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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New Realm Brewing & 21st Amendment Brewery Collaborate on Rice Cold IPA

NewRealm21stANew Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will release Rice Cold IPA, a new collaboration project with 21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California), on November 19.

Crafted by Mitch Steele at New Realm Brewing and Shaun O’Sullivan of 21st Amendment to be a “mash up of a Mexican Lager and an IPA,” Rice Cold IPA is a hybrid India Pale Ale brewed with “a blend of malts from both coasts as well as rice.”  To give the beer its “substantial hop character,” Cashmere hops are featured to provide “flavors of melon, backed by peach, citrus and herbal notes” while Idaho 7, Cascade and Galaxy hops support with “tropical fruit and piney aromas.”  Rice Cold IPA (6.8% ABV, 31 IBUs) was then “finished with a Mexican lager yeast to add hints of spice.”

“Shaun and I have been pals for a long time, so when he was visiting Atlanta for a beer festival we decided to brew something different together,” said Mitch Steele Co-Founder and Brewmaster of New Realm Brewing. “As we discussed the idea for this beer, we agreed on certain techniques that we believed would set this beer apart and make it extra tasty and unique.”

Rice Cold IPA is scheduled to release at New Realm’s Atlanta and Virginia Beach locations on November 19 and will enter distribution at or around that date as well.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within New Realm’s distribution footprint in Georgia and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Rice Cold IPA from New Realm Brewing Company & 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Limited; November 19, 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 31
Featured Hops – Cashmere, Idaho 7, Cascade & Galaxy
Fun Fact – The hops featured in Rice Cold IPA were incorporated with the use of “a ‘hop salad,’ a term coined by 21st Amendment Head Brewer, Chris Sartori, as the ‘Mitch Steele hopping technique,’ which translates to using several varieties of hops.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia

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21st Amendment Brewery Adds Sparkale to Year-Round Lineup

21asparkalecan21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) has officially announced that Sparkale will debut in February as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering.

Developed to be “a bit of a departure from 21st Amendment’s [lineup] of bold, West Coast-style IPAs”, Sparkale is a light pink Sparkling Rosé Ale brewed “with apples, peach, cranberry & cherry, for a light, fruity, tart flavor and a huge ‘sparkle factor’.” Weighing in at an easy drinking 5.5% ABV, Sparkale is a lower calorie, gluten-reduced option that serves as “a reminder of life’s simple pleasures.”

“We’ve learned a lot about using fruit in our brews—from ‘Hell or High Watermelon,’ to ‘Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA,’ and we love the refreshing quality that fruit can bring to new styles of beer. Sparkale is our latest adventure, and we’re so excited to offer a completely different type of beer that will quench your thirst and delight your taste buds any time of year.”

 

– Nico Freccia, Co-Founder of 21st Amendment Brewery

Sparkale will officially launch in February with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s 25 state distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sparkale from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Year-Round, launches February 2019
Style – Sparkling Ale/Fruit Beer
ABV – 5.5%
Added Ingredients – Apple, Cranberry, Peach & Cherry
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “The label featuring a hand holding a sparkler at sunset, evokes the beer’s light pink color and bright pop of flavor. ‘The sparkler is such an American icon, and the perfect symbol for celebrating any occasion,’ adds Dave Wilson, President and Partner.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://21st-amendment.com/find-some/

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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/

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!