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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...

What we’re losing when the Steaming Bean closes its doors

“People can get a cheeseburger anywhere, OK? They come to Chotchkie’s for the atmosphere and the attitude.” – Stan, from “Office Space”

Yes, it was my favorite coffee in town (but, admittedly, not by much). It was priced reasonably. And, for some reason, the caffeine always hit me twice as hard and by the end of, say,...

Love sours? Here’s how they got that way

As I’ve said before, sour beers are a huge trend in the beer world right now, and breweries are noticing the market and cranking them out. They come in all sorts of colors and flavors, you can buy them in cans and bottles, you can pay between two and 50 bucks for a bottle or can (though most are still in the high-end of that...

History, science and innovation: The story of lager

I’m in a bit of pickle over the weather lately: I love the snow, fireplaces, hot chocolate, snuggling and any and all adventures in the snow. Last week was super sunny and made me long for rafting, hiking, camping and, in short, made me want the summer to get here quicker. This past week I also helped filter the first batch...

Finding beauty in those drinking-night stories made of missing pieces

When staring off into the starry night, it’s often at the actual stars themselves that we stare at, or the moon, or the clouds. Sometimes we stare at stillness of the sky hoping for one of the stars to fall for one of our wishes. Sometimes it’s full of thought. Sometimes wonder. Sometimes it’s empty-minded blankness. Rarely...

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