Monday, May 18, 2009

Taste of Durango

A huge crowd packed Main Avenue on Sunday for Taste of Durango, the town's annual showcase for restaurants.

The breweries came out, too. All four Durango breweries had booths, along with Silverton Brewery and Pagosa Brewing.

Silverton and Pagosa each make some good brews, but in my experience they're not as consistent as their Durango counterparts. Both are growing up and getting better each year.

Soggy Coaster had a Pagosa Pale Ale, which was decent if unexceptional. Unfortunately, Pagosa's tasty Powder Day IPA was not available.

The most interesting beer was the dandelion saison from the Bootlegger's Society, the consortium of Durango breweries. It was brewed using real dandelions for some sort of hippie event.

Soggy Coaster found it quite refreshing. The dandelions are barely discernible, and the saison yeast is also not assertive. It almost tasted like a lager. Nevertheless, it filled the bill for a hot day in the sun.

The dandelion saison should continue to be on tap at the Durango breweries until supplies run out.

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