(San Francisco, CA) – Nationally recognized for its canned craft creations, San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery is filling up its biggest cans – kegs – and bringing back its beloved “Big Can Draft Series.” Three times a year, 21st Amendment showcases a new small batch, hand-crafted, draft-only selection. The beers selected for the series are favorites at its San Francisco brewpub and many are award-winning brews. This year’s first offering is its strongest beer in the lineup, Lower DeBoom Barleywine.
Belgian-born ship owner Cornelius DeBoom set sail for San Francisco in the fall of 1848 when the news of the discovery of gold in California arrived. He quickly set up an office in the South of Market neighborhood where he began to speculate on local real estate. Today, the 21st Amendment Brewpub sits on that historic corner of Second and DeBoom streets.
Lower DeBoom is a powerfully balanced American-Style barleywine packed with citrusy Pacific Northwest hops. Chestnut brown in the glass, the nose is a beautiful mélange of toffee malt, fruitcake, tropical fruit, toast, piney hops and a hint of alcohol that would make the Belgian DeBoom proud. But at 10.5% alcohol by volume, better enjoy it sipped from a snifter or you might feel like the boom has been lowered on you.
The term “barleywine” itself, notes co-founder and Brewmaster Shaun O’Sullivan, refers to an English style, dating back to 1870, that describes a beer that approaches the strength of wine.”Barleywine is big in every way,” O’Sullivan said. “It features a huge volume of malt, higher alcohol content, and massive amounts of hops. It’s a style that was often reserved for special occasions and special people. You can drink Lower DeBoom with your close friends or your not-so-close friends, and this beer, with all its warming qualities and complex flavors, will make us all mates in the end.”
Co-founder Nico Freccia added, “We often win awards at beer festivals for beers we feature only in our pub, on draft. Creating the ‘Big Can Draft Series’ is our way of sharing some of these brews with our loyal, beer loving 21A friends across the country.”
21st Amendment is excited to share this local favorite, available in limited supply in half and sixth barrels starting this week at quality bars in all 17 of 21st Amendment’s current distribution territories, including CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, MA, NY, NJ, DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, GA and NC.