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Food & Drink

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...

Session season has arrived. Here are some to start with

The first day of spring saw me scooting down the mountain without a shirt on and getting my first sunburn of the year. And with temperatures pushing 70 and bright, sunshiney days, it’s definitely and finally session season. Session beers have been on the rise the last few years with brewers across the country, from Dogfish...

With sense of taste on hiatus, ordering food is complex task

Thanks to some kind of sinus ordeal last weekend, I lost my sense of smell, and, in turn, my sense of taste.

I was out of town, which meant that I wasn’t at home and didn’t have to make any decisions about questionable milk or fret over potential natural gas leaks that my nose would have failed to alert me to. It also...

#drainpour: A douchey, ignorant trend that needs to stop now

Most of the confessions that I’ve made I can claim shamelessly. I rarely try to justify or dodge the darker, more embarrassing aspects of my life. I’ll wear my Irish sunglasses with pride. I’ll take my bumps and bruises in stride. There is one thing that I will deny and will hang my head in shame if it’s accused: I have been...

Bookcase and the Barber gets literary with its cocktails

The Bookcase and the Barber is Durango’s only speakeasy (as far as we know ...). The barbershop is just a “front” (chosen because the owners wanted something “manly”); if you tell the barber the password, (“Who is Hemingway?”) he will pull open a bookcase to reveal the bar’s hidden entrance. Of course, they’re not sticklers –...

With Uber in Durango, there’s really no excuse anymore

With Uber finally trickling down from the bigger cities to our little hamlet, I think about all the times that I’ve cabbed it home or taken the Buzz Bus or walked a few miles to avoid driving or sleeping in a stranger’s house. In the small town we’re in it’s a lot less likely, but it does happen, and when it does, it’s often...

Love it or hate it: Cooking

Love it

For me, cooking has very little to do with eating.

It’s all about the process and the idea of a meal. I love asking myself the question: If I could eat anything right now, what would it be? With a little cooking prowess, time and desire, we have it within ourselves to eat anything we can...

Get Smart about coffee brewing

Has making coffee become a grind? Feeling despressoed about your brewing method? Don’t lose your tamper! Let Lauren Best, barista at Durango Coffee Co., tell you about brewing methods, and then go give them a shot.

What’s your favorite method of making coffee?

The Aeropress. It’s the love child of a French press...

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