Durango in September is indeed a beautiful time of year…good for hiking, biking and best of all, Ska Brewing‘s 18th Anniversary party. I had the good fortune to attend this sold out bash last weekend, and saw many familiar faces. The weather was a beautiful, sunny 85 degrees and Ska, along with twenty something other breweries, was celebrating 18 years of awesomeness with good food, great music and too many delicious beers to count.
I started the afternoon off with a quick slice of goat cheese & chive pizza to buffer the belly from the recently added Container Restaurant at the back of the brewery. They were serving up 3 varieties of wood fired pizzas and some great BBQ to the hungry crowd. I had a frosty Hoperation Ivy to go with my pizza–quite delicious! I followed up with the Vernal Minthe Stout for a vanilla/chocolate/stout sensation that made me want more. Some lucky folks got a prime seat in the upper deck to watch the live musical entertainment (and I even found myself squeezing in for a great view as well at one point).
There were three bands performing for the festivities: 2 Tone Lizard Kings (who unfortunately finished before my arrival), the California Celts, a reggae/ska inspired rebel Celtic band who wore pirate hats and were really like nothing I have seen before, and the English Beat, aka the Beat, a ska band that has been around in one incarnation or another since 1979. Both bands I saw were fantastic and the Beat played all of their old hits from the 80’s to my delight. A perfect pairing for the Ska anniversary party.
Many of our friends were there pouring beers to the thirsty crowd: I enjoyed a few pours from Marble Brewing, Pagosa Brewing, San Luis, Three Barrel, Santa Fe Brewing, SanTan Brewing, Wynkoop, Ouray, Carver, Durango Brewing, Bristol Brewing & Steamworks. Did I leave anyone out? Oh yeah, Odell was there too!
After a raucous Saturday afternoon and evening, Sunday was a bit more quiet. It seemed like a great day to visit all of the local establishments: Steamworks, El Moro Spirits & Tavern, Carver Brewing, Durango Brewing and Brew Pub & Kitchen were all open for business and a little hair of the dog was just what the good folks over at Ska ordered for me.
Christine Fleek- National Sales Manager