I had a chance to visit with Sam Ely with Ska Brewing Company of Durango, Colorado about his beer and some of the new things you might expect from the four year old brewery. First let it be known that Ska was one of the early adopters of the can movement. Besides being able to decorate the can with its greater surface area, a canned craft beer protects the hops and seals in the flavor. This is something that initially can put off a new craft beer buyer, but it doesn’t take long to let go of that old school mentality.
Ska has something to cool you off for the summer in their Mexican Logger, which is an excellent example of what a lager should be. Think along the lines of Corona but only with great taste.
Mexican Logger pours with a light golden straw color that has a clean and light flavor. The balance between hops and malt allows for this lager to be extremely drinkable on hot Texas summer days. This should also be the brew of choice when washing down cheesy enchiladas and tamales.
Ska rep Sam Ely said that they are starting a seasonal stout program. “Every solstice or equinox we are going to release a different canned stout. The first one should be of interest to your readers, it will be a mole stout coming out in September,” said Ely.
Ely was super excited about the new spicy mole stout which will have a perfect balance of spicy along with cocoa nibs, cayenne and cumin.
Just off the heels of the new stout will be a Winter Seasonal Euphoria Pale Ale which will hit the shelves around September this year.
Ely was in town for the Southwest Foodservice Expo and said he was excited about the Dallas craft brew scene and would be seeking out some Jester King this week.