Boulder, Colorado-based Avery Brewing is has unveiled refreshed artwork for some of their most popular brands.
With Avery’s 25th anniversary approaching, the brewery teamed up with nationally recognized artist Neil Shigley. The goal was to create unique artwork for the brewery’s popular beers that was “modern and fresh” yet still paid homage to beer’s heritage and recognition.
“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. We are driven to create inspiring beer experiences and the new artwork reflects the focus of our craft.” – Adam Avery, Founder and CEO
Avery and Shigley spent a good amount of time together in both Shigley’s San Diego home and at Avery Brewing ahead of the refresh, getting a feel for the new artistic direction. Above are the first designs going into production now.
Fans can expect to see newly designed artwork on their favorite beers over the rest of 2018 and into 2019.
One of the biggest pumpkin beers out there, Avery Rumpkin has returned again for fall 2017.
“A pumpkin pie soaked in rum.” That was the general idea when creating the Avery Rumpkin recipe. Besides pumpkin, Avery Rumpkin is brewed with nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cinnamon, then aged in rum barrels.
Rum barrels have been a big leaking issue for Avery in the past. If a barrel leaks, you beer killing oxygen getting in, or other off-flavors introduced into the beer. Over the past 7 years, the brewery has lost between 30% & 40% of the batches. To fix this, the brewery flew in two professional coopers from France to restore the rum barrels before Rumpkin rested in the wood.
The result? Avery states this year’s de-barreling was the best in the brewery’s history.
The 2017 edition of Avery Rumpkin debut on August 7th. Look for it nationally later this month.
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The 45th entry into the Avery’s Barrel-Aged Series isn’t a sour this round, but a huge imperial peanut butter stout.
Avery has actually been working on a peanut butter beer stout for years, but struggled with the peanut flavor. When you add peanuts to beer, the oil kills the bubbles. (Plus peanuts can get a little oily.) In the past, the beers fell a little short on flavor, so they’ve never gone public. That was until Travis Rupp. Avery’s Research and Development Manager joined the process.
Rupp is a professor at the University of Colorado and graces the bottle’s label. He found the same setback while brewing with peanuts as a homebrewer. In order to get it right, Rupp used refined peanut flour for a burst of nutty flavor, then aged in bourbon barrels.
It’s hard to. ignore the 15.2% on the label, or the peanut butter mention. Rupp and his team have really pulled off a great peanut butter based beer. The imperial stout is creamy smooth with hints of chocolate. The peanut flavor really starts to pop as the beer warms. In the end, this is like a boozy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Avery Nuttiest Professor is available in limited quantities nationally in 12 ounce bottles.
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Avery Ginger Sour is coming to the brewery’s Botanicals & Barrels Series this month.
Hand picking the barrels and each herbal addition is what makes this Avery series one of the most diverse in their portfolio. The lineup features a Tangerine Quad (in bourbon), Apricot Sour (oak), Raspberry Sour, Vanilla Bean Stout (aged in bourbon), and newly released Coconut Porter.
The sixth release in the series is Avery Ginger Sour, an oak aged wild ale featuring fresh ginger root. The brewery sourced fresh ginger from Boulder, Colorado local, Pressery. Fresh ginger was pressed and added to the base beer within 24 hours.
Verdant fresh ginger is artfully rooted in radiant tartness, peaking in the unmistakable burst and bite of this bright barrel-aged sour ale.
Avery Ginger Sour will be a 22 ounce bottle and draft offering. With this release, there are six Botanicals & Barrels Series offerings available year-round.
Avery The Reel Peel IPA is a future can, and future year-round release.
With the number of breweries added a Fruited India pale ale to their year-round lineup, style is here to stay. The Reel Peel IPA bolsters the citrusy hops with tangerine peel. The brewery recently released Tangerine Quad, also with tangerine peel, in their Botanticals & Barrels Series.
Inspired by a summer’s day and crAfted to crush year-round, our IPA twists real tangerine peel and citrusy hops into this juicy experience! It’s the real deal!
Avery The Reel Peel IPA is slated for 12 ounce cans. The brewery has not yet announced this offering.
Avery Coconut Porter will be the newest release in the brewery’s ongoing Botanicals & Barrels Series this month. Each beer features hand selected barrels and one botanical. The lineup includes Vanilla Bean Stout, Tangerine Quad, Apricot Sour, and Raspberry Sour.
Avery Coconut Porter is a chocolatey porter, brewed with fresh coconut, and aged for a few months in bourbon barrels until ready for the big time. This release was slated for around this time last year, aged in rum barrels. The lot of barrels that Avery received didn’t pass muster, so it was back to the drawing board. Hopefully a year of recipe tweaks have done well by this beer.
Copious quantities of coconut coupled with time basking in Bourbon barrels compliment the chocolatey and sumptuous nature of this delicate porter.
Coconut Porter was set to be bottled May, 2016. The brewery has not announced a release date yet.
Avery Perzik Saison is back in cans ahead of the warmer weather.
“Perzik” is dutch for peach, and in this beer, the peach is the start. The Colorado brewery uses over 11 pounds of peaches per barrel, making this full of aroma and flavor.
This saison tastes like sitting in the hammock in your backyard during the summer. The peaches taste fresh, the beer finishes clean, and the esters of the yeast really compliment the whole package.
“We started making Perzik Saison two years ago, and we designed it to be a delicious, easy drinking, and sessionable beer. It has a massive amount of peaches, but our goal was to also stay true to the saison style. We ferment warm at 26 degrees Celsius, which builds a great yeast character that pairs well with the peaches.” – Fred Rizzo, Head Brewer
Avery Perzik Saison can be found nationally once again starting in April, 2017.
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