Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... 21st Amendment Lower De Boom

Press Release
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA ... Legend has it that in 1859, 21st Amendment Founders, Shaun O’Sullivan and Nico Freccia, arrived in San Francisco for the gold rush, ten years late. Cornelius De Boom, a local shopkeeper, sold them a forged “treasure map” and Shaun and Nico found themselves in a dinghy in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Underneath their leaking boat they found a box of gold ingots alongside a crate of rare and perfectly preserved beer. They left the gold and rescued the beer. With this “liquid gold,” they became beer barons. They acquired De Boom Supply and threw Cornelius out the back door. Today whenever anyone gives them trouble, they exchange a look across the pub and say, LOWER DE BOOM.

Honoring tradition, but adding its signature creative twist, 21st Amendment Brewery today announced the release of the 2015 vintage of Lower De Boom barleywine, a powerfully balanced American-Style barleywine packed with citrusy hops and notes of toffee malt, fruitcake and toast. Co-founders Shaun O’Sullivan and Nico Freccia said they believe this is the first American craft beer ever to be packaged in an 8.4 ounce can, the perfect size for the traditional barleywine “nip.”

Notes Brewmaster O’Sullivan, “Historically, barleywines, with their high alcohol, were brewed for their winter warmer quality. The huge grain bill, intense hops and long conditioning time make this beer perfect for savoring from a snifter next to a roaring fire. Enjoy one now and lay another can down as this beer will age quite nicely as the hops pull back and the malt and complex flavors meld together.”
Freccia adds, “When they were first brewed, barleywines were almost exclusively sold in small bottles and we wanted to recapture that tradition in a new way, with a new can. Plus, at 11.5% alcohol, any larger a serving and you might feel like the boom has been lowered on you!”

Lower De Boom is named for Belgian-born ship owner Cornelius De Boom, who actually made it to San Francisco in time for the gold rush in 1848. De Boom Street, named for him, is the alley which runs alongside 21st Amendment’s San Francisco Brewery. The brewery’s De Boom Street entrance is often referred to as “Lower De Boom” by brewery employees and the name is a fitting inspiration for the new brew.


In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan opened the doors to the 21st Amendment brewpub in San Francisco’s historic South Park neighborhood with Freccia managing the restaurant and O’Sullivan spearheading the brewing process. In addition to quickly becoming one of the city’s favorite pubs, 21st Amendment began expanding beyond the Bay Area by helping to pioneer the movement to canned craft beer. Known for their witty names and delicious brews, 21st Amendment offers three year round selections, as well as seasonal offerings and their infamous ‘Insurrection Series’, a once-in-a-while limited edition release. Today, 21st Amendment is among the top 50 craft beer brewers in America and is sold in 26 states.