Making a name for yourself amongst other fine Colorado breweries is no small feat. Avery has managed to produce consistence craft beer long before the recent amount of unprecedented growth since across the industry. Having them return to Savor for a second year in a row is something I’m personally very excited about.

“Since 1993 our brewery has been committed to producing eccentric ales and lagers that defy styles or categories.” That is literally the first thing you read when visiting the Avery Brewing website. I think I would have to agree given their ridiculously good sour program, steady growth, and award-winning IPA. When brewing operations first began for Avery in Boulder, Colorado back in 1993, they were producing a mere 700 barrels a year. By 2007, Avery was brewing somewhere in the neighborhood of 15,000 barrels a year.  This massive amount of growth has recently forced Avery to pull out of several states, citing an all-too-familiar theme of simply not being able to keep up with demand. Making a name for yourself among the other fine Colorado breweries is no small feat, but Avery has managed to do it because they produced consistent craft beer long before the recent unprecedented growth  across the industry. Having them return to SAVOR for a third year in a row is something I’m personally very excited about.

Type: Production brewery

Available in DC Market: Yes

SAVOR Offerings:

Muscat D’Amour ( American Wild Ale )


Beer Advocate: 88 (13 Reviews)
Rate Beer: 99 Overall, 59 Style
Notes: This seems like the third year in a a row Avery has brought over something sour for SAVOR.

“For Muscat d’Amour, 150 gallons of Muscat Blanc grape must provided 25% of the beer’s fermentables, and malted barley provided the rest. After Avery’s house Belgian and Brettanomyces yeast strains did their job, and 14 months in fresh Chardonnay barrels, brewers were left with a 10.78% ABV light golden ale imparting suggestions of dry white wine, soft malt, and savory earthiness.”

Should be another interesting beer from Avery’s every expanding sour / barrel aging program.

Uncle Jacobs Stout (American Stout)

Beer Advocate: 93 (19 Reviews)
Rate Beer: 100 Overall, 92 Style
Notes: Again, Avery does SAVOR right. No question about it.

In the quest to create a collection of barrel-aged beers to be reproduced annually, Avery Brewing Company is releasing Uncle Jacob’s Stout, the second member of its Annual Barrel Series. The collection began with Rumpkin rum barrel-aged pumpkin ale in the fall of 2011, and now continues with this 17.4% ABV stout that was aged in first-use Bourbon barrels for 6 months. While the Avery Barrel-Aged Series features one-time-only batches, such as the recent Muscat d’Amour and Récolte Sauvage, the Annual Barrel Series features a selection of cellar-able barrel-aged beers that fans can return to and get to know every year.

What you need to know:

While Avery does have distribution in our area, the rare and experimental brews are few and far.  Don’t miss the chance to try some of the limited runs Avery is sharing with SAVOR this year. These two are some of the most interesting beers of this year’s event.

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