Dillon Dam Brewery

Dillon Dam BreweryDillon Dam Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

100 Little Dam Rd.
PO Box 4845
Dillon, Colorado, 80435
United States

(970) 262-7777 | map

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 66
Photo of 14erFan
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

After attempting to summit Quandary Peak, we stopped here to refuel. The sausage and pretzel skewer was great! I thought the Irish stout was the best beer out of the three I tried. The brown ale was pretty good also. Decent service - decent being a word that applies to just about everything there - burgers, beer, service, and vibe.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

I really enjoy coming up here and eating and drinking. Most of their food goes great with the various beers, and they're starting to bottle some of their less frequent releases, so that's a big plus. I wish they'd stick with a few of the most popular ones and make them year-round, but maybe that's coming down the road. It's surely worth a stop when you're in town or passing by on I-70.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of my favorite and easy access hangout when I'm in Summit County. I almost always stay in Dillon, which makes this close and easy to get to.

Food is above average bar food. Good chili, good burgers, good sandwiches. The beer selection is almost all their own but have a variety of styles to choose from. All if the beers are very good, but none great.

I love the atmosphere. It always has an après ski vibe with the spring break attitude removed. The interior is very clean, open, with a lodge feel. Staff and patrons couldn't be friendlier. Just great people with a positive vibe.

I highly suggest it if you're in the area.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Stopped by for a beer and some good while I was in Dillon. Service was fine, prompt, no complaints. Good was hit and miss, chicken wings were lackluster but the chicken-fried chicken was good. Decent selection if their beers, I think I counted 10 of them and pints were only $2.75 at happy hour. The IPA was just ok. Overall, I might go back if I'm in the area to sample the beers I didn't try but I don't know if if get good or not.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Probably the highest in elevation I that I sat in a brewery taproom. When inside I went up stairs to go higher. Did a flight and beers were ok to very good. Considered ordering a calzone when the elevation made me feel a little... well fluffy. If in the area this is a good place to stop for craft. I will visit again next time I am in Dillon.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A nice brewery that hones in on the mountain feel. Wood beams, loft, good beer, and a patio

Once inside it doesn't look all that big, it's quite nice sized. Loft upstairs, secluded dining area, horseshoe bar and flat screen tvs.

While their beers weren't all that expensive, the swag is. $24 for a t-shirt and no thanks. Not a big deal, but c'mon. Service was a bit slow. They were busy, but it was an expected busy (on a Dillon event day--bluegrass and brews). Place became full, but not crowded.

For the beers, they were solid and will do the trick. I liked the marzen and brown....and really all of them, with above average ratings. Chili beer was fairly tame.

A must stop in Dillon for sure.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

neat place not too far off of i70. the place is pretty big, with a huge bar and and sprawling dining room. maybe 8 beers on, and the three I had were all B to B+ quality. service was a little indifferent, but wasn't slow or mean or anything. lots of windows so it was bright and sunny and warm in there, very comfortable. menu was impressive for lunch, and everything coming out looked great. the French onion soup was a hit, and the salad dressings were also homemade and yummy. things were fresh and fast, and the prices were fair. a place I would definitely stop in at again. I wish they bottles some other of their beers though. I think they few that they do are not a good illustration of the quality level they are capable of. don't write them off after a bottle of the extra pale, go in and have a fresh on, its a class better.

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Photo of bradybeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stop #6

As you head west on Interstate 70 you will eventually run into the ski areas such as Dillon, Frisco, etc.

Located in Dillon not far off of 70 is Dillon Dam Brewing. You can’t miss the extra large green grain silo that marks the brewpub. Let’s face it this is a ski town, though it doesn’t do much for me, the aesthetic is nice. Walking into the brewpub the bar is located directly in front of the door, with seating around the bar. We opted for the patio. We didn’t try a sampler but did have a pint of the ESB and the Pils. We enjoyed both beers as we thought they were on style. By this time we were hungry and split a chopped Greek Salad and a Bison burger-both of which were very good. Service was good.

If you do visit this brewery take the very short self-guided tour of the brewery. Walk up the stairs near the entrance and follow the signage. It is a nice change of pace to get a eagle eye view of a brewery.

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Came here for the first time while staying in the area. Hadn't heard much about it so I figured it was somewhat of a shot in the dark. Very cool building from the outside, with the grain silo (unsure whether it's active or not) a clear indicator that it's a brewery. The inside is laid out such that you can very easily pull up to the bar for a pint or grab a table and enjoy some food. Great atmosphere - very fast-paced and fun, definitely a family-friendly place. I was pleasantly surprised at how un-touristy it was. Pretty decent beer - the Pale Ale is to die for. George runs a great place and has great people working for him. All of the servers I interacted with were very knowledgeable. Will definitely be coming back here!

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Photo of StLThrash
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went there this past Friday after a great day of skiing at Copper Mountain. Nice, big, round bar with several tables to the left of the bar and a seating / restaurant area to the right and also an upstairs with more restaurant seating.

The place was absolutely packed. We got there before 5:00 on a Friday and it was already jam-packed. By the time we left at 8:00 there was a line out the door and a wait. We cozied up to a great spot at the bar right next to the tap.

Lots of TV's around the bar to get your sports fix on - that night just happened to be NCAA Basketball.

On to the beer: My buddy and I tried almost all of them. Sweet George's Brown Ale, Extra Pale Ale, Dam Straight Lager, McLuhr's Irish Stout, Porter, Wildernest Wheat and their specialty Neapolitan Porter. I'll review beers separately, but they were all good. My favorites were the EPA, the Brown and the Neapolitan. My only complaint is that they didn't have an IPA as a 'regular'. Manager said they have it throughout the year sometimes. Their EPA was very hoppy and reminiscent of an IPA, but that was my only complaint here. Good selection of beers on tap.

Food: Had wings as an appetizer and they were great. I'm a wing guy and this place had some good wings. 2 good sauces (ranch and bleu cheese) to dip in. Served with celery and carrots. For an entree I had the chicken fried chicken which was fabulous. My buddy had the prime rib which again was great.

If in the area - you have to check it out. During happy hour, they had $2.50 pints! Cheap and good beers, great food, great service, and BONUS! 15% off for homebrewers. The place to go in Summit County!

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Photo of bditty187
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Not sure why it took so many visits before I reviewed this place.

Upon walking in the first thing that strikes me is how similar this looks to a million other brewpubs. The U-shaped bar sits right as you enter, dining areas on both sides, stairs to the left, as well as the brewing equipment. Bathrooms just past the bar on the left as well. TV placed throughout the bar area... you've been here, I'm sure. I am not knocking it, just saying.

The beer list is standard, solid, with safe seasonal offerings (on all but one of my visits). On the latest stop they were out of three beers. I opted for the EPA and it was as average as I recalled. Not bad, just average. We stop at Dillon Dam Brewery because of its location and we like the food. Good burgers, French Dip... you know, solid "upscale" pub grub stuff. No complaints about the food. Just a note... the veggie burger is very good here!

Service... well, generally it is okay. Maybe a tad slow but we've never had any real issues.

Prices, maybe a tad high; prices for their gear are moronically high. Pass.

There really isn't much to say about Dillon Dam Brewery... clean, warm, friendly brewpub with good food and safe beer options. It is a worth wise stop while traveling on I-70.

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Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was here for an early lunch on what turned out to be the first Saturday of the college football season. Because they had four different games on the TVs, the place was quite full.

Dillon Dam is near a bunch of ski areas, and the brewpub follows through with a scaled down ski lodge feel that fits the area well. Inside is lots of pale wood. The bar sits in the middle surrounded by TVs showing sports. It's flanked by two areas of free standing tables. A u-shaped balcony is upstairs and looks into the bar area. It has additional wood tables and chairs. By the exit is a large cooler filled with the brewery's beers for sale in six-packs, bombers and mini-kegs. They also sell filled growlers for $12 or will refill yours for $8.00, which is a pretty moderate price for a mountain town. The brewing equipment can be seen behind windows at the far side of the building.

On my visit, there were six year-round and three seasonal beers on tap. I had the Black Weiss, which I enjoyed. The food consists of the typical mixed pub fare of burgers, wraps and salads, plus a some traditional dinner entrees. On Saturday and Sunday they serve brunch. Food prices are reasonable and the serving sizes border on excessive. I had a hummus plate that was quite nice.

Service was good and laid back. My waiter was quite knowledgeable and the food arrived very quickly.

Next time I'm in Dillon, I will be back here.

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Photo of hardy008
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I found this place off of I-70 in Dillon Colorado. Close to a hotel my family was staying at. Both the food and the beer prices are very reasonable.

They have a nice selection of beers, including the Sweet George's Brown which I had last summer. I just now found the notes I took. Notes or not, the place is unforgettable.

The menu is very good. They have an outstanding Seafood Chowder, and the Pan-Asian Salmon was also very good.

It was the perfect place to go while on vacation. It is a very laid back and fun place to be. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Just of the highway in ski town Dillon, this is a western themed multi leveled place. U shaped bar dominates the ground level. Typical sand wedges, burgers, tex-mex type food offerings, they brew about ½ dozen of there own beers. The pale ale I had was decent if unspectacular. Friendly enough crowd that seemed to be a mix of locals and visiting skiers. The staff seemed a bit on the sleepy side, but maybe that's just the New Yorker in me speaking. Not a bad place for a respectable brew or two and a bite to eat after skiing.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here for a late lunch on 6 Feb 2009.

Dining area was about 2/3 full, seemed like a decent crowd for the time (~2pm). Service was good but a little on the slow side. Most tables seemed to be drinking beer, which is a good thing. I've been in far too many places like this where only a few people are drinking beer.

Menu was typical pub fare. I ordered the onion soup and the sampler (pils, lager, brown, pale ale, bock and stout) while my buddy ordered the chowder and a Sweet George's Brown. The onion soup was quite good, oniony and cheesy. The chowder smelled a little fishy to me, turns out it was fish chowder, not clam. My pal said it was good.

Price out the door was about $23, not too bad for two.

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Photo of mgaddy
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place is awesome. If I'm driving I-70, i'll be stopping at dillon to enjoy the dam brewery. The atmosphere is a classic brewery style pub. 2 floors. pool table and darts and stuff on the second floor as well as some tables. They brew some awesome stuff there, i'd say about 8 or so beers. When i was there last, they had a seasonal bock that was just incredible.

The service is hit and miss, it depends on when you go... If the ski slopes just closed, expect that place to be packed.

One of my brothers and parents don't really do the beer thing, but they love the place simply for the food. It is really really good stuff. All valued reasonably. If you're going skiing and driving through dillon, co, you have to stop in a check this place out.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I visit Dillon Dam Brewery basically every time I go skiing in Summit County or any other time I visit the area. Atmosphere is very good. It is really not hard to have great atmosphere in this part of the world, but I love the woodwork and the layout of the place. Very cool with the upper level seating looking down onto the bar area. The beers have always been pretty good. Over the years, I've had the Wilderness Wheat, Pale Ale and Sweet George's Brown. They've all been solid. I really like the brown. I've had more of their beers but it was years ago before I started logging or reviewing beers. Service has always been pretty standard. I've never had any reason to complain. I've always enjoyed the food. It is fairly typical brewpub food but with a Colorado/mountain feel. Price are reasonable for the area. Things tend to be a little more expensive in the mountains, but Dillon Dam is comparable. All in all, it is worth a stop.

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Photo of mentor
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is the place I prefer to stop if I need to refuel the stomach while traveling in the mountains. From I-70, head south until you see the large fermentation tank amid the commercial buildings on the right-hand side of the road. It can be tricky to find the first time, so don't be afraid to stop and ask for directions. The parking lot can be packed, so you may have to park elsewhere and walk a ways.

Upon entering, you encounter the U-shaped bar immediately in front of you and a greeting station to the left (which sells some schwag). Grab a seat at the bar is any are available or wait to be seated. The place is impressive upon entering as it is two levels with wood interior and balcony seating all around. Beautiful. I always find a seat at the bar, which is brightly lit and has several TVs silently running sporting events. Service at the bar is generally timely. The menu offers standard pub fare and the generally have ~8 different beers across a range of styles on tap. Food is good, beer is good, atmosphere is good (can get a bit cramped and loud during ski season), and the prices are reasonable. Way better than Pub Ryan's, just a short drive away.

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Photo of rrwiltse
3.53/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped by after hitting Pug Ryan's--this is a shift in atmosphere for sure. The Dam is much larger, open and airy, and very new and calculated looking, lacking the homey feel of Pug Ryan's. Also, the service wasn't quite as attentive, but it seemed like they just didn't have enough of them to cover the floor. The food menu was massive, and they had I believe 10 beers on tap. Had a sampler of the Lyte, Dam Straight Lager, Extra Pale Ale, Hefeweizen and Pilsener. All the beers were fine, the EPA was interesting for certain; the Pilsener was good, but nowhere near as tasty as Pug Ryan's. The Lager was quite well done, and I purchased a 6 pack for home (which I must say, is still a very good beer). We had a steak quesadilla and the chicken green chile--MASSIVE portions, absolutely MASSIVE. At least twice the food we needed. And the food was GOOD, very good, much better than we had expected. I certainly recommend this place for a lunch/dinner stop--good food, and decent beer.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here on Father's Day at the beginning of a short vacation to the Colorado mountains. Atmosphere centers around beer, with a beautiful curved bar in the center of the whole place. Had McLuhr's Irish Stout and Sweet George's Brown, both of which were surprisingly good beers -- my reviews are posted.

The food was really very good, house-made fare with ample portions reasonable priced. Only downer was that the place was way too busy for a Sunday night, and the serving staff was probably about 3 people short.

Carry out beer available in mixed sixers and growlers, except, of course, on Sundays.

Definitely worth a stop in if you're in the area.

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Photo of dirtsocks
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I stopped off at this place on the way back from Steamboat Springs. I was pumped right when we stopped because it was a brewpub and because the million dollar steak place was closed. I ordered a sampler of their pale ale, brown ale, wheat, and stout. I believe they had won awards for these beers and the pale ale was their prized baby. All of the beers i had were good and the pale ale really lived up to its stature. I ordered some bacon cheese burger with guacamole. My friend ordered ribs and one guy got the chicken, overall the food was good but they were kinda skimpy on the chicken. The atmosphere is nice with an upstairs that has a pool table and you can look down over the microbrewery. I enjoyed this place and would love to visit again.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Just wanted to add that we had dinner here last Thursday and the food was very good. Had the Dam Burger. The Buffalo version. It was very good after a day of skiing.

Was in Dillon on a Thursday for Happy Hour after skiing at Copper. Place was packed. Got a seat at the bar. Like the look of the place. The bock was good. Also had the brown which was good. Was impressed. The place didn't have that, we're in a touristy area so we don't care about service, feel. But a down to earth kinda place. Only had a soft pretzel for food, but it was good. The wife really liked the place, so it gets the nod from the casual beer fly observer. I could see myself spending more time here in the near future For instance, every time I'm in the mountains. Good selection of their own beers.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I stopped by en route to Vail. I had read about the chile beer, and couldn't resist a stop, even though I really wanted to get to my hotel.

It was 2 pm on a Thursday, and there were a few people at the bar. and a scattering of customers. I had a chile beer and a pretzel. The beer was cold and the pretzel was fresh out of the oven. Their beer mustard is tangy and delicious, but the pretzel didn't need it. It was crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.

I really enjoyed my visit. I will be in the area a week, and I know where I'm spending some of my Sunday!

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Photo of JMBSH
2.53/5  rDev -34.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1.5

This last Tuesday was my second visit to this brewpub. The beers, eight different styles, were OK but nothing that really stood out from the rest. My favorite from last visit, Sweet George's Brown, was good but tasted a bit watered down from what I remembered.

What finally lead me to type a review was the service and food. I was a member of a party of eight and our waitress stopped by to take our orders, return with the food, and one quick check after that. We had to flag down someone else for more beer and to get the check. They didn't seem to have a lot of waitresses but they did have three or four hostesses who just seated people. How about less of them and now help for the people serving beer and food.

But the food is what really makes me have to write this review. My brother, who now lives up in the area, told us to have only the burgers. He said that other locals said the same thing and that if you have anything else, you are taking a big gamble. Those in the group who did order did get very mixed results. Three had burgers which looked great. Your chose of beef, buffalo, chicken breast, or veggie burger. The beef patties looked big. They were cooked to order and were done right. I had a cheese steak sandwish that was very messy with not that much meat. But the thing that insulted me was some one ordered the "Macho Nachoes". The menu stated "Tri-color tortilla chips, jalapenos, black beans, melted jack and cheddar cheeses, served with our fresh salsa and sour cream." The chips were brown to almost black in color. They looked burned! There was just a couple slices of jalapenos and maybe dozen or so beans. What little of cheese they put on was baked until it was also burned dry. I don't know what made me more angry. The condition of this disaster that they served or the fact that the kitchen/wait staff looked at this and still thought it was alright for serving!!! In the end they did not bill us for them but still what were they thinking in the first place!!

So my advice to my fellow beer fans, if you have to try this place be warned. Have the brew sampler before committing to a whole pint by chance and only have a burger.

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Photo of RevDru
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped off on my way back from Carbondale. A very nice middle point between Glenwood Springs and Denver. We got there just as the place was opening, and there were already several people waiting to get in for lunch. It filled up fairly quickly, but there seemed to be plenty of servers to take care of the early rush. Numerous televisions in the main bar/dining area, including one large screen, all showing replays of the previous evening's Avalanche game. Our server was very attentive and worked several tables at the same time quite smoothly. I had a sampler of 4 of the 9 available house brews. All 4 of the beers I tried were quite good. I will definately stop in again to try more of the brews. The only downside to the entire meal was that my pasta seemed a bit overcooked, and the whole cloves of garlic in the dish seemed as if they had been boiled. Nothing too serious to take away from the experience.

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Dillon Dam Brewery in Dillon, CO
3.78 out of 5 based on 229 ratings.
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