Ska Brewing Releases Bad Hop Contract Double IPA

DURANGO, Colo. – When life hands you hops, make a fruity, juicy, hop-bursting double IPA. This is exactly what Ska Brewing did with a surplus of perfectly good Galaxy hops that the brewery ordered this year. The plethora of product was destiny for the brand’s latest year-round offering: Bad Hop Contract Double IPA (a.k.a. BHC DIPA).

As Westword’s Jonathan Shikes uncovered in his early discovery of this  beer, the BHC DIPA will boast an 8 percent ABV and “lots and lots of Galaxy and El Dorado hops” when it hits shelves in six-packs on Oct. 1.

The humor continues as he talks about the BHC DIPA label, describing a skeleton hand signing off on the hops contract.

“In Ska Brewing’s legend and lore, which includes a variety of comic book-like stories, characters and artwork, the hand belongs to Pinstripe, a villain, the Chief of Conglomeration, who is to blame for anything bad that happens to the brewery,” said Shikes.

When sipping BHC, tropical aromas, compliments of the Galaxy hops,  will pull you in and give way to a sweet stone fruit flavor. The juicy sweetness is followed by an enjoyable bitterness.

“The hops are the star of this beer, thank God,” says Ska CEO Dave Thibodeau. “Just a few years ago there was a hop shortage and prices skyrocketed, and as is our M.O., we signed a bunch of bad hop contracts–maybe our next beer can use up some excess CTZ’s!”


ABV: 8%

IBUs: 75

HOPS: Galaxy, El Dorado

WTF: 100%

BHC DIPA is available Oct. 1 in 12 oz. cans and 6-packs throughout CO, TX, MO, KS, CA, IL, NM, AZ, NE, and MN.

For more information the bad hop contract that inspired BHC DIPA, tune into this conversation on YouTube that Thibodeau and Ska Sales Manager Arlo Grammatica had around the watercooler.

Come celebrate the launch of BHC DIPA at Ska World HQ in Durango this Saturday, Sept. 30 from 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning beers. Pioneers in the canned craft beer movement Ska Brewing is known for an array of styles in 12-ounce cans including Modus Hoperandi, Mexican Logger, Euphoria and Pinstripe. For information (a lot of it), music, and a good time, visit Plug in to the latest updates, beer releases and shenanigans at and

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