The following is an official press release from Ska Brewing:
(Durango, CO) – On Saturday, September 6th, Ska Brewing Company is hosting their nineteenth annual Anniversary Party and Brewer’s Invitational. This year’s event will feature live performances by The Skatalites, The Pietasters, and The Rebel Set as well as choice offerings from over thirty different Colorado and regional breweries.
The bands and brewers are joining the Durango brewery as they celebrate nineteen years of craft brewing excellence. And, in conjunction with the Skatalites’ 50th anniversary tour Ska will be releasing Hi-Hop Rye Pale Ale commemorating the band’s legacy and influence on ska and reggae music. “We wanted to brew a beer that incorporates The Skatalite’s Jamaican roots while capturing the essence of early fall in the Rockies” says Bill Graham, Ska Co-Founder and Brewery Overlord, “It is a balanced beer that compliments the climatic diversity of the season; something refreshing for the warm days but hearty enough for the cool nights. [It retains] tropical hop notes but also a mildly warming rye spice. Campfire beach beer if you will” Hi-Hop Rye will be available in 22oz bottles and features a green label with the Skatalite’s iconic rocket ship symbol in the foreground.
In past years the celebration has brought in such acts as The Toasters, The English Beat, and Reel Big Fish. “Every year it’s an opportunity to get our friends and our community together in front of one stage” says Dave Thibodeau President & Co-Founder of Ska, “This is a really special time of year in Durango and we use the festival to get friends, locals, and visitors together and revel in the beauty of fall in the San Juans. Not to mention book some sweet bands, drink a bunch of great beer, and throw a generally kick-ass party.”
The event is being held at Ska World Headquarters on Saturday, September 6th. General admission is $35 and includes live music from all three bands, a commemorative pint glass, and beer samples from some of Colorado and the Southwest’s best breweries. Shuttles will run from downtown Durango to Ska between 2:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Parking is limited and guests are encouraged to use the shuttle service or ride their bikes. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com, the Ska Brewing tasting room, and at Southwest Sound & Random Records in Durango.