Dave Welz, Communications
February 27, 2013
DURANGO, CO - Craft brewers Ska Brewing and DC Brau have joined forces with Ska legends The Pietasters to create a collaboration brew called "Taster's Choice"?a Coffee-Doppelbock?to be released March 27th at Washington D.C.'s Black Cat nightclub at a party featuring The Pietasters. Proceeds from the beer and the party will go to the Todd Eckhardt Scholarship Fund, set up to honor the memory of former Pietasters bassist and songwriter Todd Eckhardt, who passed away in 2001. The fund benefits students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts through the Ellington Fund.
"All I can say is that there seemed to be empyrean forces driving this collaboration. It had to happen," said Ska President and Co-founder Dave Thibodeau. "I met Brandon [Skall, DC Brau co-owner along with Jeff Hancock] at an event in D.C. during SAVOR. I loved his beers, and we both loved a lot of D.C. bands, including The Pietasters. Then it turned out the Pietasters' drummer also works at DC Brau." When these common threads were combined with the Craft Beer Conference's (CBC) location in D.C. this year and Denver next year, the cosmic signposts were too obvious to ignore.
The brewers hatched a plan to make "Taster's Choice" at DC Brau's facility in Washington D.C., and release it during CBC at an event featuring the Pietasters. Next year, Ska and DC Brau will again join forces, this time at Ska's Durango, Colorado location, to create another collaborative brew for release at next year's CBC in Denver.
Also participating in the transcontinental collaboration are Durango's Desert Sun Coffee Roasters and D.C.'s Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company, both of which donated coffee beans for the project. Country Malt Group not only donated the malt for the beer, but also gave a generous cash donation to the Scholarship Fund, and Yankee Schooner donated the printing.
Doors open at 8 p.m. for the "Taster's Choice" official release party at the Black Cat. Ska and DC Brau will take over all of the taps, and both breweries will also have numerous canned offerings available. Tickets are available at www.blackcatdc.com.
About Ska Brewing
Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen medal-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Four Ska beers are now widely available in cans: ESB Special Ale, True Blonde, Modus Hoperandi IPA and the winter seasonal Euphoria Pale Ale. For information, music and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Chat us up and get the latest news at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.
When co-founders Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock opened the doors to their brewery in 2011 on Blandensburg Road in NE Washington, DC Brau Brewing Company became the first packaging brewery inside the District of Columbia since 1956. DC Brau’s signature brews include: The Public (Pale Ale), The Corruption (IPA), The Citizen (Belgian-style Ale), Brau Pils (German-style Pilsner), and Penn Quarter Porter (Robust Porter), with seasonal and special brews available throughout the year including the award-winning On the Wings of Armageddon (Double IPA). For more information on DC Brau, visit http://www.dcbrau.com, and follow on social media @dcbrau.