And here it is: Ska Brewing Co.'s pro-am Merlo Stout, released as #12 in the brewery's Local Series.
It hit the shelves throughout Durango just today. I found it for $5.29 per 22-ounce bomber bottle at my neighborhood liquor store. I'll let you know how it tastes with a review later this week, but the brewers are enthusiastic.
Merlo Stout - the spelling is intentional - was brewed with Chris Vest, a homebrewer who won Ska's Osiris Hombrewing Competion during the Snowdown festival. It was aged in oak barrels to mimic Vest's original recipe that included actual merlot, and it will be entered in the 2009 Great American Beer Festival's pro-am competition.