(Boulder, CO) – Avery Brewing Brewmaster, Matt “Truck” Thrall, told Colorado Craft Beer Radio this week that the company is “under contract for land” in Boulder, about 4.5 miles north of the current Arapahoe Drive location.
Purchasing land is only one phase of the process though. Avery now has a proposal into the city with a public hearing tentatively set for December 1st.
The brewery is already seeing objection from locals though. No surprise considering the proposed location at 4910 Nautilus Court is right next to a day school. The Boulder Camera reports:
Several parents of children who attend the Boulder Country Day School, at 4820 Nautilus Court in Gunbarrel, have written letters to the city expressing concerns about the Avery Brewing Co.’s plans to expand its operation to include a new brewery, tap house and restaurant near the school.
“There are many studies that show exposure to basic alcohol logos and basic branding increases underage drinking,” Jacqueline Noel wrote in a letter.
Mike Shields, head of the school, told the board members Thursday night that the proposed code changes could affect the safety of the 350 students.
“We want to be a good neighbor,” he said. “However, we also need to protect the safety and welfare of the children in our school.”
The concept that Avery is pushing to city officials is a potential tourism mecca. The plan includes “a 30,000 square foot brewery/warehouse along with a 5,000 square foot restaurant and outdoor deck, a 1,500 square foot gift shop, and 36,000 square feet of office space.” The building will be three floors. The brewery is currently working with Coburn Development.
Avery is in dire need of larger space for its brewing operations, being maxed out at the current location. Production surpassed 21,000 barrels last year and is up 71% this year according to a report late last month.
The new location would be virtually across the street from Asher Brewing which will turn just two years old this winter.
Avery will turn 20 years old during the month of August, 2013, and Thrall hopes that they are settled into the new spot by then.
On an additional note, Thrall mentioned that Uncle Jacob’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout would probably be released late next year in bottles. They are aiming to get the beer up to around 16% ABV like others in the Demon Series. Even the recently released Rumpkin is 15.9% ABV.