Friday night greeted me with a special doorstep delivery from an establishment I’ve been ever-curious about… San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery. In a note to the brewery, I expressed my interest in their beer and asked where I might find it in the LA area. A timely response from Diana notified me of the unfortunate lack of distribution in Southern California. 21A demand seems to have exceeded supply… a good problem to have if you ask me. Thankfully, Diana wasn’t content to let the conversation stop there. She was so kind as to send me a few sample, which you’ll be reading about here in over the next few days.
First to shine is the 21st Amendment Back in Black – a rich and complex black IPA shy of neither hop nor malt. Instead of favoring one, it embraces the bold presence of each, boasts them proudly and frankly confuses me. The jet-black color intrigues, the cocoa and coffee scent persuades, and the perfect balance of pine, citrus, and roasted malt delivers. This beer is truly like no other. Without a doubt, Back in Black is a must-drink in the Beer Can Revolution lineup.
Luckily for us all, 21A has worked out an agreement with bevmo.com for delivery, so fresh cans of California beer are but a click away! Do yourself a favor… order them all.
Back in Black | 21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco, California) | Black IPA | 6.8% ABV | $8.99/6-pack.