Mary Jo Coulehan
Chamber of Commerce Director

Bob & Valerie Goodman
Proprietors of Goodman's Department Store

Jeff Greer
Proprietor of Overlook Mineral Springs & Spa

Joanne Irons
Youth Advocate & Mother

John, Ivy & Ryder King
An Extreme Family

Clifford Lucero
Archuleta Conty Commissioner

Guy & Diane Ludwick
Proprietors of Fireside Inn Cabins

Madeline Lyon
Proprietor of Wild Spirit Gallery

Maria MacNamee
Proprietor of Happy Trails Ladies Boutique

Giuseppe Margiotta
Outdoor Enthusiast

Bill McKown
Airport Manager

Diane Munson
Massage Therapist

Morgan Murri
Founder of GECKO

Edgar Ortiz
Proprietor of Chavolo's Mexican Restaurant

Udgar & Puja Parsons
Proprietors of Growing Spaces

Troy Persson
PGA Pro & Golf Club General Manager

Davey & Rosanne Pitcher
Proprietors of Wolf Creek Ski Area

Angel & Marsha Preuit
Proprietors of Healing Waters Resort & Spa

Doug Purcell
Colorado Divison of Wildlife

Bob, Lisa & the Scott Family
A Love for Community

Tony Simmons
Proprietor of Pagosa Brewing Co.

Todd & Kellie Stevens
Proprietors of Farrago Market Café & Alley House Grille

Keely Whittington
Proprietor of The Springs Resort & Spa

Matt Yoksh
Proprietor of Pagosa Ski Rentals

Tony Simmons
‘I was looking for a sense of community.’
Why Pagosa Springs?

“I was looking for a sense of community,” said Tony Simmons, owner and proprietor of Pagosa Brewing. “I was a company guy. I lived in LA, New York City, London — they were missing a heart and soul. That’s why I moved here — heart and soul, a sense of community.”

Simmons has indeed found his “heart and soul” as his beer garden is the place to be during the summer. On any given night, you’re bound to find the movers and shakers that make Pagosa what it is — enjoying one of Tony’s handcrafted beers, a boutique pizza or some of the many other top-quality food items on the menu.

Like most Pagosa residents, Simmons made a visit in 1996 and made the decision to move here the next year. “My first question was,” he said, “where’s the brewery? It took me almost 10 years to make that happen.”

Pagosa Brewing attempts to create beers from all over the world, not necessarily to suit every taste, but to at least challenge his customers. “People are pleasantly surprised,” he said. “If they don’t like a porter, they’ll try ours and they like it.” Referring to the 10 beers on his “taster” list, Simmons seems to take special pride in turning a non-beer drinker into a beer drinker. “There are no wrong answers here,” he said. “We try to create a beer for every palette.”

He must have succeeded. On the night he was interviewed (in mid-January), a Thursday night, the place was standing-room-only and, in fact, Simmons was called away to help the staff; clearing tables, serving food, tending bar. He did whatever he needed to do to proselytize on the benefits of beer.

“You know, studies have shown that people who drink two beers a day live longer than people who drink none at all. I think it has less to do with antioxidants than the relaxation factor. You have a couple of beers, you relax, the stress goes away.”

A product of two brewing schools, Simmons has also been tapped as a judge for various judging contests across the country. Not that he needs any other credentials: with over a dozen national and international awards for his beer-brewing acumen, Simmons has created beers of some distinction. Yet, his place is family friendly, which lends to its popularity with residents and visitors alike.

“When I was living in London, family was part of the ‘pub culture’ and that’s what I’ve tried to recreate. A place where people — where families — come to meet. A social center, where people in Pagosa come to meet, have a beer and have a good time.”

If that is what Simmons has set out to do, he has succeeded. His brew pub is where families come together, in summer or winter.