(Boulder,CO) – It was a sad day for Florida beer circa 2010-2011, Avery Brewing Company realized that they needed to pull their beer out of the Sunshine State. The brewery had “capacity constraints,” and was forced to make some tough decisions. The Boulder, Colorado-based craft brewery pulled beer out of Florida (and over a dozen other markets) with the same pledge that Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Arnold Schwarzenegger respectively made when faced with similar decisions: “I’ll be back.”
It has been a while since Avery left, but with a new brewing facility that has been online for a year now in place, Avery decided it was time to make their glorious return. Plans were put into motion, trucks were loaded, beer was brewed, and dates were set. And finally, after years of longing, Avery Brewing is returning to Florida. Avery will once again be available in the Sunshine State beginning this week and they are excitedly bringing out some of their best and brightest new beers from their new brewery to coincide with the relaunch.
“We are proud of what we are doing, and we want to show it off,” says brewery owner, Adam Avery. “I’m so glad to be able to sell beer in St. Petersburg and Tampa again. Not only are these great markets, but I can go to the sunshine when Boulder is snowed in. The beers that we are sending this time around are great. All are fun beers, but some are different than you might expect.”
So what beers will Avery be sending to Florida? Avery is sending their core beers–the old dependables, ones that have anchored their lineup for years, including Joe’s Pils (Avery’s rendition of the style with German hops and a floral profile), Ellie’s Brown Ale (the brown ale with brown sugar maltiness), Avery IPA (malty, citrusy, and dependable), White Rascal (the unfiltered, authentic Belgian white with Curcao orange peel), and Out of Bounds Stout (big, roasty, and full-bodied). These guys have all been here before and are coming back like snowbirds returning for a party…but this time they’re bringing friends.
Now that Avery can sufficiently supply the Florida market, expect to see Avery’s Holy “Trinity”: Salvation (a Belgian golden ale with apricot and peach flavors), The Reverend (a Belgian Quadruple with flavors of dark cherries, currants, and molasses), and Hog Heaven (intensely hoppy American barleywine). In addition, limited amounts of Collaboration Not Litigation (the least litigious beer around) will also make the southeasterly trek.
Avery will also be showcasing a few beers from their new facility that display the brewery’s playful and experimental projects:
Liliko’i Keplolo (pronounced Leh-leh-koy Keh-po-lo)
A Belgian-style white ale with passionfruit. Avery is especially proud of this one. “The passionfruit is the main player here. We use real passionfruit in mass quantities and it has a nice wheat base behind it. It is acidic and thirst-quenching with a borderline sour quality.” Liliko’i Kepolo will be part of the year-round lineup from Avery. 5.6% ABV
The name really says it all. This one combines luscious, ripe raspberries with a lactic acidity. Matured in oak barrels, Raspberry Sour is Florida’s introduction to the sour portion of Avery’s Botanicals and Barrels Series. 6.5% ABV
Vanilla Bean Stout
Again, a name that wears its heart on its sleeve. This one has a deep and dark imperial stout that was laid to rest in fresh bourbon barrels with three varieties of whole vanilla beans. Vanilla Bean Stout anchors the non-sour portion of Botanicals and Barrels Series and is anxiously awaiting its Florida debut. 10.8% ABV
Uncle Jacob’s Stout
Named for Jacob Spears–the first distiller of bourbon (and a 6th cousin to the Avery family)– this stout has a silky and chocolatey imperial stout as the base. Then the beer goes to sleep for six months inside a bourbon barrel and what emerges is a polite, yet monstrous 17.1% ABV (yes, you read that correctly) stout that is meant for sharing, gatherings, and rich desserts. This uncle used to only come around on a rare occasion, but Avery has added him to their Yearly Barrel Series, so expect him to visit annually. 17.1% ABV
A barrel-aged coffee stout that takes a silky imperial stout base and adds so much coffee that it has to take a nap. So it pulls the oaky blanket of a bourbon barrel over its head and sleeps for four months inside the caverns of goodness. When this now annual visitor (and fellow anchor of the Yearly Barrel Series) arrives, he brings joy and gladness in 12oz bottles of himself. This 17.5% (yes, 35 Proof) sipper will be spotted yearly in Florida, thanks to Avery’s larger brewery and barrel project expansion. 17.5% ABV
Thanks to Avery’s new brewery, Florida will soon get to taste the growth that Avery has experienced. From the reemergence of Avery’s core lineup to the addition of many new friends, the relaunch will be a time where Tampa Bay can taste and see what Avery has in store for the future.
A series of Avery ReLaunch Parties will take place at select locations throughout J.J. Taylor’s distribution area. Expect almost every beer on this page to make an appearance at the events and help us celebrate Avery’s return!
TUESDAY, MARCH 1ST
World of Beer, Westchase
9524 W Linebaugh Ave, Tampa
Featuring Salvation, Uncle Jacob’s Stout, Collaboration not Litigation and more. Click here for more details.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2ND
World of Beer, Brandon
2878 Providence Lakes Blvd, Brandon
Featuring Mephistopheles, Tweak, Reverend, Salvation, Raspberry Sour, Vanilla Bean Stout and more. Click here for more details.
Vine & Barley Palm City
2951 SW High Meadows Ave, Palm City
Featuring IPA, White Rascal, Collaboration Not Litigation, Uncle Jacobs Stout and much more. Click here for more details.
THURSDAY, MARCH 3RD
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
3015 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
Mini Tap Takeover featuring Avery Brewing Co.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH
The Ale & The Witch
111 2nd Ave NE, St. Pete
Featuring Reverend, White Rascal, Lilikoi Kepolo, Uncle Jacobs Stout, Out of Bounds Stout and more. Click here for more details.