January 19, 2019
Durango Rocks “2019 Have It All”
Ska Brewing made the Durango Chamber’s 2019 “Have It All” video!
Check it out here!
Ska Brewing made the Durango Chamber’s 2019 “Have It All” video!
Check it out here!
Casey sits down with Emily Hutto Publics at Ska Brewing Company to talk about the cool things going on in Durango.
It seems odd that of all places in the world, Sweden would be such a huge consumer of beer from Southwest Colorado. The liquor laws in Sweden are strict compared to Colorado: all liquor stores in the country are government-run, and all beers sold are government-tested and approved. [read more…]
Oktoberfest German-Style Lager
It’s a rare feat for a brewery to enter an already crowded market for a beer style and immediately crush it. But that’s what Ska Brewing did with its Oktoberfest, which was canned and distributed for the first time in 2018. Not only did this malty brew — nutty, clean and with a just a touch of rounded sweetness — manage to set itself apart in a category that already includes a wide variety of stellar examples of Vienna-style lagers, especially in Colorado, but it won gold at the Great American Beer Festival. [read more…]
Flames threatened their Chico brewery while Sierra Nevada sent out a call for help. Their plan was to brew Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, donate 100% of the proceeds to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund, and get friends in the industry to do the same. Over 1,400 breweries answered the call and signed up to participate in brewing, selling, and donating the funds from their own Resilience IPAs. Suppliers stepped up and donated ingredients, and those that couldn’t brew it themselves donated resources and labor.
2018 has been a beer-y great year in the craft beer world, with countless new releases, the emergence of more beers brewed with lactose, new beer categories added to Great American Beer Festival’s style categories and so much more. With that being said, 2018 is coming to an end. While many people cheers to the new year with champagne or other types of bubbles, as a beer lover, we have the chance to toast 2019 with a newly created beer style: brut IPAs! I don’t know about you, but I know that’s how I’ll be ringing in the new year. While I am still mulling over which one in particular, here are a few ideas of what to fill your glass with. [read more…]
Ska Brewing Co. has a new silo at its brewery, one that is filled with malted grains from Proximity Malt, a Milwaukee-based malt producer with a plant in Monte Vista.
The green storage tank, which can hold more than 48,000 pounds of malted grains, will ensure that the brewery can store more ingredients – something that can be crucial if mountain passes close and distributors cannot get to Durango, said Jeffrey Mason, Ska’s plant manager.
Entering its ninth year, the Good Food Awards recognizes American food producers in 16 categories: beer, spirits, cider, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, snacks and elixirs. Ska is one of 21 finalists in the Good Food Awards beer category, and the only Colorado brewery in the finalist list.
True Blonde is a crisp, medium-bodied blonde ale crafted with honey from Durango’s Honeyville. True Blonde has been the recipient of four Great American Beer Festival medals and two World Beer Cup awards.
Ska Brewing beers are now available in Oklahoma!
This new market brings our state distribution count to thirteen.
Cans and drafts of True Blonde, Rue B. Soho, Euphoria, Modus Hoperandi, Modus Mandarina, Pink Vapor Stew and Moral Panic Brut IPA hit Oklahoma this week.
Northern California’s Camp Fire, which started Nov. 8 and was not contained until Nov. 28, burned 153,336 acres, killed 85 people and displaced thousands. Among the communities affected was Chico, California, home of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
In response to the destruction, Sierra Nevada announced plans to brew Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, with 100 percent of the sales going to the company’s Camp Fire Relief Fund. The company invited breweries across the nation to participate in the fundraiser. Among many others, Ska Brewing Co. answered. [read more…]
You’ve heard of an Imperial IPA, a Session IPA or maybe even a Hazy IPA, but are you familiar with the newly arrived Brut IPA? It’s a new variation of an IPA that’s making waves among breweries and consumers alike.
Lately, brewers have been experimenting with the enzyme, Glucoamylase that is typically used for Imperial Stouts and Triple IPAs. By using this enzyme, we are able to cut the sugar content while preserving the alcohol content. The end result is pale in color, highly effervescent and a dry, champagne-like brew that maintains the hoppy, tropical and citrus aromatics of a traditional IPA.
The idea behind a Brut IPA – at least in the naming – is to resonate the character of the dry finish while still bursting with flavor at the front. Brut implies “dry” to the average American consumer and it’s a great short descriptor for this type of beer.
A good Brut IPA will be crisp, hop-forward on the nose with a clean, dry finish. It is not cloying, resinous or malty.
Moral Panic Brut IPA lives up to this description, as it finishes VERY dry – like 0.5P! It is brewed using Glucoamylase to get this attenuation. It has very low bitterness – it tests at 30 IBUs but tastes lower than this due to adding Galaxy and Citra hops post-boil.
The West Coast’s answer to New England IPA was first brewed in San Francisco by Social Brewing’s Kim Sturdavant in late 2017. Brut is typically a wine term, meaning “dry”. Sturdavant says his “3 rules for the style” were that it is super pale, very dry (below 1° Plato*), and hop-forward/IPA-like balanced. He also mentioned it should be pleasant to drink, champagne-likeand effervescent.
“They’re inevitably going to be really refreshing to drink and probably easy to drink more of,” Sturdavant says. “When you drink an extra Brut IPA, you look down and your glass is already half gone. It’s kind of the refreshing sparkling wine elements in a beer form. It’s easy to drink and also, the balance is different because it is all about the hops.”
Ska Brewing Cru D’Etat is now available at the brewery World Headquarters, and hitting the company’s twelve-state distribution footprint next week. A Belgian specialty ale, Cru d’Etat has a sweet, rum-like flavor that weighs in at 11.5% ABV. This tart and complex ale has aged in an old wine foeder for nearly two years, creating flavors of caramel and raisins with a hint of alcohol heat. This concoction will have you going wild in the streets. [read more…]
Announcing the release of our 2nd installment from our Barrel-Aged program! Bumpier & Grindier Imperial Coffee Cream Stout will be released Friday, November 16th in 500mL bottles and only available to those who reserve theirs. $12.99 gets you a bottle and a spot at the table to taste other unique brews and food pairings and a chance to meet the brewers and ask them your questions. Call 970-247-5792 or email Kira@skabrewing.com to get your tickets!
Ska Brewing’s seasonal Euphoria Pale Ale returned to the brewery’s World Headquarters over the weekend, and hits shelves in twelve states next week. Ska is hopeful that winter is coming alongside this beer release. [read more…]
DENVER — Colorado-based breweries had a strong showing at this year’s Great American Beer Festival. Judges awarded 32 Colorado beers medals, with 17 taking home gold.
Breweries from around the state were recognized, with some earning more than one medal.
The following are the medal winners from Colorado, including the name of the beer, brewery, city and award category:
Ska Brewing Co.’s Oktoberfest won the gold medal in the Vienna-style lager category and Steamworks Brewing Co.’s Colorado Kolsch won the gold in the German-style Koelsch category. The winners were announced Saturday afternoon. [read more…]
DURANGO, CO— Ska Brewing has ceased beer sales in the great state of Texas, refining its distribution footprint to twelve states. This change will allow the brewery to focus more on its local, regional markets. [read more…]
Denver and the surrounding area produce too many good beers to list, but if you break it down by style, there are definite standouts,” says Frank who was the Denver Post’s beer writer for four years. [read more…]
They sure do grow up fast. Seems like every other weekend this summer has been a blowout anniversary celebration of some of Colorado’s longest running and most beloved OG’s of the state’s craft beer scene. [read more…]
Words by Brandon Mathis, Photos by Terrance Siemon
…Celebrating its 23rd year in operation, Ska Brewing has grown from two kids in a garage to a team of 70 full time employees, each appreciating a full benefits package of health insurance, dental, vision, and a 401k. Free beer, growler refills, discounted ski passes and gym memberships sweeten the deal even more. On paper, it’s obvious why Ska Brewing Headquarters is the best place to work. But ask the employees and it’s even deeper than that. [read more…]
…Then there’s Ska Brewing in Durango, which is canning its Oktoberfest Lager for the first time. “Crafted with 100 percent German-sourced Munich and Vienna malts that impart nutty, bready, toasty flavors, all balanced by noble hops,” says the brewery, adding that “it finishes clean and crisp.” And the labels on the six-packs will feature an image only ska could come up with: a ska-themed headless cowboy horseman in front of a blue-checkered Bavarian flag. [read more…]
The Full Pint:
On Friday, August 3rd, The Container Restaurant at Ska Brewing’s World Headquarters will serve house pretzels with Rude Boy Lager mustard, Pinstripe Red Ale brats, and house sauerkraut. Pints of the new Oktoberfest Lager will cost $3 each.
Six-packs of 12-ounce cans of Oktoberfest will be available across Ska’s distribution footprint beginning next week and seasonally while supplies last.
DURANGO, CO— Ska Brewing will release its 23rd anniversary beer, MoSka Mule, in cans across its distribution footprint next week. This ale was brewed with ginger and lime to create the flavors of a traditional Moscow Mule cocktail. [read more…]
DURANGO, CO— Ska Brewing is excited to announce the installation of 223 solar panels courtesy of Shaw Solar at its World Headquarters, just in time for Summer Solstice. These new solar panels will generate enough energy to brew approximately 545,000 pints each year.
The brewery has partnered with Durango’s Shaw Solar to install a grid-tied solar power system on as much of the surface area of its roof as possible— 68 kilowatts from 223 panels to be exact. [read more…]
Peach Street Distillers and Ska Brewing co-parented the birth of an IPA beer and schnapps whiskey creation dubbed Modus Hoperandi Bier Schnapps. […read more]
Durango is Open for Business Tucked between the majestic San Juan Mountains and pine-clad mesas of Southwest Colorado, Durango is a vortex for idealists. Historians swoon, geologists drool, train buffs flock and foodies rave. Entrepreneurs make moves. Nonprofits thrive. Kids and old-timers shred gnar. College students and second homeowners come and go, and everybody gets rich in outdoor adventures. […read more]
Ska Brewing donates the equivalent of a keg of beer to almost every beer-serving establishment in Durango and Silverton, Colorado in response to the 416 fire. These donations are intended to support beer tourism this summer that will help to keep locals employed. Ska is also encouraging breweries across the state to host fundraisers on Save the San Juans Saturday, slated for June 23. […read more]
Ska Brewing donates the equivalent of a keg of beer to almost every beer-serving establishment in Durango and Silverton, Colorado in response to the 416 fire. These donations are intended to support beer tourism this summer that will help to keep locals employed. Ska is also encouraging breweries across the state to host fundraisers on Save the San Juans Saturday, slated for June 23. […read more]
“Bier Schnapps crafted in the German tradition is simply beer that has been distilled to varying degrees of alcohol content,” says Peach Street Distillers Co-Founder Bill Graham.
Denver 9News features Ska Brewing to kick off American Craft Beer Week! […view here]
“This grapefruit lager will take you where you want to go if where you want to go is beer heaven. At first, your nose is treated to the aroma of bright and crisp citrus. Then your tongue is tickled by the carbonation that delivers flavors of tart and light grapefruit juice. Lightly acidulated, Rue B. Soho is a refreshing lager brewed with Cascade hops and grapefruit.” […read more]
Just in time for American Craft Beer Week, Ska Brewing debuts its new Barrel-Aged Beers Series with Whiskey Sour— a sour ale aged in rye whiskey barrels with orange and cherries to mimic the classic cocktail’s signature garnish. […read more]
Mod Project love in Durango.org!
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Drink The Ska! That’s right, we’ve got another trick up our sleeve for Record Store Day! We’ve joined forces with Jump Up Records once again for this epic collection, seventeen American bands of varied styles. Fun fun fun!
Get yours Saturday, April 21st $10 gets you a pint and a record.
You can also find them at SW Sound in Durango.
#skabrewing #jumpuprecords #ska #reggae #vinyl #recordstoreday
The 4th beer in the Mod Project was released this week – Berliner Weisse can be found in 12oz. cans in stores in CO, AZ, Southern CA, HI, IL, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, MN, TX and UT. [read more…]
Announcing Token Tuesdays! Each Tuesday, for Every Pint Purchased, our patrons will receive one token equal to $1 to donate to one of 2 chosen charities for the month. 1 pint = 1 Token = $1 donation to a local non-profit. To apply to be a chosen monthly charity, please fill out the form in the link below and either email back to email@example.com or hand deliver. For more information and inquiries, please call us at 970-247-5792.
Get your hands on this limited edition Extra Pale Ale! The Official 2018 Durango Film Beer. 6.1% ABV and 37 IBUs. Mango, pineapple and tropical flavors abound creating a full-bodied beer brewed with Centennial and Experimental hops.
Ska Brewing is excited to announce the release of Rue B. Soho, a refreshing lager brewed with cascade hops and grapefruit (5.1% ABV). Rue B. Soho, Ska’s first new release of 2018, marks the only 2018 release for Ska that will be distributed throughout all of their markets. [read more…]
Durango breweries going to GABF discuss the spectacle of thousands of beers and tens of thousands of beer drinkers.
Ska Brewing out of Durango, Colorado donates over $28k. Ska Brewing and ska music fans from all over the country anxiously awaited the Colorado craft brewer’s sold out 22nd Anniversary party. Year after year, in early September, Ska beer and ska music lovers swarm to southwest Colorado in celebration of the craft-brewing pioneer. This year, without warning, Hurricane Irma had plans to wreak havoc in Florida that weekend. Her ripple effect traveled across the country. (Read more)
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
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…
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.
The Colorado Tourism Office created this rad video of places to visit for Crafted Beverages when you’re in the area.
We are SOLD OUT! In case you missed your chance, stay tuned for ways to win tickets.
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.
“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.
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.
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)
Paste Magazine names Rudie Session IPA one of Colorado’s Best 40 Beers!
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.
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.
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.
Ska Brewing today announces that industry veteran Kurt Randall will take on the title and role of Head Brewer. Read more here.
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.
Check out the full article about our new COO in The Brewer Magazine here.
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.
Durango Film Festival is March 1-5, 2017. Enjoy the official Film Beer – 12 Hangry Men Farmhouse Ale
Thanks for the love, Jeff Matson! Check out this article from The Coloradoan.
Releasing ’12 Hangry Men’ for Durango Independent Film Festival | Brewbound.com
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!
Introducing the Official 2017 Snowdown Beer, Dark Lager, an empire approved, limited edition German Schwarzbier. Find it locally in and around Durango, CO.
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!
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
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.
This Farmhouse Ale is so versatile, it pairs wonderfully with the spices and heat of this Moroccan stew!
Equipment: 8-inch-square baking dish, preferably ceramic, glass, enamel-coated cast-iron, or stainless steel (avoid aluminum or uncoated cast-iron)
Our very own Dave Thibodeau speaks about the best beers of 2016 to Thrillist.
Check out this mention in the Wall Street Journal
Our very own, Dave Thibodeau names his favorite 2016 beers. Read the Denver Post article here
Good Beer Hunting Podcast featuring our head brewer, Thomas Larsen and Stephen Mance of Half Acre Beer Co.
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
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!
State of the Colorado Brewing Industry. 9News Interview with Dave Thibodeau, Jason zumBrunnen and Steve Kurowski. Watch it here.
A lot went into The Hall of Justice. Voted one of the best looking booths at GABF by Paste Magazine!
We’ve got a ton of new merchandise – check it out here!
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.
Thanks to Focus On The Beer‘s recap of our awesome night! Thanks to everyone who turned out!
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:
“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!
For updates on the ride, follow #BoulDurango on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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!
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…
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!
“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
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…
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!
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…
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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…
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)
Have you ever wanted to learn a little more background history about our design and marketing? Check out Dave Thibodeau’s interview with DGO.
Men’s Journal hit us up on why our Vinifera won’t be brewed again. Farewell, you delicious beast!
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)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Here’s a guide to where we’ll be this week!
Find us at Booth L21.
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:
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)
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.
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
**CLOSING AT 3PM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23RD** Regular Hours: 9am-8pm M-F; Sat 11am-7pm & Sun noon-6pm. 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 Mon-Sat at 4pm. And there’s a beer garden with an outdoor bar, featuring The Container Of Food! The Container is open 11am-8pm M-F; Sat 11am-7pm and Sunday noon-6pm.