Feel the burn

Feel the burn

When the going gets tough, the tough go drinking. At least in Colorado.

That’s what happened June 23, aka “Save the San Juans” Saturday. Headed up by Ska Brewing, more than 25 breweries across the state joined forces to donate $1 from every pint sold to 416 Fire relief efforts. When the foam finally settled, more than $28,000 had been raised, which will be given to Durango’s Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF).

“With the fire contained, evacuees (including some of our employees) returned to their homes and the National Forest open again, it’s not exactly business as usual,” Ska Founder Dave Thibodeau said. “Now more than ever it’s an important time to spend tourism dollars in Durango. We’ll be here with cold beer when you arrive.”

Fire relief efforts continued at Ska through July via its Token Tuesdays, with CERF and the Durango Food Bank as recipients. On Token Tuesdays, customers receive a token for each beer and can drop the token into the bucket of the charity of their choosing. Ska then donates $1 to the charity for every token.