Pug Ryan’s Brewery in Dillon sold to new owners

John and Judy Jordan are no longer the owners of Pug Ryan’s Brewery in Dillon. The couple bought the brewpub from Travis and Annie Holton in 2017 and closed on the sale March 10.

Like the Holtons, the Jordans wanted to step away from the business yet keep it thriving in the right hands. John Jordan said it took a beating during the coronavirus pandemic, but he credits staff and regulars for keeping it alive. John Jordan said Pug Ryan’s is now doing better than they thought it would by the fifth year.

The new owner is Chris Locke. He saw the listing in July 2021 from the same business broker who helped him sell his glass company a year prior. Locke was essentially retired but found himself restless and wanted to do something beyond golfing and fishing. He told himself he wasn’t going to go back to work. Yet the listing stayed with him, and he realized it would be a good move.

Now a resident of Silverthorne, Locke lived in Louisville for 24 years. He wasn’t hugely familiar with Summit County — only passing through on the way to Craig for hunting trips — but he made several visits to have dinner and beer and became impressed with how friendly the area is and the skill at which the restaurant was able to handle busy Friday nights.

Locke spent roughly 15 years in the restaurant industry when he was younger, starting as a busboy and working up to bartender, host and assistant manager in restaurants in New York and Oregon. His brother is a chef and will help consult on Pug Ryan’s, too.

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