Tasting Excellent Local Beer in Ridgeway, Colorado

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This is the last of the three articles I wrote for the website Trazzler which is no longer. It's not a ride or hike, just a stop we made on a rest day between climbing 14ers. Photos are from a trip in 2009For most, the town of Ridgeway is where your turn to go to Telluride or go straight to Ouray. Just off the main road, there’s the Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery. I had pints of the Stout and the IPA, and tasters of the rest. The stout and IPA were excellent. The Irish Red Ale was better than average. The Blonde Ale and Best Bitter were ok, but I wouldn’t get a pint of them. The food selection is simple, four different Paninis with chips, about $7 each. They also have free popcorn to go with the beer. The pints were $3.75 ($4.25 for the IPA) and tasters are about a dollar. They also had mini etch-a-sketches on all the tables. It's a small place, with only 5 tables and small bar, but has a great pub atmosphere.
The Colorado Boy Brewery
Ridgeway Has Some Nice Views of the Nearby S…

Amalga Trail (June 2011)

This trail is much rougher than the nearby Herbert Glacier trail, even though they start near each other. It follows the Eagle River toward the Eagle Glacier.

The Eagle River

Much of this trail (like many in the area) is on boardwalks. They vary from planks on them ground to bridges with some broken and others in great shape. They were slippery. Some had roofing shingles or nets on the for traction.

Netting to Give Traction on the Planks
Along one section near a pond we saw two porcupines on the trail. Unfortunately, they hid in the bushes a couple of feet off the trail as we passed and I didn't get any good pictures of them.

A Pond Along the Trail
There is a forest service cabin down a spur trail about a quarter mile away from the main trail. It can be reserved for the night. At a viewpoint past the turn for the cabin we had a great view of glacier and waterfalls across the river in a side valley.

Eagle Glacier Up the Valley

From here the trail gets rougher to the glacier. If you try this trail, it is a good idea to stay a night at the cabin or leave early in the morning.

Directions: Go out the road until about mile 27, just past the Eagle River. The trailhead is on the side of the road.

More Info: I have also posting about this trip on Backpacker.com with a GPS track: http://bp2.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/1375676.

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