21st Amendment Brewery Adds Tasty IPA to Seasonal Portfolio

21A-TastyIPA-2018-12oz21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) has announced that Tasty IPA will return in September with some new artwork and a reclassification making it the newest addition to the brewery’s Seasonal lineup.

Introduced in 2017 as a Limited Release collaboration between 21st Amendment and the well-known, highly-respected hombrewer Mike “Tasty” McDole, the new-look Tasty IPA is back to hit hopheads with the same India Pale Ale recipe that was “derived from test batches of McDole’s own homebrew recipe.”  Thanks to a hop bill that uses “Calypso, Ekuanot and Azacca for flavoring; CTZ for bittering and Simcoe, Calypso and Ekuanot in the dry hop”, Tasty IPA (6.8% ABV) rocks “bright, fresh flavors and aromas of hops, tropical stone fruits and a hint of spiciness.”

“The original artwork featured McDole laying in a bed of hops, which inspired the direction for Benjamin Franklin, a man who was an advocate for homebrewers,” said Nico Freccia, co-founder of 21st Amendment Brewery. “This new design fits perfectly into our brand portfolio and we are excited for its permanent place as our fall to winter seasonal.”

Tasty IPA officially returns in September and will hang around through March 2019.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 15-packs of 12 oz. cans, 19.2 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tasty IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Seasonal (Fall/Winter), September 2018 – March 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 70
Hops – Calypso, Ekuanot, Azacca & CTZ; dry-hopped with Simcoe, Calypso & Ekuanot
Malts – Pale Malt, Pilsner & Light Crystal Malt
Yeast – American Ale
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 15-packs of 12 oz. cans, 19.2 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://21st-amendment.com/find-some/

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21st Amendment & Fieldwork Brewing Co. Collaborate, Come Up With A Terrible Idea

21aATerribleIdeaCan21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of A Terrible Idea Hazy IPA, a new collaboration with their friends at Fieldwork Brewing Co. (Berkeley, California), on August 18.

Dedicated to the idea that “with every bad decision there is a risk and sometimes an incredible reward”, A Terrible Idea is a joint effort by 21st Amendment and Fieldwork Brewing Co. to create what they call a “California New England Style Hazy IPA”.  Brewed with a massive amount of Citra, Mosaic, Ekuanot and Calypso hops and fermented with an ale yeast from Vermont, A Terrible Idea (6.8% ABV) ultimately comes together to supply its drinker with “a floral, dank and piney hop aroma . . . delicate malt clouds, . . . a juicy mouthfeel and notes of peach, orange, mango and pineapple.”

“We used four pounds of hops per barrel in the dry hop alone, which is twice our typical rate for most of our 21A beers,” said Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of 21st Amendment. “At one point I remember asking Barry and Alex if adding this many hops was a terrible idea and they just shrugged their shoulders and added more.”

 

“The Citra, Mosaic, Ekuanot and Calypso hops in this beer were all I heard about for days and days. They couldn’t get enough,” said Nico Freccia, Co-Founder of 21st Amendment. “But we also used a Vermont ale yeast, so that makes A Terrible Idea a ‘California New England Style Hazy IPA’ (new category?) that is in a league of its own.”

A Terrible Idea Hazy IPA will make its official debut on Saturday, August 18 at 21st Amendment’s AugustFest, and will enter distribution at or around that date.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, Georgia, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for A Terrible Idea Hazy IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery & Fieldwork Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, mid-August 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale (Hazy/New England-style)
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 55
Featured Hops – Citra, Mosaic, Ekuanot & Calypso
Fun Fact – On the packaging artwork: “While we understand that the #HazeCraze will peak your interest, we know the packaging for this beer will surely keep your attention. All four panels of the six-pack carrier tell a hilarious tale of five knuckle draggers who weren’t afraid to ignore popular opinion, follow their hearts and make an extraordinary beer. And in all honestly, we’re glad they did. In a succession of terrible ideas that haunt us all, was making this beer one of them? We stand behind the claim: absolutely not!”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://21st-amendment.com/find-some/

21st Amendment Brewery Launches Tales From The Kettle Beer Series

21A-TalesKettle-2017-12oz21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) has announced that it is expanding its Insurrection Series with the limited release of Tales From The Kettle (2017) – Not Your Cup of Tea.

Developed in the spirit of “friendly competition and [as] an ode to the brewery’s roots”, the Tales From The Kettle series has a “story [that] begins each year with a teambuilding exercise, the [21st Amendment] Employee Homebrew Competition, where [the brewery’s] staff breaks into randomly selected teams who are challenged to come up with a winning homebrew recipe judged by the San Francisco Brewer’s Guild.”  Once a winner is chosen, that beer then enters full distribution in cans that proudly wear the names of each team member responsible for its creation.

This year’s winning beer is Not Your Cup of Tea, an “exceptional” Scottish-style ale brewed with black tea.  Deep amber in color, Not Your Cup of Tea (9% ABV) has an aroma that boasts “a light waft of sweetness and a soft smokiness”, and a “multi-layer malt” flavor that “closes out with a light spiciness from the black tea and a lingering light burnt caramel finish.”

“Tales From The Kettle gives our staff a chance to bring ideas and recipes to life that otherwise may never see the light of day, and as owners we get a rush of excitement from the innovation that is unleashed each time we host this competition.” said Nico Freccia, co-founder of 21st Amendment. “The creators of this year’s winning beer included our graphic designer, a server at our pub, our Chicago sales rep and one of our maintenance technicians. In their normal day-to-day these guys and gals would not have had an opportunity to bring a beer recipe to the spotlight, and now their names have been printed on a nationally distributed beer can with their winning beer recipe.”

Tales From The Kettle (2017) – Not Your Cup of Tea is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can track down this Limited Release offering at craft beer establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tales From The Kettle (2017) – Not Your Cup of Tea from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Limited/Insurrection Series, December 2017
Style – Scotch Ale 
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 24
Malts – Maris Otter Pale, Crystal 70L, Special B, Chocolate, Smoked Malt, Peated Malt & Victory
Hops – Northern Brewer & Nugget 
Yeast – Burton Ale Yeast
Added Ingredients – Black Tea
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://21st-amendment.com/find-some/

21st Amendment Brewery Enters Fall with Two New 15-Packs

21stBOIPA1521st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) recently announced that they are supplying their fans with two new 15-packs this fall.

First up, fans of fruit-laced IPAs will be happy to hear that they now have the option to stock their fridges with Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA in more convenient increments of 15 cans at time.  Brewed in similar fashion to the brewery’s flagship Brew Free! or Die IPA, this fruited variant mixes things up a bit with the addition of “an abundance of fresh blood orange puree and a twist of citrusy dry hops.”  After Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA quickly achieved fan-favorite status when it was first released in 6-packs back in March, it became clear to the brewery that they needed to give this refreshing lil’ number the 15-pack treatment.

“While the packaging celebrates ‘Three More Reasons The Fruit Shall Set You Free,’ in my opinion being able to buy 15 of these beers at once is the real celebration here,” said Nico Freccia, Co-Founder of 21st Amendment Brewery. “We released six packs of this beer in March and the response has been overwhelming. Personally I wanted more of this beer and so did everyone else, and we took that feedback to heart.”

For those of you that require several options when it comes to satisfying your hop cravings, 21st Amendment has you covered in that department as well with the Seasonal release of their new IPA Variety Pack.  This mixed 15-pack includes the following five offerings (each 15-pack contains three 12 oz. cans of each offering):

“We’re pretty excited about this new package,” said Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of 21st Amendment. “It’s an incredible sampler platter of IPAs. When you open the box and dive in you’ll find two Imperial IPAs, a classic West Coast IPA, Black IPA and a Session IPA. This is an IPA drinkers dream come true.”

Both 15-packs of 12 oz. cans mentioned above are rolling out now.  Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA 15-packs are available year-round, and the IPA Variety Pack is a Seasonal offering that is available from October 2017 until March 2018.  These 15-packs can be found at craft beer retailers located in Florida, Georgia, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment Brewery’s distribution area.  Prost!

21st Amendment Brewery Introduces Tasty IPA as New Limited Release

Tasty21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) has officially announced that Tasty IPA will be released as the next offering from the brewery’s Insurrection Series.

Dropping as the second release in their newly established Insurrection Series, 21st Amendment Brewery set out to create Tasty IPA so that they could both honor and collaborate with Mike “Tasty” McDole – a legendary craft beer personality, respected homebrewer and regular on The Brewing Network show “The Session”.  Sourcing inspiration “from test batches of Tasty’s own homebrews,” the brewing team built this “hop forward creation” to feature Citra and Mosaic Lupulin Powder and Ekuanot hop pellets.  Their efforts resulted in a 6.8% ABV India Pale Ale that “is rooted in friendship, created for the common love of homebrewing and dedicated to the American beer beauty known as Tasty McDole.”

“If you like hops, and you love IPA, you’ll definitely enjoy this beer… even in spite of the naked guy swimming in hops on the front of the can,” jokes Shaun O’Sullivan, co-founder and Brewmaster of 21st Amendment. “In all seriousness, this beer is delicious. The lupulin powder is made from the “heart of the hop,” where the hop resins and oils reside, giving this beer bright, fresh flavors and aromas of tropical stone fruits and pine, with a hint of spiciness.”

Tasty IPA will officially debut in September 2017 with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this Limited Release brew at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest 21st Amendment Brewery’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tasty IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Limited/Insurrection Series, September 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 70
Malts – Two-Row Pale, Munich & Pilsner
Hops – Mosaic, Ekuanot, CTZ, Citra & Lupulin Powder
Yeast – American Ale
Suggested Pairings – “Tasty IPA pairs with spicy foods, peach cobbler, cargo shorts and your favorite beer t-shirt.”
Fun Fact – “The can design features McDole lying in a bed of hops, inspired by the iconic fantasy scene in the movie “American Beauty,” and was drawn by Tasty’s son Mark McDole.”

Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://21st-amendment.com/find-some/

21st Amendment Brewery Brings the Watermelon Funk

21aWatermelonFunk_edited21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) recently announced the release of Watermelon Funk as the brewery’s first Insurrection Series beer of the year.

Originally created in 2004 by Russian River Brewing’s Vinnie Cilurzo as a “funked up” version of 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer when the folks at San Francisco’s iconic Toronado Pub were wary of tapping a watermelon beer, Watermelon Funk has been officially resurrected but without Cilurzo’s two year aging schedule.  For the 2017 version of Watermelon Funk21 Amendment’s Brewmaster and co-founder Shaun O’Sullivan decided to “kettle sour” the beer this time around “and then ferment it with a saison yeast strain imparting a tart, slightly acidic mouthfeel with syncopated sweet notes and downbeat aromas.”  Clocking in at a refreshing 6.7% ABV and “a Funk Factor of 11, Watermelon Funk is sure to get the party started and keep the music playing with each sip.”

“The process of kettle souring is where we add lactobacillus bacteria to the kettle, allowing it to grow and consume sugar, producing lactic and acetic acids that are responsible for souring the beer. We then halt that process by boiling the wort in the kettle and then ferment it with a special farmhouse yeast strain”, O’Sullivan explains.

Watermelon Funk releases in June with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this “super limited edition” Insurrection Series beer at select craft beer bars, restaurants and retailers located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Watermelon Funk from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Limited/Insurrection Series, June 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6.7%
Hops – Magnum
Malts – Two-Row Pale & White Wheat
Yeast – French Saison
Added Ingredients – 100% Fresh Watermelon Puree & Lactobacillus Planterum
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft 
Beer Finder – http://21st-amendment.com/find-some/
Fun Fact – About the Insurrection Series: “Watermelon Funk marks the first Insurrection Series beer of the year for 21st Amendment Brewery. In 2017, they opted to unleash their brewers’ creativity and roll out brand new, never-before-seen-or-brewed beers for this series. ‘Insurrection is the act of rising in revolt, rebellion or resistance,’ says Freccia. ‘Kind of our rallying cry when we released our first Insurrection Series beer in 2009. Back then drinking craft beer in cans was a strange and out-of-the-box idea and this was our way to rise up against the cheap, flavorless canned beer that had come before. Today, our Insurrection Series allows us to push the limits of our brewery, to introduce new beers that celebrate our creative spirit and offer a taste of something new, rare and exciting.'”

21st Amendment Brewery Releases Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA as New Year-Round

21A-BrewFreeBloodOrange-Can121st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) recently announced that Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA has officially joined the brewery’s lineup of Year-Round offerings.

Brewed as a variant of 21st Amendment’s original West Coast-style India Pale Ale known as Brew Free! or Die IPA, Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die raises the refreshment level with an “infusion of real blood orange puree” and a hefty, citrus-laden dry hop consisting of “two pounds per barrel of . . . Citra, Mosaic and Chinook.”  With these recipe tweaks, this new brew comes together as a 7% ABV offering that “showcases the perfect marriage of fruit and IPA proving once more that sometimes, real fruit just makes things better.”

“We’ve been developing this recipe for almost a year,” said Shaun O’Sullivan, 21A Brewmaster and Co-Founder. “Blood oranges were a totally new ingredient for us, and it was a lot of fun to play around with different approaches of where to add it into the process, and how much.”

 

“We want craft beer drinkers to understand that while this is a new and totally different beer, it has a great lineage, but when you crack open that can and get that first whiff of blood orange and hops… Oh man, it’s a thing of beauty,” added O’Sullivan.

Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA is officially rolling out this month in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s distribution markets.  Look for this new offering in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans or on draft the next time you are in search of an easy drinking, citrusy IPA.  Prost!

Vital Information for Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Year-Round, launching March 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 70
Hops – Centennial, Citra, Mosaic, & Chinook
Malts – Two-Row Pale, Munich & Caramalt
Yeast – Top Fermenting Ale Yeast
Added Ingredients – 100% fresh blood orange puree
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – FL, CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, MA, NY, IL, NJ, DC, NV, DE, MD, VT, RI, PA, NH, ME, VA, GA, SC & NC

Beer Finder – http://21st-amendment.com/find-some/

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Blah Blah Blah IPA Goes Year-Round for 21st Amendment

21a-blahblahblah-can-230x376To provide hopheads with a new fix in 2017, 21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) has officially added Blah Blah Blah IPA to their Year-Round lineup.

In today’s world of craft beer, consumers have displayed a voracious and unending appetite for all things hoppy.  If “IPA” is somewhere in the beer’s title or description on a tap list, odds are that it is going to get some serious attention.  This style’s popularity is ever-growing and its varieties seem infinite – West Coast IPA, East Coast IPA, Double IPA, Triple IPA, White IPA, Black IPA, Hazy IPA, Coffee IPA, Rye IPA, and the list goes on and on and on . . .

To keep up with and stand out in a market that is currently inundated with these beers, 21st Amendment Brewery has released Blah Blah Blah IPA as “a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the popularity of the IPA style and all its sub-styles that have become part of craft beer conversations and offerings.”  The name may have been chosen to poke some fun, but the beer itself is quite serious when it comes to its hops.  Blah Blah Blah is an Imperial Red India Pale Ale that has been “jam packed with Mosaic, Citra and the latest Idaho 7 hop, and . . . 2 pounds per barrel of dry-hops” to impart all of the “noteworthy elements associated with hop’s bitterness, flavor and aroma.” For a clearer idea of what to expect from this new offering, here is how Shaun O’Sullivan, co-founder of 21st Amendment Brewery, describes Blah Blah Blah IPA:

“Baird Crystal 70 is the primary malt used and the nutty sweet character of this particular malt gives Blah Blah Blah a red hue while the addition of biscuit and dark Munich malts grant the brew a delicate toastiness,” adds O’Sullivan. “The bitterness is assertive, but balanced by a subtle sweetness—all part of the plan of course. Late in the boil we threw in a few aroma hops such as Centennial, Ahtanum, Amarillo and Mosaic which combined give to the beer a more hop-quenching flavor than our current IPA lineup.”

Blah Blah Blah IPA was officially released into distribution on Wednesday, February 1.  This new Year-Round offering is available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Florida and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s 25-state distribution area.  If this sounds like the beer for you, just walk into your favorite beer spot, look the bartender dead in the eye and confidently say, “I want a Blah Blah Blah IPA.” If done correctly, laughs, good times and a tasty brew are sure to follow.  Prost!

Vital Information for Blah Blah Blah IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Year-Round, launches February 2017
Style – American Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 65
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Citra, Idaho 7, Centennial, Ahtanum, Amarillo, Chinook, Simcoe, & Equinox
Featured Malt – Baird Crystal 70
Distribution – FL, CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, MA, NY, IL, NJ, DC, NV, DE, MD, VT, RI, PA, NH, ME, VA, GA, SC & NC
Beer Finder – http://21st-amendment.com/find-some/

Sneak Attack Saison Makes Seasonal Return for 21st Amendment Brewery

21stsa-can-png-230x42421st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) declares war on winter once again with the re-release of Sneak Attack Saison.

Drawing inspiration from General George Washington’s bold decision to cross the Delaware River on Christmas night to surprise his enemy, 21st Amendment Brewery created Sneak Attack as a means of “ambushing the cold” with the summer flavors found within a Belgian-style Saison.  To deal winter a devastating blow, Sneak Attack digs in and lays a solid foundation with Pilsner Malt, Belgian Light Candi Sugar and spicy Saison Yeast.  These ingredients supply a refreshing flavor that is further reinforced with “aromas of pepper, cardamom, lemon rind and freshly cut grassy fields.”  Standing proud at 6.2% ABV and 38 IBUs, Sneak Attack is 21st Amendment’s subtle way of saying, “In your face, winter.”

“While this is the time of year when brewers are typically introducing strong, heavy beers, we wanted to brew up a bit of a surprising alternative that essentially says, ‘In your face, winter!’ This year we experimented with a new Belgian yeast and had some fun with the subtle spicing to create a true farmhouse-style ale.”

-21st Amendment Brewery Co-founder and Brewmaster Shaun O’Sullivan

Sneak Attack Saison is a Seasonal release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft from December 2016 through March of 2017.  You can find this offering available at craft beer-friendly establishments in Florida and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s 25 state distribution area (full list of states available below).  Do not sit idly by and allow winter to unjustly dictate your choices in libations.  Resist, fight back, pick up a sixer of Sneak Attack Saison and drink whatever you want.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sneak Attack Saison from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Seasonal, December 2016 through March 2017
Style – Belgian-style Saison
ABV – 6.2%
IBUs – 38
Malts – Pale Malt, Crystal Malt & Belgian Light Candi Sugar
Hops – Magnum
Added Ingredients – Organic cardamom pods
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – FL, CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, MA, NY, IL, NJ, DC, NV, DE, MD, VT, RI, PA, NH, ME, VA, GA, SC & NC
Beer Finder – http://21st-amendment.com/find-some/

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