First Look: The Venerable El Rancho Reopens as a Brewpub

A sight for hungry drivers for more than 60 years.EXPAND
A sight for hungry drivers for more than 60 years.
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The historic El Rancho restaurant is back open off of Interstate 70 and Highway 40 after being vacant for more than two years. Like the Buffalo Restaurant & Bar in Idaho Springs, El Rancho reopened in conjunction with a new craft brewery. 

El Rancho originally opened in 1947 but has changed hands many times over the decades. The newest owners, the Vincent family, purchased the spacious facility — which once included a gift shop and visitor center along with conference rooms and multiple dining areas — earlier this year and included a brewery in the renovations. Chef and master butcher Tom Vincent runs the kitchen while beer-making duties are the responsibility of head brewer Bard Nielsen.

El Rancho is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). For more photos, see our complete slideshow.

Rustic charm inside El Rancho's bar.
Rustic charm inside El Rancho's bar.
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The dining room and its scenic views.EXPAND
The dining room and its scenic views.
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Beer brewed on-site.EXPAND
Beer brewed on-site.
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El Rancho Brewing Company is the newest addition to the complex.EXPAND
El Rancho Brewing Company is the newest addition to the complex.
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This is where the cougars hang out.EXPAND
This is where the cougars hang out.
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It wouldn't be a mountain restaurant without chili.EXPAND
It wouldn't be a mountain restaurant without chili.
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El Rancho Brewing Company

29260 US-40
Evergreen, Colorado 80439

303-670

www.elranchobrewing.com


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