Here it is, the most Colorado beer

If you think you’ve been drinking the most Colorado beer possible, think again.

(Courtesy of Ska Brewing Co.)
(Courtesy of Ska Brewing Co.)

If you think you’ve been drinking the most Colorado beer possible, think again.

The most Colorado beer, 5280 reports, is the Hop Ivy All Colorado Ale.

And they don’t get to slap “All Colorado” in the name the way any old pizza joint declares itself “original” or “famous.” The Hop Ivy All Colorado Ale is made entirely in this big, mountainous square we call home.

Ska Brewing Co. in Durango sources every last bit of its new beer in-state. According to 5280:

  • The malts come from the Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa.
  • The Chinook and Nugget hops come from Simply Grown Hops in Palisade.
  • The yeast comes from the Brewing Institute in Woodland Park.
  • The water used is fresh snow melt from the nearby San Juan Mountains.
  • The cans come from the Ball Beverage Package plant in Golden.

This beer is so Colorado, it has platinum certification from the Real Colorado Beer Project.

This beer is so Colorado, it has strong opinions about green chili.

This beer is so Colorado, it’s getting a tattoo of golden Aspen trees.

This beer is so Colorado, it survived catching the plague from a prairie dog.

This beer is so Colorado, it tells all the other beers to go back where they came from.

This beer is 6.1% ABV with “light caramel notes from specialty malts,” a “pleasantly bitter grapefruit hop presence” and late-addition hops lending more citrus and subtle pine to the nose.” Six packs are in stores now.

 

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.