SAN LEANDRO, Calif. ... Like the soulful melody of a song that you can’t stop singing, 21st Amendment Brewery is pleased to bring back its mind-blowing summertime sour, Watermelon Funk.
This limited-edition Insurrection Series beer is brewed with 100% fresh watermelon puree, kettle soured with lactobacillus for bright, tart, citrus notes, and entices your palate with the spicy farmhouse aroma of its French Saison yeast strain. A transformation of the brewery’s summertime favorite, Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, this beer turns up the dial at 6.7% ABV and a Funk Factor of 11.
“I first made this beer in 2004 when Vinnie Cilurzo, co-founder of Russian River Brewing Company, and I decided to funkify Hell or High Watermelon Wheat in a chardonnay barrel. The entire process took about two years but the result was something right out of a James Brown song.” said Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of 21st Amendment Brewery. “We’ve evolved the process since then by kettle souring the beer and fermenting it with a saison yeast strain, which has only enhanced its soulful street cred.”
With a tart, slightly sour mouthfeel, syncopated sweet notes and downbeat aromas, Watermelon Funk will keep your taste buds grooving. “This is a beer that will get the party started,” adds Nico Freccia, Co-Founder of 21st Amendment Brewery. “The packaging is vibrant and colorful, the beer itself is thirst-quenching, and like Lady Liberty on roller skates, this beer will keep you on your toes.”
A limited amount of Watermelon Funk will be available in six packs and on draft in all 21A distribution markets this May, including AK, AZ, CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, VA, VT, WA and Washington D.C.
About 21st Amendment
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. In 2015, they opened a Brewery & Tap Room in San Leandro where most of their beers are made and canned. Known for artistic packaging, witty names and delicious brews, 21st Amendment offers year-round selections, seasonal offerings and its Insurrection Series of small-batch, limited releases. Sold in 27 states, 21st Amendment is among the top 50 craft beer breweries in America.