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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...

#Drainpour, take 2: I admit, there are times to pour out beer

After writing about #drainpours, I started feeling a little bit like a hypocrite: I’ve definitely poured out beer. Usually, it’s the day after a big party and I’m pouring half-full cans and half-empty bottles of warm beer, but there have been beers that weren’t good for one reason or another and it wasn’t because they were...

As needed in Durango: 24-hour food

Durango needs a 24-hour food place. And before you bring it up, I know we have Denny’s, and Denny’s is open all the time. But that’s hardly any consolation. Denny’s is mostly tolerable if you’re so drunk you don’t know what you’re putting into your mouth. The food is not very good, and the atmosphere is not pleasant. Here in...

Your favorite summer brew is back

It’s almost time for lazy summer days spent floating down the Animas River and sipping beer. Ska’s summer seasonal, Mexican Logger, hits shelves again April 6. This Mexican lager-style beer is a huge local favorite – Durangoans wait eagerly for its return every spring. To keep up with demand, Ska Brewing has increased...

Apparently this is a thing: white whiskey

Whiskey isn’t white, it’s brown. Except when it’s not.

Clear liquor tends to dominate booze sales, but most people don’t know about the silky delights of white whiskey. If you don’t enjoy brown liquor but you’re a vodka devotee, you’re in luck! Michael McCardell opened Durango Craft Spirits one year ago, after living...

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