Avery Brewing Company

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4910 Nautilus Ct N
Boulder, Colorado, 80301
United States

(303) 440-4324 | map

Notes: Mahou San Miguel bought 70% stake of Avery as of April 2, 2019.
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Ruger_44-Redhawk from Idaho

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Took a brewery tour with the wife’s grandpa and was blown away by their high octane beers and operation. We did the brewery tour around Christmas time. At the end of the tour I asked about their barrel room. He then took her grandpa and I back in the barrel room, which isn’t part of the tour, and explained their barrel operation. Loved it. The Demons of Ale and Pumpkin Ale are a must try.

Mar 15, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Awesome stop on the outskirts of Boulder CO. Huge footprint, with indoor/outdoor options and multiple bars. We went upstairs and got food. Super attentive and fast service, with excellent knowledge of the beers and the dishes. Huge selection of beers on tap - upwards of 20 - including the barrel agers that are harder to come by. Of course, the to go options and the merch is all there. Last but not least the food - spectacular. Creative options and absolutely delicious.

Jul 14, 2019
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

My fiancé and I went in for a drink and ended up taking a brewery tour. They had it all down, the vibe was great (quaint areas and party areas), the quality was very very good, the service was well informed and great, the selection was broad and the food was delicious. I will be back there again, next time I'm in Boulder.

Mar 24, 2019
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shigg85 from Japan

4.95/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my absolute favorite brewery and beerpub on earth. Period. I literally planned a second trip to Boulder from Albuquerque, NM (500 miles driving) to revisit Avery. It pleased just as well as it did the first time. Go. Have the BBQ. Drink the drinks. Venture into the secret bar in the back of the brewing facility. Enjoy.

Mar 02, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Avery's current facility has an informal downstairs taproom area, with ample outdoor seating for nice days. Upstairs is a gift shop, catwalk bar overlooking the canning line, and a more elegant-looking bar and restaurant area. The food is pretty solid, gourmet new American fare. Roughly 30 beers on draft at any time, including a great variety of brewery-only releases. Experimental sours, ancient ales and barrel-aged monsters and demons abound. There were way too many tasty-sounding beers over 15% abv when I was there recently.

Feb 10, 2018
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Tdschoenthaler from California

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Avery, if you can make it, is an amazing brewery with a fantastic layout. The selection is superb, and the New American style food if you are hungry, hits the spot. There are three main locations to drink in, but if you can, come on a not so busy night and sit at the main bar when you walk in. The other 2 rooms (lower room and smaller wet bar through the "factory tour") are fine, but the real Avery experience is in the main room. While the location can be out of the way at times, especially if you are not from Boulder, Avery is well worth it.

Sep 12, 2017
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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

OK, I'm an easy grader, but Avery is definitely a great pub to visit, the beer is great (although not all of their beers are equally great, some are fantastic), we had a great meal there and loved their apricot and ginger sours. The beer we liked the least was Maharaja, which used to be one of the highest rates IPAs!

Sep 02, 2017
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coldriver from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Avery's always been a bit of a sleeper brewery for me - you know they're there, and you know they're good, but they just don't seem to get the hype that many lesser breweries seem to get. I made my third visit to Avery on August 14 and my respect for this place has gone up every time. They've got an upstairs restaurant with great food, a downstairs taproom, and a large outdoor seating area - they can handle a huge crowd here and yet they've been close to full all three times I've been. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Avery is how many styles they do really well - hoppy beers, Belgians, and sours are all top notch, not too mention a stout lineup that I'd put up against any brewery on the planet. The tap wall contains 30-ish selections with their common stuff along with tap room only selections. All-in-all this place is easily on my top 5 beer destinations list!

Aug 21, 2016
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Beerbirdnerd from Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is a must stop in Colorado. While not all their beers will appeal to everyone, they have a fabulous ever changing selection that is high quality. Extra bonus is that their food is some of the best you could find at a brewery.

Jul 14, 2016
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btravers13 from California

4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Awesome place and can't say enough good things about it. I was so impressed by the wide variety of beers all of which are very well done. That's rare for a brewery. The sours, IPAs and especially the Calligyian stout were all fantastic. The servers were knowledgeable and everyone from the servers to the gift shop girl were very friendly. Can't wait to go back.

Jun 12, 2016
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Vinithing from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

First off the tour is terrible! Save yourself time and just do the self guided tour. Very cool building and great selection of taps. The outside prior needs to be bigger. Just a very busy place.

May 23, 2016
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CUBEER from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

What a great place to stop by, the tours are very informative. If you are the spur the moment type and don't want a full on tour, they have a catwalk which is easily accessible and allows direct viewing access to their brewing and lab. It's pretty darn neat.

The food is awesome, albeit on the expensive side. If you are a fan of meat, especially smoked meat, try the Meat, meat, meat. Everything is great and they try hard to locally source their food.

At any given time they have a TON of beer to try, from barrel projects to go-to favorites, to odd takes on those favorites as well.

It gets pretty busy during peak hours, and the service seems to suffer (understandably) and it's fairly loud as well. More room would have been great, especially for special releases.

Overall it's a top notch place to go and have good food and good beer, also very informative if you take the tour. Not an everyday place however, more of a special occasion place.

May 11, 2016
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dbannister from California

4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Avery is located on the outskirts of Boulder (about 30 minutes from Denver). Its a fairly large location with both a large bar area and a restaurant.

The taproom has quite a few of their beers on tap. If you love hot beers, this is the place for you (a lot of >15% beers). Pretty darn good brewer. I wish the service was a bit better though.

May 06, 2016
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Can_has_beer from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Avery has a rocking brewery going on. Extremely busy, with staff that work as a team to get shit done. Service was hit and miss since they were so busy, but they were working as hard as they could. A must visit brewery.

Apr 10, 2016
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gmoneyproductions from Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

was here on saturday 12.5.15. despite living only an hour away this was my first time at the new facility
we showed up at 245pm hoping to be in between the lunch rush and dinner rush and found the place packed to the gills nonetheless. we were able to secure 2 seats at the bar which i always prefer as you are closer to the action and i always find service more attentive at the bar.
the vibe here is laid back but the place it self is very polished, very corporate especially from the exterior. there is an upstairs bar and dining with gift shop and take out beers, and a downstairs with bar and dining plus outside seating . place can probably hold 700 people. quality of beers is excellent and selection is mind boggling....i am guessing they had 25 of their beers on tap. we had Raja, fall day ipa, uncle jacobs, mephistopholes, out of bounds, out of mind, stoutworks orange and Czar
food was high quality and service was solid despite how packed the place was.
if i had to list any complaints, they would be minor at best. no fries with the burgers was disappointing but the mushroom polenta side was awesome. location is 15 minutes outside of boulder in an office park which means more driving but other than that this place is amazing and leaves them tons of room for growth. total beer amusement park, and we will return soon. took some czar, maharaja and raja home as well.

Dec 07, 2015
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Dare I say the best brewery experience Ihave ever had? Phenomenal food and beer, selection of both was out of this world! Beer was expensive, but who cares? I'm going back again today. Servers were great, but it was packed on a Friday night. Gift shop well stocked with cool glasses. Catwalk over brewery was neat. Carry out had a few very rare bottle I will put in cellar. This is a must for true craft beer lovers.

Nov 14, 2015
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flexabull from California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Checked out Avery on a nice fall day.

It was busy when we arrived, we intended to have lunch, but there was a pretty long wait for a table, so we grabbed a few tasters and went outside to sit on the "grass". (artificial, but it was nice) There is a dining area / bar downstairs adjacent to the outdoor area. Inside is a swag gift shop upstairs, and another dining area. Really nice place.

Quality was top notch. My wife and I split 6 tasters, and they were all excellent except one.

Selection is great. They had 20+ taps (I think almost 30), and a great variety, light stuff, IPAs, barrel aged, sours, etc...

Service was good. The guy that helped me was friendly and quick despite how busy they were.

Great place, highly recommended.

Nov 13, 2015
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Dan_K from Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Sep 11, 2015
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Canada_Dan from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Sep 06, 2015
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denver10 from New Mexico

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
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).

Sep 04, 2015
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khmel from Ukraine

4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Aug 18, 2015
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GABrew from Georgia

4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Aug 17, 2015
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jacobdunne from Colorado

5/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Aug 12, 2015
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tweakin from Colorado

5/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Aug 10, 2015
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MLDucky from Texas

4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Aug 07, 2015
Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO
Brewery rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 41054 ratings