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Avery Brewing breaks ground in Boulder; Breckenridge Brewery getting close

Avery Brewing broke ground yesterday on a $27 million, 68,000-square-foot campus in north Boulder that it hopes to move to around this time next year.

The brewery first submitted plans to the City of Boulder in fall 2011 -- and wanted construction to be under way in 2012 -- but financial and bureaucratic setbacks delayed that timeline. The remaining details came together quickly last week, however.

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"We're excited. We can't wait," says Adam Avery, who founded the company with his father, Larry, in 1993 at 5757 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, where the brewery still operates.

When it is finished, the 5.6-acre site, at 4910 and 4920 Nautilus Court, will consist of a 95,922-square-foot building with the brewery and tasting room, a restaurant, a gift shop and offices. Avery will be able to brew about 100,000 barrels of beer right away -- or roughly twice what it made in 2013 -- and up to 500,000 barrels eventually.

Construction will take place in two phases, with the first phase scheduled to be completed in about twelve months.

Denver's Breckenridge Brewery was also scheduled to break ground this week in Littleton on a $20 million, twelve-acre campus, but had to postpone the groundbreaking. The ceremony will be rescheduled soon, says brewery spokesman Todd Thibault.

Breckenridge, Denver's largest brewery, is planning to construct a 76,000-square-foot brewery, cellar and warehouse on a farm-like setting -- along with an 8,000 square-foot farmhouse building that will house a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, a tasting room, beer garden, retail store and growler-fill station.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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