By Mark Smiley
On June 24, 2017, Avery Brewing in Boulder hosted the 7th Annual Boulder SourFest at their sprawling campus on Nautilus Court. The well-organized event featured 100 different types of beers to sample over a 5-hour period. Armed with a souvenir glass, attendees could sample one ounce pours of all 100 sour beers including some bonus beers inside Avery’s Tap Room.
This fest once again showcased both national and local breweries who highlighted their best in the sour and wild beer formats. The fest itself is regarded as one of the best and most exclusive in the state. This year focused solely on wilds and sours that had been aged in a wooden vessel. This year’s entries no longer included standalone kettle soured beers.
Denver favorite Black Project was one of the most sought after beers at the fest. They poured a beer called Lancer, a barrel-aged golden sour refermented with Colorado wildflower honey. It was first introduced in 2015 so beer enthusiasts knew to line up early. It was gone within 90 minutes.
WeldWerks Brewing Company from Greeley was another beer attendees rushed the turnstiles for. Their Peach Climacteric, a Barrel aged sour blend aged on 4 pounds/gallon of Palisade peaches was one of the best offered. Wiley Roots Brewing Company, also from Greeley, gave it a run for their money with their own golden sour with Palisade peaches called Packed with Peaches. Both beers rank high on the popular beer app called untappd.
Leading the way of national breweries invited was Marble Brewing from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their Cereza! Cerveza, a blend of one and three-year-old barrel-aged beers, racked onto whole U.S. pie cherries was a standout. This beer made its debut in April, 2017 and two months later made its way to the SourFest.
One of the unique parts of this fest is that many of the breweries invited do not normally participate in fests. It was an opportunity for attendees to sample beers they would not normally be able to. With the list at 100 beers, it was next to impossible to try them all but due to the acidic nature of the sour beers, Avery provided complimentary tums to help people’s stomach along the way.
Avery Brewing is one of the nicest tap rooms a beer enthusiast could ask for. They celebrate their 24th Anniversary with an event on Saturday, August 5, 2017 benefiting the charity, American Rivers. The event begins at 3 p.m. and will feature Avery beers and is family friendly. Live music will be featured all afternoon. More information can be found at www.averybrewing.com.