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Servers are gamblers, and some nights are better than others

After greeting, pouring water, delivering drinks, sharing specials, folding napkins, taking orders, firing tickets, dropping food, retrieving sides of A1, sugaring a crème brulee, saying happy birthday, leaving a check, cleaning dishes off of a dirty table, and wiping and re-setting the table, I grabbed the little black book...

Here’s how to taste and describe beer

One of my favorite parts of drinking beer is the effect. It relaxes your inhibitions, it drops your nerves, and it releases your courage. For myself, it enables words to flow into my thick skull and out my big mouth. It gets you drunk. That little effect of drinking beer is probably why human society has lasted as long as it...

Hello, my name is Taylor and I'll be taking care of you

I grew up cold in smalltown Gunnison at the Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery. Like many others, my childhood consisted of imaginary friends, playing pretend and evolving in my own creative, crazy way. Long after I stopped seeing my imaginary friends, and before I really “grew up,” I found myself nervously driving over Red Mountain...

Durango’s brightest food truck

You’ve probably seen a bright red truck parked downtown at 11th and Main, bearing the alliterative Bounty for the Belly logo; a girl in a straw hat and plaid shirt sitting jauntily atop a giant apple, the outlines of a knife and meat fork behind her. Kelsy Peabody is this truck’s owner, manager and sole employee. She presents...

Lady Falc’s coolest tap handles

It stands to reason that the place with Durango’s best selection of beers on tap also has the best collection of tap handles.

Delineating the 38 different beers on tap at Lady Falconburgh’s (as of Monday) and hanging from the ceiling, are hundreds of different tap handles, creating a gallery of sorts, and it’s clear...

Here’s what’s new at Durango Brewing Co.

It’s back – the lone soldier brewery on the north side of town. Durango Brewing Co. reopened July 1 with a renovated space and all new drink and menu options. Since last fall when the old Durango Brewing shuttered its doors, we’ve had only Zia and Homeslice serving drinks on North Main. All the other brewpubs are clustered...

Goodbye Durango: Vacationland is great but it’s time to grow up and move on

Last night, as the sun was setting behind Perins Peak and the clouds lit up with purple and pink and yellow and orange, I saw a couple, undoubtedly tourists, take a selfie in the middle of the crosswalk next to El Rancho Tavern. I yelled at them across the street, “When are you moving here?” It’s my favorite thing to ask...

Get Smart about what baristas really think

Editor’s note: We don’t make a habit of using anonymous sources in DGO, but sometimes it can be hard to be snarky and candid and keep one’s job. Rest assured, this is a real Durango barista keeping it real.

Give it up for the folks who help get you up every morning by steaming, tamping, and grinding. Listen up as...

America the beer: I’m not buying this gawdy patriotism

Something funny happened when I walked in to Star to get my Fourth of July weekend beer supplies. I took an unexpected pass on America.

It’s a rare occasion, me looking to buy corporate, industrial beer in lieu of my usually craft, usually Colorado beer purchases. With a glimmer of irony in my eye, I was going to pick...

But wait ... what is a craft brew exactly?

I’ve written about a lot of stuff for this column: Day drinking, drinking on amateur night, lagers, IPAs, buyouts, sellouts, heroes, politicians, saisons, sours, summer beers, session beers, cozy beers, Netflix and chill beers, and all of it bent toward craft beer. But what the F is a craft beer?

I think craft beer is...

‘F*&% Your Hair’ and other political activity involving beer

There are a lot big political issues going on in America right now, and compared to most of them, beer is very, very, very low on the totem pole. I mean, our country is going through huge debates involving gun control, LGBTQ civil rights, economic inequality, women’s rights, latent systemic racism, and a major party candidate...

People changing the beer landscape that you should know about.

When I was a kid, I collected baseball and football cards. There was a gas station near our house that sold them and my brother and I would get a pack every time mom or dad stopped in to get gas or some grocery that they had forgotten in town. Back then, baseball cards were the internet for sports: What was John Kruk’s...

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