Saturday, March 15, 2014

Ska Brewing celebrates Spring with Vernal Minthe Stout

Ska Vernal Minthe StoutEnjoying a dark stout beer is not just for the colder months, it can be enjoyed year round. And the folks at Ska Brewing Company know this and are planning to re-issue their award winning beer Ska Vernal Minthe Stout in cans on the first day of Spring. Here's their latest press release describing what they have planned for the Vernal Equinox this year.

[PRESS RELEASE] DURANGO, Colo., (Mar. 14, 2014) — Ska Brewing is announcing the spring release in its Seasonal Stout series: Vernal Minthe Stout, a stout brewed with peppermint, spearmint, cocoa and vanilla beans. The beer will hit shelves on March 20th, the date of the spring equinox.

Vernal Minthe Stout, which Ska debuted in March of 2013, has already won a Silver Medal at the European Beer Star Awards.

“We started out 18 years ago brewing ales that honored their European roots,” said Dave Thibodeau, Ska President and Co-Founder. “American craft beer has come a very long way since then, and it’s amazing to me that we can take our crazy beers back to Europe now and win a medal in the Beer Star Awards—one of the most important and recognized beer competitions in the world.”

Vernal Minthe Stout is a unique and rewarding treat. Sweet, with refreshing peppermint and spearmint throughout, but with dark roasted and milk chocolate notes for balance. The medium body of the stout allows the mint to shine through. Some have called it an Andes Mint in stout form; there’s no doubt it’s a great dessert beer. Vernal Minthe Stout is 5.8% ABV and 41 SRM.

Vernal Minthe Stout will hit shelves in all of Ska’s U.S. markets around the spring equinox, in keeping with the Seasonal Stout Series’ solstice and equinox release dates. The packaging (artwork below) features a black, 12-oz. can, with Ska’s True Blonde heroine as the Greek goddess Persephone, who, according to Greek mythology, turned the naiad Minthe into a mint plant in a jealous rage.

Ska will release Estival Cream Stout—the Seasonal Stout Series’ fourth beer—on the summer solstice in June.

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen medal-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Ska was the second brewery in the U.S. to can its craft beers, and nine Ska beers are now widely available in cans: Modus Hoperandi IPA, ESB Special Ale, True Blonde Ale, four Seasonal Stouts and the summer and winter seasonals Mexican Logger and Euphoria Pale Ale. For information, music and a good time, visit Chat us up and get the latest news at and

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