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Apparently this is a thing: Eating crickets

It’s happening – people are eating bugs. On purpose. “Entomophagy” is the practice of eating insects, like tarantulas and centipedes. Insects have been a popular food in many developing regions of Central and South America, Africa and Asia; Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Africa, Mexico, Columbia and New Guinea are all...

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The five-minute guide for making Sunday Super

The Big game. The Main Event. The Show. The Season Finale of Sports. The Concluding Game of Professional Football in the United States. The Super Bowl. Everyone is going to watch it, and our team is in it. Will Peyton keep this streak alive or will the Sheriff drop the first snap? Will it be (Von) Miller Time again or will...

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Doesn’t get better than movies and beer

There’s a magical place where beer and movies collide – and this magical place is right here in Durango.

Durango Film – An Independent Film Festival has joined up with Ska Brewing Co. to create not only the annual film fest that takes over local theaters, but also gives us beer drinkers a special brew to go along with...

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The ’80s beer scene was terrible, except for these few bright spots

It’s Snowdown week here in Durango and the annual weeklong theme party is hopefully going full steam. This year, we’re celebrating a decade that was the turning point when it comes to beer. I’m really thankful that I came of legal age when I did. Beer in the ’80s had to have been a terrible scene. The beer was so terrible...

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Drinking on a budget?

Alan Cuenca knows his wine. We asked the owner of Durango’s Put a Cork In It for five great wine selections under $20. If you like to keep things thrifty, this list is for you.

Lander Jenkins Chardonnay 2013

Classic California-styled chardonnay. This family-owned and farmed chardonnay hits the mark with classic...

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Cheap wine: Everything you always wanted to know

Alan Cuenca is a qualified wine connoisseur and owner of Put a Cork in It, an intimate Durango wine shop. He keeps his operation small, opting for quality over quantity (he doesn’t carry Budweiser, Coors or Jim Beam). The customer service Cuenca offers is highly personalized; customers are asked about the flavors they prefer,...

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Want to acquire a taste for bloody marys? Here’s how

When I was a kid, during the holidays, my parents would let me try drinking the grown-up drinks: a glass of wine (Mom), a screwdriver (Dad), or Bud or Miller Lite, (uncles and dad’s friends). I’d undoubtedly turn my nose up to it, and the old people would say, “It’s an acquired taste.” That sounded like too much work, but...

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Get Smart about coffee roasting

OK, Fancy Pants. You like single-origin, fair trade, bird-friendly coffee from places you can neither pronounce, nor point to on a map. But let’s face it, you don’t know your ass from Ecuador when it comes to roasting the stuff. Let owner/head roaster Sage Anderson of 81301 Coffee Roasters set you straight.

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First Draughts: Craft beer trends for 2016

I may work in a brewery, and I may write a beer column, but I’m by no means an expert when it comes to beer. I’m still learning something new everyday and constantly get my eyes opened to some new technique or trend. For the things I’m looking forward to in 2016’s beer world, it’s no different. I’ve got a few ideas myself,...

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High-ass recipe: Coconut chocolate banana bread

All trying-and-failing banana eaters have one thing in common: Bananas that get too nasty, mushy and brown before you’ve had a chance to eat them. So, not to waste them, you throw them in the freezer for the day you tell yourself you’re going to make banana bread. And then before you know it, there are 29 bananas in your...

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First Draughts: When Big Beer wants authenticity, they have to buy it

In December, Four Peaks Brewing Co. in Tempe, Arizona, sold to AB-InBev. I’ve never had its beer, but I’ve heard lots of good things, and several friends in our local industry hail from Four Peaks lineage. If the whole craft beer movement is about taste and variety for the consumer, then all these acquisitions are great....

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First Draughts: Drink Like a Pro on Amateur Night..plus, hangover bingo

How to drink on a night when everyone thinks they’re Pancho Villa, Irish, a Zombie or a Sexy Nurse?

I’m not really much of a fan of holidays in general, but I especially loathe drinking holidays: New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Halloween. They’re holidays, but they’re drinking holidays, holidays where...

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