Ska Brewing Company will host several headline events during the Craft Brewers Conference (April 8 - 11) in Denver. To kick off the week, Ska will be releasing a new collaboration with Sweden’s Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri.
“A few years ago I wondered if the collaboration thing would peak out and go away,” said David Thibodeau, co-founder of Ska Brewing Company. “As brewers we are all so into what we are doing and you keep meeting cool people and you want to work together and share ideas.”
Ska’s three big events all have the collaborative theme to them.
Swedish Invasion - Wipa Snapa Release Party
Wednesday, April 9
5 - 8 p.m.
2137 Larimer, Denver CO 80205
In January, Ska Brewing welcomed Sweden’s Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri to Durango to brew a collaborative beer, a White IPA called Wipa Snapa. This is the second collaboration between the breweries. The White IPA style is a hybrid of the Belgian witbier and India Pale Ale styles, resulting in an unfiltered and well-carbonated beer brewed with a large proportion of wheat, and featuring spices and a strong hop presence. “Wit” means “white” in English, so-called because of the unfiltered yeast and wheat proteins that give these beers a hazy, white color.
The Wipa Snapa features ingredients from both Colorado and Sweden, including Sea Buckthorn berries—a tart, refreshing berry native to Scandinavia—and Chinook hops from Paonia, Colorado’s High Wire Hop Farms. The beer was also brewed with juniper berries, representing the high desert south and west of Durango, and substituting for the orange peel and coriander spices traditionally used in Belgian wit biers. Wipa Snapa comes in with a six percent ABV.
The Swedish brewers also collaborated with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, a Delaware-based craft brewing powerhouse, producing a beer called Kvasir, part of Dogfish Head’s popular “Ancient Ales” series.
Swedish Invasion is the official release party for Wipa Snapa. Brewers from Ska and Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione will be pouring both Wipa Snapa and Kvasir.
6th Annual Skavery Tour de BoulDurango Happy Hour
Thursday, April 10
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Breckenridge Colorado Craft
2220 Blake Street, Denver CO 80205
The Tour de BoulDurango is a six-day, 476-mile odyssey over seven mountain passes from Avery Brewing in Boulder to Ska Brewing in Durango to raise money for local charities, and encourage the spirit of collaboration for which the craft beer industry has become known. This July will mark the 6th year of the annual ride.
During the Craft Brewers Conference, Ska along with Avery Brewing, Boulder Beer, Left Hand Brewery and Oskar Blues will be hosting a happy hour to kick off this year’s fundraising efforts. Attendees will enjoy a slideshow of past rides and be able to compete in stationary bike races. Specials beers from all five breweries will be available on tap. Proceeds benefit Bicycle Colorado.
Wrap Up Party
Friday, April 11
10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Tooey’s Off Colfax
1521 Marion, Denver CO 80218
Celebrate the end of an amazing conference week with Ska Brewing and DC Brau. This event will feature a live performance by the Dendrites and a special tapping of Taster’s Choice, a collaboration between Ska and DC Brau. Taster’s Choice is Doppelbock style lager brewed with coffee.
More details and additional events can be found at skabrewing.com.
About Ska Brewing
Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen medal-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Ska was the second brewery in the U.S. to can its craft beers, and nine Ska beers are now widely available in cans: Modus Hoperandi IPA, ESB Special Ale, True Blonde Ale, four Seasonal Stouts and the summer and winter seasonals Mexican Logger and Euphoria Pale Ale. For information, music and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Chat us up and get the latest news at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.