On the first Monday evening of 2014, James T. Baker was crooning a bluesy original about whiskey, wine, and women at Duel Brewing. The capacity audience did not seem to mind that beer was not on Baker’s lyrical list — there was plenty of that arrayed on the tables and bar in the taproom, which opened last summer.
Duel’s Belgian-style beers pack a punch. A number of them are named after painters (Goya, Titian, Duchamp, Grünewald), which speaks to owner Trent Edwards’ career as an artist. Given how extensive Duel’s live music offerings are, one might be surprised to learn that Edwards’ initial artistic program was limited to a weekly life drawing group. That group continues to bring in a live model every Sunday at 11 a.m., but now Duel’s calendar includes music an average of five nights a week.
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