Beer bandit: Former Avery Brewing Company employee charged with stealing hundreds of rare brews

Brewery employee caught in brouhaha

BOULDER, Colo. - A former employee of the Avery Brewing Company is charged with stealing rare and vintage beers worth thousands of dollars.

The brewery, located at 5757 Arapahoe Road in Boulder, first reported the thefts in mid-October of 2012. Since then, Boulder Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said, officers have been investigating.

Adam James Dickinson, 26, had worked at Avery Brewing from March 2012 until he was fired in October of the same year. He was arrested Thursday at his new workplace in Fort Collins, Kobel reported. An Avery Brewing manager had suspected him of stealing the rare brews.

Some of the stolen beers were worth $200 to $300 per bottle and more than 570 bottles were recovered during a search of the suspect's home.

Some of the rare beers included:

  • Several cases of Isabelle Proximus beer ($200/bottle)
  • Bottles of Duck Duck Gooze beer ($100/bottle)
  • Bottles of Rogue Old Crustacean beer ($100/bottle)
  • One bottle of 2001 Rogue Old Crustacean Barley Wine ($100/bottle).

Other beers were recovered separately because they'd been given to Dickinson's new boss as a gift. Those included:

  • Bottles of Black Tot Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout ($300/bottle)
  • Sui Generis Barrel-Aged Sour Ale ($300/bottle)

Kobel cautioned the values of the rare beers are approximate.

Dickinson is being held at the Larimer County Detention Center. Bail has been set at $5,000.

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