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The pizza at Aztec’s 550 Brewing is not a joke – in fact, it’s the best

The first time I noticed 550 Brewing was when a group of friends and I visited Rubio’s in Aztec this summer. We were relaxing on the outdoor patio enjoying a bowl of chips and queso when we noticed the brewery next door. There were lights, live music, and a group of people out enjoying beers in the brewery’s outdoor seating...

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Billy Goat Saloon’s Ate-1122 does bar food right

Billy Goat Saloon has been, and remains, one of my favorite Bayfield haunts – it’s made up of an eclectic group of staff and patrons, and it’s just weird enough that everyone feels welcome.

It was for this reason that I was excited to try out a new restaurant that opened inside the bar, Ate-1122, which recently started...

Kennebec Café and Bakery, a little gem on the way to Mancos

On your way to Mancos, La Plata Canyon, or the Hesperus ski area, you may notice the Kennebec Café and Bakery. In place of the solitary buildings that once housed Chip’s Place (diner and motel) now stands a local favorite for casual-but-fine dining, away from busy Main Street. I decided to go have brunch with a couple others...

Hair of the Goat: A cure for your hangover and your Bloody Mary thirst

We’ve all had our fair share of late nights and early mornings, many of which required a hair of the dog concoction to get us through those times when our mouths are bone dry, the sun feels demonically bright, an invisible screw is being drilled into the side of our temples, and anything with a non-neutral smell makes us wish...

Francisco’s Restaurante on Main: a staple for their hospitality and food

For over 50 years, Francisco’s Restaurante and Cantina on Main Avenue has been a local favorite for New Mexican and Mexican food. Although it has varied in size, menu, and public reception, the Garcia family has always been known for their hospitality and consistent food.

My dining partner and I arrived on a quiet...

Bottom Shelf Brewery is top shelf Bayfield

There’s a corner of Bayfield that feels as much like home as anywhere in Durango. It’s the only brewery in this quaint mountain town and, well, it’s one of our favorite weekend cold beer hot spots.

Bottom Shelf Brewery is a three-and-a-half-barrel brew house with six beers on tap year-round, and two seasonal rotating...

The James Ranch Grill – where you can find beautiful (organic) green chile burgers

As you travel north on U.S. Route 550 from Durango, you will pass Hermosa, Trimble, and Honeyville before you reach a cornerstone of the local meat and cheese scene: The James Ranch. If you go to the Durango Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, you can easily purchase said products. You can also go the 15 minutes north of town to...

Florida Weisse: Taking a trip to the Sunshine State without ever leaving Denver

The Great American Beer Festival is true to its name, bringing together beers from everywhere in America, including places you wouldn’t necessarily think of as amazing beer-producing regions.

The festival groups breweries into nine geographical territories. Loosely, sometimes – the Paciific has precisely one brewery...

Rest easy – the NM/CO green chile war is on hold...for now

In perhaps what you could consider the most anti-climatic of events, the famed green chile war between Colorado and New Mexico is at rest. ... For now.

Like they failed to come to a compromise as to which state grows the best green chile, Colorado Governor Jared Polis and New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham...

Patron queens of suds: Meet the Colorado and New Mexico women making your beers

The Craft Brewing Conference is the only place Jess Griego visits where there isn’t a line for the women’s bathroom. When the co-owner of Bosque Brewing Co. sees the men’s bathroom just across the way, there’s always a long line.

While not having to wait in line to use the bathroom is certainly a victory, the difference...

These southwest Colorado and New Mexico breweries will be painting GABF red

It’s beer festival season – OK, fine, it’s always beer celebratin’ season – and we are, as usual, down for the pours. What we mean by that is Great American Beer Festival is kicking off October, and the beer will be flowin’ aplenty into our cups.

These breweries from southwest Colorado and New Mexico will be hitting the...

A handy guide to getting a handle on Durango’s craft beer options

When my wife – who at the time was my girlfriend – first brought me to Durango to visit our future home, our first brewery stop was at Durango Brewing Company (Editor’s note: RIP). We went to Ska the next day, and the new Animas Brewing Company the day after that. I would eventually end up frequenting Carvers and Steamworks...

Telluride native new Colorado Brewers Guild director

There’s a new Queen B around here in Colorado, and by “B” we mean beer. Queen Beer, to be exact. This week, Shawnee Adelson was named director of the Colorado Brewers Guild just in time for beer season events like Great American Beer Fest and Oktoberfest.

Adelson has served at the organization for four years and the...

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