Barstool Mountaineering, Volume 2, Part 2

Pagosa Brewing Company

On our recent family reunion cum beer jaunt, we established base camp in Pagosa Springs, conveniently but a stone’s throw from Pagosa Brewing Company.

After a little pre-trip research, I was keen to try their Poor Richard’s Ale. Here’s what PSB’s website has to say about it:

This Colonial-style beer is a modern interpretation of a beer that Benjamin Franklin could have savored in his lifetime. Our award-winning, ORIGINAL recipe was brewed by over 100 professional breweries throughout the nation. It’s a great tasting amber/brown ale thanks to American ingenuity of using an indigenous New World ingredient, corn. During the brew, we also add a touch of molasses (the everyday sweetener of the Colonists) to give it a slight spiciness and to offset the documented hop shortage of the time.

After tasting ten or twelve of their beers, I settled in on this as a distinct favorite, though their IPA and Grand Cru were both quite tasty. Over the course of the week, we put away a few growlers of the Poor Richard’s, as well as pints–oh so happily on cask while we were there.

The tap room is cozy, though the beer garden outside was huge. We sat in both places and enjoyed the beers and the break from work. The service was excellent and while I never did get around to eating here, some of our family that has spent time in Pagaosa Springs in the past said that the pizzas were excellent.

Oddly, we found them closed at 10 p.m. on a Friday night when we went back for one last growler refill before the trip home. Though the staff was shutting down and apologetic that we couldn’t get a growler, our server-buddy Carl–who’d helped us out with out family scavenger hunt a night or two before–remembered us and agreed to come in at 10 a.m. the next morning to take care of our growler needs.

If you’re in the neighborhood, I’d give them a try…


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