Pacific Northwest – One of the true pleasures in the Northwest is the openness that is demonstrated throughout the region. It’s not uncommon to find on the shelves beers not just from Boise, Portland, or Seattle but also brews from California, Colorado or the East Coast. Recently this year a brewery from San Francisco with a strong fascination for canned beer, came onto the scene starting with two releases Live Free or Die IPA and Hell or High Watermelon Wheat. If it’s not already on the shelf look for another of 21st Amendment's creations to inspire rebellion within in your palette.
The 21st Amendment Brewery today announced the release of its first ever, limited release, specialty beer in a can. Monk’s Blood is an 8.3% alcohol, dark Belgian-style ale brewed with eight malts, Belgian candi sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean, dried local black mission figs and aged on oak for a flavor unlike anything you’ve ever had from a can.
Brothers Nicolas and O’Sullivan (21st Amendment founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan) developed the beer as an homage to the monks of Belgium’s monasteries who have been brewing some of the world’s great beer for centuries. "During times of fasting, the monks subsist solely on beer, which they refer to as ‘liquid bread,’" notes Brother O’Sullivan. "Beer, quite literally, is in their blood," he adds. The most sublime of the monk’s premium brews is dark like blood, rich and nourishing.
Freccia and O’Sullivan traveled to Belgium to develop the recipe for th is special beer, visiting small, traditional breweries in the hop fields of west Flanders, not far from the famous Trappist abbey of Westvletren. Notes Brother Nicolas, "Monk’s Blood is designed to pair beautifully with rich winter stews, creamy cheeses, unctuous desserts or just by itself, in a Belgian tulip glass, with a good book by the fire."
Monk’s Blood is available in cans and on draft starting this week at better bars and stores in your neighborhood. For up to date availability, events and promotions, visit 21A’s website at www.21st-Amendment.com.
Insurrection Series: Monk’s Blood is the first installment in our Insurrection Series, a limited edition, once-in-a-while, four-pack release of a very special beer that rises up in revolt against common notions of what canned beer can be.
About 21st Amendment Brewery : Who the heck are these guys? Hey, we’re Nico & Shaun. We live for great beer. In 1920, there were thousands of breweries across America making unique hand-crafted beer. The passage of Prohibition wiped out this great culture. After thirteen years without beer, the states ratified the 21st Amendment, ending Prohibition in America. At the 21st Amendment Brewery, we celebrate the right to brew beer, the freedom to be innovative, and the obligation to have fun.
Look for it at places where you already see their other two releases on the shelves or if you can’t find any of 21st Amendment’s beer ask your grocery clerk to pick up a case or two.