Denver, CO – Skeptic? Epic? Ska? Really?
Did I hear it right? Are Epic Brewing and Ska Brewing collaborating to make a beer that focuses on their combined strengths of hoppy IPAs, fruit beers and barrel-aging?
Are they friends? Why? Can some old skate punks from Durango and some sinners from the land of saints and salt lakes really come together to make a decent beer? Isn’t Epic from Utah? What’s up with that? Are they even allowed to drink there? But wait, don’t they also have a brewery in Colorado? Am I confused? Do those guys down in Durango get off the slopes or their mountain bikes often enough to even make beer?
And what’s this about combining bright, fresh hop flavors and barrel-aging? Isn’t that a bad idea? Aren’t those flavors mutually exclusive? Could you actually make that combo great by making two versions of a 7% beer, one aged in peach brandy barrels from Peach Street Distillers and one heavily hopped with Nelson Sauvin, then blending them together? What? And why the hell would you add fruit to that mix? Could a subtle touch of peach actually highlight the almost stone fruit flavors and aromas of those hops?
Where would you be crazy enough to debut such a concoction? Has anyone heard about the Collaboration Fest put on by the Colorado Brewers Guild? Steve who? Will a portion of all sales go to the CBG? Is that crazy event on March 19th at that big football stadium in Denver? I wonder if after that you could find the crazy concoction across Colorado and in select locations around the country?
About Epic Brewing Company:
Epic Brewing Company, LLC was opened in May of 2010 in Salt Lake City and expanded to Colorado in 2013. Epic is known for its diverse lineup of boundary pushing beers. Epic is distributed in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia & Washington D.C., Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
About Ska Brewing Company:
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. Four Ska beers are now widely available in cans: ESB Special Ale, True Blonde, Modus Hoperandi IPA and the winter seasonal Euphoria Pale Ale.
About Collaboration Fest:
Entering into its third year, Collaboration Fest, presented by the Colorado Brewers Guild, features some of the most creative beer projects throughout the craft beer industry. This year’s festival will feature more than 75 collaborative projects from across the world, where each beer is crafted by at least two and at times more breweries working together. The festival will be held, Saturday March 19th in Denver.