What goes around comes around, this time as a fruity beer.
The folks at Carver Brewing Co. and the Bootleggers Society have bottled and kegged the cider pressed at the Homegrown Festival, the apple-extravaganza event held in October at Buckley Park.
At the event, FLC students and the public were invited to turn the crank and load apples into two presses. The resulting juice was given to the Bootleggers Society, which is made up of Durango's four local breweries.
The drink they created, called Insider Ale, is now available at liquor stores (only in a single bomber size at 1 pint, 6 fluid ounces, not in six-packs). Wagon Wheel Liquors carries the bomber for $4.59. Each local brewery - Carvers, Ska, Durango Brewery and Steamworks - kept a half-barrel for draft pours.
The malt beverage, "brewed with community-pressed cider" as it says on the bottle, is a pale golden color. The scent and taste of cider is strong and sweet.
CSU Extension Agent Darrin Parmenter said buying this ale is a great way to support our local bounty and give back to the community, as the profits from the liquor store sales will go back to the festival for next year.
"For those of you who helped harvest apples or help turn the presses to make the juice, well, this is your reward!" said Parmenter.
- - -There may be a blanket of snow on the ground, but there are still local foods available this time of year.
Durango Farmers Market will have a second winter market at the Smiley building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. As a special Valentine's Day treat, High Desert Foods will sell gluten-free baked goods, and O'Hara's Jams & Jellies will sell gift bags and baskets.