BOULDER, CO — Avery Brewing Company today was named to Outside Magazine’s fifth annual “Best Places to Work” list. Avery was ranked No. 49 out of 100 selected companies. Profiles of the top-ten-performing small, medium, and large companies will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands August 14, 2012. The full list of 100 will be available August 2 at outsideonline.com/bestplacestowork.
Sure they’ve got corporate offices to house the president, the accountant, and the sales and marketing team; but the real “office” is a production brewery taking up eight or so light industrial units with outdoor tanks, a brewhouse, bottling and canning lines, refrigerated warehouses, a lab, and the Avery Tap Room. From pretty much any window you can see the Front Range, just west of Boulder.
Avery feels a bit like Santa’s workshop where the elves are perpetually stoked to be making the coolest toy ever—beer. When shifts end, almost everyone sits down at the Tap Room for a few communal beers. It’s a congenial staff of climbers, bikers, ultra-runners, and anglers sharing tales around the table. In marketing director Joe Osborne’s words “it’s easily the most fun you’ll ever have in an alley.”
Along with awesome benefits, the owner throws a New Year’s Party at his house every year, and everyone who works at Avery is welcome along with their loved ones. Also, and perhaps most importantly, the production team gets one free case of beer per week.
Outside’s “Best Places to Work” project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in an office in the United States. Participating companies were sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. The experts at the Best Companies Group then analyzed the results and selected the companies that best enable employees to pursue active lifestyles while also supporting their social and environmental contributions.
In past years, Outside has highlighted 50 outstanding companies. This year, Best Companies Group determined that there were so many top-quality applicants that the list needed to be expanded.Outside editors agreed, and doubled the size of the list.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate all 100 of these forward-thinking companies,” says Michael Roberts, Senior Executive Editor of Outside. “They believe success depends on helping their employees live more active and fulfilling lives. The kinds of benefits they’re providing—free fitness classes, flexible hours, subsidized healthy meals, lots of time out of the office—result in a more productive and engaged staff.”
About Avery Brewing Company:
Established in 1993, Avery Brewing Company has developed a reputation as being one of the most daring and visionary breweries in the nation. They are the brewers of Avery IPA, The Maharaja Imperial IPA, White Rascal Belgian Wheat Ale, Mephistopheles’ Stout and eighteen other year-round and seasonal beers. Please go to www.averybrewing.com for more information on Avery beers.
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ABOUT THE BEST COMPANIES GROUP:
Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, and regional basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.