Posts Tagged ‘shaun o’sullivan’

21st amendment monk’s blood

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

the can in the glass

even though I slept on monk’s blood, 21st amendment’s latest canned offering, for a few months, I still managed to score a 4-pack at the bevmo on van ness last week.

  • monk’s blood is a great addition to shaun o’sullivan’s lineup.  it is a very clean beer and remarkably drinkable for a belgian strong.
  • in fact, the beer drinks like a 5% abv beer, when in reality it clocks in at 8.3% abv.  I can see someone knocking down the whole 4-pack before they wise up.
  • I would recommend grabbing a couple cubes of this brew along with some gordon and tossing em in the cooler to mingle with the usual suspects at a BBQ, if only for the reaction from the BMC crowd when they crack one open.
  • you might want to get this brew while you can though, I guess it’s a limited run.  hopefully 21A will keep releasing canned specialties to complement their existing lineup (maybe toss a barleywine in there?)

monk's blood packaging

monk's blood

21st amendment, ESB tasting

Friday, September 11th, 2009

21st amendment layout

last night AP, CB, and I rolled over to 21st amendment for a few pints.

  • the original motivation for use to head over was the tapping of a cask of ESB from elizabeth street brewery (ESB, natch), a small homebrew operation in noe valley.
  • ESB seems to have a good deal going, they brew 10 gal. all-grain batches and have a little pub set up where neighbors and friends can roll by for a complimentary brew.  hopefully I’ll be able to make it by for a beer one of these days.
  • they were invited by shaun at 21st to brew a commercial batch of their ESB for the GABF pro-am competition, which is now on draft at the brewery.
  • CB and I sided up to the bar just in time to see the last of the 10 gallon firkin kick.  ah well, we ordered a couple of draft pints instead.  the ESB tasted true to style and was very drinkable.  what can I say though, I’m still partial to my ESB on draft back at the place.
  • after that pint we headed upstairs for some food and a couple more brews.  AP tried out the ESB, while CB and I had a couple antiquated IPAs.
  • since they were out of double trouble IPA,  I finished off the night with a classic brew free or die IPA, while CB had a monk’s blood.
  • 21st amendment has great food and equally impressive beers, but the thing I like most about the place is shaun o’sullivan, co-founder and brewmaster.  every time I run into him he always takes the time to shoot it with me for a minute or two, even though I know he has no clue who this random beer geek is that’s talking to him.

enjoying a round

antiquated IPA