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/


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/