Beers From Beautiful Places: Ska Brewing (Durango, Colo.)

Beers From Beautiful Places: Ska Brewing (Durango, Colo.)

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It’s Friday. Yay beer! In our first of (maybe?) many “Beers From Beautiful Places” column we feature Ska Brewing, a microbrewery in the mountain paradise of Durango, Colo.

Backcountry skiing near Durango

The brewery is surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, with easy access to endless backcountry skiing, mountain biking and climbing opportunities. Throw in whitewater on the Animas River and you’ve got a sliver of paradise. Nearby ski areas Durango Mountain Resort and Silverton Mountain provide lift-served terrain.

Beer and mountains. Looks like a plan

The Ska Brewing tasting room

And then there’s the beer. I visited Ska once, and our hosts graciously kept the brew flowing right out of the giant stainless fermenting tanks. Salud! The brewery was the brainchild of Bill Graham and Dave Thibodeau back in 1995. Known for creative craft brews in cans, the Autumnal Molé Stout has a nice 15 IBU’s and a mellow 5.8% alcohol content brewed with three kinds of peppers (guajillo, ancho and hatch green chiles), cocoa nibs, cumin, cloves and cinnamon.

Happy hour is commencing in 3, 2,…—Sean McCoy

A tour of the heart of Ska Brewing features plenty of beer

Sean McCoy
Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.