On Sunday, Avery Brewing Company celebrated 18 years of brewing craft beer with a party at their Boulder tap room. It turned out to be a beautiful day with very few clouds in the sky (perhaps too few given the 90+ degree heat). 1,500 tickets were available to the brew-powered block party and since I’m horrible at estimating, I’ll just say there were a lot of people present. Tickets included several pours of Avery beer (depending upon which ticket you bought), all-you-can-eat BBQ, live music, and games. I partook in all of the above… at least as much as I could while still getting back to Denver safely.
From Avery’s website:
Since 1993 our brewery has been committed to producing eccentric ales and lagers that defy styles or categories. Our products are thoroughly American at heart: blending Old World tradition and expertise with ingenuity, creativity and boldness.
Now I try my best not to pick favorites (or at least write about them), but Avery won over my taste buds when I first visited their tap room several years ago. They have a penchant for producing liver-punishing brews with an incredible amount of flavor. Take the Beast Grand Cru for example. This is one of my favorite beers on the planet, but (depending upon the year) it can range from 15-18% ABV. Now imagine my surprise when I saw that Avery was offering a Beast vertical tasting in the VIP room including ’04, ’06, and ’08.
And here’s the full VIP tap list that’s sure to make you jealous:
A Belgian-Style pale ale spiced with Buddha’s hand. Here’s to being good! 5.0% ABV; 10 IBUs
Winter’s Day IPA
Unfiltered India Pale Ale dry-hopped and spiced with rosemary. 6.5% ABV; 69 IBUs
Here’s to being naugty! A sour Belgian-Style pale ale aged in Cabernet barrels. 6.0% ABV
Fifteen Anniversary Ale
A single barrel-aged beer that’s spicy, sweet, and sour… kinda like Fred’s mom! 10.5% ABV
1st release in our new Tap Room Only series. Eremita I: strong sour ale aged in Cabernet and Zinfandel barrels. 9.5% ABV
Rare draft keg of our seventh barrel-aged series. Delicious and sour! 10.74% ABV
This Belgian-Style Quadrupel Ale has been aging in our cellar for three years! 10.00% ABV
See how our barleywine has aged over the years. 9.2% ABV
Incredibly sweet, incredibly rich. This beer is the best Port you’ve ever had! 15.0% ABV; 41 IBUs
2004 Beast Grand Cru (Original Batch)
Accommodating, complicated, powerful, dark, and created to last the ages. Time has allowed this seducer to express aromas of honey, nutmeg, mandarin orange, and pineapple. This massive and challenging brew has flavors akin to a beautiful Caribbean rum. 15.7% ABV
2006 Beast Grand Cru
This hellish monster was aged in Adam’s personal cellar for 5 years! 16.31% ABV; 68 IBUs
2008 Beast Grand Cru
This crafty seducer has been aged in our cellar for three full years. Cheers! 15.07% ABV; 68 IBUs
This demonic coffee-infused imperial stout will leave you yearning for more! 15.5% ABV; 107 IBUs
Despite the presence of several aged Demon kegs, the beers causing the biggest stir appeared to be the sours. Over the course of 4 hours I think I heard just about every possible joke about Fred’s Mom… but she deserved every one of them. This beer was funky and fantastic – if you ever get a chance I’d highly recommend trying it. On the slightly milder side, Dihos Dactylion was another popular sour… partly due to the rarity as this may have been one of the only (if not the only) remaining kegs.
With Adam Avery looking for a new tap room location – partly because of their rapid growth, and partly because of Boulder County zoning restrictions – it appears this may be the last anniversary party held at the current tap room. So please join me in raising a glass to honor one of Colorado’s great craft breweries. Cheers!
Here are the rest of my shots from the party:
Have a favorite memory from the party or a favorite Avery beer if you weren’t in attendance? Share it in the comments! Let us hear your best Fred’s Mom joke as well!
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