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Gore Range Brewery is a local favorite

Will Brendza
EAT magazine
photo - prosciutto pear pizza - Gore Range Brewery
Prosciutto and pear pizza at Gore Range Brewery.

Editor's note: This story first ran as a paid feature in EAT magazine's summer edition.

There are a lot of reasons why the Gore Range Brewery has been a local favorite for 21 years and counting: the classic pub fare and fulfilling entrées, a warm and cozy atmosphere, the lush tree-ringed patio, and, of course, the craft beer.

It's a timeless place, as near and dear to the valley as the mountain range it's named for. Steeped with decades of good vibes the Gore Range Brewery always seems to be humming with happy people enjoying good food and crisp, craft beer. Classic rock pours over the diners, mingling with the boisterous laughter and casual conversations so often swirling throughout the pub.

If you go ...

What: GORE RANGE BREWERY
Where: 0105 EDWARDS VILLAGE BLVD, EDWARDS.
Cost: Apps $6-$16.75; pizzas $12-$16; sandwiches $13.95-$14.50; entrees $16.95-$28.
Signature dish: Sauteed trout; BBQ Spice Rubbed Brisket Dip
Ambiance: Locals craft brewery and sports bar, slinging beer-centric pub fare with a twist.
More information: Call 970-926-2739 or visit http://www.gorerangebrewery.com.

A quick glance over the menu and you're sure to recognize a spread of age old favorites: sandwiches like the Rueben served on marble rye, or the BBQ Spice Rubbed Brisket Dip, brewery burgers, a host of wood-fire oven baked pizzas, full and half racks of ribs and apps like their fried pickles all sing with freshness and familiarity.

"I like to keep things simple," says Pascal Coudouy, the owner, brewer and head chef of the Gore Range Brewery.

Coudouy, who grew up in France and specialized in Parisian bourgeois cooking, took over the Gore Range Brewery in 2011. Since then, he's worked hard to bring an even greater vibrancy to the food and the beer — while at the same time maintaining that air of simplicity.

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Gore Range Brewery's shishito peppers, left, and tuna roll appetizers with a pineapple, mango and mint margarita.

"Just order to your own taste," he says, describing his philosophy. It's all about following the flavors you enjoy. "All of our beer pairs well with all of our food."
By working in both the kitchen and the brewery, Coudouy is able craft his beer to match his menu and vice versa. So, no matter what kind of brew you end up drinking and what kind of entrée you want to try with it, the combo is sure to be a match. Simple, pure and enjoyable – that's the name of the game at Gore Range.

Summer Standouts
The signature sautéed trout fillet is a marvel of culinary craftsmanship, "It's hard to beat," admits Coudouy with a smile. And after just a single succulent bite, it's easy to taste why: served with smashed potatoes, sautéed spinach and drizzled in a lemon caper sauce, the dish is zesty and delicious. Other popular items include the fajitas made with grilled skirt steak and served with all the fixings. The prosciutto and pear pizza combines sweet and savory on a nicely crisp-chewy crust, and lighter items such as the shishito peppers and the tuna roll are great shareable appetizers.

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Skirt steak fajitas with a Gore Range Brewery flight of four 5oz beers.

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Gore Range's beer is all brewed in-house — playfully named, eight Gore Range beers are always kept on tap (including one guest tap) and rotate each season. The Great Sex Honey Lager always lives up to its exciting moniker. And the Vail Tail Pale Ale has been a summer favorite in this happy valley for longer than most remember. Seasonally speaking, Coudouy will soon release a rosé wheat: a bright and round beer with a delicate floral profile — the perfect summer thirst quencher.

"That is going to be very good," promises Coudouy.

So, if you're looking for a local favorite in the Vail Valley, an easy place to kick back with a fresh brew and enjoy a classic atmosphere, as golden and welcoming as any you'll find in these parts, look no further. The Gore Range Brewery has everything you need.