Monk’s Blood by 21st Amendment
Last weekend, thanks to our friends over at TheBrewBros.com, I attended theAmerican Canned Craft Beer Festival held in Scottsdale, AZ by San Tan Brewing. The festival featured booth after booth of high quality, premium craft beers sold exclusively in aluminum cans. With over a hundred craft brews to choose from, you would think that it would be nearly impossible to differentiate one beer from another, and you would be right. However, there were a handful of absolute standouts and among them was an ominous sounding concoction called Monk’s Blood by established San Francisco craft brewer 21st Amendment.
I’ll admit that I’ve been guilty of prejudging a book by its cover in the past, or more succinctly, a beer by its packaging. For some reason or another, I always instinctively head towards the single selection bomber sized craft beer isle whenever I visit my local oversized spirits shop. Well No More!!! My biases have been permanently abated since my sampling of the aluminum canned Monk’s Blood. According to 21st Amendment, the “Monk’s Blood pays homage to the monks of Belgium’s monasteries who have been brewing some of the world’s great beer for centuries. During times of fasting, the monks subsist solely on beer, which they refer to as ‘liquid bread.’” Beer quite literally is in their blood.” Brewed with dark Belgian candi sugar, cinnamon, vanilla beans, oak chips and dried Black Mission Figs, the Monk’s Blood is a rich and decadent libation with a deep mahogany hue.
Now, any brewery can throw a barrage of luxurious ingredients together, but what truly set the Monk’s Blood apart from other wonderfully debauched concoctions is its balance and layering of flavors. Each ingredient shines in cooperation with each other resulting in a silky smooth and creamy finish that only gently reminds you of the previous sip rather than pulverizing your pallet with Belgian yeast. At 8.3% ABV, the Monk’s Blood uses a variety of malts like Belgian Pilsner, Two-Row-Pale, Caramunich and Aromatic in conjunction with a blend of Magnum, Centennial and Amarillo hops to create a truly unique experience. If you’re wondering what you should pair with this bold brew, founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan suggest “rich winter stews, creamy cheeses and unctuous desserts.”
Unfortunately for many of us, finding this fantastic brew is going to be a bit of a challenge as currently 21st Amendment doesn’t sell their products to many markets outside of California. Product Availability Locator. There was some talk of increased market expansion in the next couple of years, but as of now there’s no solid info. UPDATE: Thanks to some of our readers, 21st Amendment has been confirmed in Ohio, Washington and Oregon. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for 21st Amendment over the next few years. With their stranglehold on bold ideas, great ingredients and edgy marketing, I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of them sooner rather than later!