This week in matters of fermented grains spiked with flowers and other various fruits, we’re staying home to drink. Yes, it’s fun to go to bars, but it can also get a tad expensive, so there’s no shame in staying in once in a while, provided you have some company, and Ska Brewing out of Durango has proven adept at providing that since their inception in 1995.
I’m honestly not all that familiar with Durango other than accounts of friends of mine who spent time at Fort Lewis College. The impression that I have gotten from their accounts is that it is essentially Boulder on a much smaller scale. The typical student schedule from fall to spring was described as “class in the morning, ride Purgatory in the afternoon, rinse and repeat” (although I think Purgatory now has a different name, this is Colorado Culture and we promote the local ways of life, including lingo) which basically sounds like Boulder, just no Boulder Freeride. And also like Boulder, Durango makes its own beer.
Ska Brewing is actually a fairly sizeable brewery considering the quaintness of the locale. They’ve got 8 beers in their regular lineup (their True Blonde Ale took gold at the Great American Beer Festival for English-style Summer Ale this year), as well as 6 seasonal brews. As I’ve stated in past posts, IPA is my flavor of choice, and Ska’s Modus Hoperandi IPA is one of my local favorites. It’s unique because the aroma of the beer is that of citrus instead of hops like most other IPAs, and the variety of hops used is such that it gives the strong taste of pine that melds with the citrus as you drink it. At the back end there is a tinge of sweetness that cuts into the bitterness of the hops, tastes a bit like caramel. It’s a fantastic beer, and as always, it’s an IPA so the ABV is up there, 6.8% to be exact. You can find select Ska products at most local liquor stores that have a decent beer selection (if you’re in Central Denver like me, Argonaut is your best bet). I also recommend visiting them online as their site is laid out like a comic book, which is awesome. Or you can visit the brewery itself if you find yourself in the southwest part of the state. They’ve got tours, a beer garden, and a restaurant. Until next week, cheers!