Avery Brewing Company of Boulder, Colo., has made quite a name for itself over the past two decades. As if featuring some of the most inventive and bold brews in the United States weren't enough, Avery's cozy taproom – located east of town on the outskirts – has frequently hosted release parties for their special blends, tours and exciting events such as musical acts and plays.
All things considered, it's no wonder that this local phenomenon has finally outgrown the humble, back-alley taproom of its beginnings; it's now ready for a bigger and more accommodating facility.
Avery's elegant new dining getup invites you to drink your fill — Photo courtesy of Avery Brewing Company
If you were to stop by Avery's former taproom on any night of the week, you'd find it full to the brim with beer enthusiasts – all casually dressed, and many just off of work or back from a run, hike or climb.
Over the past few years, locals and tourists alike squeezed, arm to arm, into the packed bar room, eagerly sampling Avery's famous ales, including White Rascal, their hoppy IPA and beloved Elle's Brown Ale.
Now, beer enthusiasts can eat, drink and make merry in a brewery boasting 150 seats, 30 brews on tap and a brewhouse that would make the cast of Cheers weep with joy.
Some favorites to keep an eye out for while visiting Avery include The Mayan Goddess, Rumpkin and Lilikoi (which, it is rumored, will take up permanent residence on the Avery offerings menu). The Chai Brown and Clockwork Stout make for drinkable and bold selections during the colder months.
Avery Brewing Company gets a makeover — Photo courtesy of Avery Brewing Company
Those who enjoy pairing their brews with delicious eats can now rejoice! While Avery's former taproom offered pub-grub made by a local catering company, the new facility now has a fully operational kitchen and a menu that packs a Cajun kick.
Boasting a smattering of cured meats, pungent cheeses and savory sides such as cornbread and pork collard greens, this brewery takes drinking and dining to another level entirely.
Start your evening with the Pickled Vegetables (supplied locally) or, for those care free about calories, the Barbecue Nachos. Notable entrees include the Reuben, Blackened Catfish and Fried Rabbit & Waffles. Just like their beer, Avery's menu doesn't pull any punches and does demand that you indulge.
Avery also offers a variety of gluten-free and vegan options for those with dietary restrictions.
Avery's shiny new brewery is sure to impress! — Photo courtesy of Avery Brewing Company
Self-guided tours are available 'round the clock, and guided tours will be offered as well. Visitors are welcome to stand on the balcony, which winds its way around the brewhouse, and observe the brewers hard at work. Always keep an eye out for Avery's famous release parties, which usher in the tapping of one of their new brews.
Avery's new location is now open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Located on the outskirts of Boulder near Gunbarrell, Avery Brewing Company is within driving distance of most popular Boulder hotels and Boulder's downtown area.