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High-ass recipe: Coconut chocolate banana bread

All trying-and-failing banana eaters have one thing in common: Bananas that get too nasty, mushy and brown before you’ve had a chance to eat them. So, not to waste them, you throw them in the freezer for the day you tell yourself you’re going to make banana bread. And then before you know it, there are 29 bananas in your...

First Draughts: When Big Beer wants authenticity, they have to buy it

In December, Four Peaks Brewing Co. in Tempe, Arizona, sold to AB-InBev. I’ve never had its beer, but I’ve heard lots of good things, and several friends in our local industry hail from Four Peaks lineage. If the whole craft beer movement is about taste and variety for the consumer, then all these acquisitions are great....

First Draughts: Drink Like a Pro on Amateur Night..plus, hangover bingo

How to drink on a night when everyone thinks they’re Pancho Villa, Irish, a Zombie or a Sexy Nurse?

I’m not really much of a fan of holidays in general, but I especially loathe drinking holidays: New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Halloween. They’re holidays, but they’re drinking holidays, holidays where...

High-ass recipe: Toasted ’taters and onions

What’s one of the most crucial aspects of a high-ass recipe? Completely avoiding being in public. You just said a 12-word sentence backwards so I’m pretty sure you’re not cool to go to the grocery store. Do you have potatoes? Then guess what? You can make this delectable high-ass recipe totally in the private weird of your...

High-ass recipes: Baked Baked Potatoes

A friend once likened oatmeal to a canvas, merely a backdrop to what you choose to color it with. Baked potatoes are the same, with as many combinations as there are colors in the spectrum (and depending on how high your ass is, there just might be more colors available, as far as you know).

To me, every baked potato...

First Draughts: The year in beer

This has been a crazy year for craft beer with acquisitions and rumors of acquisitions, craft breweries joining sides, new breweries opening every day and so much good beer coming out from every corner of the country. It’s hard to keep up with it all but it’s such an exciting time to be in this industry and it’s such an...

El Moro chef Charlie Curtis: I’ve been invited to so many parties where I didn’t realize I was the help

Restaurants: Like royalty, we leisurely peruse a menu, decide on what might be the best thing we’ve ever tasted, then casually command it be prepared out of sight, then presented before us at once. But what about those folks behind the swinging doors? We caught up with El Moro chef Charlie Curtis about the life of a chef,...

First Draughts: WTF is an IPA?

When I first started working at Ska Brewing, I was given a tour. Patrick Jose (now head brewer at Carver Brewing Co.) was on the brew deck and I asked him what they were brewing.

“Modus, Modus, Modus, it’s always Modus,” he said.

Modus Hoperandi is the flagship IPA for Ska. Love it or hate it, IPA is a beer style...

High-ass recipes: BBQ bacon and onion cheese enchiladas

The writer Flannery O’Connor said that endings to stories should always be “surprising yet inevitable.” That is, the story could end in no other way, and yet, somehow it catches the reader off guard. That’s what the prototypical high-ass recipe is all about: Foods that were made to be combined and yet, largely haven’t been....

First Draughts: The creation of beer

It’s easy to take our food and drink for granted. Take cheese, for example. Hardly anyone is milking their own cow and all those times you waited too long to finish your milk: Yep, that’s a step in making cheese, too. It’s so weird and kinda gross, but man, cheese is so good and I’m so glad someone is doing all that work for...

El Moro ghost stories: ‘From then on, I was a little more of a believer’

It’s the site of perhaps Durango’s most famous shooting, when, in January 1906, Durango Deputy Marshal Jesse Stansel and La Plata County Sheriff William Thompson dueled outside of what is now El Moro Spirits and Tavern. It’s also the site of some of Durango’s freakiest ghost stories. But are they connected?

Reportedly...

High Ass Recipe: California Toast

Growing up in California I was a fat, glossy, lucky little child with a large avocado orchard at my disposal. I grew into a fat, glossy, lucky little teenager who developed a stoner recipe so simple and so delicious it’s just plain stupid. I’m sure we can all agree to the fact that avocados are positively danktastic. Add one...

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