If you’re traveling to Denver or GABF (the Great American Beer Festival), you have to go to Avery Brewing Company. It’s a bit of a trek, yes, but it’s worth it. If you have just one free afternoon, spend it here.
I did zero research before coming to Avery, so I was surprised to see how large it was. In San Diego, we are accustomed to small breweries in business parks. But Avery is expansive and well designed, nestled in the suburbs of Boulder.
A friend that I was with remarked that Avery reminded him of Stone Brewing Company, and I think the comparison is spot-on. Both breweries have excellent beer made with high-quality ingredients and an overall attention to detail.
There’s a smattering of food options available at the brewery. Some items are a little on the pricier side, but many ingredients are locally sourced and the menu changes regularly.
Disclaimer: there were four of us present! We ordered several tasters and full pours while we kicked back and enjoyed lunch in the tasting room.
The food was amazing. I chose the Sloppy Seitan, a vegetarian-friendly option, along with some mashed potatoes. We split the How Many Layer Dip between our group.
Rumpkin, a rum barrel-aged pumpkin beer, on tap. I debated for a few minutes about whether or not to order it — it clocks in at 17.5% ABV — but when in Rome, right? Verdict: delicious.
The outdoor area has several shaded tables and lawn games. It was crowded on our visit so we opted to dine at a table indoors, but this would be a lovely space in the spring and summer.
After spending several days exploring downtown Denver breweries, heading to Avery Brewing Company was a welcome change of pace. You probably already get the gist – but seriously – go!