3fourths (1561) Boulder, Colorado | September 11, 2008| Updated December 18, 2013
Nicely decorated interior, comes across as a garage and a lodge, trying without trying, open and friendly building, very friendly staff. most of their staples on tap with a good number of small batch special releases with a good mix of high and low gravity. small samples available, and the usually have a cask or two but I believe itís CO2 conditioned firkins rather than naturally carbonated.
Stopped in just as the place was filling up and got a seat at one of the bar tables. Pretty neat facility but not exactly visible from the main road. These guys have definitely out grown this place as there are fermenters out in the parking lot. Ordered tasters of all the stuff not bottled or widely distributed. Of those seven tasters almost all of them were good. I was very pleasantly surprised. The 3point5 session, Lilikoi, IPA with Simcoe and Cascade (probably not ratable here), Summerís Day IPA, and Eremita IV were all quite good. The others werenít bad. Service and food were pretty good. The atmosphere was fun, or at the very least interesting because people were milling about like a tasting room but that spilled over to the tables where people were eating. Probably a little too busy to be a nice restaurant but a fun place to hang out none the less.
the crown jewel of boulder. youíd never know this place was here from the street as there is the worldís smallest sign for the tasting room. some picnic tables outside, a bar inside, and some tables for enjoying beers and food. a lot of stuff on tap including some taproom only beers. good service, good beers, and a solid place all around.
Visited 4/13/06. Our first host was Peter, an enthusiastic Aussie. He handed us off to none other than Larry Avery himself. We loved the visit, but donít expect more than a tiny little tasting room ... no, nook. We didnít need a tour, so we were fine as long as they kept giving us tastes, which they were happy to do. They also had some really cool powerhouse beers on tap that arenít available anywhere, so this was a very cool stop. Thanks, guys!
theisti (859) Kansas | December 22, 2008| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited on Friday afternoon, Dec 19 2008. This is a very simple tasting room, small walk up bar with two rooms of basic tables. They were pouring most of the regulars and a few sample or one off beers when I visited. The vibe here was really good, a bunch of the brewery employees playing washers outside, and everybody happy and upbeat inside. I met up with acrdz and had a blast here. As mentioned elsewhere, the value is unreal. My friends and I had two pints, and about 15 samples and our bill at the end was $4. Granted, this was probably incorrect, but a great deal regardless. This is a must hit if you are in Boulder.
82 = ★★★Ĺ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
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(Visited 07/2010): 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. Itís 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 Joeís Pilsener, Big Smoky, India Pale Lager, Hand of Buddha and an unfiltered dry-hopped IPA. In addition, many of Averyís 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 didnít 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.
Looks like a warehouse from the outside but a very warm, inviting pub on the inside. It seemed like everyone who worked there hung out there as well because they enjoyed the vibe. The bartenders were all fantastic and they had a lot of knowledge and passion for their beers. They had 22 different things on tap including a cask. The samplers were a buck each except for their massive 15-16% brews. The only negative was they had a bit of a fly problem but somehow it didnít matter because Avery doesnít make shitty beer. The beers themselves ranged from interesting misfires to fantastic executions of style. Iíd recommend the place to anyone.
I visited Avery during the Maharaja release party. There was a huge crowd present, all of them excited about the beer. Despite the absolutely packed building, I never had to wait long for beer. They obviously have experience with handling such a demand. I stuck to mostly Maharaja all evening which was absolutely amazing. Curry was prepared for the event and I must say it was absolutely delicious. $15 for two cups of Maharaja, 5 samples of other beer, and all I could eat curry. Fantastic value.