Avery Brewing Company Reveals New Look Packaging Artwork

1_3tSaJyS5CXL7OakpSwKmhwAvery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) has officially announced that it has partnered with nationally recognized artist Neil Shigley to redesign its packaging artwork.

To do something special to celebrate the brewery’s 25th anniversary in 2018, the folks at Avery Brewing Company decided to seize the “opportunity to refresh its package designs to match the quality of the liquid art inside.” They initiated a search for someone that could produce new artwork that tells “a cohesive and straight-forward brand story, which is all about beer”, and they found that in Neil Shigley, a San Diego based artist.  Shigley was able to provide Avery with “one-of-a-kind artwork that was modern and fresh, but still honored the heritage that past designs have left on the community and fans.”

“Our goal was to stay true to the artistry that each beer represents while also building a beacon of light in a sea of choices,” says Avery Brewing Co. Founder and CEO, Adam Avery. “We are driven to create inspiring beer experiences and the new artwork reflects the focus of our craft.”


“A project like this is rare,” says Shigley. “Great people, cool art direction, and a focus on great beer! I told Adam I would have done this project for free. They brought me to the brewery early on and I was blown away by how everyone was so passionate about the beer they were making, starting with the top, Adam. I’m lucky to be part of this great family.”

The new artwork will steadily roll out over 2018 and into 2019, and the changes will officially kick off in early June with Avery Brewing’s flagship beer, White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale.  Although the packaging may look different on shelves, you can “expect . . .  the beer to remain the high quality and consistent liquid that fans have grown to love for over 25 years.”  Prost!



Avery Brewing Sends Chai High Out for Limited Release

unnamed (43)Avery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) recently announced that Chai High, a spiced Brown Ale brewed in partnership with Boulder-based Bhakti Chai, is now available as the brewery’s latest Limited Release.

Back again to “set the mood for the colder months” ahead, Chai High is a “rich and robustly spiced brown ale” that sources its spicy kick from a chai concentrate provided by Bhakti Chai – a company known for using only “the highest quality sustainably sourced ingredients.” Made with a variety of spices including “fresh pressed organic ginger from Peru”, this concentrate gives Chai High all that is needed to mirror the “invigorating properties of an iced chai.”

“Demand for Chai High was overwhelming last year, signaling that customers are looking for alternatives to classic fall-style beers,” says Dustin LeMoine, Director of Sales at Avery Brewing. “We can’t be more excited to work with Bhakti Chai again due to their dedication to sourcing the utmost quality ingredients to give our customers that rich, spicy, and refreshing Chai High experience”.

Chai High officially releases in early August and will be available throughout the months of fall and winter.  You can find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Avery Brewing Company’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Chai High from Avery Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Seasonal Selection series, arrives August 2017 and available through fall & winter
Style – Brown Ale/Spiced Ale
ABV – 5.2%
Malts – Chocolate, 2-Row, Munich, C-120 & Honey Malt
Hops – Bullion, Sterling, Hersbrucker, Columbus
Yeast – London Ale
Added Ingredients – Chai concentrate from Bhakti Chai
Suggested Food Pairing – “Curried Trout with Mustard Greens: The rich blend of sweet toasted malt and warm masala spices works harmoniously with lean fish, complex seasonings, and a bitter kick from the greens.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder

Avery Brewing Company Welcomes Fall with Release of Rumpkin

Bottle_RumpkynAvery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) recently announced that it will begin the annual release of Rumpkin Pumpkin Beer aged in Rum Barrels on Monday, August 7.

Arriving as the latest release from Avery Brewing’s Annual Barrel Series, Rumpkin is a massive, 16.9% ABV Barrel-aged Pumpkin Beer with flavors and aromas meant to resemble that of “a pumpkin pie soaked in rum.” The brewers at Avery infuse the beer with that familiar pumpkin pie flavor by “using pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.”  Once the brewing is completed, the beer is left to age in Rum barrels for four months to “add an additional level of rich complexity that isn’t typical to classic pumpkin ales.”

Since Rum barrels are “notorious for leaking massive amounts of beer,” the folks at Avery Brewing Company went the extra mile this year to set a higher standard of efficiency and quality control for Rumpkin.  This was achieved by flying in two professional coopers from France to repair their barrels, and the results far surpassed expectations.

“In past years, the debarreling of Rumpkin has been the thorn in our collective side,” says Andy Parker, Chief Barrel Herder at Avery. “If a barrel leaks more than normal, that means the dreaded oxygen is getting in the barrel and potentially creating off-flavors. If it leaks heavily, you can have an entire barrel empty to the ground in the matter of a month or two. In the past years, 30-40% of the batch has leaked out or gone down the drain, and watching your hard work go to hell is extremely disappointing. This year was easily the best debarreling in the history of Rumpkin. We didn’t find a single barrel mysteriously empty, off-flavors were almost non-existent, and for once we didn’t have to explain to the production staff that we simply wouldn’t be able to fill orders for this beer”.

Rumpkin will officially release on August 7 and will be available through October (while supplies last).  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Colorado, and throughout the rest of Avery Brewing Company’s distribution footprint (sadly, this excludes Alabama and any other state where Rumpkin would exceed local ABV restrictions). Prost!

Vital Information for Rumpkin (2017) from Avery Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Annual Barrel Series, official release date of August 7, 2017
Style – Pumpkin Beer
ABV – 16.9%
Added Ingredients – Pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice & ginger
Treatment – Aged four months in Rum Barrels
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder

Avery Brewing Company Names Nuttiest Professor as 45th Barrel-Aged Series Beer

AverylogoAvery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the release of Nuttiest Professor Barrel-aged Imperial Peanut Stout on Monday, June 26.

After years of experimentation focused on developing a Peanut Butter Stout that achieves the desired level of real peanut flavor, Avery Brewing Company finally believes it has hit the mark with the creation of Nuttiest Professor.  Arriving as the 45th installment in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series, this “creamy and colossal” Imperial Stout (15.2% ABV) has been aged in Bourbon barrels and “uses real peanuts to create a rich and decadent stout that allows all elements—the bourbon character, peanuts, and dark malts—to shine.”

“This beer was actually inspired by a homebrew that I did before I even worked at Avery,” says Travis Rupp, Avery’s Research and Development Manager and Beer Archaeologist. “Those initial batches were difficult to produce and there was so much oil from the peanuts that there was no head retention at all. Fast-forward many years, I’m now part of the Special Projects team at Avery and we decided to recreate this beer, but do it right this time. We use finely ground peanut flour instead of just adding peanuts, which will give this beer a blast of peanut flavor, but also will help the head retention due to reduced oil”.

Nuttiest Professor Barrel-aged Imperial Peanut Stout will officially launch on draft in Avery Brewing Company’s Tap Room on June 26.  This incredibly limited offering will then hit shelves throughout the month of July in 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer locations found within Avery’s nationwide distribution area (this of course excludes Alabama and any other states that do not allow for beers of this ABV level).  Supplies of Nuttiest Professor are extremely limited, so be sure to secure your bottle if you can “because once it is gone, it’s gone for good.” Prost!

Vital Information for Nuttiest Professor Barrel-aged Imperial Peanut Stout from Avery Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, launching June 26, 2017
Style – American Imperial Stout
ABV – 15.2%
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels with real peanuts added
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder
Fun Fact – To recognize his dedication to the development of Nuttiest Professor, the face of Travis Rupp – Avery’s Research and Development Manager and Beer Archaeologist – graces the bottle’s label.
Allergy Notice – As mentioned above, “this beer does contain real peanuts and should be avoided by those with a peanut allergy.”

Avery Brewing Co. to Add The Real Peel IPA to Year-Round Lineup

AveryRealPeelcans_editedAvery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) recently announced that The Real Peel India Pale Ale with Tangerine Peel will officially release as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering on May 19.

“Inspired by a . . . taproom-only beer that Boulder locals have come to enjoy every summer for the past seven years,” the folks at Avery Brewing Co. decided to develop The Real Peal IPA as a “bright, fresh, and zesty” offering that can be enjoyed all year long.  Beginning with a base of crisp Rocky Mountain glacier water, Columbus, Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops, this American India Pale Ale (6.3% ABV) is then dosed with 100% real tangerine peel “to create [a] brilliant, zesty, and fresh IPA that will satisfy rain or shine.”

“It’s been a project that has been ongoing for six or seven years”, says Andy Parker, Chief Barrel Herder at Avery. “As we developed this beer, we have made small tweaks each year to make it better and better. It’s been a staff favorite forever and at this point, it’s time to get it out to the Avery nation to enjoy.”

The Real Peel IPA will officially release on Friday, May 19 and will be available year-round.  You can expect to find this offering in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Avery Brewing’s expansive distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for The Real Peel IPA from Avery Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round, launches May 19, 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.3%
Hops – Columbus, Chinook, Centennial & Cascade
Added Ingredients – 100% real tangerine peel
Suggested Food Pairings – “Fresh citrus ceviche, teriyaki chicken and veggie kabobs, Hawaiian-style pizza, and, of course, sunshine.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder



Avery Brewing Launches Coconut Porter as Latest Botanicals & Barrels Offering

averycoconutporterbottleAvery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) has announced that Coconut Porter will officially release on April 7 as the fifth installment in the brewery’s Botanicals & Barrels series.

Originally slated for release in early 2016, Coconut Porter was held back a bit because the folks at Avery Brewing wanted to ensure that this beer was absolutely perfect before it made it to shelves.  That yearlong delay was spent “making small tweaks, specifically regarding the way the coconut is infused into the beer.”  They now believe Coconut Porter is where it should be and that it is finally ready to be the newest addition to their Botanicals & Barrels series, a lineup of beers that “have all been aged in oak barrels for at least three months and have the addition of one ‘botanical’ ingredient outside the standard malted barley, hop, yeast, and water recipe.”  Coconut Porter now joins Raspberry Sour, Vanilla Bean Stout, Tangerine Quadruple Ale, and Apricot Sour in this series.

Just as the name implies, Coconut Porter is an Imperial Porter (10.4 % ABV) that has been loaded with real coconut flakes roasted by “Spice of Life Catering Services in Boulder, Colorado, to ensure consistency and quality.”  The beer was then aged in Bourbon barrels to lend vanilla and oak tones that “complement the chocolaty and sumptuous nature of this delectable Porter.”

“Infusing coconut flavor into beer is very challenging at a production level,” says Andy Parker, Chief Barrel Herder at Avery. “We had great success with coconut porters in the past, such as Momi Hiwa and Dui Cochi, but we recently found a way to better dial in the amount of coconut flavor so it is consistent batch over batch. Our goal is to let all elements of the beer shine. There is substantial coconut flavor, but you don’t lose any of the richness of the porter or the bourbon oak characters from the barrels. It’s a fantastically balanced beer that we now can produce all year long.”

Avery Brewing Company will host an official bottle release event for Coconut Porter on April 7, and the beer will then hit distribution in the weeks that follow.  You can expect to find this offering available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Avery Brewing’s expansive distribution area.  There is a good amount of hype and anticipation surrounding the long-awaited release of Coconut Porter, so be sure to check this one out once it hits shelves and taps in your area later this month.  Prost!

Vital Information for Coconut Porter from Avery Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round/Botanicals & Barrels, launches April 7, 2017
Style – American Imperial Porter
ABV – 10.4%

Malts – Wheat, Munich, C-120, 2-Row, Chocolate, Black, & CaraAroma
Hops – Bravo
Yeast – London Ale
Added Ingredients – Coconut
Treatment – Aged for at least three months in Bourbon barrels
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder

Avery Brewing Company Releases Hog Heaven in Cans, Rebrands as Imperial Red IPA

hog-heaven-can-with-glassWith the announcement that Hog Heaven will now be packaged exclusively in 12 oz. cans, Avery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) has also officially changed the beer’s style classification from Barleywine to Imperial Red IPA.

Shortly after it was first released in 1998 as a Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale, Hog Heaven proved its worth by becoming “the beer that changed everything at Avery Brewing.”  Brewed as an honest representation of Adam Avery’s love for big beers, this offering attracted a lot of attention to the brewery by earning “two Silver Medal wins at the Great American Beer Festival in 2004 and 2007, and subsequently set the stage for the bold beers that would follow such as The Maharaja in 2005, Rumpkin in 2011, Tweak in 2014.”  Having never forgotten the incredibly impactful role this beer has played in their success, Avery employees often have a glass of Hog Heaven in hand during celebratory times at the brewery.

As the years have passed since 1998, the American craft beer industry has seen an incredible amount of growth and change.  After much curiosity and experimentation, our nation’s brewers have expanded upon established beer styles and even created a few new ones.  Truly being a beer before its time, Hog Heaven has now found a new classification as an Imperial Red India Pale Ale.  The decision to make this style change was made with much consideration, and it is one that Avery Brewing Company feels better fits this iconic beer.

If you happen to be a Barleywine fan that is left a little bummed out by this news, worry not because Avery has plans in place to have Hog Heaven pay further respect to the style soon.  Since Hog Heaven was greatly inspired by Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleAvery Brewing Company will collaborate later this year with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California) to create a blend of both beers that will be featured in Sierra Nevada’s 2017 Beer Camp.  Stay tuned because we will absolutely hit you with more news concerning this collaboration once more information surfaces.

Hog Heaven Imperial Red IPA is available now in its new packaging format of 4-packs of 12 oz. cans, and can be found at craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Avery Brewing’s distribution area.  Now that the brewery has introduced these cans, this does mean that Hog Heaven is no longer available in 22 oz. bombers.

Whether you wish to enjoy this beer as an American Barleywine or Imperial Red IPA, that is completely up to you since Hog Heaven remains the same beer despite the style reclassification.  In the grand scheme of things, the change in name honestly means nothing.  In our eyes, Hog Heaven is simply Hog Heaven.  It remains a classic American craft beer that deserves the respect and attention of our community, so pick up a 4-pack in the near future to honor it as such.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hog Heaven from Avery Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, cans launch in March 2017
Style – Imperial Red India Pale Ale
ABV – 9.2%
IBUs – 102
Hops – Columbus
Malts – C-80 & 2-Row
Yeast – London Ale
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

Avery Brewing Company Plans to Release Apricot Sour in February

averylogoAvery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) has announced that Apricot Sour will become the newest offering to join the brewery’s Botanicals & Barrels Series.

To become a part of Avery Brewing Company’s Botanicals & Barrels family of beers, the offering must meet the following criteria:

  • It must be aged in barrels for at least three months
  • It must consist of just one ingredient outside of the standard grain, hops, yeast, and water recipe

With the addition of fruit and a substantial aging period in oak barrels, Apricot Sour easily meets these requirements to result in “a bright and tangy Sour Ale that artfully highlights juicy apricots and barrel-aged tartness.”  The 7.3% ABV Apricot Sour joins Raspberry Sour, Vanilla Bean Stout, and Tangerine Quad as the fourth release in this popular, new series from Avery Brewing.

“The interesting thing about our Botanicals & Barrels series is that as beautiful and simple as the final beer is, it is the culmination of an insanely complex and intricate process”, says Travis Rupp, Avery’s Research and Development Manager and Beer Archaeologist.

“As the second sour of the series, it is brewed with the same bacterial and yeast cocktail as Raspberry Sour”, says Special Project Brewer Leigh Audin, “however the result is a more lactic beer with minimal malt character and a ton of apricot”.

Apricot Sour will first launch on draft in Avery Brewing Company’s Taproom on Monday, January 30.  This offering will then be sent out into distribution in 22 oz. bottles and on draft beginning early February.  You can expect to find this offering on shelves and taps at craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Avery Brewing’s distribution area.  If you happen to miss the first wave of Apricot Sour at your favorite craft beer spot, worry not because all releases in the Botanicals & Barrels Series are available year-round.  With time, we are all guaranteed a shot at trying this new Sour Ale from Avery Brewing Company.  Prost!

Vital Information for Apricot Sour from Avery Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round/Botanicals & Barrels Series, launches February 2017
Style – American Wild/Sour Ale
ABV – 7.3%
Yeast and Bacteria – Saccharomyces yeast, Brettanomyces yeast, Lactobacillus & Pediococcus
Treatment – Aged in oak barrels
Added Ingredients – Apricots
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder

Avery Brewing Ale to the Chief returns for 2016 election

AletotheChiefAvery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) recently announced that Ale to the Chief, A Presidential Pale Ale is returning to shelves and taps for the 2016 election season.

Only available every four years, Ale to the Chief was originally brewed back in 2009 to celebrate Inauguration Day.  This offering reached such a level of popularity that it returned in 2012 to celebrate democracy throughout the entire election season.  This Presidential (a.k.a. not Imperial) Pale Ale returns for a “third term” during this year’s election boasting a hefty dry-hopping of Cascade hops for a powerful floral and citrus punch.  The hops are balanced with a malt bill of “Caramel-120 malt adding contributing caramel flavor and color, Honey Malt for honey-like sweetness, and Dark Munich Malt bringing biscuity notes to the table.”  The finished product comes in at 8.1% ABV and is truly “a brew worthy of the Oval Office.”

From the label:

”We the Brewers of Avery Brewing Company, in order to form a more perfect ale, require leadership that can liberate us from quagmires in foreign lands; embrace environmentally sound energy alternatives; continue healing our healthcare system; and unite the parties around this bipartisan brew. We hereby pledge to provide him or her with an ample amount of our Presidential Pale Ale whilst they achieve the aforementioned goals! Hail to the Chief!”

Ale to the Chief officially launched at the brewery on July 18, and has started to work its way to Florida and other select markets within Avery Brewing’s distribution area throughout the country (Sorry, Alabama.  Your state was not on the list this time around.)  Look for this limited release to be available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft throughout the election.  Prost!

Vital Information on Ale to the Chief, A Presidential Pale Ale from Avery Brewing Company

ABV – 8.1%
Availability – Limited offering, available every four years in kegs and 22 oz. bottles
Distribution – FL, AZ, CA, CO, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, MN, NC, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TX, VA, WA, and WI

Avery Brewing adds El Gose to year-round portfolio

ELGoseglasscanAvery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) recently announced that El Gose German-style Sour Ale with Lime and Sea Salt Added is the latest offering to join the brewery’s year-round lineup.

El Gose is a new craft beer offering from Avery Brewing that has German and Mexican brewing styles and ingredients/garnishes fusing together effortlessly in each 12 oz. can.  This brew starts with a base of a traditional German Gose, a salty & sour wheat beer, that then gets a Mexican Lager twist thanks to the addition of quality sea salt and lime juice.  The finished beer comes in at 4.5% ABV and acts as a refreshing, go-to brew suitable for nearly every occasion.

Founder and CEO Adam Avery is excited to add an Avery twist to this traditional style by adding a twist of lime. “I love Mexican lagers with limes squeezed into them, and I wanted to make something similar that had more flavor and more mouthfeel. So this beer and its label are a fusion of a modern Mexican lager and a German ale from 500 years ago.”

Six-packs of 12 oz. cans and kegs of El Gose have started shipping out from the brewery this week and should be hitting craft beer shelves and taps any day now.  Craft beer fans can find El Gose in Alabama, Florida and throughout Avery’s 35 state distribution footprint.  Look for this brew on your next beer run to make these hot and humid days of summer a bit more tolerable.  Prost!

Vital Information on El Gose from Avery Brewing Company

ABV – 4.5%
Malts – Acidulated, Wheat, 2-Row
Hops – Sterling
Yeast – London Ale
Descriptors – Citrusy, Sour, Sessionable