With 4th of July hot on our heels, we’re in party planning mode over here! When it comes to the tasty suds we’ll be sipping with friends and family this year, there’s one brewery in our portfolio whose artistic cans ask the question, “is there a more perfect day to enjoy 21st Amendment Brewery than 4th of July weekend”? Take a few minutes to get to know our friends at 21st Amendment brewery and the story behind brand, known for their artistic packaging, witty names and delicious brews. You can catch us enjoying these patriotic brews over 4th of July weekend.

21st Amendment was founded in 2000 by friends Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan. Freccia and O’Sullivan met in San Francisco in early 1995 where both had just moved from southern California to the Bay area when they heard the calling of beer. O’Sullivan, a former photographer and paralegal, “traded his suits for boots and was saved by beer”. He moved to Berkeley and took a job as assistant brewer at the Triple Rock Brewery there. Freccia, a writer, actor and, by extension, restaurant professional, was also an avid homebrewer. Frustrated with the lack of beer culture in the L.A. area, he moved to San Francisco and began writing for the Celebrator Beer News, the west’s largest beer publication. Freccia and O’Sullivan met, became friends and, while sitting together in a summer class on brewing science at UC Davis, hatched their plan for what would become the 21st Amendment.

The Beers!

Brew Free! or Die IPA

India Pale Ale

Description taken from 21st Amendment’s website

Like Abe, we believe in freedom. Freedom from the notion that IPAs should only assail you with bitterness. And from the idea that a big, balanced, hoppy beer can’t possibly come in a can. We believe that those who have tasted freedom shall forever brew free.

Brew Free! or Die IPA is available year-round. This golden West Coast IPA is perfectly balanced with a solid malt backbone and just the right amount of hop flavor and aroma. Taste Freedom.

Brew Free! or Die Blood Orange IPA

India Pale Ale brewed with Blood Oranges

Description taken from 21st Amendment’s website

Four hop varieties and seven blood oranges ago, our founders brought forth into this brewery a new beer, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that not all IPAs are created equal. Because sometimes real fruit just makes things even more delicious.

Brewed like our original Brew Free! or Die IPA, this beer has an abundance of fresh blood orange puree and a twist of citrusy dry hops. It’s refreshingly different. As Abe would say, “Whatever you are, be a good one.”

Brew Free! or Die Tropical IPA

West Coast India Pale Ale

Description taken from 21st Amendment’s website

Brew Free! or Die Tropical IPA takes you on a vacation in the can and pint glass. Part of our Brew Free! line-up of IPAs, our tropical version is a bit lighter in color and lower in bitterness with tropical forward hops and a splash of tropical flavor. Refreshing and approachable.

El Sully

Mexican Style Lager

Description taken from 21st Amendment’s website

The sun was in our eyes and we did not get a good look, but you are closer to him right now than most will ever have the good fortune to be.

Who is El Sully? Grab a can of this Mexican-style lager, head to the nearest beach, even if it’s imagined, and perhaps he’ll come to you.

El Sully (the beer) is available year-round in six pack cans and on draft. El Sully (the legend) is a little harder to find.

Hell or High Watermelon

Wheat Beer Brewed with Watermelons

Description taken from 21st Amendment’s website

Like Lady Liberty, we stand for independence and perseverance. In the pursuit of innovative beer, there is no obstacle too great. No journey too long. No fruit too gigantic. This American wheat beer is brewed with real watermelon, for a flavor that’s surprisingly crisp, dry and refreshing—it’s summer in a can!

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is our summer seasonal beer available from April through September in six pack cans and on draft. We start by brewing a classic American wheat beer, then add fresh melons for a straw-colored, delicious beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor.