Avery Brewing Company


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4910 Nautilus Ct N
Boulder, Colorado, 80301
United States

(303) 440-4324 | map

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Photo of nickhiller
2.13/5  rDev -51.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3

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.

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Photo of one800higgins
3/5  rDev -31.8%

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 FrankenBeerStein
3.25/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of fltmedic
3.3/5  rDev -25%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.74/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of claytong
3.83/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

I am saying inexpensive as I had a ton of beer for all of 3 bucks. Get there 5 oz samples for a buck and tasters a glory. A lot of the beers are strong and a steal at 5 oz a buck.
They have food, I just didn't try anything as I was belly fully of beer at the time.
The atmosphere feels a bit collegey, could be the people behind the bars and the bartender flirting with two college guys. A lot of Avery's beers I'm not big on, but the place is worth checking out. They also have an asshole Scottish bartender who somehow thought I said something because it was loud and brought me a beer I didn't order and then proceeded to get upset thinking it was my fault. And I'm still a bit upset about it because I left a decent tip still.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2

The Avey IPA is widely available in the Chicago area, so I am quite familiar with it and fond of it, but the other brews from Avery (aside from Ellie's Brown) can be tough to find.

So, when the girlfriend and I recently travelled to Boulder, CO we had to make a stop and check out some of their other offerings. Much to my delight, their tap list was extensive and delicious. The Maharaja (which I will review sometime very soon) was amazing and the rest of the beers all impressed us both.

The trip to the brewery confirmed to me that Avery is one of the op-notch breweries in the country. Plus, they had some pretty great gear. A good looking t-shirt for me and a tank top for the girlfriend that I LOVE to see her in. Yes, we are beer geeks.

Although the tasting room is in a fairly strange location (kind of an industrial park-type area), the outdoor tables provide a nice atmosphere during the warmer months and the inside is gorgeous, with a shiny wooden bar and a nice collection of classy pictures and maps throughout. It feels like a wine tasting room.

One major drawback, however, is the lack of food. We had to order from a place across the street (or alley maybe?). Another minor drawback, although the bartender was very helpful and friendly, our server seemed overworked and let it show. She was short, not very informative and more concered with turning tables than with allowing people to enjoy their expeience there.

We are looking at Boulder as a possible future home, and if we end up there, we will certainly be returning on a regular basis. World class beer at great prices.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.96/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

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.

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Photo of mattkooler
4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Atmosphere- Smallish taproom size. Feels nice and cozy. Quite a few people seem to usually be there, which keeps the room buzzing.

Quality- Beers were good, and seemed to be served in proper glassware. I had the taproom sour, which was not my favorite sour, but still pretty good.

Selection- Had all of their standard beers on tap, as well as a few rare ones, including the taproom sour, which was only available at the taproom. Really appreciate breweries that keep something special in the taproom, as if I'm making the effort to go, I have probably tried many of the "normal" or regular release beers.

Food- No food technically served on site, however, you can put in an order with the waiter at Avery for food from a catering service across complex, and they will bring it. We did not actually eat anything, so I can't say whether the food is good or not....

Value- Samplers are a buck a piece, except for the taproom sour and a couple others, which are between four and five dollars for a four ounce sampler. Those were pricey, but everything else was reasonable.

Went on the tour, which was pretty fun. The tour is fairly informal, so if you are offended by off color humor, this may not be your thing. Because of Avery's size, you cannot actually see many facets of their brewing line up close, however, it was fun seeing their barrel aging program. Definitely recommend the tour.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We were told this was re-done in the past few years. I thought it was nice with a full length bar and plenty of fresh Avery on tap. It was also cool to see the map of where they distribute to in the US. Plenty of seating inside and a few picnic tables outside. We showed a few minutes late as we were on the road all day, but even so we got a tour and had a good time. We even got a great tour of the barrel aged room and saw the hundreds of barrels they have working on projects. I was surprised to see such a small setup after seeing them being distributed all over, even in Iowa. I was told they distribute widely, but they don't make as much volume.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev -9.1%

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 deac83
4/5  rDev -9.1%

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 EmptyPockets
4/5  rDev -9.1%

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 ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -9.1%

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 northaustin
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Atmosphere: the place is kinda tucked away in an industrial strip mall type of place with a very small parking lot. there was kind of this feeling around that nothing on earth existed besides avery, which was nice. the service inside was almost intolerably slow. two people working on an entirely full dining room worth of patrons. but to be fair most of the people in there were there for a tour. looking around, ordering incredibly slow, and asking a zillion questions. the barkeeper was incredibly nice and engaged everyone in a conversation, so by the time i got my beers and a chat i didnt really mind the slow service. the tour was informative and interesting enough.

quality: everything was great. lots of beers to choose from. cask maharaja and ballsmack baltic porter were my personal highlights.

selection: all you could hope for and more on tap. as well as an expected selection of bottles.

food: I had a delicious taco from a local vendor who had set up on the grounds. so...

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Photo of bbristow
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

An industrial look outside with a warm interior. Gets majorly busy, but the staff do a good job in keeping things moving. Great selection of beers, including tap room only beers. In fact, once inside, at least half of what is offered is only available at the brewery. If you’re going to stop at only one place in Boulder, make it Avery.

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Photo of Vinithing
4.05/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
4.05/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The last time I hit Avery, they hadn't remodeled their Tap Room. The expanded space is a nice update from the original. Inside, there's plenty of space and a large bar hosting 20 or so taps. There are lots of Tap Room Only beers to be had at any given time to provide encouragement to stop by.

Being in an industrial park doesn't help the exterior ambiance. The outdoor tables are basically in a parking lot. The vibe of the crowd; however, more than makes up for it. Avery has a deal with the catering company on the other side of the lot to provide food service. I haven't ordered, but friends of mine speak very highly of them. Service is good. The staff is friendly, knows the regulars well and is generally knowledgeable about the day's beers.

Overall, I'm glad I came back here. There are rumors afoot of Avery moving to a space that's easier to access and where they can prepare their own food. In the meantime, I'm quite happy with what they've got.

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Photo of claspada
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Rolled in on a Tuesday on the front end of a business trip. Got there mid afternoon and there were fair number of folks already there. Very typical Colorado front range tap room feel. Lots of light. Sits towards the end of an industrial park. A few outside picnic benches, a nice touch. Board games for the regulars, another nice touch. Very good service, but it was relatively uncrowded. Beertenders had good knowledge of what was brewed, how, and what they liked. Great selection of Avery brews. Lots of stuff that isn't bottled. No food, but catering place across the street will deliver. Would I come back? If I'm in the mood for something out of the ordinary from Avery, yes. If I'm looking for a wider variety, particularly if it involves non-Avery beers, no. Lots of other places in the area worth checking out. But if you've never been, or are a fan of Avery beers, definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Decided to make my way up to Avery after GABF 2009. I know, I know, it has been awhile, but I will always remember this place.

The atmosphere is good. The indoor area is less a bar and more has a bar and places to sit. Basically - it's a bar in their brewery where their lobby would have been. I'm ok with that, it's laid back and the view outside is gorgeous.

The quality and selection of beers was out of this world. I think Avery is a decent brewery, but I was amazed by what they had on tap. They had experimental beers, older anniversary beers, barrel aged versions of beers. I was really very impressed. But WHY DON'T THEY RELEASE MORE OF THESE EXCEPTIONAL BEERS? They do have some very good beers they've released, but I feel like they could do much, much better.

The service was also outstanding. Everyone there knew a lot about all of the beers they had and were willing to talk about them.

Update: Visit during 2011 GABF
I visited Avery again on the Sunday after GABF 2011. I was not nearly as impressed as the previous visit. The servers seemed less knowledgeable, the re-design of the pub made it seem less brewery and more pub/restaurant, and the overall vibe wasn't nearly as good. I really enjoyed the raw, brewery feeling of the pub pre-re-design. I'm sure this had something to do with sitting in the back of the place instead of ordering from the bar and the place was by no means bad or even average, but I was certainly disappointed. This was at the time of my first visit my favorite brewery experience. It has dropped quite a few places.

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Photo of H0py_Just1N
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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 mentaltraveller
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Another one of my favorite stops in Boulder. In retrospect, I should have taken more advantage of living five minutes away: this place is really great. Their beer is excellent and their service is much swifter than most places. Their food was a pleasant surprise; being a vegetarian there is not usually much in the way of decent pub food, but Avery has some good options. There is a cool room with all their barrels and soft lights and a stage for when bands play. Put this om your must stop list if you are in Boulder.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75


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

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