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Pug Ryan's Brewery

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114 Ratings

Type: Brewery, Eatery

104 Village Place
Dillon, Colorado, 80435
United States

(970) 468-2145 | map

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Mebuzzard:
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Scampered on over here after a beer fest at the Marina for some grub and beers.

It's the sort of place looking for identity. A lodge-log cabin appearance with sea-faring stuff on the walls (see: swordfish-esque thing on the wall, next to the cattle skull). I think it tries to be a steak house to lure the skiers and tourists. It misses the steak house vibe and quality. A $30 steak should taste pretty good, not average. It's overpriced pub food. But I'm not here for a 5-star dinner. On to beer....

Not easy to know what's on tap. 3 handles weren't labeled and getting the attention of the staff was tricky--they were busy, though. A cover band was playing which made movement restricted. The beer was average as was the selection. Overall this place is average and expensive. Perhaps worth a try, but not a destination for me....but I don't live there :)

UPDATE: After this year's beer fest I headed to PR's again and glad I did. They've renovated the place to give it room and a feel. Had the fish and chips and they were solid. Beer lineup expanded and improved. That's good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kingpin1010
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of sjdevel
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Took the wife and kids here to try of their food and beer. It was the first day of their Oktoberfest 2016 celebration.

VIBE: It was a comfortable and homey place. There was some background noise, which was nice so we didn't feel like we had to whisper. They were only about half full at the time.
QUALITY: Overall quality of the place was good. Some of the decor is outdated and there are antique items hanging here and there.
SERVICE: Was very good. Seated quickly. Our waitress came over quickly and got us our drinks. Appetizers came out quickly, as did the entrees that we ordered. A waitress that was taking care of the next section was walking by and noticed me struggling with a ketchup bottle, so she went ahead and grabbed me a new one. Impressive these days to have someone not assigned to your table to help you out with out being asked. I was very pleased.
SELECTION: Food selection is enormous. Large menu. Beer selection was great too. They have their flagship beers and some specialty beers available. They may have had 10 or more of their own... don't remember.
FOOD: Food was great. Only issue I had was with an appetizer as a pretzel was just a bit too tough/dry. Still edible though. Will go back again in the future.

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Photo of Beerbirdnerd
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of msvitak
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Akeah
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of gemery554
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
4.26/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

They have awesome food and good beer to pair with that.

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Photo of Gerred
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

cool little spot right up in dillon, been waiting to get here after missing it on previous trips through. vibe is funky, very authentic rustic and amusing, lots of stuff on the walls, wood trim, big dining room, small bar, and with copper tanks and stainless fermenters everywhere. set up is generic, high tops near the bar, tables everywhere else. nice fire burning in the middle, it was cozy from the get go. 8 or so beers going, the ones they can and a few others. a nice esb and saison i was unaware they brewed, and all of them were tasty enough, if a little plain for the advanced craft beer palate. food was really solid overall, steak sandwich was yummy, and the specials all looked good getting run out. service was moderately unprofessional, but this is a bar first it seems, and a brewery second, pub feel and focus, its not a fine dining establishment, but i dont need to hear my server announce how big a night she had last night to every single table one by one. that said, she was friendly enough, prompt enough, and thats all i really care about. i will definitely be back here, a great spot to cozy up in winter and session some local brews. fairly priced as well.

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Photo of Basoos1
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped by the brewery after a day hanging out around Lake Dillon. Atmosphere is nice, lots of wood and a big fireplace. This would probably be a perfect place to lounge if you spent the day skiing or snowboarding. They had six or seven beers on tap and a couple were beers not available in cans. They sold cans to go and mix six with two each of the pils, dunkel, and helles. Service was friendly and beers were only $3, nice.

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Photo of bulldogg915
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of davidgsmit
4/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Surprised to see so many poor reviews for this place! I've only been there twice, but have nothing bad to say about it. Beers are fairly good, their specials are good, the calamari is some of the best I've ever had (go figure!), and the atmosphere after a day on the ski slopes is great!
I'm already looking forward to my next visit! Oh and growler prices are very fair at Pug's... if only they would learn how to pour one already!
Do yourself a favor and skip the traffic on the way home by stopping in for a fresh brew... I think you'll find this place to be better than reviewed on Beeradvocate!

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Photo of meeekyh
2/5  rDev -42.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3

I would love to write a shining review of this pub. I would love to go on about how the food was wonderful and the beer was outstanding. I would love to tell you all that the service was inspired and the atmosphere inviting, but I can't. You see when I was going through town, in mid Summer, the place looked great from the outside and the doors were wide open with the specials board out front. So we walked in and waited as prompted by the 'wait for service' sign. After a few moments I said to my family, "I'd bet we can find our own seat" as they were all empty, not uncommon for a brewpub in a small town at 3:30 in the P.M. After hearing me say this the young lady in the dining room turned around and informed me that they weren't open 'till 4:00. I asked what the current time was and was told 3:30. I then explained that we were traveling through and would greatly appreciate it if they could offer us some service due to the idea we couldn't simply return later. The staffer then said that they were doing prep and the kitchen wasn't open so she couldn't serve us. I informed her that we would only be ordering beverages. She then repeated her mantra of, we're not open yet we're doing prep work, we can't help you. I understand prep, but I also understand that the prep is done in order to better SERVE THE CUSTOMER. The end goal is always to SERVE THE CUSTOMER. I am sorry that the first impression I will forever have of this establishment is that they are simply too busy to actually take care of my needs as a thirsty traveler. Maybe one day I will venture back. I'd bet not.

As for offering a solution to the problem I experienced... Don't put the specials board out until you open, keep the doors closed until you are open OR serve the customers that show up based on the indications that you are open. It is not hard to pour a beer and a couple of sodas and than go back to your prep.

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Not sure what the last guys problem was/is...come on now, lets try to get past all that negativity...

This place was within 100 yards of our hotel room near the scenic and frosty shores of Lake Dillon. It's a dark, wood filled, and semi run down sort of place. Comfortable and inviting, it was filled with plenty of locals as well as a smattering of tourist/visiting skiers on a Wednesday early evening when I visited for a beer and take out food. The bartender was friendly, the one beer I tried was pretty good and the food was enjoyed by two very tired folks back in there hotel room. Nothing amazing, just a friendly, down to earth local brew pub, serving fresh and honest brews in a beautiful part of the country. I hope to make it back sometime soon.

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Photo of mentor
2.8/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Don't bother with this place. Go to Dillon Dam Brewing, which is just down the street.

Stopped in Pug Ryan's for a change, as I normally would stop into Dillon Dam Brewing, just down the street. Live and learn, I will never make the mistake again. I entered into the bar area, with dark wood decor and a comfy fireplace going. Restaurant seating was to the left, further into the establishment. I grabbed a seat at the bar. Perhaps 6 beers on tap and typical pub fare on the menu, with a leaning towards steakhouse. it was a slow day, as was service from the bartender, and my burger from the kitchen. The Pils missed the mark and the burger had several bits of gristle. I started discussing beer with the bartender, who seemed annoyed at my attempts to strike up a conversation. When I asked about them making an IPA, I got a bothered stare from both the bartender and what I believe to be the owner or brewer. Fuck you and your mediocre beers. I'll never be back and I'll be happy to tell others to stay away.

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Photo of rrwiltse
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

What a cool little place! The atmosphere was very comfortable with good mountain ambiance--much more relaxing than the huge, uncomfortable Dillon Dam Brewery. They had 5 or so menu beers, plus 2 seasonals. Did a sampler--Wheat, Pilsener, Pale Ale, Scotch Ale and a Coffee Porter. All were good, but the Pilsener REALLY stood out, I can see why they win awards for this one! Damn, it was nearly perfect--wonderfully crisp, beautiful hop presence and flavor, nice dry, refreshing finish. Yum! Service was attentive and pleasant,and the crab cake appetizer was quite good. Food prices were a little high (maybe $1-2 more than I like to pay), but the menu looked great. Definitely worth a shot, especially for the pils! Would be a great apres-ski stop as well!

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Photo of benito
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Pug Ryan's is one of a handful of brewpubs in Summit County (read Central Rockies), Colorado. They're just up the street from the fantastic Dillon Dam Brewery, just down the street from Keystone's Wolf Rock Brewing Co, and just across the lake from Frisco's Backcountry Brewery. In the thin mountain air of beery ferment and brewpub mania, what does Pug's have to offer? Unfortunately, not much.

It's a steakhouse that started brewing five house brews some time ago, and they stick to the five flagship beers all year long: a fruity American wheat ale, a pils, an APA, a scotch ale, and an Irish stout. The APA is a disappointment, but the other four brews are competently done. When I stop by Pug's, I'm happy to have any of the brews, but I often forget about them within minutes of having finished. I'd take more of a shining to this place if their food were better, but the trout, spinach dip, and soup that I've had are bland at best and tasteless at worst. The Dam Brewery would never stand for that, and whether you're a tourist or resident of the Colorado mountains, you shouldn't either.

Take a pass on Pug Ryan's and check out the other brewpubs in the area. Especially the one just down the hill.

2008 Update: Me thinks I was too harsh in my initial review...I have visited Pug's a few times over the past year. I stand by my assessment of the service and beer selection--though lately, they've started adding a seasonal rotator (bock and coffee porter, amongst others). The food, particularly the appetizers, seem to have gotten better--I can wholeheartedly recommend the calamari, chicken tenders, and bleu cheese potato skins. Pug's is quieter and more low key than the other Summit County brewpubs, which makes it a nice haven for locals during the crazy "apres" hours during ski season. They're also now open for lunch on the weekend. All of these developments are encouraging; that, along with the fact that their stout, pilsner, and wheat are strong offerings, means that I'll continue to check out Pug Ryan's and see if it keeps getting better and better.

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Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Pug Ryan's is great. First of all, it's hard to screw up atmosphere in the mountains. They've got a nice big fireplace and great decor on the walls. The food is outstanding! I always get the prime rib. I've only sampled two of their beers, but I enjoyed both. The Morning Wood Wheat was a great American wheat, and the Pallavicini Pilsner was quite good, too. As as added bonus I picked up a Pug Ryan's pint glass and it only ran me $2.95. I've never seen a brewpub sell a pint glass that cheap.

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Photo of briman
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Visited on a very busy Thursday night on my recent trip up to the ski areas. Not sure if the crowd was the reason, but it did take quite a few minutes to get served. Once we finally got going, though, the service was fine. Only five in-house beers offered this night, no seasonals offered. With that, I decided to try the Kilt-Lifter Scottish Ale....decent, but not overly memorable. Food was excellent, however, and if I go back it will be for the food..with the beer just being a welcome extra. Price wise, the food might be considered pricey by some...but the drinks were reasonable.

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Pug Ryan's Brewery in Dillon, CO
Brewery rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 114 ratings
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