14-2011 21:37:01 | More by blackie
4.6/5 rDev +4.1%
After getting lunch and some beers at Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery I jumped in a cab and headed for Avery Brewing. This place would have been difficult to find if it wasn't for a cab driver. The location is in the back of an industrial park.
There is an L-Shaped bar on the right side of the Tap Room and tables to the left. After reviewing the beer list, I was mesmerized by the extensive options, so I went with an amalgamation of different samples. You can get 4 oz pours for $1 ($3 for the bigger beers), pints are only $4, which is a really good deal.
On to the epic beer draft options...selections included Joe's Premium American Pilsner, White Rascal, Karma, Jerry's Roggenbier, Ellie's Brown Ale, Out of Bounds Stout, IPA, Dry Hopped IPA, New World Porter, Seventeen Anniversary, dugan A IPA, Salvation, The Reverend, Hog Heaven, 2010 Collaboration Not Litigation Ale, Maharaja IPA, The Czar, Rumpkin and 2009 Beast Grand Cru (16% ABV).
What an amazing selection! All beers I had were ridiculously fresh and served in appropriate glassware.
Must say this was a great visit and had the opportunity try some fantastic beers. I just wish I had more time to stay there and check out of one of their tours, but I had to get back to Denver.
03-25-2011 22:57:46 | More by Hibernator
4.7/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
06-15-2011 07:49:11 | More by corby112
Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO
98 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.