DURANGO, COLO., (Sept. 21, 2010) —Ska Brewing Co. claimed a bronze medal for their ESB Special Ale at this year’s Great American Beer Festival Competition, the largest commercial beer competition in the world with 3,523 beers vying for medals in 79 categories. Ska’s ESB Special Ale won bronze in the Classic English-Style Pale Ale category.
The win is a GABF first for Special ESB, which is one of three Ska beers widely available in cans throughout the year. Ska also cans its Euphoria Pale Ale, a seasonal winter ale that was just recently released for the 2010/11 winter.
Ska has a rich history of wins at the venerable GABF competition going back to 2003, including two bronze medals and a silver medal last year. “I spoke with a number of judges that said their categories were the best and most difficult to judge of any year they’ve been involved,” said Thomas Larsen, Head Brewer at Ska. “It’s the premier craft beer competition in the world, and it grows larger and more competitive every year—winning a medal is a good sign that we must be doing something right.”
Ska’s other notable medal wins this summer include gold and silver medals at the Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition, and gold and silver medals at the Colorado State Fair Commercial Competition.
The 2010 Great American Beer Festival Competition winners were selected by an international panel of 151 expert judges from 10 countries. For more Great American Beer Festival Competition information, and the complete list of 2010 winners, visit www.GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.
About Ska Brewing
Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen award-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Three Ska beers are now widely available in cans: ESB Special Ale, True Blonde, and Modus Hoperandi India Pale Ale. For more information and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com.
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