Santa Fe Brewing offers a number of different styles and I wanted to try their Chicken Killer Barleywine (10% ABV). It pours cloudy amber with little head, has a nice aroma, and tastes good. It is not as hoppy as some of the barleywines I have had and there is an emphasis on malt sweetness. The website describes Chicken Killer as “The flavors of the beer are at first as overwhelming as the intense Santa Fe sun. But in the same way our sun gives us the unrivaled brilliant colors of Santa Fe, the potency of Chicken Killer gives us the remarkable spectrum of flavors that can be found in no other beer, in no other city.” Santa Fe is a great city to visit. The next time we go to AZ I plan to stop in Santa Fe to eat some wonderful food at Maria’s and I’ll have to stop by the Santa Fe Brewery.
Ska is a brewer based in Durango, Co and is known for craft beer in cans. I really liked Modus Hoperandi at the Winter Brew Fest and I would like to try more offerings from Ska. Natural Blonde Ale pours a clear straw yellow and has a large head – be careful pouring. This is an American Blonde Ale (5.3% ABV) and has a slight citrus / lemon aroma and taste. It is not a bad beer, but I will probably choose other offerings from Ska to try in the future.