Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Avery Tap Room

The Avery Tap Room in Boulder, CO is, by appearances, nothing fancy, but the beer selection is second to none. The Maharaja was nowhere to be found (one Avery's many seasonal brews), but my other favorite, the Karma, was present and on tap. I started with it, quickly slaking my end-of-workday thirst. I next tried the Eighteen Anniversary, a delightful Saison. I had Funkwerks' Hibiscus Resistance Saison the night before, as this style never disappoints. The Eighteen Anniversary was no exception.

For my next to last selection I chose a hand drawn Ellie's Brown Ale. The hand drawing process gives the beer an amazing smooth texture. Below is a video of my beer being drawn:

My final beer was inadvertently chosen for me, when another member of my party ordered a 2011 Samael's and declined to drink it. This ale has a very strong aroma, almost like a liquor. No doubt this is in part due to the 15.31% alcohol content (by volume). Avery describes it thus:
Sweet, rich, complex. This beer is the best Port you've ever had!

I wish I could say I got to fully enjoy it, but my party was in a hurry to get to dinner, and I was admonished to chug it. An offer of money was made, so I obliged.

here is a small gallery of pictures I took at the Tap Room.