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Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing CompanyAvery Brewing Company
BA SCORE
98
world-class

235 Ratings
Ratings: 235
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 10.61%
Active Beers: 92
Beer Ratings: 36,133
Beer Avg: 3.98
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
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 Sammy
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Sammy, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Dogbrick
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Dogbrick, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Yetiman420
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

Yetiman420, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

dirtylou, May 29, 2013
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Rifugium, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -9.7%

TX-Badger, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of bulldogg915
5/5  rDev +12.9%

bulldogg915, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

blackie, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

BillRoth, Oct 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

seanchai, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Hibernator
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

Hibernator, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

corby112, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

nickfl, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.21/5  rDev -5%

7/13/12

Another Friday night stop on our tour of Boulder, Avery should be a list topper for every beer drinker: iconic, widely-distributed Colorado brewery the consistently delivers great beer.

However, if you're expecting a taproom that rivals Stone World Bistro because of the big name, you'll be disappointed. Instead, Avery is a small, crowded local with an extensive selection of their beers to try, well beyond anything I've been lucky enough to find in stores over the years.

On this stop, we jumped right in with a Lilikoi Kepolo. Lilikoi is passionfruit and we remembered having a fantastic lilikoi beer at Kona Brewing years ago; I didn't think this one matched up, but Gloria liked it. Excellent drafts of Nineteen and Dry Hopped Salvation followed. Drinking these on-site-only variations defines the very purpose of drinking local. We finished with Samael's, a 15.6% ABV beer that could've been a wonderful end to our evening in Boulder (or wouldn've been if not for sharing snifters) if we hadn't hit Avery early on our tour.

Any fan of Avery would do well to plan a little time at the tap room to sample their extensive list, including the regulars that are distributed plus several extra special beers just for showing up. As warned on the website, the taproom isn't big and most of the seating is outside, so dress accordingly if the plan is to settle in. Food and smaller draft samples are available so that the excitement of so many options doesn't overwhelm.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/05/avery-brewing-boulder-co.html

FightingEntropy, May 27, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
3.96/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

msubulldog25, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -9.7%

GRG1313, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of claspada
4.06/5  rDev -8.4%

Went for the tour and a taste of hopefully something I haven't had from Avery before. It was cool to see their barrel room and how they have had to expand to any building in the area and now you can understand why they have to love this upcoming year.

Servers and tour guide were fine but not as knowledgeable as I would have hoped. I knew more about brewing than the guide.

The tour was fine, not much or special compared to any others, no free samples or any beer which is unfortunate.

Tap room is quite small actually and the pours were not that reasonable to be honest. I only had one beer which was their special sour experiment the called Fusion 5 I think which was awesome, but expensive. Everything else you can get in bottles everywhere else which was disappointing.

claspada, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

acurtis, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of bradybeer
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

bradybeer, Jul 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

djrn2, Oct 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

cfrobrew, Aug 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
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Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO
98 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.