After more than 20 years in operation, Avery Brewing—known for beers like White Rascal, Maharaja Imperial IPA, and more—is packing up and moving to a new location at 4910 North Nautilus Court in Boulder. The current tap room at "Avery Alley" (5763 Arapahoe Avenue) will mark its last day on Monday, February 9, and the grand opening for the new location is set for Monday, February 16.
Ground was broken on the nearly-96,000-square foot facility a year ago, which will house production, corporate offices, outdoor seating, a tasting room equipped with 30 beer drafts and a 30-head growler filler, and a new restaurant, replacing the current arrangement with catering company Savory Cuisines.
Avery will own and operate the onsite restaurant, with the help of head chef Chris Blackwood, formerly of the West End Tavern. Look for a menu with sections like "low and slow," which will feature smoked meats, brisket, and ribs; grilled steak and fish selections; soul food dishes like shrimp and grits or blackened catfish; as well as vegetarian and vegan options—think a sloppy Joe seitan sandwich. A partnership with MM Local Foods is also being eyed to offer snacks such as pickled vegetables.
Beginning with the grand opening date, the first two weeks of service will be dinner only, from 3 to 11 p.m. Starting at the beginning of March, the hours will expand to include lunch, operating 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Earlier this month the brewery's 100,000-pound barley silo was lifted out by crane and transported on a large flatbed to the new location, where it will serve as the wheat silo. The new site will also feature four new 720-barrel fermentation tanks, plus a brewing system that will allow production to increase from about 50,000 barrels of beer per year to 85,000 right off the bat. In the near future, the capacity will bump up to 150,000 barrels of beer annually.