Proximity Malt and Ska Brewing Collaborate on Green Silo Saison

Last month Ska Brewing and Proximity Malt collaborated on a Dark Rye Saison, Green Silo Saison, to recognize their partnership. Named for Ska Brewing’s new green silo filled with Proximity Malt, this beer was available in limited 12-ounce canned 6-packs beginning on January 11.

Ska Brewing supports Proximity Malt’s commitment to shorten supply chains by providing local, sustainable, and consistently malted barley, so much so that they added a large green silo outside their tasting room to hold more Proximity Malt. 

The Green Silo Saison was created by a conference call between the great minds of Ska Brewing, Proximity Malt, and Steve Dresler— a retired brewmaster from Sierra Nevada. Dave Kuske, Proximity Malt’s VP of Operations, described the recipe development process: “We wanted to think outside the box and showcase the spicy notes and characteristics of our chocolate rye with a brown Saison.“ 

Green Silo Saison finishes with all of the traits you’d expect from a Saison, with the delicate notes of silky chocolate, banana, and dark cherries. The spiciness on the nose has notes of subtle black pepper, allspice, clove and nutmeg— all from the use of malt, not additional spices.

“Proximity takes great pride in working as the intermediary between the brewers and the growers. We are excited to support their commitment to the region by working together and purchasing malt grown right here in our home state,” explained Ska Brewing’s CEO Dave Thibodeau. Ska utilizes Proximity’s base and specialty malts in many of its recipes. 

ABOUT SKA BREWING

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces more than a dozen award-winning beers fueled with Ska music, and lots of it. Pioneers in the canned craft beer movement, Ska Brewing is known for an array of styles in 12 oz cans that include Mexican Logger, Modus Hoperandi, and Rue B. Soho. For information (a lot of it), more music, and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com.

ABOUT PROXIMITY MALT

Proximity Malt selects premium grain varieties and partners with local growers to ensure the best possible local supply. Creating efficiencies in the supply chain from field to glass reduces both costs and negative environmental impacts. Their advanced malting and roasting technologies also improve the quality, performance and flavor of malt.  Proximity Malt operates malthouses in two locations–Monte Vista, CO and Laurel, DE— making them the first and largest malt company dedicated to the unique needs of craft brewing, distilling and culinary businesses. Learn more at proximitymalt.com

Citradonkulous (Wiley Roots)

Along with the brewery’s slushes, we received a can of Wiley Roots (Greeley, Colorado)’s Citradonkulous. This double IPA (8.4% ABV) is one of the best brews we’ve reviewed in 2018, due to the sheer depth of flavors that it contains. This is even more impressive when one considers that Citradonkulous does not contain any fruit material. The beer pours with a opaque tangerine to goldenrod coloration and a small amount of white head that laces its way down the glass. Continue reading “Citradonkulous (Wiley Roots)”

BHC DIPA (Ska Brewing)

BHC DIPA, a double IPA released by Ska Brewing (Durango, Colorado) is well-balanced, linking together the traditional hoppy, piney, and floral elements of an India Pale Ale with a bit of juiciness. By hitting both of these marks, Ska is able to make something that any fan of hop-forward beers can appreciate. With an 8% ABV, the specific array of flavors that have been imparted upon this brew are extraordinarily stable. For every bit of citrus that peeks through, bits of wheat and peach are present shortly after. We’re digging the bitterness of this one; Ska’s double IPA is hop-forward (75 IBU) without being a one-note brew. It’s this easy to approach and easy to drink spirit that makes it a treat during warm summer nights. Continue reading “BHC DIPA (Ska Brewing)”

Stopping by Strange Craft Beer Company (Denver, CO)

While we have had beers sent our way for NeuFutur nearly a decade now, actually visiting breweries is a fairly new frontier for us. Luckily, we were able to join up with Emily from RadCraft to see what was going on at Strange Craft Brewery. Head brewer Tyler Bies has crafted a considerably wide collection of efforts available both year-round and seasonally in the Denver area. Continue reading “Stopping by Strange Craft Beer Company (Denver, CO)”

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew – Denver

Oskar Blues has constantly helped our beer review section grow over the years, allowing us to enjoy a variety of their brews, including their IPA, Chubna, Death By Coconut, Hotbox Coffee Porter and Pinner.

We were able to stop in to their new location during our trip to the Denver area. As soon as we walked in the door, we marveled at the decorations and polish of the bar, tables, and overall ambiance of the location. Despite being downtown during the early evening, there was cheap parking literally next door to the restaurant. The Oskar Blues Grill & Brew remained busy throughout our visit, but there were ample enough staff and space to keep a light and air feeling throughout. Continue reading “Oskar Blues Grill & Brew – Denver”

Double IPA (Lone Tree Brewing Company)

Lone Tree’s Double IPA pours with a bit of haze and a goldenrod coloration. There is a tremendous amount of fluffy white head that laces its way down a glass. Hints of wheat and hops are present in the beer’s initial nose. The first sip of this double IPA yields a bit of bitterness but much less than one would imagine from such a heavily-hopped outing. Where the beer will get you is in its’ aftertaste. The sharpness sits on the palette until one is able to take another sip, refreshing things nicely. Continue reading “Double IPA (Lone Tree Brewing Company)”

Maduro Brown Ale (Cigar City)

We originally experienced Cigar City’s Maduro Brown Ale about 5 years ago as one of the first beers we received from outside of our distribution up in NE Ohio. Luckily enough, the distribution footprint for Cigar City increased in the last few months to include Texas, and we were able to check out CC’s beers once more. Continue reading “Maduro Brown Ale (Cigar City)”

Imperial Stout (Lost Coast)

The tendency throughout craft brewers in the United States has been to move to incredibly sweet, “bakery”-style imperial stouts. To experience a stout that has a sharp, bitter element to it is much less common than its used to be. We were lucky enough to receive a bottle of Lost Coast’s Imperial Stout a few weeks back and had a moment to crack it.

The beer pours with a dark brown coloration and only the smallest amount of tannish head. Lost Coast’s Imperial Stout has an initial nose that yields hints of coffee, chocolate, and roasted nuts. When one is able to take their first sip of the brew, they will be introduced to a goodly amount of dark fruits, toasted male, and enough of the way of bitterness contributed by the hops to refresh one’s palette afterwards. With the bomber (22 ounce) we received, we were astonished at how consist this Imperial Stout stayed. Each element remained in focus throughout the beer rather than shifting into a more muddied format. Furthermore, Lost Coast’s Imperial Stout started to gain a bit of an additional chorus of flavors along the way. Along with rich cacao and brown sugar elements, bits of caramel and even a smaller amount of acidity peeked their way through before this bottle was finished. This imperial stout would be matched well with rich-flavored cuisine (e.g. Indian, Thai) or alongside assertive cheeses or salty fare. Lost Coast shows that they can go back to a traditional style and make things tremendously interesting and tasty.

For additional information concerning the brewery, their year-round and seasonal brews, or anything in the way of  new product announcements, give their main domain and social media profiles a spin. We covered Lost Coast’s double IPA, Fogcutter, late in 2017.

Rating: 9.0/10

Imperial Stout Reserve / 10% ABV / http://www.lostcoast.com/https://twitter.com/lostcoastbrewer

 

Blonde Porter (Perrin Brewing)

We were fortunate enough to receive a trio of cans from Michigan’s Perrin Brwing a few weeks back. One of their brews – their N.E.-inspired IPA, Peach Bellini, will be covered shortly. This time out, we had a chance to crack in to their draft-only Blonde Porter. The brew pours with a small amount of head and a yellow to gold coloration. This porter’s initial nose is sweet up front with a bit of grain and malt following shortly after. One’s first sip of Perrin’s Blonde Porter will yield hints of dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, and mocha. Hints of bread and wheat come out after with just a hint of bitter elements to refresh one’s palette as they move on to subsequent sips of the stuff. Continue reading “Blonde Porter (Perrin Brewing)”