Posts Tagged ‘21st Amendment Brewery’

Speakeasy & 21st Amendment Bring Home GABF Honors

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

GABF-Logo-2013The granddaddy of all beer festivals came to a close this past weekend in Denver, CO. The brewers have trickled back into San Francisco from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and are now recuperating from three days of beer filled sessions and awards ceremony stress. San Francisco was well represented on the festival floor, and a few of our members claimed awards.

21st Amendment Brewery, Almanac Beer, Anchor Brewing, Cerveceria de MateVeza, Headlands Brewing, Magnolia Brewery, ThirstyBear Brewing, and Speakeasy Ales & Lagers served beer to some of the nearly 50,000 attendees. Their beer was also among the 4,809 entries that were submitted to competition portion of the event. 201 judges doled out gold, silver and bronze medals in 84 categories.


Speakeasy Ales & Lagers collected the first festival award on Friday for best brewery booth design. They won the award by literally bringing a piece of San Francisco with them to GABF. They replicated the look and feel of their brewery tap room by using reclaimed wood, lush red fabric, raising a corrugated roof, and capping it off with a colorful cutout sign that featured Speakeasy brand characters. The Speakeasy staff even dressed for the occasion by wearing period clothing.


On Saturday, the Speakeasy crew had even more cause for celebration when Prohibition Ale won a gold medal in the American-style Amber/Red Ale category. This is the first GABF award for Speakeasy and head brewer Kushal Hall, who’s been with the brewery since 2007. He’s come a long way from scrubbing brewery floors and working on the packaging line to make great beer!


Rounding out the awards for San Francisco breweries, 21st Amendment kept their GABF streak alive by proving stouts can be session beers. Their MCA Stout won a silver medal in the session beer category. According to head brewer David Szamborski (aka Zambo) the beer is dedicated to Beastie Boys legend Adam Yauch (aka MCA), who passed away when the beer was first created.


Here’s a few more photo highlights from the weekend:


Headlands Brewing made the trip to GABF for the first time this year. They enjoyed chatting with festival goers and received many accolades from fellow brewers.


This was also the first GABF for Almanac Beer. Their all barrel-aged lineup attracted a steady line of festival attendees.


The Magnolia Brewery booth team. From left to right: Zac Brown, Nick Fisher & Alex Csernay.


Among their numerous classics, Anchor Brewing featured their new Zymaster Series No. 5: Harvest One American Pale Ale. From left to right: Longtime brewmaster Mark Carpenter, Belle Wang-Rosin and Jason McKibben.


ThirstyBear Brewing came back to GABF this year after a long hiatus. Their Panda Bear beer was a festival favorite. Left to right: Owner and head brewer Ron Silberstein with brewmaster Brenden Dobel.

Photos © Brian Stechschulte

Beer Aged on Baseball Bats On Tap for Charity at 21st Amendment

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013


Brewers often use wood to add extra complexity to the flavor and aroma of the beers they make. Vanilla, coconut, caramel and toasty notes are just a few of the desired flavors that can be achieved by adding beer to a barrel, or throwing wood chips into a fermenter or firkin. French, American and Hungarian oak are commonly used, and even our beloved Northern California redwood has found it’s way into a beer. A more uncommon choice is the Louisville Slugger™.

For the second year in a row, 21st Amendment Brewery has collaborated with Hops for Heroes to create Homefront IPA, a beer aged on three Maplewood bats donated by Louisville Slugger™. The beer will be served at a special Hops for Heroes event on Memorial Day, May 27th, from 6-9pm at 21st Amendment Brewery. San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Javier Lopez will be in attendance and the bats used in the brewing process, along with a few more items, will be auctioned off.

The proceeds will benefit Operation Homefront, a charity that “provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.” Please come out and raise a glass of beer in honor of our veterans on Memorial Day.


The three bats resting at the bottom of the fermenter after the beer was transferred to a serving tank.



Check out the hop and yeast sludge on the end of the bat, being held by 21st Amendment brewer Zambo.



Beer bubbling up through the wood as they’re hung up to dry.


Photos © Brian Stechschulte

Belgian Beer Month Begins at Magnolia & 21st Amendment

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Today marks the beginning of Belgian Beer Month at Magnolia Pub and 21st Amendment Brewery, who’ve once again partnered to bring you the BRU/SFO Project. Throughout the month of November they’ll both be releasing six, small batch, Belgian inspired beers for you to enjoy. Try them all and you can keep the commemorative tasting glass.

Here’s how it works. Go to either brewery and get a boarding pass. As you drink each beer, have the pass hole punched by a server or bartender. Once you’ve had them all, the glass is yours.

The BRU/SFO Project is a great chance for you to explore a large variety of Belgian beer styles. The first three beers from each brewery are now on tap. Here’s the full schedule of beer release dates:

21st Amendment Brewery

November 1

Via – Belgian Single
Drunken Monk – Strong Dark Abbey
Gnome Noir – Oaked Belgian Stout

November 5

Leuven Life – Belgian Pale Ale

November 12

Baby Horse – Belgian Quad

November 19

Double Tripel – Belgo-American IPA

Magnolia Pub

November 1

Saison de Lily – Saison
Chocolate George – Belgian Stout with Cocoa Nibs
Deep Ellem Dubbel – Abbey Dubbel

November 5

Gris-Gris – Grisette

November 12

Sunburst – Belgo-American IPA

November 19

Tweezer Tripel – Belgian Tripel

Magnolia will also be offering food-pairing specials each Friday and Saturday night that are designed for each of the BRU/SFO beers. On November 17, they’ll also be serving a special 3-course dinner in addition to the regular a la carte menu. Stay tuned to their Facebook and Twitter account for the latest details.

Head over to Magnolia and 21st Amendment soon!


We Served Thousands and Won Medals at GABF!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is one of the biggest beer parties you can imagine. Thousands of different beers get served, attendees parade in costumes across the gigantic convention center floor, and the crowd roars in delight for nearly five hours each session. But before it even begins, judges huddle in the basement of a downtown Denver hotel sipping samples of beer that vie for GABF gold.

The festival is a big party, but it’s also one of the most important competitions in the world. This year 167 judges from 9 countries worked their way through 3,930 different samples to determine awards in 83 style categories. The process takes three days, starting before the festival even begins. On Saturday, October 1, the awards were announced to a nervous crowd and two of your guild breweries won awards.

21st Amendment Brewery struck gold twice. First in the Indigenous Beer category for their beer Hqt, and also for Amber Waves in the American Style Amber/Red Ale category. Only three other breweries won more gold medals at this year’s event, so congrats to the gang at the 21st Amendment Brewery!

The 21st Amendment gang. All photos © Brian Stechschulte

Not to be outdone, Magnolia Pub & Brewery also collected some hardware by nearly sweeping the Ordinary or Special Bitters category. New Speedway Bitter won silver and Bonnie Lee’s Best Bitter took bronze. It’s too bad they couldn’t complete the trifecta, but it’s a momentous achievement nonetheless. Nice work!

Magnolia owner Dave Mclean (left) with head brewer Ben Spencer.

While a few brewers were collecting medals, all of the Guild breweries were receiving accolades for their beer at the SF Brewers Guild booth on the convention center floor. During each of the four festival sessions we served two different beers and overall, one from each brewery. We turned some heads and cultivated a lot of enthusiastic fans. We also enjoyed meeting a few Bay Area ex-pats that miss their hometown beer.

The Speakeasy & ThirstyBear crew at the SF Brewers Guild booth.

Until next year we’ll be toiling away in the breweries, working on recipes and planning SF Beer Week, which is right around the corner!