This week, the head brewer at Durango's Ska Brewing Thomas Larsen and brewery representative Arlo Grammatica are in Sweden to brew an imperial pilsner with the Swedish craft brewery Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri.
After humble beginnings in homebrewing in 1995, Ska Brewing has become internationally recognized for their award-winning beer. The brewery bonded with Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri at last year's Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival from a mutual love of outdoor adventure, and of course, great beer.
Ska will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Oliver Twist, a Stockholm bar known for its selection of American craft beers.
According to the Brewer's Association, Sweden is the second largest export market for U.S. craft brewers after Canada. Ska has sold its beer in Sweden for two years now.
"We're looking forward to mixing our approach and knowledge with Ska's," said Nynäshamns' Marcus Wärme for a Ska press release. "They started with the same love of beer, and have done the same hard work of building a business and a brewery. We live on the sea and they live in the mountains, but the guys at Ska aren't that different from us. We're putting in great elements from each brewery, and we think the outcome will be just as great."
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