Liquor Store Luck Leads Local Lager to GABF Gold

Over the weekend, Durango's Ska Brewing was awarded a gold medal for its Oktoberfest lager at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, but not without a little last-minute drama.

Ska planned to enter its newly released Oktoberfest into GABF competition, but was caught off-guard when it came time to ship the competition beers but had none. 

“The beer was so popular that we sold through it before we had a chance to hold any back to ship,” said Kristen Muraro, Sales and Marketing Director at Ska. “I had to run to the liquor store to buy one of the last 6-packs in Durango to ship to the competition.”

Ska introduced Colorado’s first craft lager in a can, Mexican Logger, and as Muraro notes, the Oktoberfest was a natural addition to Ska’s portfolio; “this classic style really took hold in the Americas when German-speaking immigrants brought their recipes and brewing practices to Mexico in the mid-19th century.”

Ska Oktoberfest will return again for the fall season in 2019.

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