By Ben Kobi
Fall is here and Halloween is right around the corner and here at Pettyjohn’s we have selected the awesome beers created by Ska Brewing to spotlight for the month of October. Ska was started back in 1995 as a solution to a problem faced by the founders- they loved great beer but were not old enough to buy it. So, after a thinking session while listening to Ska music, they decided to brew their own with the goal of creating great beers that they loved. Out of that passion the irreverent style we know today as Ska Brewing was born.
This brewing company pays attention to their impact on the earth quite a bit. Their new brewery will be 100% wind-powered, constructed with recycled materials (blue jeans as insulation in the walls!), and all spent grain, yeast, and hops will be used in their beer garden on site.
There are a lot to choose from, but you have a whole month to give them a try!
True Blonde Ale – A crisp blonde ale, medium body, and a golden color – this beer is a thirst quencher.
Decadent Imperial IPA – Initial aromas of grapefruit and citrus when opened, followed by malty and just enough bitterness in its taste – Ska brews an Imperial IPA worth tasting.
Buster Nut Brown Ale – The Victory and Munich malts chosen to brew this ale provide a nuttiness taste to the palate, while the Willamette and Cascade hops help to smooth it out. An amazingly drinkable brown ale with the just the right amount of bitterness to make it not overly sweet.
Steel Toe Stout – A traditional English cream stout brewed with lactose giving it a creamy, sweet profile. The pour is jet black with a head similar to that of a latte. As for flavor, imagine creamy coffee .
Rue B. Soho – A crisp lager with tart grapefruit infusions makes this a uniquely refreshing beer. The cascade hops and grapefruit used in the brewing process gives the bright and crisp citrus aromas you experience when drinking it.
BHC DIPA – Using an extremely large amount of hops, this is Ska’s juicy, hazy Double IPA. Expect a bursting and abundant tropical aroma from this addictive DIPA.
Tart Mexican Logger – A non-acidified batch of Mexican-style lager brewed with lemon, lime, and sea salt giving its tart taste.
Pink Vapor Stew – If citrus, sour, and tart flavors got together, this is what you’d expect. This sour is brewed with citra and belma hops, then combined with beets, carrots, ginger, and apples creating its deep pink color.
Mexican Logger – If you’re a fan of Pacifico, Corona etc. and want to experience a craft version of the same style, give this a shot. It is a customer favorite because of its light and refreshing simplicity.
Pinstripe Red Ale – A blend between caramel malts and Liberty hops; the draw to this beer how perfectly that was accomplished. The pour is a copper/amber color and is remarkably clear.
Modus Hoperandi IPA – An American-style IPA, bitter and hoppy, with a deep golden-orange pour.The taste profile is that of citrus and pine and has an extremely smooth finish.
Modus Mandarina IPA – A variation of Modus Hoperandi, this citrus IPA is dry-hopped with huge amounts of Mandarina Bavaria hops and brewed with orange peels.
Rudie Session IPA – Imagine a bold fruity aroma of watermelon and pear. This IPA is an easily drinkable beer with a relatively low amount of bitterness that can be enjoyed in most every situation.
Oktoberfest German-Style Lager – A malty lager whose taste is developed by a blend of nutty, bread, toasty Munich and Vienna Malts. This amber-brown colored beer has a clean, neutral yeast flavor.
Moska Mule – Your classic Moscow Mule pre-prepped and in a can. Spicy ginger and fresh lime.
Berliner Weisse – A sour-style beer that has a crisp lemony and slight melon taste profile with a dry finish. This is a perfect drink to enjoy on a warmer day outdoors.