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Ska Brewing's 18th Anniversary Party To Feature The English Beat

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,527) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Better late than never. Found this PR in my inbox. Slipped through the cracks during ACBF.

    Calendar: http://beeradvocate.com/events/info/62598

    Great news for Ska beer and Ska music fans.


    DURANGO, COLO., (May 31, 2013) — Ska Brewing is turning 18, and to celebrate, Ska will host an 18th Anniversary Party and Brewers Invitational featuring world-famous 2-Tone ska band The English Beat. (We’ll pause while you read that again.)

    The Anniversary Party and Brewer’s Invitational will be held on September 7, 2013, from 3 – 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and go on sale June 1, at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/395338. The event will feature more than 20 of Colorado and the Four Corners regions’ finest breweries—along with a few making their way here from outside the region. Proceeds will benefit local charities through the Durango Bootlegger’s Society.

    Turning 18 is a big milestone, according to Ska co-founder and Brewing Overlord Bill Graham. “I’ve nurtured this brewery from the beginning. I can get overprotective, because I want what’s best for my brewery, but now that it’s turning 18 I know I have to step back a little. It has good values to guide it, though, and it’s surrounded by good people.”

    Ska co-founder Matt Vincent echoed Graham’s sentiments. “It’s a beautiful brewery. It has accomplished a lot, and seems to attract more attention every day,” said Vincent. “That would make any founder nervous, but it also makes me proud. We’re throwing a party with this incredible band to say ‘thanks’ to everyone who has supported the brewery on its journey so far.”

    “Turning 18 isn’t that big a deal,” said Ska Brewing. “So I can smoke now? Nobody smokes anymore anyway. I don’t know why my founders make such a big deal out of this. But I am really excited to invite my brewery friends over to skank to The English Beat.”

    The $30 ticket includes entrance into the event—which sold out last year—a commemorative tasting glass, and beer samples from 25 guest breweries.

    Ska Brewing's 18th Anniversary Party
    Featuring The English Beat & 25 Guest Breweries
    This is a 21+ event. ID will be required for entrance

    September 7, 2013 3:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Doors open at 3:00, and two other bands TBA will play before The English Beat take the stage

    Ska Brewing World Headquarters, 225 Girard St., Durango, Colorado

    To celebrate 18 years of Ska Brewing, and to give back by donating the proceeds to charity through the Durango Bootleggers Society

    This event sold out the last two years. If you want to attend we recommend getting your tickets NOW. We know you’ve known Matt, Bill and Dave for years, and we thank you for putting up with them, but you will still need tickets. ONLY TICKETHOLDERS WILL BE ALLOWED ENTRY. Tickets are available at Ska Brewing and Southwest Sound in Durango, and online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/395338.

    About Ska Brewing
    Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces hit beers like Modus Hoperandi IPA, Pinstripe Red Ale and the summer seasonal Mexican Logger. For information, music and a good time, visit http://www.skabrewing.com. Chat us up and get the latest news at http://facebook.com/skabrew and http://twitter.com/skabrewing.

    About The English Beat
    The English Beat was founded in 1978 and is known for hit singles including Tears of a Clown, Mirror In The Bathroom and Save It For Later. Original members went on to form other bands including General Public and Fine Young Cannibals. The EnglishBeat is now based in California, and features founding member Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar. In the summer of 2012, The English Beat released a box set, titled The Complete Beat.

  2. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,527) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Who's been to one of Ska's anniversary parties?

    We're highly considering driving down from Denver. Looking for tips and past experiences.
  3. FarmerTed

    FarmerTed Aspirant (281) May 31, 2011 Colorado

    Never been, but Durango's a long-ass drive (farther than it looks on the map). That's my only tip. It's a fun place to go, though.
  4. jrnyc

    jrnyc Savant (913) Mar 21, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    The English Beat are awesome, have seen them about 10 times. Dave Wakeling is a super nice guy!
  5. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,045) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Never been to the anniversary party, but the drive to Durango is amazing, especially for someone new to CO. Get into it!!
  6. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,527) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    The event is sold out now, but here's the list of brewers for those going:
    • Avery
    • Boulevard Brewing Co
    • Breckenridge Brewery
    • Bristol Brewing
    • Carver's Brewing
    • Colorado Boy Brewery
    • Durango Brewing Company
    • Firestone Walker
    • Gordon Biersch Brewery
    • Great Divide
    • Left Hand Brewing
    • Lumberyard
    • Marble Brewery
    • Odells
    • Oskar Blues
    • Ouray Brewing Company
    • Pagosa Brewing
    • San Luis Valley Brewing Co
    • San Tan
    • Santa Fe Brewing
    • Ska Brewing
    • Steamworks Brewing
    • Stone
    • Telluride Brewing Company
    • Three Barrel Brewing
    • Three Rivers Brewing
    • Wynkoop
    We're heading down the day before and making a weekend of it.

  7. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Aspirant (232) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    Totally worth it, just plan your stay in Durango ahead
  8. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,527) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    I'm a pro traveler. We're locked and loaded.
  9. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,527) Aug 23, 1996 California
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  10. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,527) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    More party and shuttle info ...


    (Awesome flyer.)
  11. jrnyc

    jrnyc Savant (913) Mar 21, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    How was the show?
  12. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,527) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Subscriber

    Dave Wakeling and crew were awesome. They played all the classics, some obscure songs and mixed in some General Public too. The openers were good too.

    The entire Ska 18 party was awesome. Had a bunch of great beers and met some solid people. The drive from Denver to Durango and back was awe-inspiring.

    Already looking forward to my next trip and Ska 19; whichever comes first.
    jrnyc likes this.
  13. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Disciple (332) Dec 19, 2010 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Long drive!
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