Since moving to San Leandro, 21st Amendment has slowly started rolling out some exciting changes. First was their beloved Toaster Pastry Red Ale (a nod to the former Kellogg’s factory the new brewery is housed in) and now Shaun & Nico’s Fridge – a brand new variety pack. Below you’ll find a quick summery of each of the included brews and an overall score of the pack as a whole. I’ll be grading on the quality of selection, overall value, and a “should you buy this” factor. Let’s get started.
Brew Free! or Die is the Ford Escape of IPAs. It has everything you could want in an India Pale Ale, but nothing that’s going to turn heads (Editors Note: I own a Ford Escape). Make sure to try it in a Spieglau IPA Glass which I reviewed here! (7.0% ABV)
Fireside Chat, named for FDR’s radio broadcasts, goes down real easy. Dangerously easy for it’s nearly 8% ABV. Given the choice I don’t typically for go for these kind of ales, but this one I like. It’s a little spicy, a little sweet, and a definitely packs a wallop. (7.9% ABV)
Unlike AC/DC, this nearly decade-old beer has certainly improved with age. Black IPA’s are typically a little less hoppy and a lot more roasty, which is perfect for the coming winter months. This particular Black IPA wouldn’t be my go-to every weekend, but it’s absolutely worth trying. (6.8% ABV)
I was really stoked when I learned that 21st Amendment decided to make a Mexican Lager. In terms of refreshing beers, Mexican Lagers are super underrated. Is there anything better than cracking open a cold Pacifico on a hot day? No there isn’t. El Sully is a fantastic take on the style and I would definitely buy a 12-pack of it come summertime. Plus, how sick is that label? (4.8% ABV)
Quality of Selection: 8.5/10
Overall Value: 7.5/10
“Should You Buy This” Factor: Absolutely.
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