Pug Ryan’s has been a cornerstone of the Town of Dillon since it’s opening in 1975. Named after Louis A. Scott aka “Pug Ryan”, a Summit County outlaw from the late 1800’s. Originally operating as a steakhouse, the addition of a 15 barrel copper Bohemian brewhouse in 1997 began the evolution to today’s Pug Ryan’s Brewing Company.
Pug Ryan, whose real name was Louis A. Scott, led a game of outlaws that held up the Game Room at the Denver Hotel in Breckenridge on the night of August 11, 1898. After killing one deputy and wounding another near the town of Kokomo and eluding peace officers for four years, he was captured in Portland, Oregon. Upon being returned to Colorado, he was jailed in Leadville for security purposes where he promptly escaped through the sewer pipe. A few days later, in the town of Cripple Creek, he was arrested while standing on a street corner talking with acquantances. He was tried & convicted of killing three officers and went to the state prison for a like term. After twenty one years of imprisonment, he died and was buried on Woodpecker Hill near the Colorado State Penitentiary.
Known for award-winning beers, elevated mountain fare and comfortable atmosphere, Pug Ryan’s is a longtime favorite among locals and visitors alike.
With two outdoor patios, and an indoor fireplace, all seasons are a great time to visit. In addition to the brewpub in Dillon, Pug Ryan’s hand-crafted lagers and ales can be found throughout the state of Colorado on draft and in cans.