21st Amendment | Toaster Pastry
ABV: 7.6% | IBU: 74
Happy Days are Beer again! The 21st Amendment of the United States Constitution was ratified on December 5, 1933, ending prohibition. Fast forward to the year 2000 and this famous Amendment inspired a new brewery in San Francisco. 21st Amendment Brewery was founded by Nico Freccio and Shaun O’Sullivan and they opened the doors to their brewpub in the famous South Park neighborhood, a few blocks from the San Francisco Giants ballpark. Some of the fan favorites include: Brew Free or Die IPA, Hell or High Watermelon, Back in Black, Fireside Chat. The fan favorites need to watch their back because there is a new kid on the block and their name is Toaster Pastry.
The Toaster Pastry comes in a tall 19.2 ounce, strawberry colored can that is hard to miss. When poured into a glass the color of the beer resembles the can and has a slight reddish hue to it. This is by design as it is an India Red Ale by definition. Head brewer O’Sullivan added the biscuit malts to an already jammy offering as a tribute to strawberry pop-tarts. He further explains, “biscuit malts give the beer a slightly nutty, crust-like flavor, while pale and dark crystal malts offer the mouth feel and flavors and reminiscent of strawberry jam. Calypso and other experimental hops give this ruby ale a welcome bite with a fruity aroma.” Pair this India Red Ale with spicy international cuisine with strong sauces like Thai or Barbecue.
Toaster Pastry is a celebration beer. It marks the grand opening of 21st Amendment’s brand new, 95,000 square foot facility and it was the first beer in production in the former Kellogg factory. When asked about the new facility, founder Nico Freccio states: “one of the best parts of opening the new brewery means we’re not only able to bring our production home to the Bay Area, but we also finally have the space and opportunity to experiment with new beers, variety packs, and new can sizes.” The best time to visit the new facility and have a Toaster Pastry fresh from the source is December 5th and party like it’s 1933! 21st Amendment’s Repeal Day Celebration is free and open to all ages. The event kicks off at 12 PM with a marching band and continues with a seven piece Dixieland jazz band, family friendly kid zone, casino area, and a cigar lounge. The celebrations end at 6 PM so get there early and enjoy a Toaster Pastry. Cheers!
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