Meet Kurt Randall: New Head Brewer of Ska Brewing
Kurt Randall, a veteran in the Colorado brewery scene, was just announced to be the new head brewer at Ska Brewing. Kurt began his career 13 years ago on the bottling line of Denver brewery Flying Dog Brewery. His love and passion for the craft beer industry and brewing process quickly led him to the role of Head Brewer there in just 4 short years! After Flying Dog, he brewed for Breckenridge and Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. He’s also previously taken over the reins in Great Divide‘s quality control department before moving out to Durango in 2015 to become Ska’s Brewhouse Supervisor. The transition into Head Brewer will give him more responsibilities including: oversight of brewing and cellaring operations, product innovation, and the hiring and training of new personnel.
Ska co-founder, Dave Thibodeau, is incredibly excited about Kurt’s transition: “With the exciting and innovative plans we have for our beers in the coming years, Kurt’s breadth of brewing knowledge will prove invaluable, the bonus being that we already know he fits in well with our cast of characters”
Since he’s been a fan of Ska since crushing cans of Modus at the Rackouse at Stranahan’s, Kurt is excited to lead the team into their next chapter.
What are you most excited about now that you’re head brewer at Ska?
Getting to lead a stellar crew of brewers and cellarman. I’ve never been to hop harvest and I’m excited about going this year.
What’s next in store for Ska’s delicious brews? Is there anything that you’re excited about that’s in the works?
We’ve got some Sours coming out soon. Joe is killing it in the Mod, I’m always excited to try his next creation.
If you could collaborate with any other brewer or brewery, who would it be and why?
I would love to do a collab with Troy Casey from Casey Brewing and Blending. Growing up in Glenwood I was excited to see another brewery open up there. I’ve been impressed with the beers he is putting out and would love to pick his brain.
What advice would you give to those who are looking to become a Brewer?
Hard work pays off. Learn and read as much as you can.
What is your favorite memory and/or experience since you’ve started brewing?
I would have to say meeting my fiancé in the Great Divide tank farm after going to a Rockies game.
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