Friday, March 27, 2009

Rye beer brings a wry grin

Whenever I go to Telluride, I find myself unable to leave without a growler of Rocky Mountain Rye, made by Smuggler's Brewpub.

Smuggler's is a bit of a hidden gem. Like Carver's, it's a brewpub that does not distribute. So I'll usually amble in there, watch some sports on the flat-screen TVs and take a half-gallon back with me. It's only a few blocks from the Telluride chairlifts.

Rocky Mountain Rye (5.3 percent ABV, 27 IBUs), is a wonderfully fresh-tasting session beer. If you haven't had rye beer, it's a treat. The only thing I can compare it to is wheat beer in freshness and grain quality. But rye, of course, has its own taste.

For you hopheads out there, Smuggler's also makes an Imperial Sky Hop IPA that comes in at 10 percent ABV and something like 120 IBUs.

Smuggler's is just one more thing that makes Telluride about the coolest small town in the world.


  1. I drank three pints of it at last week's Yonder Mountain String Band concert prior to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. I found it to be wonderful.

    Smuggler's gets somewhat of a mixed review from Telluride locals. A lot of folks complain about their food (which I've never had), but those same folks tout the beer - particularly Rocky Mountain Rye. I found it refreshingly different from the great selection of craft beers found in Durango and across Colorado. It seems Smugglers has found a niche with Rocky Mountain Rye.

    I sure wish a bar in Durango would start carrying kegs of it!

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