Colorado Brewed: Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale

Each Wednesday in this column I post my insights about one of the thousands of beers brewed in the great state of Colorado. Feel free to shoot me an email with your suggestions of Colorado beers you’d like me to feature – Lee Williams at – or leave your ideas in the comments.

There is something comforting and reassuring about a well made brown ale, be it of American or British descent. Brown ales are not glamorous, showy, brash or bitter, they steal few beer blog headlines or command much banter in today’s chatty and fickle beer sub-culture. Despite this, they continue to endure, sell well and most U.S. craft breweries have one in their year round offerings. Think of brown ales then as the man’s best friend of the beer world; friendly and loyal.

Avery Brewing’s Ellie’s Brown Ale was named in honor of one such undoubtedly faithful pup, a Chocolate Lab that belonged to the brewery’s owner and founder, Adam Avery.

Ellie’s is a delightful transparent chocolate colored pour, with a restrained and quickly settled head. On the palate the beer has a mild spicy bite that is apparent soon after the first sip. Flavors of dark Brazil nuts and beef extract follow prominently and linger to the last. The aroma is a delicate blur of suede, buttery shortbread and fresh blackcurrant.

Brown ales buddy up happily with a smorgasbord of dishes, or indeed work beautifully used abundantly as an ingredient – I frequently use brown ales in traditional Welsh rarebit, proper English cottage pie (that means no cheese melted on top – thank you) or any number of beef based stews. Two quite different cheeses that I think pair equally well with most brown ales are Cheshire and Double Gloucester. For me though, the absolutely quintessential brown ale pairings are, and will be bangers and mash or a piping hot steak and kidney pie – both best served with a lavish helping of hearty beef derived, onion and ale gravy.


  • Brewed in Colorado by:  Avery Brewing Company, 5757 Arapahoe Ave. Suite A1, Boulder, Colorado 80303
  • Released:  Available year round in 12oz bottle, 12oz can and on draft
  • Beer style:  American Brown Ale
  • ABV:  5.5%
  • IBU:  17
  • Hops:  Bullion, Cascade, Fuggles
  • Grains:  Two-row Barley, Chocolate Malt, Munich 10L Malt, Caramel 120L Malt

Check back next Wednesday when I highlight another Colorado Brewed beer. Cheers.

About Lee Williams

Beer writer. Founder of Hoptopia. I write for various beer related publications, websites and festivals. Email -

  • Ryan

    Another great not-review. You covered so much in so few words, beer details, style history, food pairings, cheese thoughts, vitals, Awesome.

    I hope that we get a chance to collaborate.


  • Lee Williams

    Thanks Ryan. I am sure we will at some point. Cheers!