Beer Porn of the Week – Ska Brewing’s True Blonde Ale

ABV – 5%  IBUs – 22 Ska Brewing’s True Blonde Ale Tasting Notes – Marilyn, Farrah, Madonna.  Sexy, iconic, and not afraid to be a little different, just like True Blonde Ale from our friends at Ska Brewing.  Slightly fruity and mild, with hints of lemon and honey, this beer goes great paired with grilled […]

Hey Fatty Fatty, It Was Ska Brewing’s Birthday!

“It is a lot like a live high school party, except we are thirty years older and our heads hurt worse in the morning,” says Dave Thibodeau of Ska Brewing when I ran into him at breakfast after their 18th Anniversary party. For those not in the know, this is probably the best birthday party […]

Weekend off the Wagon – September 6-8

Tour de Fat this Saturday

Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday It’s finally here–one of Denver’s final big booze-y summer bashes–the Tour de Fat. This Saturday, bring your best ridiculous costume and bike to enjoy beer by New Belgium and food by Illegal Pete’s, Water Course Foods, Brother’s BBQ, Hanson’s, Stoney’s, Pot Kettle Black, and Dumpling Love. Don’t forget […]

Something Old, Something New: Rocking Colorado Craft Beer Week Parties

Colorado Craft Beer Week is almost here, and the events are pouring in. Between a Colorado beer tap takeover at Falling Rock and Hops & Handrails at Left Hand, this week celebrates Colorado beer like none other. Jonathan Shikes over at the Westword wrote about the history of this week and some changes this year brings. Here […]

Fans of local booze brave the cold at Cultivate Festival

Anybody who doubts Denver beer geeks are among the most devoted of all brew lovers wasn’t at last Saturday’s Chipotle Mexican Grill-sponsored Cultivate Festival.  Who, besides we burly, mile-high suds-guzzlers would endure hours of sub-freezing temperatures in City Park simply to get our frozen fingers on a sample of local beer?  Who else would wrap […]

Colorado Collaboration of Awesome: The Full Story

SkaPeachCraft boys

A couple of months ago I told you cats about a secret I had been keeping regarding a Colorado collaboration of epic proportions.  With the arrival of GABF it is time to share with you all of the (not so) gory details. It all started with an invite from Mr. Moose of Peach Street Distillers […]

Osteria Marco Marries the Pig and the Beer at their Hooves & Hops Dinner Tonight

When I heard Osteria Marco was hosting a pig and beer dinner, the southerner in me almost came out of m’boots. A bonafide roasted pig and beer? Shoot, I knew GABFers and pig & beer lovers alike would be clambering for a seat at this dinner. We’re talking 5-courses prepared by Chef Burton Koelliker paired […]

Cultivate Festival to showcase local beer this Saturday

This Saturday, October 6th, the Chipotle Cultivate Festival, an event specially-made for socially-conscious foodies, will be held in City Park from 10am to 6pm.  The festival is a celebration of food, farmers, artists, freethinkers, and musicians in an effort to bring “awareness about food’s impact on society,” and best of all, entrance is absolutely free! […]

2012 GABF medalists going home with Porter’s Pride

What’s the highpoint of a brewer’s career?  Winning a medal at Great American Beer Festival?  Maybe.  But what about winning a medal at Great American Beer festival and receiving a free congratulatory beer?  Thanks to Breckenridge Brewery, the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG), and CBG member breweries, the best of the best at this year’s GABF […]

Colorado Collaboration of Awesome

Barrel tasting at Peach st.

Alright kids, I’ve been keeping a secret. An epic Colorado collaboration has been stewing for months now.  Back in April, I was lucky enough to bear witness to the 3-day beginnings of this project.  Involved parties include Freshcraft, Peach St. Distillers and Ska Brewing.  The final product will be released the week of the Great American […]

Avery Brewing Co. and Ska Brewing Co. Embark on the 4th Annual Tour de BoulDurango

[press release] When owner Dave Thibodeau of Ska Brewing Company received a call from Adam Avery of Avery Brewing Company, he didn’t hesitate to say “yes” to a very unique invitation.  Avery wanted to get to know his fellow brewers of western Colorado, and thought a bike ride from his brewery in Boulder across the state […]

Rails & Ales Brewfest delivers the goods

Drinkin’ booze and ridin’ trains through rural America—no, it’s not the Hobo Convention, it’s the Rails & Ales Brewfest (sponsored by the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad) in Alamosa/La Veta, wherein the general public can enjoy the tramp lifestyle, drink finely-crafted local beer, enjoy the musical stylings of Chuck Pyle and The Rifters, and do it all in […]

Stop eating sand and doing that stupid dance! I said Burning CAN!

Burning Can! Just like Burning Man except without all of the wierdos. Well… um… That might not be the right way to put that at all. I mean, the event is in Lyons, there will definitely be weirdos. Anyway, this Saturday, June 9, Oskar Blues is having a festival for those of us that love […]

Beer Porn of the Week – Funkwerks Danny’s Gold Mine Ale

Danny’s Gold Mine Ale – A collaboration beer brewed at Funkwerks with Crooked Stave, New Belgium, Odell, and Ska in honor of the late Danny Williams.  More on this beer here.   [We’ll share some beer porn every Monday to get your week started off right. Have some of your own? Leave a link in the […]

Oskar Blues and Ska Win at Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Fest

  The World Beer Cup is so last week (literally).  At the prestigious event, medals were practically being thrown at Colorado brewers like dollar bills at a Shotgun Willies car wash.  So it’s time to move on to the next competition.   The Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Fest will be held on May 19th at the Scottsdale […]

Weekend off the Wagon – May 11-13

Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday Mother’s day is Sunday. You’re welcome. Now go buy your mom some flowers and take her out to brunch. It’s also the start of Colorado Beer Week and American Craft Beer Week. We’ll have a guide out shortly with all the events going on around town. […]

Ska Brewing Anniversary Party Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets to the party that puts all other parties to shame are on sale now.  Ska Brewing’s 17th anniversary party will be September 8th down in Durango.  Reel Big Fish is headlining.  As a dear friend once told me, “Reel Big Fish never disappoints. EVER.”  Head on over to Brown Paper Tickets, snag a couple […]

Colorado Represents at the World Beer Cup

We all know Colorado breweries make some fucking phenomenal beer.  Now breweries across the state big and small have shiny new plaques to prove it. The Craft Brewery Conference in San Diego wrapped up the weekend with the World Beer Cup awards gala. The World Beer Cup is a bi-annual competition that judges the creme […]

Firkintastic – Wynkoop London Calling IPA + Lavendar

Our own Bess Dougherty has been playing in a bigger sandbox as of late. Moving up from her homebrew system, Bess has been lending a helpful hand over at Wynkoop, as well as a few out of town jaunts to places like Ska. A few weeks ago, after helping out with the Malt Madness specialty […]

Saison Overload! 4th Annual Saison Festival at TRiNiTY Brewing Co.

On April 14, TRiNiTY Brewing Company in Colorado Springs held their 4th Annual Saison and Farmhouse Ale Festival at their newly remodeled brewery.  One of the most highly specialized beer festivals in the state, Saison Fest draws a rather large and diverse crowd. Saison, meaning “season” in French, originated in the Wallonia region of Belgium […]