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Avery Invitational Pour List & How to Win A Pair of Tickets

Avery Invitational Pour List & How to Win A Pair of Tickets

In craft beer, the old adage of “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” doesn’t necessarily apply. Even the most successful breweries and industry events must continue to innovate in this most competitive and fast-evolving landscape.

Avery Brewing, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is no stranger to change, moving from its humble industrial alley to a state-of-the-art, 5.6-acre campus in 2015 and, most recently, selling a minority stake to Mahou San Miguel in November. And even though the pioneer of high octane and barrel-aged beers has found tremendous success in both their Strong Ale Fest and Sour Fest, the Boulder-based brewery has decided to shift their festival strategy this year to replace the two with an entirely new concept.

Photo by Dustin Hall, The Brewtography Project

Enter The Avery Invitational Festival, which will debut June 2018, aimed at bringing together some of the industry’s best producers without any restriction to style or ABV. “With over a dozen festivals happening each weekend throughout the summer, we realized that our festivals started to feel a little bland,” noted Rachael Burrell, Events Manager for Avery Brewing. “We always want to ensure that our festivals are exciting for our attendees, volunteers and participating breweries, so this year we decided to focus our attention on quality over quantity.”

The Avery team will also look to expand the overall footprint of the festival to incorporate approximately 200 beers poured at the event, whereas both the Strong Ale and Sour Fests averaged between 100-115 beers. Invitations for participation will begin rolling out next week but in narrowing the list of prospective breweries, the Avery events team tasked their employees to contribute their list of favorites.

Avery Strong Ale Fest

“In our quest to narrow down an invite list, we decided to poll our employees and sent out a company-wide survey. Basically, we asked if there’s any beer you’d like to see here, just say it. It was a fun list, and it helped us make it a more democratic process,” noted Burrell. “There’s some big beer nerds here and some that just like to drink Coors Banquet. It was a cool way to get everyone involved and narrow our list.”

But aside from just growing their brewery list, Avery also drew inspiration from the industry favorite, the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival, with the intent to incorporate an educational component to the fest. “We’ve learned a lot from what Laura Lodge has built at Big Beers, so we are hoping to add a sensory tasting, have Travis Rupp discussing his Ales of Antiquity, and Andy Parker will likely be giving a barrel talk for starters,” said Walter Becker, former Events Coordinator at Avery Brewing.

Photo by Dustin Hall, The Brewtography Project

General Admission tickets for the Avery Invitational are currently available for $40, with proceeds benefiting Colorado Water Trust, a non-profit that works with many diverse partners, including breweries, to keep Colorado’s rivers healthy, flowing and full of water.

The initial pour list was provided to us today, and fans of Avery’s past festivals should be assuaged by the mix of familiar local standouts as well a healthy representation by national standouts not usually available in the state of Colorado. As a reminder, this beer list is always subject to change, but does serve as a preemptive framework for what to expect.


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As a quick breakdown of what we’re most excited to try and what not to miss: AleSmith’s Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout, Amalgam’s Secret Family Recipe, pretty much everything from Avery, but most notably 25th Anniversary (changes each year), Nestor’s Cup/Dead Sea Scrolls, Depuceleuse, everything from Bagby, everything from Brewery Bhavana, everything from Boneyard Brewing, Burial’s Deafening Song of Silence, Call to Arms’ Shirtless Putin Nuzzlin’ With Dolphins, Cellar West’s Song of the West, Cerebral’s Personal Day, not sure what’s coming from Commonwealth, but keep an eye out for this riser out of Virginia, Coor’s Banquet… because it’s the beer industry’s beer, Dark Sky’s High Country Brunch, Firestone Walker’s UnderCurrants, Founders’ KBS… we had to know a fellow Mahou owned brewery would bring their signature cult classic!, Funkwerks’ Oud Bruin, Great Divide’s Mexican Chocolate Yeti, Grimm Brothers’ 13th Door Barleywine, Half Acre’s Navaja Double IPA, Liquid Mechanic’s Pimm’s Yo!… perhaps the highlight of Collab Fest makes an appropriate return, everything from Paradox… seriously this is one of the most underrated breweries in Colorado right now, Ratio’s Loveless, Rhinegeist’s Barrel Aged Mastodon Belgian Style Dark Ale, everything from Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Strange Craft’s StrangeTail VII, everything from TRVE, and of course EVERYTHING from Trillium, WeldWerks’ Coffee Maple Achromatic and Mexican Medianoche, and Wiley Roots’ Vanilla Pseudonym and Packed with Peaches.

2018 Avery Invitational Initial Pour List

BREWERYBEER NAMEBEER DESCRIPTION
4 NosesFRUITED BERLINER WEISSModestly sour,easy drinking fruited wheat ale
4 NosesWhimsy New England India Pale AleAromas and flavors of oranges from the loads of Amarillo, Citra, and Jarrylo hops
4 NosesOrange VelvetBlood Orange Milkshake IPA
105 West Brewing CoRocky Mountain Juice IPAAmerican IPA
105 West Brewing CoSquirrel Nut SipperNut brown ale
AleSmith Brewing CompanyBarrel Aged Speedway Stout 2018Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout with Coffee
AleSmith Brewing CompanySublime Mexican Lager
AleSmith Brewing CompanySpezial Pils
AlmanacHibiscus Ginger Lime SourBarrel Aged sour blonde ale with hibiscus, ginger and lime
AlmanacFarmer's Reserve BlueberryBarrel aged sour blonde ale with blueberries and spices
AmalgamSecret Family RecipeBourbon Barrel-Aged Golden Sour Ale Refermented on Colorado Grown Peaches, Madagascar Vanilla Beans & Cinnamon Sticks
AmalgamFreeformSolera Golden Sour fermented/aged in oak puncheons, refermented on 5 lbs per gallon of hand picked Danube Cherries from the western slope.
Asher Brewing CompanyHempin' Ain't EasyAmerican Pale Ale brewed with 50 lbs of organic hemp hearts (seeds)
Asher Brewing CompanyGinger Bomb AleLight amber style ale brewed with fresh organic ginger
Asher Brewing CompanyHippie Nectar WheatCrisp, refreshing wheat ale brewed with organic wheat malt, oranges and limes
Atom Brewing Co.Blueberry HarvestBarrel aged Farmhouse Ale aged on whole Blueberries
Atom Brewing Co.Peach SourBarrel aged Golden Sour aged on Palisade Peaches
Avery Brewing CompanyWhite RascalAn authentic Belgian style white ale, this Rascal is unfiltered and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curaçao orange peel producing a refreshingly zesty classic ale.
Avery Brewing CompanyBug Zapper
Avery Brewing CompanyAvery Lager
Avery Brewing CompanyGo Play
Avery Brewing CompanyVanila Bean StoutBourbon barrel-aged stout with Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican vanilla beans added
Avery Brewing CompanyCoconut PorterBourbon barrel-aged porter with copious amounts of coconut added
Avery Brewing CompanyTangerine QuadBourbon-barrel aged Belgian-style quadrupel ale with tangerine zest added
Avery Brewing CompanyApricot SourBarrel-aged sour with apricot
Avery Brewing CompanyGinger SourBarrel-aged sour with ginger
Avery Brewing Company25th Anniversary
Avery Brewing CompanyRadler
Avery Brewing CompanyPolyhymnia
Avery Brewing CompanySan Juan Sour
Avery Brewing CompanyDepuceleuseAle brewed with sour cherries and aged in zinfandel barrels. 100% Brettanomyces fermentation
Avery Brewing CompanyTectum et ElixSour ale aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels
Avery Brewing CompanyFiner Things
Avery Brewing CompanyTriple Dry-hopped Chowdah
Avery Brewing CompanyDouble Dry Hopped Maharaja
Avery Brewing CompanyNestor's Cup/Dead Sea Scrolls
Avery Brewing CompanyCalipygianStout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee, cocoa, cocoa nibs, and vanilla beans added
Avery Brewing CompanySandy Claws
Avery Brewing CompanyStaff Challenge Beer #1
Avery Brewing CompanyStaff Challenge Beer #2
Avery Barrel TappingsCoconut Porter
Avery Barrel Tappings:Plank'd
Avery Barrel Tappings:Vanilla Bean Stout
Avery Barrel Tappings:Raspberry Trufffale
Bagby Beer CompanyBoy Wonder
Bagby Beer CompanyLike it like a Latte
Bagby Beer CompanySweet Ride
Ballast PointHigh West Barrel Aged Victory at SeaImperial Porter- Coffee, Vanilla added, High West Rye/Bourbon barrels
Ballast PointGin Barrel-Aged Sour Wench
Ballast PointRed-Wine Barrel Aged Three Sheets Barleywine
Brewery BhavanaGroveSunny, Citrusy Double IPA
Brewery BhavanaPigletteTart & Funky, Ultra Light Grisette
Brewery BhavanaBrett SaisonSolera Foeder-Aged Wild Ale
Bierstadt LagerhausEisbockFreeze distilled Doppelbock
Bierstadt LagerhausSlow Pour PilsGerman Style Pilsner
Boneyard BrewingWooden FemurRye Whiskey Barrel Aged English Style Barleywine
Boneyard BrewingBarrel Aged Suge KniteRum Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Boneyard BrewingNotorious 3IPATriple IPA
Bootstrap BrewingWreak HavocMassively hopped Imperial Red Ale
Boulevard Brewing CompanyBourbon Barrel QuadWHISKEY BARREL-AGED BELGIAN-STYLE DARK STRONG ALE
Breakside BreweryErr to ExcessBourbon-Barrel aged Stout with Sea salt, caramel, chocolate, and hazelnut
Brewery OmmegangBrewery Ommegang Pale SourPale Sour is a mixed fermentation sour
Brewery OmmegangBrewery Ommegang RosettaBlend of old & young Flemish brown ale with a fruity kriek, cherry beer
BRU handbuilt ales & eatsBeezel Belgian Style Golden Strong AleBelgian style strong ale made with honey and black pepper
BRU handbuilt ales & eatsLoch Wee Heavy Scotch Alepeated malt / fuggle hops
The Bruery & Bruery TerreuxThe Wanderer
The Bruery & Bruery TerreuxMash and Coconut
The Bruery & Bruery TerreuxFrucht Peach
Burial Brewing CompanyBeacon of the AbyssBright Lager
Burial Brewing CompanyDeafening Song of SilenceFor those times when the utter absurdity of pure emptiness speaks at such a piercing shrill. Made with Honey and Oats. Double Dry-Hopped with Simcoe, Citra and Cascade.
Call to ArmsThe Ballroom BeerPure lager refreshment brewed with 1000% CO Rocky Mountain water.
Call to ArmsShirtless Putin Nuzzlin' With DolphinsBourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Baltic Porter W/ Coffee added
Cannonball Creek
Cannonball Creek
Cellar West Artisan AlesSong of the Westoak aged Super Saison with Oregon rye, Colorado wheat, and Brettanomyces Clausennii. Collab w/ Alesong Brewing and Blending.
Cellar West Artisan AlesDry Hopped Meageroak aged Table Saison with Brett and Dry Hopped with Galaxy
Cellar West Artisan AlesCreek Kingwild blonde ale aged in oak barrels and refermented with Colorado tart cherries
Cerebral BrewingPersonal DayWe took Work From Home and aged it for 12 months in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels then conditioned it on a rare cold-processed Colombian coffee from Middle State as well as Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans and cassia bark.
Cerebral BrewingDDH Remote IslandBrewed with oats and aggressively hopped in the WP and DH with Galaxy, Motueka and Hallertau Blanc at 10#/bbl. Notes of guava, ripe melon, white grape and a hint of pine.
Cerebral BrewingBird of Paradise - Passionfruit/RaspberrySoured with Lactobacillus and fermented with a clean American strain, then conditioned on lactose, passionfruit and raspberry.
CommonwealthMarvoloImperial Stout
CommonwealthBig PapiDIPA
City StarWidow MakerImperial Stout
City StarScarletSour Barrel Aged Stout with Cherries
CoorsBanquet
Crooked StaveL'Brett d'Apricot
Crooked StaveSilly Cybies
Crooked StaveSour Rose
Dark SkyBlood of My EnemiesHazy IPA with passionfruit and hibiscus
Dark SkySliceBerliner Weiss brewed with tangerine and dry hopped w citra and Mosaic
Dark SkyHigh Country BrunchImperial stout w coffee and maple syrup
Dogfish Head90 Minute
Dogfish Head2017 Olde School Barleywine
Elevation Beer CompanyAreteAmerica Barleywine
Elevation Beer CompanySignal de BotrangeChardonnay barrel-aged farmhouse ale
Elevation Beer CompanyDouble IPADouble IPA
Finkle and GarfBarrel Aged Imperial RedOur Imperial Red aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.
Finkle and GarfBourbon Barrel Aged Imperial StoutOur BBA Imperial Stout aged on Cherry and Vanilla.
Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyUnderCurrantsWild Ale fermented with Black Currants
Firestone Walker Brewing CompanySucabaBarrel-Aged Barleywine
Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyBretta RoseBerliner Weisse aged in French Oak with Raspberries
FoundersDouble TroubleAn Imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Pungent aromatics up front pair with a malt-balanced backbone and a smooth, bitter finish.
FoundersSolid GoldOur take on a classic, Solid Gold is a drinkable premium lager brewed with the highest quality ingredients.
FoundersKBSAn imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish.
FunkwerksDeceitBelgian-Style Golden Strong Ale
FunkwerksOud BruinBelgian-Style Sour Ale aged in red wine and whiskey barrels
FunkwerksLevel 13 (needs)Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Strong Ale
Good River BeerFu Fighter Belgian Golden StrongBig, bold, dry and drinkable Belgian Golden with complex fruit flavors.
Good River BeerClass V (5)Big balanced double IPA with dry finish and great hop flavor.
Good River BeerRiver RightTropical wheat ale
Great Divide Brewing Co.Mexican Chocolate Yeti
Great Divide Brewing Co.Gosefaced Killah
Great Divide Brewing Co.Sour Apricot Collette
Grimm BrothersThe Ballinderry SwordBlackberry Braggot with Clover Honey
Grimm BrothersBarrel 29Single Barrel Sour
Grimm Brothers13th DoorGerman Style Barleywine
Grossen BartChin CurtainA dank ass IPA
Grossen BartHandle Barley Midnight Wheat WineDark wheat beer brewed with all the wheats commercially available
Grossen BartFrida SMaSHSingle Malt and Single Hopped Barley Wine
Half Acre Brewing CompanyNavajaDouble IPA
Horse and DragonHopsweeper IIPAHop-o-rama IIPA!
Horse and DragonDragonfire Imperial Stout
Horse and DragonMaracuyá IPAPassionfruit IPA
Jack's AbbyBarrel Aged FraminghammerBourbon Barrel Aged Baltic Porter
Jack's AbbyGraham Cracker Barrel Aged FraminghammerBourbon Barrel Aged Baltic Porter...with Graham Crackers
Jack's AbbySpringdale KriekBarrel Aged Golden Sour, finished on cherries
Jessup Farm Barrel HouseFancy PantsDry-hopped, oak barrel-aged Brett IPA
Jessup Farm Barrel HouseJimmy Buffett ProblemRum and bourbon barrel-aged DIPA w/ Pineapple and Coconut
Jessup Farm Barrel HouseLegal in EuropeWhiskey barrel-aged Imperial Stout w/ cacao nibs, chiles, and cinnamon
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan AlesiO SaisonSaison with rose hips, rose petals, and hibiscus flowers
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan AlesBam NoireDark Farmhouse Ale
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan AlesSaison SSaison with notes of Brett, oak, and tropical fruit.
La Cumbre Brewing CompanyProject DankAmerican IPA
La Cumbre Brewing CompanyFievre d' AbricotApricot Saison
La Cumbre Brewing CompanySiberian SilkBaltic Porter
Lefthand BrewingTravelin' LightGolden, crisp, dry and refreshing with herbal hops.
Lefthand BrewingGood JujuA LIGHT ALE BREWED WITH FRESH GINGER TO CREATE A SPICY AROMA AND UNIQUE FLAVOR.
Lefthand BrewingLeft Hand IPAPALE ORANGE, LIGHT MALTINESS. HOP PROFILE OF ORANGE, PASSIONFRUIT, PEACH AND LEMON.
Liquid MechanicsPimm's Yo!Collab beer with Wiley Roots based on the Pimm's Cup cocktail. Cucumber, strawberry, mint, key lime and ginger.
Liquid MechanicsRevolverv2.0 of our Lost Abbey Collab. Based on the revolver cocktail. Chestnut, coffee and orange In a 13% Bourbon BA RIS.
Liquid MechanicsCoconut BBA RIS13% RIS aged in Spirit Hounds whiskey barrels for a year, then we add toasted coconut.
Melvin Brewing2x4Our flagship Double IPA, gold medal winner at GABF and World Beer Cup
Melvin BrewingHop Shocker100% lupulin powder Double IPA
Merchant du VinTrappistes Rochefort 10Belgian quadruple, great strength balanced with a complexity of flavors
Mountain SunSuperkind
Mountain SunNihilistRussian Imperial Stout
New BelgiumLe Kriek Noir 2018Blend of Oud Beersel Kriek + NBB Oscar, aged in red wine barrels
New BelgiumTerroir NoirDark sour dry-hopped with HBC 438
Odd 13Saint NewcoleRussian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels with Vanilla and Coconut
Odd 13Robot LibrarianCollaborative Double IPA brewed with Cerebral, Fiction, and Weldwerks
Odd 13Codename: SuperfanNew England style IPA
Odell BrewingFee Fi Fo FumTriple IPA! Hops hops and even more hops!
Odell BrewingBarrel Aged Extra Special RedImperial Red Ale aged in rye whiskey barrels
ParadoxB'aril Blood
ParadoxArno Pommer
ParadoxCafe Vibrante
ParadoxSalty Lemons 2018Preserved Meyers lemons, then blended them into our mixed-fermentation sour golden ale with Sorachi Ace hops and Himalayan Pink salt.
Ratio BeerworksBarrel-Aged Genius WizardBourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
Ratio BeerworksNew WaveStrawberry Berliner Weisse
Ratio BeerworksLovelessBarrel-aged sour saison with raspberries and blackberries
RhinegeistTruthIntensely hopped, dry IPA with Centennial, Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe hops.
RhinegeistKnowledgeExtreme additions of American hops lend notes of resinous pine to this dry, crisp Imperial IPA.
RhinegeistBarrel Aged MastodonBelgian Style Dark Ale aged 10 months in bourbon barrels & 3 months in red wine barrels.
Rowley Farmhouse AlesMixed Dubbels CurlingSour dubbel aged in rum barrels and finished with plums
Rowley Farmhouse AlesNotorious BdG - Apple BrandyBiere de Garde
Rowley Farmhouse AlesIf You MustBerliner Weisse
SkaBHC (Bad Hop Contract)Lucious, juicy, hop overload, tropical DIPA
SkaPink Vapor StewBeets, carrots, apples, ginger kettle sour
SkaDecadentCitrus aroma, mounds of fresh hops and malt Imp DIPA
Short's BrewVieux RougeMixed Fermentation Sour Red Ale aged in bourbon barrels for two years
Short's BrewBourbon barrel-aged Ben's AsthmaImperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with beet sugar and Medjool dates
Short's BrewBatch 8000Quadrupel IPA brewed with raspberry
Sierra NevadaPale AleOriginal West Coast Pale Ale with Whole Cone Cascade Hops
Sierra NevadaHoptimum Triple IPATriple IPA providing a blend of Tropical and citrus hop aroma
Sierra NevadaBigfootCult classic barley wine style, strong, robust, bruiser of a beer
StoneScorpion Bowl IPAFruit forward, tropical IPA
StoneDouble Bastard AleAmped up strong Pale Ale
StoneXocoveza CharredBourbon barrel aged Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout
Strange Craft1000 Barrels Imperial IPAvery hop forward but drinkable Summit hop showcase
Strange Craft2016 Dr. Strangelove BarleywineGABF and World Beer Cup winner
Strange CraftStrangeTail VIIRed wine barrel aged IPA with Brettanomyces
TellurideFishwater ProjectDouble IPA aged in Knob Creek Barrels for 6 months
TellurideTripel in StillwaterBelgian Tripel
The Lost AbbeyRed PoppyBrown ale base aged in oak barrels wtih sour cherries
The Lost AbbeyBourbon Barrel-Aged Serpent's StoutBourbon-barrel aged imperial stout
TRVECoffee FuneralImperial stout with Huckleberry Roasters cold brew
TRVEStarving Gods of OldFoeder saison with Colorado peaches
TRVESonoran DepravationBrett IPA
TrilliumPermutation 37Weizenbock
TrilliumFruit Salad Wild Ale
TrilliumDialed In Double IPA
UplandBoysenberryBarrel-aged fruited sour ale
UplandOak & RoseBarrel-aged fruited sour ale
UplandLittle Wheat LiesNE-style IPA
UpslopeDry-Hopped Brett Saison
UpslopeBarrel Aged Coconut Porter
Upslope2018 Experimental IPA
Verboten Brewing and Barrel ProjectStrange Little SmileBourbon Barrel-Aged German Chocolate Cake Imperial Milk Stout
Verboten Brewing and Barrel ProjectSomebody to LoveExtra Brut IPA. Champagne IPA with Hallertau Blanc, Azacca, and Galaxy Hops
Verboten Brewing and Barrel ProjectMM3Mountain Man w/Barrel Aged Coffee & Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
WeldWerks Brewing Co.Extra Extra Juicy Bits
WeldWerks Brewing Co.Tropical Punch Berliner
WeldWerks Brewing Co.Coffee Maple Achromatic
WeldWerks Brewing Co.Mexican Medianoche
WestmalleWestmalle Trappist TripelBelgian Tripel, herbal aroma, malt sweetness balanced with powerful drinkability
Wibby BrewingRum Barrel Aged 9 Toed NihilistA Russian Imperial Lager Aged in a Rum Barrel
Wibby BrewingWibby IPLIPA-Style Lager
Wibby BrewingLightshine HellesHelles Lager brewed with Centennial hops
Wiley RootsVanilla PseudonymLaws Secale Rye Barrel Aged Imperial Stout w/ Papua New Guinea Vanilla Beans
Wiley RootsPacked With PeachesBarrel Aged Golden Sour With Palisade Peaches

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