Friday, July 23, 2010

Skewers & Brewers

It's time for the 2nd Annual Brewer's Tour of Bouldurango - from Avery Brewery in Boulder to SKA Brewing in Durango. The Tour is a five day, 470 mile odyssey over 6 majestic mountain passes from Boulder to Durango. En route, these 10 hearty souls will be stopping at craft breweries and brewpubs in an effort to bring together Colorado brewers, raise a boatload of money for local charities, and encourage the spirit of collaboration and camaraderie that has taken hold in the craft beer industry.

When they get to Durango (Saturday, July 24th) they will tap a new Wheel Sucker Ale to celebrate! Better yet, Avery, Oskar Blues and SKA Breweries have graciously agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds from the tapping party in Durango to the Safe Roads Coalition of LaPlata County (as they did last year).

We hope you will tell your friends and joins us for some music, bike talk and, of course, a collaborative craft-brewed beer from SKA and Avery Brewer.

The Tour of BoulDurango is the cycling incarnation of the attitude that these three breweries have always taken towards the brewing business. "Craft beer isn't about getting rich and cutthroat business practices; it's about following your passions and doing what you love, it's about being part of your local community and working with people who are just as psyched to be in the business as you are" said Adam Avery, President and Brewmaster of Avery Brewing Company. Dave Thibodeau of Ska Brewing added, "We’ve had quite a few brewers from around the country express interest in this-- I think it has the potential to become huge, whether evolving into a Colorado stage race, a brewer’s tour or just a fun way to hang out with our craft-brewing brethren while we try to make a positive difference in our communities.”

Each evening, after the days riding is finished, the brewers are teaming up with other craft breweries along the course to hold fundraising parties, with profits from pint sales, raffles and auctions going to local charities. Participating breweries along the route include Tommyknocker Brewing, Breckenridge Brewery, Eddyline Brewpub, The Brick Oven Restaurant, Ourayle House Brewing, Colorado Boy Brewery and Ska Brewing Company.

High Mountain Passes in Route

Loveland Pass - 11,992' ~ Fremont Pass - 11,318'

Cottonwood Pass - 12,126' ~ Red Mountain Pass - 11,008'

Molas Pass - 10,910' ~ Coal Bank Pass - 10,640'

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