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Got the beer doldrums? Try some of these ... if you can find them

Some activities are destined for monotony: if you do that one thing, over and over again, for a while, the possibility for surprise goes away. Ride a roller coaster enough and you will certainly get bored. Eat the super spicy salsa and it will get bland. Drink the same beer over and over and your taste buds will tire. Trust...

Durango Farmer’s Market: What you’ll find

We spoke to Cody Reinheimer, Market Manager at the Durango Farmer’s Market, about what to expect at this year’s delicious smorgasbord, which opens Saturday.

What is the best time of year to buy what?

Available in spring months of May...

Time for Taste of Durango

You don’t have to live in Durango long to realize that we love our food. And drinks. And socializing.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Durango, courtesy of the Durango chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association, mixes all three together in the annual Taste Of Durango, held downtown. Head down and kick off the summer...

Wanted: Fresh young farmers

In our country, the average age of a farmer is 58. Farmers over 65 outnumber farmers under 35 by 6 to 1. Unfortunately, those hardened agrarians over 65 are aging and retiring – leaving an anticipated two-thirds of the agriculture lands in the U.S. in need of new management over the next 20 years (or sooner). About 573...

Learn from my mistakes and day drink like a pro

The time for day drinking has finally arrived here in Durango, and there are many, many occasions for it, whether it be graduation, Cinco de Mayo, Taste of Durango, River Days, Mother’s Day or simply ‘Tuesday.’ A good all-day booze fest is a thing of beauty: beer bongs, shotguns, keg stands, all that white girl, Jell-O shots,...

Apparently this is a thing: Cat cafés

Don’t get carried away: you can’t eat the cats. But you can play with them. Gatos y Galletas (“cats and cookies”) is a brand new cat café that just opened in Albuquerque. This peculiar dining-with-felines trend began in Taiwan in the ’90s, spread to Japan (a country that now has over 150 cat cafés), and finally made it...

How Animas Brewing Company gets brewpubbing right

When you walk into Animas Brewing Company the first thing you’ll notice is the 10-barrel brewhouse and you’ll probably see the “Gone Fishing” sign hung on the steps to the brew deck. It’s not hard to believe, because during operating hours you’ll rarely see anyone working in the brewery itself. It’s so clean and stoic looking...

Secrets of a server

Don’t call her a waitress, that’s demeaning. Let Hannah Harmon, server at Ken & Sue’s, dish the dirt on dishing it out, serving your food, and life with an apron.

What’s the average shift like?

You show up at 4 to set up, which is heavy work. Then you start getting tables. You might get kids throwing mashed...

Barred from a brewpub I love, I wander aimlessly and wait

OK, Steamworks, enough already. You’ve made your point. And you’re right. We concede and we’re sorry for taking you for granted. We need you. You’re wonderful. We can’t live without you. Is that good? Will you now just stop it with this whole “remodel” thing? Because seriously, you could have been closed for a week and your...

Brewery disasters highlight the dangerous side of beer

One of my favorite songs to listen to in the brewery is “Swimming Pools,” by Kendrick Lamar. The hook of the song goes:

Why you babysittin only two or three shots?

I’mma show you how to turn it up a notch

First you get a swimming pool full of liquor, then you dive in

Pool full of liquor, then you dive...

Want to have your own brewery? Hang on for a wild ride.

Until very recently, I’ve never really wanted to own my own business, especially a brewery. I’m fine making other people’s beer, using their ingredients and tools, and then I still get to hand someone a beer and say “I made this” (I also have a terrible fear of failure, but that’s unrelated, maybe). Despite personal qualms, I...

Bitter fruit: Winners and losers in the latest IPA craze

A beer I love to drink and love to make, is Ska’s Modus Mandarina, an IPA brewed with orange peels and dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops. It’s got all the bitterness of a traditional IPA, but with smoothness and approachability provided by the orange additions. The refreshment it provides is well worth all the pains of...

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