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Wednesday, November 11th 2015

Ska Releases Cans of Hop Ivy, First Certified All Colorado Ale

Ska Brewing Releases Hop Ivy, State’s
First Certified All Colorado Ale

DURANGO, Colo. -  Ska Brewing is releasing the first craft beer sourced entirely with Colorado ingredients available for year-round, statewide distribution.  Hop Ivy, which will hit the shelves by Thanksgiving, is also the state’s first beer to reach Platinum Certification status through the Real Colorado Beer Project.

“Hop Ivy is our chance to celebrate what our friends behind the scenes are doing for Colorado’s craft beer scene,” says Ska Co-founder and Colorado native, Bill Graham.  “At the consumer level, these suppliers are easy to overlook, but they are the unsung heroes thriving to create a meaningful connection from grain to glass.”

A recently released Economic Impact Study completed by the Colorado School of Leeds stated that – through collective efforts such as supporting Colorado suppliers, Colorado brewers generated approximately $1.15 billion in economic activity last year.

Hop Ivy is a twist off of Ska’s previous semi-local Hoperation Ivy, a wet hop ale made with freshly picked hops from various small hop farms around the state.  Like Hoperation Ivy, Hop Ivy is a hop-forward pale ale showcasing local Chinook and Nugget hops harvested at Simply Grown LLC hop farm in Palisade.  The barley is grown and malted at Colorado Malting Co. in Alamosa and the yeast is from the Brewing Science Instiutute in Woodland Park.  Fresh snowmelt from the mighty San Juan mountains is the source of Hop Ivy’s water.

Hop Ivy’s initial release will be in draft with cans following at the first of the year—the beer will only be available in Colorado.  The Tasting Room at Ska Brewing World Headquarters in Durango will celebrate its release on Thursday November 19, 2015 from 5-7 pm with the help from the band The Great Contention and food specials featuring local Coloradan ingredients.


About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning beers.  Many of Ska’s brews are widely available in cans including Modus Hoperandi IPA, ESB Special Ale, True Blonde Ale, and the ever popular Season Stout Series.  For information (a lot of it), music, and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com.  Plug in to the latest updates, beer releases and shenanigans at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.


About the Real Colorado Beer Project

The Real Colorado Beer Project is an attempt to support the real local Colorado economy as well as help the consumer recognize which tap handles, canned or bottled ales and lagers will provide the dew of real Colorado, and to what degree.  Theer are five levels of Real Colorado Beer:  Wild Platinim, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.  (www.RealColoradoBeer.com)


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