September 14, 2017
Ska Brew Skinny – September edition
September 11, 2017
Euphoria Pale Ale Release!
September 8, 2017
22nd Anniversary Update
Many of you know that this year’s headliner, Less Than Jake, is from Gainesville, Florida. With the impending hurricane and many unknowns, we received word this afternoon that our friends understandably will not be able to make it to Colorado. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Less Than Jake families and all who have been and may soon be affected by these recent natural disasters. Their concerns are far greater than many of us may ever know.
We feel incredibly fortunate and grateful that you have been on this journey with us for 22 years, and while it pains us that Less Than Jake won’t be here, we feel there’s only one way for the Ska tribe to handle the situation: throw one Hell of a party on Saturday and send the proceeds to hurricane relief. And that’s exactly what we are going to do!
Our original beneficiary, La Plata Open Space Conservancy, will receive proceeds from our party as planned, and the cost of bringing Less Than Jake to perform will now be given as a donation to hurricane relief. In addition, and in conjunction with the Brewers Association’s efforts, we will also be donating $1 from every pint sold in our Tasting Room TODAY, Friday September 8, 2017. If you’re in town early, please stop by World Headquarters to help us contribute even more.
We have 30 of our closest brewery friends coming to town to throw down with their finest craft beers along with Chuck Wren and Chris Murray on stage. We look forward to seeing you this weekend and celebrating the good things we’ve done together over the past 22 years, as well as the good beers we’ll drink together in the next 22!
If you have any comments or questions, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
September 5, 2017
22nd Anniversary Party Details!
August 25, 2017
Ska Brewing Uses Humor to Turn a Bad Hops Contract Into a Beer
The year was 2014. The sun was shining, the flowers were blooming, and Ska Brewing was getting ready to introduce a new year-round beer, Rudie Session Ale, a 4.5 percent ABV IPA made with Galaxy and El Dorado hops. Rudie — which Ska tagged with the line “Rudie can’t fail,” from a Clash song of the same name — was right on trend: …read more…
July 28, 2017
Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Ska/Lawrence Beer Collab
Ska Brewing has been invited by the all-new Lawrence Beer Co. for their brewery’s grand opening street party on August 25th in Lawrence, KS. Legendary ska/punk band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones will be cranking up the beats at this end-of-summer block party in the Warehouse Arts District. Read more here.
July 17, 2017
Crafted Beverages of SW Colorado
The Colorado Tourism Office created this rad video of places to visit for Crafted Beverages when you’re in the area.
June 5, 2017
We are SOLD OUT! In case you missed your chance, stay tuned for ways to win tickets.
June 1, 2017
Ska Brewing Expands Distribution to MN!
Ska’s flagship brews and select specialty beers will now be available to Minnesota fans.
Ska lovers will be able to get their hands on delicious brews including True Blonde, Modus Hoperandi, and the ever popular, best selling Mexican Logger. Canned concoctions hit shelves in the Twin Cities this week and fans can look forward to upcoming launch events in early June. Read more here.
May 22, 2017
Why Brewers Are Embracing Blonde Ales
“While they may never generate click-bait headlines, breweries are betting on blondes as an everyman, everyday offering.” Read the rest of the Imbibe article here.
May 15, 2017
8 New Beers You Should Try – Pink Vapor Stew
With so many breweries releasing so many beers, a beer lover can feel overwhelmed. Paralysis by analysis is real, so it can never hurt for a thirsty traveler to know what to look for. After you’ve made headway on the classics on this list, this list, this list, and this list, reach for something new, something like one of these 8 releases we’re excited about. Here’s our freshest batch of new beers to try.
April 28, 2017
Porch Drinking: Ska Brewing Expands Capacity, Adds New Beers in 2017
Like many large to mid-sized breweries in the country, Ska Brewing (Durango, CO) has begun eyeing the next phase of growth to keep up with the rising demands and competition in the craft beer industry. In 2017 that’ll take the form of a brewery expansion, new beers and an expanded beer garden at the brewery. (more)
Rudie Can’t Fail!
Paste Magazine names Rudie Session IPA one of Colorado’s Best 40 Beers!
March 28, 2017
Mexican Logger returns for Summer 2017!
DURANGO, CO (Mar. 28, 2017) – Ska Brewing’s award winning Mexican Logger returns for summer 2017. A favorite of Ska fans and critics alike, Mexican Logger has clinched medals at the Great American Beer Festival in the International Style Pilsner Category for the past two years.
Mexican Logger was originally brewed in 1999. The brew has been one of Ska’s top sellers every year and, to keep up with the demand, Ska increased production of the beer by twenty percent for 2017.
Six-packs of Mexican Logger will hit shelves April 5. AND, as if this day couldn’t get any freakin’ better, did we mention that Ska’s Mixed-up 12-pack will contain Mexican Logger this season?
In addition to Mexican Logger, the new Mixed-up 12 will now also include Modus Mandarina IPA alongside Ska classics, True Blonde and Pinstripe. Mexican Logger and Mandarina’s popularity at BBQs and reputation for being delicious under the sun helped them muscle their way into this seasonal assorted offering, replacing Modus Hoperandi and ESB. The Not Summer version of this Mixed-up 12 will include Euphoria. Read more here.
March 24, 2017
6 Most Interesting Beers to Try at 2017 Collaboration Fest
The 4th annual Collaboration Festival returns to Denver on Saturday, showcasing beers that are combined efforts of breweries that may go way back or have but a passing familiarity. Organizers bill it as a festival like none other, and those aren’t empty words. These are one-offs created especially for the centerpiece of Colorado Craft Beer Week. Read the rest of the Porch Drinking article here.
Three Beers to Try at Collaboration Fest
Colorado’s team-oriented beer festival returns to Denver on Saturday, March 25th. The spirit of collaboration defines the craft beer community, and it will once again take center stage at the Colorado Brewers Guild’s fourth-annual Collaboration Beer Fest when it returns to Denver this weekend. Read the rest of the 5280 article here.
March 23, 2017
Ska Brewing Announces New Head Brewer – Kurt Randall
Ska Brewing today announces that industry veteran Kurt Randall will take on the title and role of Head Brewer. Read more here.
March 14, 2017
The Full Pint: Regional Breweries Must Carefully Consider Before Expanding
Craft beer has always been a hyper-local phenomenon. Breweries begin as experiments between friends or passion projects and grow as local hangouts and community partners. It’s been the same since the first craft breweries began to pop up. Nobody starts a brewery with the expressed goal to sell beer in a grocery store on the other side of a country. Read the rest of the article here.
March 13, 2017
Success Can Mean Many Things…
Check out the full article about our new COO in The Brewer Magazine here.
Mexican Logger Official Release: Wednesday, April 5th
March 7, 2017
Elevation Outdoors – Best of The Rockies – Best Brewery!
The Rocky Mountain region is an outdoor mecca filled with epic outdoor destinations, top notch gear companies, and athletic events that are geared towards the ambitious and fit people that call Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, or Montana home. With such an amazing outdoor scene in the area, the task of narrowing down the best trail, and the best outdoor-related business, and the rowdiest event in the Rocky Mountain region is not as easy as it seems. But through a series of reader polls launched at the end of 2016, Elevation Outdoors Magazine is ready to announce the winners! Check out all the winners here.
February 17, 2017
Durango Film Festival : March 1-5, 2017
Durango Film Festival is March 1-5, 2017. Enjoy the official Film Beer – 12 Hangry Men Farmhouse Ale
A Liquid Love Letter to Colorado
Thanks for the love, Jeff Matson! Check out this article from The Coloradoan.
February 13, 2017
Arizona Beer Week Schedule of Events
February 7, 2017
12 Hangry Men – Official 2017 Durango Film Festival Beer
Releasing ’12 Hangry Men’ for Durango Independent Film Festival | Brewbound.com
February 6, 2017
Official 2017 Durango Film Beer Release!
Announcing the Official 2017 Durango Film Beer Release! Wednesday, February 8th at 5pm at World HQ. Join us for beer and food pairings and movie trivia!
January 11, 2017
6 Mexican Lagers: Because you Want Summer Back
January 4, 2017
Official 2017 Snowdown Beer!
Introducing the Official 2017 Snowdown Beer, Dark Lager, an empire approved, limited edition German Schwarzbier. Find it locally in and around Durango, CO.
December 29, 2016
2017 Durango Film Beer Food Pairing Recipes
12 Hangry Men – The Official 2017 Durango Film Beer is a farmhouse ale that pairs nicely with a variety of foods. Here are a few recipes to try. Stay tuned for more! And check out www.durangofilm.org for this year’s lineup!
Main Dish (vegan)
Asian Noodles with Spicy Stir Fry Corn and Cabbage
The peppery and lemony flavors of 12 Hangry Men come from a French Saison yeast strain used in the beer. These flavors will, up front, enhance the intensity of the hot chili peppers found in this dish, and then the dry finish of the beer will help ease the heat. The fermented white grape will bring a nice, crisp complement with the addition of a fresh-squeezed lime wedge to the dish.
Serves: 4 to 6
- 8 ounces soba or udon noodles (or substitute
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, quartered and thinly sliced
- 4 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
(or use pre-shredded coleslaw cabbage as a shortcut)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup dry white wine or water
- 2 cups cooked fresh corn kernels (scraped from 3 medium ears),
or thawed frozen corn kernels
- 1 medium red bell pepper, finely diced
- 1 or 2 small fresh hot chili peppers, seeded and minced,
or dried red pepper flakes to taste
- 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil, optional
- 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro, or more to taste, optional
- Soy sauce or tamari to taste
- Garnish with a lime wedge
Cook the noodles in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente, then drain.
Heat the oil in a stir-fry pan. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add the cabbage, garlic, and wine. Cover and cook until the cabbage is just slightly limp, about 5 minutes.
Add the corn, bell pepper, and chili pepper, and stir-fry over medium-high heat until everything is tender-crisp, about 5 to 8 minutes.
Combine the cooked noodles, cabbage-and-corn mixture, and the remaining ingredients in a serving bowl and toss well. If a bit more moistness is needed, add a small amount of water, then toss again. Serve at once.
Slow Cooker Moroccan Chickpea Stew
This Farmhouse Ale is so versatile, it pairs wonderfully with the spices and heat of this Moroccan stew!
- spicy Italian sausage (skins removed and rolled into small bite sized meatballs)
- 1 white onion (medium, chopped)
- 3 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 butternut squash (small, peeled and chopped into bite sized pieces)
- 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
- 3/4 cups red lentils
- 15 ounces chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- 15 ounces tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon ginger (freshly grated)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoons salt (and pepper, + more as needed)
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- cooked quinoa
- sour cream or greek yogurt
- Add all ingredients to a slow cooker. Stir together to combine, then cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours (or 6-7 hours on low).
- For a thicker stew, remove the cover with 1 hour left in cooking.
- Serve with quinoa, a handful of arugula and a dollop of yogurt.
- For the crisp topping:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and chilled
- For the apple filling:
- 2 pounds firm, sweet apples (4 to 5 medium-large apples)
- Up to 1/4 cup water
- For serving (optional):
- Vanilla ice cream or heavy cream
Equipment: 8-inch-square baking dish, preferably ceramic, glass, enamel-coated cast-iron, or stainless steel (avoid aluminum or uncoated cast-iron)
- Make the crisp topping:
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the butter pieces and use your fingers to rub the mixture together until the butter is incorporated and the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the apple filling.
- Make the apple filling:
- Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375°F.
- Peel the apples and cut them in half lengthwise. Scoop out the cores and discard. Cut the apple halves lengthwise into 1/2- to 3/4-inch-thick slices—there should be about 6 cups total. Transfer the apple slices to an ungreased 8-inch-square baking dish and spread them out evenly. Drizzle up to 1/4 cup of water over the apples—use less water if the apples are particularly juicy.
- Scatter the crisp topping evenly over the fruit without pressing down on it. Bake until the topping is browned, the apples are tender when pierced with a knife, and the juices are bubbling, about 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm, with or without a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of heavy cream. DO AHEAD: Apple crisp can be baked, cooled completely, covered, and kept at room temperature for 1 day.
- Reheat, uncovered, in a warm oven until heated through.
December 23, 2016
Best Beers of 2016
Our very own Dave Thibodeau speaks about the best beers of 2016 to Thrillist.
WSJ: Where the Beers Are
Check out this mention in the Wall Street Journal
December 10, 2016
Beer in Review 2016: Best in Colorado beer from Dave Thibodeau
Our very own, Dave Thibodeau names his favorite 2016 beers. Read the Denver Post article here
November 22, 2016
Good Beer Hunting Podcast
Good Beer Hunting Podcast featuring our head brewer, Thomas Larsen and Stephen Mance of Half Acre Beer Co.
CRAFT – an evening with El Moro & Ska Brewing
Seven stations will feature the culinary creativity of El Moro paired with the brewing badassery of Ska to give you an experience like no other. Explore the suggested pairings or be adventurous and discover your own. Unlimited tastes allow you to fully dive in to the Craft experience. Get your tickets here
November 9, 2016
Ska/Venture Season Kickoff Party
October 27, 2016
Colorado: The State of Craft Beer – Western Slope
There’s a lot of great beer made in Colorado and beer is embodied into the spirit of our state and our passions. It is how we celebrate, reflect, and take time for ourselves. This video shows how craft beer incorporates into our communities and daily lives. Take a look into the hidden gems we have right here on the Western Slope!
October 17, 2016
State of the Colorado Brewing Industry
State of the Colorado Brewing Industry. 9News Interview with Dave Thibodeau, Jason zumBrunnen and Steve Kurowski. Watch it here.
October 14, 2016
A lot went into The Hall of Justice. Voted one of the best looking booths at GABF by Paste Magazine!
September 22, 2016
Rock Out Some Swag!
We’ve got a ton of new merchandise – check it out here!
Seasonal Beer Releases
We know the feeling: your fridge becomes devoid of tasty summer beer, and in an effort to not fill it with pumpkin beer you might ponder a seasonal break from beer drinking. Don’t listen to those voices in your head. That’s blasphemy, keep your liver strong with these great beers.
September 12, 2016
Focus On The Beer
Thanks to Focus On The Beer‘s recap of our awesome night! Thanks to everyone who turned out!
July 25, 2016
Live Music at World HQ!
July 14, 2016
Colorado Craft Breweries Prepare for 7th Annual BoulDurango Bike Ride
Brewery cycling tour encourages craft industry camaraderie while giving back
Boulder, Colo. (July 14, 2016) — Craft brewery owners and employees from Avery Brewing, Ska Brewing, Boulder Beer, Epic Brewing, Great Divide Brewing, and Left Hand Brewing are banding together for the annual BoulDurango bike tour. Joining them will also be Steve Kurowski, Marketing Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild. The riders will be cycling 436 miles from Durango to Boulder, stopping for beers (and occasionally food and rest!) at breweries and pubs along the way.
The ride began in 2009 when Adam Avery called up Dave Thibodeau with the crazy idea of riding bikes from his brewery in Boulder to Ska’s brewery in Durango, Colorado. Why? To encourage the spirit of collaboration, camaraderie, and giving back that the craft beer world embodies.
“As busy as we all are, I think it’s good to get out in the Colorado hills with some of the state’s brewing pioneers and share a few ideas and more than a few beers,” said Avery Brewing Founder Adam Avery. “Collectively, we have hundreds of years of brewing experience among us, so good ideas are bound to take root at some point before delirium takes over toward the end of the week.”
The ride takes place over a period of six days and goes through some of Colorado’s steepest and most grueling road terrain, with a total elevation gain of 9,473 meters. Folks can dive into the route via bit.ly/BoulDurango16 to view the elevation gain and average grade of each segment.
“It definitely doesn’t suck that my work week will consist of riding bikes with my craft beer cronies, drinking beer and getting to know other Colorado communities, all in the name of charity. This ride continues to be the most ingenious idea that Avery has ever had!” said Ska Brewing Co-Founder Dave Thibodeau.
This will be the first BoulDurango Ride for two of Avery’s brewers. “I started training just so I wouldn’t be last, but now I think I can crush this thing! I’ve been drinking El Gose for electrolytes, Modus Mandarina for vitamins, and Joe’s Pils to stay hydrated,” said Avery Special Projects Brewer Leigh Audin. “I expect this week to be very different from my normal work week: shorter days, but more sweaty and less covered in beer…maybe.”
“I’m doing it because of the camaraderie. When a piece of our equipment goes down, we call our friends at other craft breweries,” said Avery Process Analyst Dan Strevey. “That’s why I work in craft beer. There just aren’t a lot of industries like that.”
The community is invited to keep tabs on the riders via #BoulDurango, and to meet up with the riders for a beer or three at their end-of-day watering holes:
- 7/18 morning: Ska Brewing, Durango
- 7/18 evening: Montanya Distillers Tasting Room, Silverton
- 7/19: Colorado Boy Pizzeria & Brewery, Montrose
- 7/20: Brick Oven Pizzeria & Pub, Crested Butte
- 7/21: Eddyline Brewery, Buena Vista
- 7/22: Breckenridge Brewery, Breckenridge
- 7/23: Avery Brewing, Boulder
“From day one, this ride has been about craft brewery unity, bike culture, and an overwhelming belief that suffering together will make us all stronger,” said Dustin LeMoine, Avery Brewing National Sales & Marketing Director. Now in its seventh year, it is clear that the Tour de BoulDurango does just that.
Historically, the Tour de BoulDurango began in Boulder and ended with a party at Ska Brewing in Durango. This year, for the first time ever, the peloton is reversing the flow and ending with a party at Avery where riders, cycling enthusiasts, and craft beer supporters will celebrate with revelry and beers from all the participating breweries!
- What: BoulDurango Finish Line Fest
- When: July 23, 2016, 2-6pm
- Where: Avery Brewing Company, 4910 Nautilus Ct., Boulder, CO 80301
- Cost: Free entry with $5 for a custom glass and a beer
- Benefitting: Cyclists 4 Community, a non-profit organization dedicated to gathering resources to help local communities in need.
For updates on the ride, follow #BoulDurango on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
June 13, 2016
Podcast: The Business of Beer
Dave Thibodeau, Co-Founder and President of Ska Brewing, joins us to talk about the theme of the brewery and how they got the name Ska, how the Ska Comic Book came about, his guilt pleasure beer and more!
June 7, 2016
11 Reasons to Visit the Best Brewery in Durango
Recently, these fine folks paid us a visit and made us extremely jealous of their nomadic lifestyle. If we didn’t love brewing beer so much, we might just join them! Read on…
June 6, 2016
21st Anniversary Party
Tickets are OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT! To all the folks who purchased tickets, we’ll see you September 10th for The Nuns of Brixton, The Toasters and Fishbone!
May 24, 2016
Podcast – San Diego Beer Talk
“Since Ska was nice enough to send us some beers, we had already dove into them before talking to Dave. So naturally Dave starts talking about some of the beers we were drinking. That leads us into our first listener question. Dave then talks more about the history of the brewery and how they started. It leads us into the Ethos of the brewery and their really cool looking website. A little talking about geek culture and then onto their awesome World Beer Cup bronze award for True Blonde.” …Listen here
Podcast – Beer Business Radio with Dave Thibodeau
We’re the Official Beer for the Race Across America!
Craft Brewing Joins Forces with the World’s Toughest Bicycle Race
Boulder/Durango, CO – In celebration of its 35th year, Race Across America (RAAM) is proud to announce a new partnership with Ska Brewing Company. The two Colorado based companies will join forces this year for post-event celebrations. Read more…
May 16, 2016
Hop Ivy is now available in cans!
Colorado’s first certified all Colorado ale now available in Colorado liquor stores.
Ska Brewing announces the release of Hop Ivy in cans–its first canned craft beer sourced entirely with Colorado ingredients. Hop Ivy is Colorado’s first craft beer to reach Platinum Certification status through the Real Colorado Beer Project. The project was created to support the local Colorado economy as well as help the consumer recognize real Colorado beer.
“For the first time ever, the power is in the hands of the Colorado beer drinker,” said Colorado Malting Company Co-founder, Jason Cody. “The Real Colorado Beer Project is the first project of its kind that allows consumers to check out the ingredients in their beers. Simply by visiting the website, beer enthusiasts can see if their beer is Real Colorado.”
Hop Ivy is a twist off of Ska’s previous semi-local Hoperation Ivy, a wet-hop ale made with freshly picked hops from various small hop farms around the state. Like Hoperation Ivy, Hop Ivy is a hop-forward pale ale showcasing local Chinook and Nugget hops harvested at Simply Grown LLC hop farm in Palisade. The malt barley is grown and malted at Colorado Malting Co. in Alamosa and the yeast is from the Brewing Science Institute in Woodland Park. Fresh snowmelt from the mighty San Juan Mountains is the source of Hop Ivy’s water.
“Hop Ivy is a tribute to Colorado’s many local farmers,” says Ska Co-founder and Colorado native, Bill Graham. “Using local harvest in the brewing process and selling the finished product within the state supports the economy and the well-being of Colorado–our home.”
Hop Ivy will hit shelves statewide the week of May 16, 2016. Coloradoans, ask for it at your local liquor store!
May 10, 2016
True Blonde Wins Bronze at World Beer Cup!
True Blonde Ale wins Bronze at the World Beer Cup in the English-Style Summer Ale Category! Held every 2 years, it is considered the Olympics of beer contests. Read more…
March 29, 2016
Mexican Logger Returns!
Durango, CO (March 29, 2016)—Ska Brewing announces the 2016 return of their award-winning Mexican Logger summer seasonal. Making a name for itself in the ever-popular Mexican lager category, Ska’s rendition won Silver at The Great American Beer Festival in the International Style Pilsner Category in October 2015.
Mexican Logger will hit shelves around the country on April 6 with its superhuman balance of sweet malt and mild bite. Crafted with fresh grains and Saaz hops, the Mexican Logger is a refreshing brew for warm weather days. At 5% ABV and 20 IBU’s this highly sessionable beer features a light to medium body and a clean, crisp finish.
Mexican Logger lovers are entranced by the concoction. To keep up with demand, Ska Brewing has increased production of the beer by twenty percent. The Mexican Logger is not only a favorite of Ska fans everywhere, critics have also awarded it medals year after year.
“Originally brewed in 1999 and first enclosed in cans in 2011, the Mexican Logger has been our top seller every summer. It has the DNA of a quality craft beer but the easy drinking appeal of a Mexican lager. Years of production equal years of perfection,” says Thibodeau. “I must say that it’s a perfect pairing with a long, hot day of brutal chainsaw work.”
The beer will available through September in all of Ska’s regions of distribution, which are largely Colorado, Southern California, Chicago, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Ska will celebrate with a Mexican Logger release party on April 6 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at its World HQ in Durango, Colorado.
March 23, 2016
Mexican Logger Release – April 6th, 2016
Announcing the release of summer’s favorite beverage! Mexican Logger will be tapped at World HQ on April 6th. Party time from 5-8pm with local gypsys, Carute Roma performing live! Parking will be VERY LIMITED – PLEASE RIDE YOUR BIKE or find other transportation.
March 10, 2016
Ska Brewing Cans The 12 oz Bottle
DURANGO, Colo. (February 24, 2016) —Ska Brewing announced this week they will be canning bottles—and will be packaging their 12 oz beers entirely with cans. Ska, the second craft brewery in the country to package any of its beer in cans (behind fellow Colorado craft canners Oskar Blues), is moving their entire flagship portfolio to an all-can lineup. The new cans will start hitting shelves in all of Ska’s markets on March 1, 2016.
“It’s funny, people think we’re early adopters, or trend-setters, but we just like outdoor adventures and cans go more places. We’re probably just selfish,” said Dave Thibodeau, Ska co-founder and President, through a peal of laughter. “We started canning thirteen years ago, because we selfishly wanted our own beer in a more portable package. We can’t really think past just solving our own problems. But this might solve some other people’s problems too—maybe even world problems?”
“It’s about fuh-CAN time,” said Jeremy Rudolf, Oskar Blues CANigma, when probed about their fellow canning pioneers’ shift, “I’m really looking forward to Decadent in a can!”
Ska will continue to offer their Robust Reincarnations (Decadent Imperial IPA, Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter and True Blonde Dubbel), in 22 oz. “bomber” bottles, along with certain limited edition beers. Brand new 12 oz. cans debuting March 1 include Decadent, (also still offered in its traditional 22 oz. bottle), and two of Ska’s most award-winning beers: Buster Nut Brown and Steel Toe Milk Stout.
There are other reasons to can the bottle, according to Bill Graham, Ska co-founder and Overlord of Brewing Operations. “People don’t want to drag a dozen bottles around for a lot of the same reasons we don’t want to ship a dozen hundred thousand* of them. They’re heavy and fragile. Even when they’re empty.”
*not a real number
February 19, 2016
Ska & Verde PR Announces Partnership
Ska Brewing Company adds Verde Brand Communications to its Cast of Characters
Ska announces local public relations firm as agency of record
Durango, Colo. (Feb. 17, 2016)— Ska Brewing Company enlists Verde Brand Communications to join its legion on the quest to save craft beer forever and stop the global domination of Rotgutzen. It is now Verde’s duty to tell of the tales of Ska and its evolving craft beer collection.
Verde’s accepted the challenge to spread the good message and great beers of Ska Brewing far and wide, obliterating the propaganda pushed by the corporate beer conspiracy. By taking the helm of Ska’s public relations, Verde pledges to make it easier for all beer aficionados to have the access they deserve to the hand-crafted brews from Ska. Verde will turn up the volume on globally-significant seasonal beer launches, news from the Ska Mothership (World Headquarters) and bring more visibility to more beer fans seeking an in-person Ska experience at the brewery’s events.
Both Ska and Verde are products of the small mountain town of Durango, Colo. The culture of the Durango is a key differentiator for Ska, and it’s also hard-wired into Verde’s DNA. Verde and Ska will stage in-person planning sessions at Ska’s wind-powered, music-inspired brewery.
“A year of epic proportions is in the works at Ska, and we want to have more hands on deck to help spread the good word,” said Kristen Muraro, marketing director at Ska. “Verde’s professional and cultural authenticity in the outdoor lifestyle and craft beer realm will have great synergy with Ska.”
“I can honestly say, I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to partner with Ska for two decades,” said Kristin Carpenter-Ogden, founder of Verde. “Sharing an iconic craft beer like Ska after a great day out on the trails, in the mountains or on the water is one of the finest things about life, and the entire Verde workforce takes the responsibility of sharing the Ska story far and wide very, very seriously.”
Please contact Lauren Fallert, email@example.com, with questions or specific requests.
February 12, 2016
Arizona Beer Week Schedule of Events!
February 1, 2016
Official 2016 Durango Film Beer Release! Kiwi Saison
Join us Friday, February 5th at 6pm for the tapping of the 2016 Official Durango Film Beer! Eleventh Kiwi Saison is a sturdy farmhouse ale with a mild kiwi tartness.
Movie Trivia begins at 6:30pm.
You can find Kiwi Saison in 22oz. bombers in local Durango liquor stores and on tap in our Tasting Room. Celebrate 11 years of the Durango Film Festival! The Festival runs March 2-6, 2016. For more info, visit www.durangofilm.org.
January 20, 2016
Ska Brewing Adds Bump ‘N’ Grind to Seasonal Stout Series
DURANGO, Colo., (Jan. 19, 2016) – Ska Brewing announces the NEW winter release in its Seasonal Stout Series, Bump ‘N’ Grind, Ska’s award-winning Steel Toe Milk Stout brewed with coffee and cocoa nibs.
“Various interpretations of Bump ‘N’ Grind have been favorites in the tasting room since we first implemented the Seasonal Stout program back in 2012,” said Ska Co-Founder Dave Thibodeau. “This is hands-down my favorite and I’m really excited to share it with our stout fans in all of our markets.”
Bump ‘N’ Grind weighs in at 5.8% ABV and is brewed with coffee from Durango’s Desert Sun Coffee Roasters. It pours black with a frothy tan head. The flavor is rich coffee with hints of chocolate and has a smooth-sweet, almost mocha-like finish.
Bump ‘N’ Grind will hit shelves on draft and in 22oz bottles on January 21, 2016. Ska will host a release party at their World Headquarters at 5:00pm with live music from the Charlie Milo Trio.
About Ska Brewing
Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning beers. Many of Ska’s brews are widely available in cans including ESB Special Ale, True Blonde Ale, Modus Hoperandi IPA and rotating seasonals. For information (a lot of it), music, and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Plug in to the latest updates, beer releases and shenanigans at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.
January 6, 2016
Saying Goodbye to NC After 12 Years.
DURANGO, Colo., (January 4, 2016) — Ska Brewing, the Durango, CO brewery best known for their popular Modus Hoperandi IPA is announcing their decision to withdraw from the North Carolina Market after 12 years. “This is one of the longest relationships we’ve ever been in,” said Ska cofounder and president, Dave Thibodeau, adding, “they were our second market outside of Colorado—we will always care deeply about North Carolina.” more…
December 29, 2015
Beer in Review 2015
As 2015 comes to a close, we’re once again asking leading figures on the Colorado beer scene to reflect on the past year and look ahead to next.
This next installment in our 5th annual Beer In Review features Dave Thibodeau of Ska Brewing Co. in Durango. Ska recently celebrated its 20th anniversary as one of the state’s mainstays in the craft beer world. Dave is president and co-founder of the brewery known for its classic styles as well as interesting side projects and is distributing in 10 states, Sweden and the United Kingdom. This year, the brewery won…(more)
December 15, 2015
The Legend of Ska! – Podcast
December 7, 2015
The Ska aesthetic: The history of the brew’s design and marketing motif
Have you ever wanted to learn a little more background history about our design and marketing? Check out Dave Thibodeau’s interview with DGO.
Amazing Beers That Were Too Expensive to Brew Again
Men’s Journal hit us up on why our Vinifera won’t be brewed again. Farewell, you delicious beast!
November 11, 2015
Ska Brewing Releases Hop Ivy, State’s First Certified All Colorado Ale
DURANGO, Colo. – Ska Brewing is releasing the first craft beer sourced entirely with Colorado ingredients available for year-round, statewide distribution. Hop Ivy, which will hit the shelves by Thanksgiving, is also the state’s first beer to reach Platinum Certification status through the Real Colorado Beer Project.
“Hop Ivy is our chance to celebrate what our friends behind the scenes are doing for Colorado’s craft beer scene,” says Ska Co-founder and Colorado native, Bill Graham. “At the consumer level, these suppliers are easy to overlook, but they are the unsung heroes thriving to create a meaningful connection from grain to glass.”
A recently released Economic Impact Study completed by the Colorado School of Leeds stated that – through collective efforts such as supporting Colorado suppliers, Colorado brewers generated approximately $1.15 billion in economic activity last year.
Hop Ivy is a twist off of Ska’s previous semi-local Hoperation Ivy, a wet hop ale made with freshly picked hops from various small hop farms around the state. Like Hoperation Ivy, Hop Ivy is a hop-forward pale ale showcasing local Chinook and Nugget hops harvested at Simply Grown LLC hop farm in Palisade. The barley is grown and malted at Colorado Malting Co. in Alamosa and the yeast is from the Brewing Science Instiutute in Woodland Park. Fresh snowmelt from the mighty San Juan mountains is the source of Hop Ivy’s water.
Hop Ivy’s initial release will be in draft with cans following at the first of the year—the beer will only be available in Colorado. The Tasting Room at Ska Brewing World Headquarters in Durango will celebrate its release on Thursday November 19, 2015 from 5-7 pm with the help from the band The Great Contention and food specials featuring local Coloradan ingredients.
About Ska Brewing
Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning beers. Many of Ska’s brews are widely available in cans including Modus Hoperandi IPA, ESB Special Ale, True Blonde Ale, and the ever popular Season Stout Series. For information (a lot of it), music, and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Plug in to the latest updates, beer releases and shenanigans at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.
About the Real Colorado Beer Project
The Real Colorado Beer Project is an attempt to support the real local Colorado economy as well as help the consumer recognize which tap handles, canned or bottled ales and lagers will provide the dew of real Colorado, and to what degree. There are five levels of Real Colorado Beer: Wild Platinim, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. (www.RealColoradoBeer.com)
October 27, 2015
Grab a bite at The Container of Food!
Make yourself at home. Grab a seat anywhere you’d like and check out our newly remodeled upstairs! Join the community, start a conversation and make new friends. There’s beer at the bar and food at The Container of Food. If you’re unfamiliar, we’re a manufacturing facility. We brew beer–and lots of it. We put it in cans and bottles for sale around the globe.
There’s a lot going on here and if you want to learn more, we offer daily tours of our fantastical 100% wind-powered brew fortress at 4:00pm Monday–Saturday.
The Container of Food, built from repurposed shipping containers, serves hand-crafted brick oven pizzas and gourmet sandwiches, salads and snacks, along with sweets and kids options. Gluten-free options are also available. The Container is open 11:00am – 8:00 pm M-F, 11:00am – 7:00pm Saturdays and Noon – 6:00pm on Sundays. Check out our menu here.
October 6, 2015
Mexican Logger Wins Silver at GABF!
Mexican Logger won Silver at The Great American Beer Festival in the American-Style or International-Style Pilsner Category!
AND… our Ska Face Barleywine won Bronze in the Wood-and-Barrel-Aged Strong Beer Category.
Find out about more Colorado GABF medal winning beers here.
September 28, 2015
Euphoria Pale Ale Release Party!
Euphoria Release Party this Saturday, October 3rd · 2-6pm!
Durango Rotary, FLC Skyhawks Cycling and Durango Daybreak Rotary presents: ‘Bikes, Bands & Brews’ at Ska Brewing World HQ! A celebration to support FLC Cycling, Durango Daybreak Rotary and the goodness of people, cycling, beer and music! The Blue Hornets will be playing live and we’ll be releasing our Winter Seasonal – Euphoria Pale Ale. Join in on the Tutu Ride from Carver Brewing, a pig roast and a bicycle carnival! ($5 at the gate includes your first beer).
Ska Brewing to Release Modus Mandarina
DURANGO, CO., (September 17, 2015)- Ska Brewing is announcing the release of Modus Mandarina IPA, an India Pale Ale brewed with orange peels and generously hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops. The release will coincide with the Great American Beer Festival the week of September 21.
The beer originally brewed 3 years ago as a special release, is the first cousin of Ska’s award winning Modus Hoperandi—brewed essentially the same but with a citrus twist.
“The dry-hopped addition of the Mandarina Bavaria give the beer a distinct aroma of tangerine and citrus,” said Thomas Larsen, head brewer at Ska. “However, the orange peels added to the beer give it just a subtle touch of orange in the flavor profile.”
Modus Mandarina will see its initial release at various Ska Brewing events throughout Denver during the week of the Great American Beer Festival, and will also be distributed initially throughout Colorado, Southern California, Arizona and Illinois. A complete list of Ska’s events during the Great American Beer Fest can be found here.
September 11, 2015
Ska Brewing Celebrates Large, Round Number Anniversary
Ska Brewing Celebrates Large, Round Number Anniversary
DURANGO, Colo., (Friday, Sept. 8, 2015) —Ska Brewing will be celebrating another birthday next weekend, but not an awkward number like 14 or 19 (yuck!) On September 12, Ska will be celebrating a large, round number with style.
Ska Brewing’s 20th Anniversary Party and Brewer’s Invitational will be held at Ska Brewing World Headquarters in Durango from 4-9 p.m., offering partygoers a festival atmosphere with three bands and over 30 guest breweries pouring beer. Ska punk band Reel Big Fish will headline the sold-out event, with support from Mad Caddies. Colorado favorites Denver Vintage Reggae Society are slated to kick off the music.
“20 years ago we were just a toddler brewery, stumbling around taking our first steps,” said Dave Thibodeau, Ska President and Co-Founder. “We still stumble, actually, but over time we learned to share things, make friends, and throw great parties. We’ve put all of those skills together and invited a slew of great breweries to Durango to celebrate the big 2-0.”
Ska Co-Founder Matt Vincent put it more simply: “That two has tons of style, and the zero speaks for itself. Two syllables… it’s just a cool number. We’re going to do it justice.”
Many of the guest breweries in attendance will be pouring special or limited-release beers, including a few Ska collaborations. Ska, in honor of its big round number anniversary, has brewed up a very special, blended sour for exclusive release at the Anniversary Party: “Monumentale” is a blend of three sours fermented with Lacto and Brett and aged for 1, 3 and 5 years respectively, in Peach Street Distillers Colorado Straight Bourbon barrels. Sweet and tart cherries were then added and the result is a funky, tart, refreshing beer—with an underlying cherry sweetness that doesn’t punch you in the mouth.
Guest breweries attending include: Animas Brewing, Avery, Boulevard, Breckenridge, Brew, Carvers, Dogfish Head, Dolores River Brewery, Durango Brewing, Elevation, Epic, Firestone Walker, Great Divide, Huss, La Cumbre, Left Hand, Liquid Mechanics, Marble, Odell, Oskar Blues, Ouray, Pagosa, Ratio, Riff Raff, San Luis Valley, Santa Fe, Ska, Steamworks, Stone, Telluride, Three Barrel, Three Rivers and Wynkoop
This event is sold out. Keep a lookout for next year’s announcement though… Ska’s turning 21!
Ska Brewing 20th Anniversary Party!
June 30, 2015
Pinstripe in Cans!
We canned Pinstripe Red Ale! All your dreams have come true. Now YOU can get it in the can! Find it on shelves on or around the 4th of July!
June 17, 2015
Estival Cream Stout Release
Ska Brewing Releases Summer Seasonal Stout in Cans, Buckles Seatbelt
DURANGO, Colo., (June 17, 2015) —Ska’s Seasonal Stout Series welcomes the northern hemisphere’s warm season with the summer release of Estival Cream Stout. Estival Cream Stout will be available starting on the summer solstice: Sunday, June 21st. A third-year offering, this refreshing but satisfying beer pioneered the summer stout category and is a favorite among beer fans whose friends make faces at them.
“Some people don’t think a summer stout makes sense, but we haven’t gotten to where we are by just doing what ‘makes sense’” said Bill Graham, Ska co-founder and Overlord of Brewing Operations. “Sometimes you have to be under the curve to be ahead of it. All we know is the entire seasonal stout category—especially summer stout—is going to catch fire at some point.”
According to Dave Thibodeau, Ska co-founder and President, the brewery doesn’t see markets the same way others might. “I look at the numbers, and I say okay, where is there more room for growth than in the summer seasonal stout category? Nowhere. Seasonal stouts are probably going to be the fastest-growing category in all of craft beer. Right?”
According to Steve Kurowski, marketing manager for the Colorado Brewers Guild, “There is no seasonal stout category. They’re the only ones doing that.”
Naysayers aside, Graham admits they’re not really looking at the numbers at all—“It’s summer, so we’re busy brewing delicious beers, and drinking them.” According to Graham, the stout’s orange peel citrus and subtle honey “goes really well with campfire smoke.”
The packaging for the Estival Cream Stout features a black, 12-oz. can, with Ska’s Pinstripe character emerging from a fiery citrus sun in what could be an allusion to the category’s sales potential. As with all four of the stouts in Ska’s Seasonal Stout series, this beer will be released in cans, and distributed in all of Ska’s markets.
Estival Cream Stout is 5.8% Alcohol By Volume (ABV), and, in keeping with the series’ solstice and equinox release dates, will be tapped on the summer solstice, Sunday June 21st. The release will double as a summer kickoff party and will be held from 1-4 pm at Ska World Headquarters in Bodo Park, an unheralded industrial park on the outskirts of Durango. The event will feature Father’s Day specials, live music from Afrobeatniks, lawn games and mouth-watering food pairings from The Container.
June 11, 2015
20th Anniversary Party!
Tickets are on sale now for our 20th Anniversary Party! Get them online: bit.ly/Ska20, in our Tasting Room or downtown Durango at Southwest Sound. You’re not going to want to miss this one! Reel Big Fish, The Mad Caddies and Denver Vintage Reggae Society perform live September 12 at 4p at World HQ!
April 28, 2015
Now Open Sundays!
We’re now open on Sundays! From 11a-7p, you can enjoy your favorite Ska Brews in the Beer Garden all summer! Ska-BQ also begins Thursday May 7th with live music from Hello Dollface.
March 9, 2015
Vernal Minthe Stout Release!
January 22, 2015
Official 2015 Durango Film Beer
December 17, 2014
Ska Brewing to Release Hibernal Vinifera Stout
Ska Brewing To Release Hibernal Vinifera Stout
DURANGO, Colo., (Dec. 16, 2014) — Ska Brewing is announcing the Winter release in its Seasonal Stout series: Hibernal Vinifera Stout, an oak-aged foreign stout brewed with Malbec grapes. The beer—in keeping with the series’ solstice and equinox release dates—will hit shelves on December 21st, the date of the winter solstice. This is the third year for both Vinifera and Ska’s Seasonal Stout Series, which features a different canned stout for each of the four seasons.
“It’s been a lot of fun brewing the seasonal stouts with such a crazy array of ingredients,” said Ska Head Brewer Thomas Larsen, “but while the other three season’s stouts can almost qualify as dessert beers, the Vinifera is a standout for me because the Malbec grapes and roasted malts make it hearty enough to hold up to Colorado’s plunging cold winter temperatures.”
The Hibernal Vinifera Stout weighs in at 8% ABV and pours black with a thick tan head. The flavor is coffee and dark roasted grains, with dark fruits, caramel and subtle oak, and a dry, vinous finish.
The packaging for the Hibernal Vinifera Stout, pictured below, features a black, 12-oz. can with Ska’s True Blonde character as the Sumerian goddess of grapes and the cold season, Ngeshtin-ana. As with all four of the stouts in the Seasonal Stout series, the beer will be released in cans and on draft, and distributed in all of Ska’s markets.
October 6, 2014
True Blonde Ale wins Gold at GABF!
September 22, 2014
All Things Ska during GABF
Here’s a guide to where we’ll be this week!
Find us at Booth L21.
September 12, 2014
Ska’s 19th Anniversary
In case you missed it, here’s a sneak peak of what you might expect for our 20th! If you were there, relive the party here:
August 4, 2014
Rudie Session IPA
Rudie, the newest addition to Ska Brewing Co.’s arsenal was unveiled at the Colorado Brewers Guild’s inaugural Sesh Fest on August 2nd. The Guild loosely defines a session beer as anything under five percent alcohol by volume that is well balanced, crisp, and refreshing. “It’s a beer you can drink for breakfast” says Dave Thibodeau, President and Co-Founder of Ska “We wanted to brew an aggressively hopped beer that you can drink a few of and still hold your shit together.” (more)
July 21, 2014
Colorado Craft Brewers Embark on sixth annual Tour de BoulDurango
On Monday, July 21st owners and representatives from six of Colorado’s leading craft breweries will depart on the ride of a lifetime…for the sixth year in a row. Commencing at Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, CO and culminating at Ska Brewing Co. in Durango, the annual Tour De BoulDurango is a five day, 426 mile road bike ride through some of Colorado’s steepest and most grueling road terrain. This year’s venture features riders from Avery, Ska, Boulder Beer, Left Hand, Oskar Blues, and Great Divide breweries.
Out of the gate the tour will call for a 109 mile ride through Golden and over Loveland Pass before descending onto Breckenridge Brewery. As day one concludes it is likely the riders will reflect on all of the pedaling still to come. “As busy as we all are, I think it’s good to get out in the Colorado hills with some of the state’s brewing pioneers and share a few ideas, as well as a few beers,” says Adam Avery of Avery Brewing Co. “Collectively, we have hundreds of years of brewing experience amongst us—good ideas are bound to take root at some point before delirium takes over toward the end of the week” Friday will mark the final stage of the ride from Ouray, over three mountain passes, and into Durango.
The cycling brewers are scheduled to arrive at Ska Brewing Co. at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25th. The ride culminates with Finish Fest, a finish line celebration featuring beers from all of the participating brewers as well as the collaboration brew, Wheelsucker Wheat. “This year we are really trying to encourage interaction and community involvement statewide” says Dave Thibodeau, President and Co-Founder of Ska Brewing Company, “Whether that means joining the riders for a beer at the end-of-day watering holes or helping us rustle up some coin for Bicycle Colorado. We have some new toys this year that will make it easy for all the pedal heads and beer drinkers to join in.” The brewers will be using Insta-Mapper GPS tracking software making it possible for anyone, anywhere along the route to join the riders, cheer them on, or see when it’s time to head to the pub. Bicycle Colorado, an organization dedicated to building a bicycle friendly Colorado is the beneficiary of Tour De BoulDurango and is cited by the League of American Bicyclists as the model organization for the country’s forty nine other states.
The High Mountain Passes of the Route:
Loveland Pass – 11,992′ ~ Hoosier Pass – 11,542′ ~ Cottonwood Pass – 12,126’ ~ Cerro Pass 7,958
Red Mountain Pass – 11,008′ ~ Molas Pass – 10,910′ ~ Coal Bank Pass – 10,640′
Tour de BoulDurango Beer Festival Details
When: Friday, July 25th, 5:00 pm
Where: Ska Brewing World Headquarters, 225 Girard St., Durango Colorado. (970) 247-5792
Who: Welcoming brewers and brewery owners from six of Colorado’s best-loved breweries— Avery Brewing, Ska Brewing, Great Divide, Oskar Blues, Left Hand Brewing and Boulder Beer Co.—as they finish their six-day Tour De BoulDurango road ride for charity.
What: A $10 ticket gets you…
– A commemorative pint glass
– Beer from all six breweries, plus the Ska/Avery Wheelsucker Wheat Collaboration
– Live music by Durango’s own The Lawn Chair Kings
Why: To encourage the spirit of collaboration, camaraderie and giving back that the craft beer world is known for, and to raise money:
All proceeds from Finish Fest will benefit Bicycle Colorado, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a bicycle-friendly Colorado.
July 15, 2014
BREW DOGS – Special Ska Brewing/Durango Viewing Party!
October 31, 2013
Brew Minions, A Parody
A parody of the Discovery Channel program, Brew Masters. Produced by Ska Brewing Company, Durango, CO.
Ska Brewing World Headquarters 225 Girard St., Durango, CO 81303
Regular Hours: 9am-9pm M-F; Sat 11am-9pm & Sun 11am-7pm. A tour of our fantastic 100% wind-powered brew fortress is pretty simple: We show you around the place, tell some stories and feed you the freshest craft suds in the land. Tours are Daily at 4pm. And there’s a beer garden, featuring The Container Of Food! The Container is open 11am-9pm Monday through Saturday and Sunday 11am-7pm.