More than two years ago, I shared a post on my blog about a sad (sad for Oklahoma, at least) development from Avery Brewing Co. The Boulder, Colo., brewery announced it was ceasing distribution in eight states and parts of several others.
Oklahoma was on that list, of course, and our state’s beer selection suffered as a result. A couple weeks ago, I stopped at a liquor store near Atlanta during a road trip and picked up a bottle of Avery IPA. It got me thinking — will we see Avery back in Oklahoma at some point?
The answer, I found out, is yes.
Avery president and founder Adam Avery told me today that the company is in the process of permitting and building a new brewhouse in order to increase capacity and allow them to expand their distribution net, “and (Oklahoma) will be one of the markets we reenter in the future.”
So the next obvious question is when?
Avery Brewing fans will need to be patient. Avery told me the best-case scenario for a return to the Oklahoma market would be early 2015.
“I know, long ways off, but we’re trying!!” Avery said.
I’m taking a better-later-than-never approach with this news. It’ll be great to get Avery back in Oklahoma, even if it takes a while.
-Tonight’s Monday pint nights at the McNellie’s pubs: Bigburger in Oklahoma City; Petrus Aged Pale Ale in Tulsa; and Samuel Smith Organic Ale in Norman.
-Got the chance to try Choc’s new Rye OPA over the weekend — they have hit this one out of the park. I thought the rye/malt character balanced out perfectly with the hop profile, creating a wonderfully balanced and enjoyable beer. This has easily been my favorite in the OPA lineup to date.