21st Amendment Brewery Welcomes Winter with Return of Fireside Chat

21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco, California) has officially announced that Fireside Chat will return for its Seasonal Release in mid-October 2021.

One of 21st Amendment’s most anticipated releases each year, Fireside Chat is a Winter Warmer/English-style Strong Ale featuring a select spice blend and “lush and flavorful Ghana cocoa nibs from TCHO Chocolate [to add] a deep layer of texture to . . . a beautiful malt character of eight different malts.” Coming in at 7.9% ABV, Fireside Chat is “the perfect sipper at the Thanksgiving dinner table or while nestled up fireside with loved ones during the December holidays.”

“Fireside Chat has a wonderful warming amber color, bright toffee foam head, soft spice profile, and a rich chocolate layer on the finish that’s quite elegant. We made some slight tweaks to the 2021 recipe that I think our beer fans will enjoy. I’m excited to see what they think. Also, the packaging features President Franklin D. Roosevelt (who signed the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution into law) having a jovial fireside conversation with an elf. Why not be like FDR and enjoy a Fireside Chat of your own this holiday season. I don’t think it gets much better than that.”

– Shaun O’Sullivan – Co-Founder and Brewmaster at 21st Amendment Brewery

Fireside Chat is scheduled to return in mid-October and will hang around through the holiday season. You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s 33-state distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Seasonal; returning mid-October 2021
Style – Winter Warmer
ABV – 7.9%
IBUs – 45
Malts – Pale, Munich, Wheat, Crystal, De-bittered Black, Chocolate Malt & Abbey
Hops – Columbus & US Golding
Added Ingredients – Winter spices & cocoa nibs from TCHO Chocolate
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.21st-amendment.com/find-some

21st Amendment Adds Double Hazy IPA to Tasty Lineup

21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Tasty Double Hazy IPA in June 2021.

Here to take the Tasty lineup to new, hoppy heights, Tasty Double Hazy IPA is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale that “cranks up the hop profile . . . to 11 with its sheer abundance of Calypso, El Dorado, Mosaic, Amarillo, Idaho 7, and Cashmere hops in the kettle and dry hopping process.” Coming in at 8.5% ABV, Tasty Double Hazy IPA boasts “tropical stone fruit flavors and aromas, juicy guava notes, and a rich creamy malt texture.”

“Our Tasty IPA series showcases how we like to have fun integrating hops whether it’s a Juicy Pale Ale, West Coast IPA, Hazy IPA, or Double Hazy IPA. Beer drinkers love all types of IPAs, especially hazys. Using the right hops in the right beers allows our brewers to be creative and showcase the diverse flavors and aromas that these bold hops have to offer. Tasty Double Hazy IPA has big brash hop layers wrapped around a sweet malt base with its elegant and rich texture. It’s complex much like Ben Franklin’s imaginative ideas, but served in a 12 oz. can or pint glass, of course.”

– Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of 21st Amendment Brewery

Tasty Double Hazy IPA will roll out in June 2021 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s 33-state distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Tasty Double Hazy IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Limited/Seasonal; June 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.5%
Featured Hops – Calypso, El Dorado, Mosaic, Amarillo, Idaho 7 & Cashmere
Fun Fact – “The creative packaging artwork for Tasty Double Hazy IPA features Founding Father and polymath Ben Franklin lying in a field of hops following one of his famed kite experiments. Franklin was a brilliant mind fostering one big idea after another. In tandem, 21st Amendment was struck with a clever idea of its own to expand their popular Tasty line-of-beers to include a hopped-up Imperial Hazy IPA.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.21st-amendment.com/find-some

21st Amendment Brewery Releases Tropical Brew Free! or Die IPA Just in Time for Summer

21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco, California) has officially announced that Tropical Brew Free! or Die IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in July 2021.

Developed to be the “‘summery’ companion of [21st Amendment’s] iconic west coast Brew Free! or Die IPA and Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA,” Tropical Brew Free! or Die IPA is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale that boasts “mega-juicy kettle hops and a harmonious blend of Idaho 7, El Dorado, Azacca, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Calypso dry hops.” Coming in at 6.8% ABV, Tropical Brew Free! or Die IPA captures “an island vacation” in each sip.

“Our original Brew Free! or Die IPA has always been a bellwether of our craft beer selections since before it was even named that and just known at our San Francisco pub as ’21A IPA,’” says Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of 21st Amendment Brewery. “We’ve had a lot of fun with Brew Free! creating a blood orange IPA and celebrating with a unique packaging design. Tropical Brew Free! or Die IPA was built from the ground up with a lighter malt bill and a touch lower in alcohol giving this beer a refreshing tropical aroma and flavor. It’s a first-rate IPA and perfect for summer.”

Tropical Brew Free! or Die IPA will debut this month in the brewery’s IPA Variety HopPack and full distribution will roll out in July 2021. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s 33-state distribution area. Prost!

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

Release – Year-Round; launching July 2021
Style – West Coast-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
Featured Hops – Idaho 7, El Dorado, Azacca, Mosaic, Amarillo & Calypso
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.21st-amendment.com/find-some

21st Amendment Brewery Warms Up Winter With Return of Fireside Chat

21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Fireside Chat in mid-November 2020.

Originally conceived as a “flagship beer recipe of 21st Amendment’s San Francisco brewpub that’s evolved into an annual limited-edition winter warmer favorite” that is enjoying its 10th Anniversary release in 2020, Fireside Chat is an English-style Strong Ale brewed with eight different malts, infused with “lush and flavorful cocoa nibs from TCHO Chocolate,” and “well-balanced” with a carefully selected blend of spices. Coming in at a warming 7.9% ABV, Fireside Chat “cozies up close to the burning embers with aromas of chocolate malt, spices, and cocoa nibs filling the air.”

“Fireside Chat has a great amber color, a toffee foam head, soft spice profile and rich chocolate flavor on the finish that most beer drinkers will enjoy. Also, the packaging features FDR having a fireside conversation with a holiday Elf. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
– Shaun O’Sullivan – Co-Founder & Brewmaster at 21st Amendment Brewery

Fireside Chat returns this month and is scheduled to hang around through December 2020. You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Seasonal; November – December 2020
Style – Winter Warmer
ABV – 7.9%
IBUs – 45
Added Ingredients – Cocoa nibs from TCHO Chocolate & spices
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Suggested Pairings – “Hearty Beef Stew; Oven Roasted Turkey; Creamy Risotto; Apple Crumb Pie; Pumpkin Cheesecake; and Tiramisu.”
Beer Finder – https://www.21st-amendment.com/find-some

Hell or High Mango Makes Seasonal Debut for 21st Amendment Brewery

21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Hell or High Mango in late October 2020.

Arriving as a new twist on 21st Amendment’s beloved Summer Seasonal – Hell or High Watermelon, Hell or High Mango is a “fruity and sweet” American Wheat Ale “brewed with real mango’s, brimming with tropical floral notes.” Coming in at 4.9% ABV, Hell or High Mango “eases us from warmer days to an oasis brimming with tropical floral aromas and slightly tart, fruity flavors.”

“Hell or High Watermelon Wheat has been a summertime favorite since we first started brewing it in 2000 at our San Francisco South of Market brewpub near the SF Giants’ ballpark. We decided to mix things up for autumn and have a little fun with the flavors. Behind all that luscious mango flavor and aroma is a wonderful wheat beer with its biscuity, light bready notes. At a mere 4.9% ABV, Hell or High Mango is that much more approachable,” says Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster.

Hell or High Mango is rolling out now and will be available throughout the months of Autumn 2020. You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s 30-state distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Hell or High Mango from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Seasonal; Autumn 2020
Style – American Wheat Ale
ABV – 4.9%
IBUs – 17
Malts – Two-Row Pale & White Wheat
Hops – Magnum
Added Ingredients – Real mangos
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.21st-amendment.com/find-some

Tasty Juicy Pale Ale Joins 21st Amendment’s Seasonal Lineup

21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Tasty Juicy Pale Ale in July 2020.

A reformulated take on 21st Amendment’s previously released Tasty IPA that will “[advance] the concept of what a Pale Ale can be,” Tasty Juicy is a Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale that “has more hop flavor and aroma while being less bitter than an IPA.” Coming in at just 5% ABV and 35 IBUs, Tasty Juicy is “light gold in color, refreshing and [has] a bright hop character.”

Benjamin Franklin once said, “When you are finished changing, you’re finished.” Whether it was a lightning rod or a kite with a big brass key, Franklin endeavored to advance an idea through trials and experimentation. Our Tasty Juicy takes the pale ale style to another level.

Tasty Juicy is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time. You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s 30-state distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Tasty Juicy from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Seasonal; launching mid-July 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 35
Malts – 2-Row Pale, Pilsner & Caramalt
Hops – Bittering: CTZ | Flavor: Calypso, Simcoe & Azacca | Dry Hop: Calypso, Idaho 7, Centennial & Cascade
Yeast – American Ale
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.21st-amendment.com/find-some

21st Amendment Brewery Launches SOMA Hard Seltzer Brand

21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco, California) has officially announced that it will introduce its SOMA Hard Seltzer brand with the release of four flavors in June 2020.

Meticulously crafted with “the same level of innovation as [21st Amendment’s] acclaimed beer portfolio,” SOMA Hard Seltzers – named after the brewery’s home in the South of Market (SoMA) neighborhood – are “clean, crisp, all-natural” seltzers that are “brewed using a natural fermentation process and unfiltered.” With launch flavors such as Watermelon, Guava & Passion Fruit, Mango and Black Cherry, this new line carries on the brewery’s long-standing infatuation with thirst-quenching fruits. All flavors of SOMA Hard Seltzer come in at just 4.6% ABV, 100 calories, 2 grams of carbs and 0 grams of sugar.

“SOMA Hard Seltzer is brewed with our craft roots in mind. We spent six months working to get the flavors and taste just right. Unlike other hard seltzers, 21st Amendment’s is made using a natural fermentation process giving it a cleaner flavor. SOMA Hard Seltzer is NOT made with grain neutral spirits, and then diluted with water. Many hard seltzers made that way have a metallic and artificial taste. SOMA Hard Seltzer is brewed with Virginia Dare natural flavors, a 90-year-old New York company making wonderful products for the beverage industry,” says Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster.

Nico Freccia (Co-Founder/CEO, 21st Amendment Brewery) adds, “SOMA Hard Seltzer is wonderful for the active on-the-go individual who is looking for a craft ‘better-for-you’ beverage. It does not fill you up with its 100 calories and 2 grams of carbs with zero sugar.”

All four launch flavors of SOMA Hard Seltzer are rolling out now and will be available Year-Round. You can expect to find these new offerings available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at craft-friendly establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s 30-state distribution area.  Prost!

21st Amendment Brewery Adds Tropical Sparkale to Seasonal Lineup

21A-Sparkale-Tropical-12oz21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) has officially announced that it will introduce Tropical Sparkale in May 2020 as its newest Seasonal Release.

Developed to give us all “a taste of sweet island air” during a time of “social distancing and local mandates,” Tropical Sparkale is a gluten-reduced Sparkling Ale/Fruit Beer featuring “a refreshing pop of island fruit and fizz with a crisp, tart pineapple flavor and a sweet coconut finish.” Coming in at a light and refreshing 4.2% ABV, Tropical Sparkale is “a reminder of life’s simple pleasures.”

“We’ve always loved experimenting with fruit in our brews — from Hell or High Watermelon, to Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA, we have enjoyed the refreshing quality that fruit can bring to traditional styles of beer. Tropical Sparkale is our latest adventure. We source premium real fruit from our longtime purveyor partners, and we are excited to offer this new flavor profile that has the refreshing pop of a sparkling fruit beer with a crisp, tart pineapple flavor and sweet coconut finish. At 4.2% ABV and crafted to reduce gluten, Tropical Sparkale brings a sense of relief and a reminder that we can still enjoy a ‘getaway’ while at home.”

 

– Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster at 21st Amendment Brewery

Tropical Sparkale is rolling out now and will be hanging around through the summer months of 2020.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s 30-state distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Sparkale from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Seasonal (Summer); launching May 2020
Style – Sparkling Ale/Fruit Beer
ABV – 4.2%
Added Ingredients – Pineapple, coconut & apple
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.21st-amendment.com/find-some

 

Tasting Notes: 1966 Coffee IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery & Peet’s Coffee

21stAmendment1966PourFor this installment of Tasting Notes, we kick off another week of social distancing by multitasking our two favorite beverages – beer and coffee – thanks to a pour of 1966 Coffee IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) and Peet’s Coffee (Berkeley, California).

Brewed to recognize the year when “Alfred Peet opened his coffeebar at the corner of Walnut and Vine in Berkeley and changed the way Americans, and the world, thought about coffee,” 1966 Coffee IPA (6.8% ABV) is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale featuring “aromas of fruity blueberries and bright citrus notes from Columbus, Citra, Amarillo, and Centennial hops.”  To cover the coffee side of this IPA, Ethiopian Super Natural Coffee from Peet’s Coffee was “incorporated several ways in the brew, including ‘dry-hopping’ with whole beans,” to provide “[accents] of rich coffee . . . balanced with malt structure and defined bitterness all giving this West Coast IPA a phenomenal flavor profile.”

1966 Coffee IPA debuted back in late January of this year and the brewery’s Beer Finder indicates that there is still a good amount of this brew floating around out there. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s 28 state distribution footprint.

Alright . . . now that we know why and how coffee came to meet up with this IPA, let’s see how it all comes together in a glass over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for 1966 Coffee IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery & Peet’s Coffee

Appearance:  A quick but careful pour – one you would expect from a somewhat caffeine-starved human being who has been spending way too much time indoors – produces a beer that is a deep golden yellow in color and capped with almost two fingers of frothy white foam.  When held to direct light, the golden tones hold and shine brightly.  This IPA is clear and shows off a casual carbonation presence bubbling away within.  Head retention is quite nice, falling slowly to a complete top cap that leaves the glass covered in sheets of lace.

Aroma:  Up front, the nose bursts with IPA goodness as the hops unleash incredibly fragrant notes of citrusy grapefruit, lime and orange alongside some soft floral tones.   The coffee complements the hops with a little added fruitiness that resembles mixed berries.  A gentle malt presence rounds everything out with a bit of honey and wheat.

Taste:  Almost a mirror of the nose, the flavor profile opens with juicy, citrusy hop notes of orange and grapefruit.  The added coffee supplies a balancing earthiness and a fruity pop of blueberry. Bitterness is subdued (just a touch of grapefruit zest and pine in here supplying some bite) and that is thanks to a gentle, closing layer of honey and caramel coming off the malts.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium in body with a medium carbonation level, this IPA is incredibly easy-drinking and dries out beautifully.  The balance is impeccable by being not too hoppy/bitter and not too sweet. The 6.8% ABV is surprisingly non-existent, further elevating the beer’s overall high level of drinkability.  The aftertaste is all citrusy hops.

Final Thoughts:  For those folks out there who have been on the fence about the idea of trying a “Coffee IPA,” 21st Amendment’s 1966 Coffee IPA is the one example you need to seek out.  The chosen beans from Peet’s Coffee meld perfectly with the hop bill to strike a gorgeously balanced experience that unites the worlds of coffee and beer in a cohesive way that just makes sense.  Hopheads will be happy to know that this is an IPA first as the hops shine brightly and boldly, but the coffee takes things a step further by complementing, accentuating and mimicking hop aromas and flavors with added floral, fruity and earthy notes.  The overall idea of coffee being an ingredient in this IPA is subtle, but its impact on the hops is powerful as it elevates the entire sensory profile with wonderfully placed layers of complexity.  If you are at all a fan of IPAs, do not let the word “coffee” in the name throw you.  Get yourself a 6-pack of 1966 Coffee IPA while you still can and see for yourself the amazing things that the right coffee can do with your beloved hops.  Prost!

21st Amendment Brewery Honors Peet’s Coffee with Release of 1966 Coffee IPA

21A-Peets-1966-CoffeeIPA-12oz-121st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) has officially announced that it has released 1966 Coffee IPA, a special collaboration project with Peet’s Coffee, as its first Insurrection Series offering of 2020.

Brewed to recognize the year when “Alfred Peet opened his coffeebar at the corner of Walnut and Vine in Berkeley and changed the way Americans, and the world, thought about coffee,” 1966 Coffee IPA (6.8% ABV) is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale featuring “aromas of fruity blueberries and bright citrus notes from Columbus, Citra, Amarillo, and Centennial hops.”  To cover the coffee side of this IPA, Ethiopian Super Natural Coffee from Peet’s Coffee was “incorporated several ways in the brew, including ‘dry-hopping’ with whole beans,” to provide “[accents] of rich coffee . . . balanced with malt structure and defined bitterness all giving this West Coast IPA a phenomenal flavor profile.”

“Rather than the traditional dark beer with coffee, we wanted to have fun with the melding of hops and coffee, paying attention to the coffee varietal and manipulating the roast level to nudge the subtle flavors from the bean for an incredibly unique IPA,” says Shaun O’Sullivan (Co-Founder and Brewmaster, 21st Amendment). “Working closely with Peet’s Roastmaster, Doug Welsh, we settled in on Peet’s Ethiopian Super Natural with its lemon, bergamot, and blueberry characteristics perfectly complementing the hop flavors.”

 

“Don’t expect dark roast,” said Doug Welsh (Roastmaster, Peet’s Coffee). “We iterated every roast style imaginable, with a target profile of maltiness – matching the beer – a kaleidoscope of floral aromatics and the piquant acidity and glacé citron of exceptional Ethiopia. Hops, meet your coffee cousin.”

1966 Coffee IPA is rolling out now and will hang around for a limited time.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s 28 state distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for 1966 Coffee IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery & Peet’s Coffee

Release – Limited/Insurrection Series; launching late January 2020
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 50
Hops – Flavor hops: Columbus, Amarillo, Citra & Centennial | Dry hops: Amarillo & Centennial
Malts – Pale Malt, Munich Light & White Wheat
Added Ingredients – Ethiopian Super Natural whole coffee beans from Peet’s Coffee 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.21st-amendment.com/find-some

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