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Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA

This is not a subtle fruit beer. It is all blood orange up front. 21st Amendment’s Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA doesn’t have a vaguely citrus flavor. It is distinctly blood orange. The huge blood orange flavor is blended expertly with the bitter citrus hops. More and more I’m of the opinion that if you’re adding fruit to your beer you should go big, and this beer just confirms that. 21st Amendment just released this new IPA and it’s worth seeking out this unique brew.

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Anthony is @Palefin_Brews

Anthony is from Boise, Idaho and is @Palefin_Brews on Instagram. He posts great photos of amazing beers from all over the country, and occasionally his adorable dogs Doc and Bowser. Anthony was kind enough to answer a few of our questions about himself and his instagram account.

What’s the coolest thing to happen to you because of your Instagram account?

I got to meet @Barleythebrewpup!

What was your first beer?

Keystone Light [☹]

What are your top 3 favorite breweries?

Fremont, Black Raven (out of WA), and Toppling Goliath

Have you met a celebrity?

I met Bill Nye the Science guy at a Seattle parade when I was 12

What’s your favorite beer label?

PsuedoSue from Toppling Goliath

What job would you like in the craft beer industry?

Social Media and Marketing manager for a local craft beer bottle shop.

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Maui & Lost Abbey Lemongrass Saison

Maui Brewing has teamed up with The Lost Abbey to create a Lemongrass Saison. The tasty brew is now available in a limited release six pack.

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A simple Saison brewed with local Lemongrass is something I had wanted to do but never attempted. Our original batch of this beer was the culmination of that vision; and Maui Brewing’s skillful use of this amazing flavor makes me truly wish it was available more often. In revisiting this recipe, my wishes are coming true. – Tomme Arthur, COO and Co-Founder, The Lost Abbey

Maui Brewing contributed the locally raised lemongrass. The lemongrass is prevalent in the aroma, but is more subtle in the flavor. It’s a bit overwhelmed by the clove and other Belgian Style Saison spice flavors. The lemongrass sneaks back in on the finish. These two fantastic breweries did a good job on this unique collaboration that plays to both of their strengths.

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Style: Saison, brewed with locally raised lemongrass

Packaging: 6-pack 12 oz cans, Draft

Release: Limited

ABV: 5.2%

IBUs: 15

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Aaron Inkrott, Saint Arnold

Check out our interview with @saintarnoldbrewing brewer Aaron Inkrott at BeerSelfie.com

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Aaron Inkrott is a brewer for Saint Arnold Brewing in Houston, Texas. He told us a little about his path to professional brewing, why you should use a funnel, and which Houston breweries you should check out.

What’s special about your brewery?

Not only are we passionate about making a consistent, high quality product, but equally so giving back to our community who’s supported us for so long. Developing community through craft beer.

How did you get started brewing professionally?

Volunteering at breweries while obsessively home brewing.

I recently tried Saint Arnold’s Boiler Room. Did you make that? How did you make it so awesome?

That was developed by our Operations Manager, Stephen Rawlings. It was his baby, I just helped raise it and help grow the bacteria that makes it so delicious.

What is your favorite part of the brew day?

Too many to count! But working with fellow brewers who are just as passionate as I is very fulfilling.

What was the biggest mess you’ve made making a beer?

Trying to fill barrels with fruit puree without a funnel. We use a funnel now.

What’s your favorite beer festival?

Oktoberfest in Munich

Have you shared, or are you willing to share, a homebrew clone recipe for any of your beers?

Willing to share.

What’s the strangest ingredient you’ve added to a beer?

Probably cascara…the fruit around a coffee bean.

What was your happiest moment as a brewer?

Seeing BB12 released after 21 months of barrel aging, and how much everyone enjoyed it.

Who do you admire in the brewing industry?

So many…Brock Wagner, Vinnie Cilurzo, Tomme Arthur, Jason Perkins, Dan Carey, John Palmer. I could go on.

What breweries should I check out if I visit Houston?

Other than us, check out Eureka Heights, Brash, 8th Wonder, Southern Star, Galveston Island.

What beer should be served at your funeral?

Orval and Five O’Clock Pils

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Jaron Shepherd, 21st Amendment

Jaron Shepherd is the Senior Brewer at 21st Amendment‘s San Francisco Brewpub. Jaron told us about his cranberry catastrophe, what happens to the oysters when they’re done brewing oyster stout, and his controversial opinion on pumpkin beers.

About Jaron

I moved to San Francisco in 2007 to study anthropology. Graduated in ’09 with a degree and bounced around at different jobs until I discovered a passion for home brewing and started working for 21st Amendment. I also enjoy playing guitar, disc golf, backpacking and checking out new breweries.

How did you get started brewing professionally?

I discovered a passion for brewing at home, and sought to find a place in the industry to work. After working my way up from a bartender, I got my shot brewing for 21st Amendment.

What is your favorite part of the brew day?

My favorite part of the brew day is the first hop addition in the kettle. It fills the brewery with an amazing aroma.

What was the biggest mess you’ve made making a beer?

Back when I was brewing at home, I made a cranberry saison. I added cranberries in the primary, while the yeast was still very active. I came home to discover the airlock was plugged with cranberry bits. As I pulled the bung out of the car boy, pressure had built up due to the plugged airlock, and shot cranberries and yeast all over my white ceiling and walls. Fun….

What’s the strangest ingredient you’ve added to a beer?

Oysters. They are not an ingredient that is very common in beer, but at 21st amendment we brew an Oyster stout called Marooned on Hog Island. Eating the oysters afterwards was a nice reward after a brew day.

What was your happiest moment as a brewer?

There are so many happy moments. Since I’m forced to choose one, I would say it was when we received a few medals at the 2015 GABF. It was my first year brewing, and I felt very proud to have helped brew 2 award winning beers.

Which breweries should I check out next time I’m in San Francisco?

Cellar Maker – some of the dankest beers in the city
Magnolia Smoke stack – Great beer and BBQ
Local Brewing – Great atmosphere

You’re being exiled to a desert island…which three beers are you bringing with you?

Franziskaner Weissbier
Russian River’s Blind Pig
Sierra Nevada Summerfest

What dumb joke are people always making about your job?

People always joke that brewers just sit around and drink beer all day. It’s actually a labor of love, and a lovely labor.

What’s the most underrated beer style?

Pumpkin beers. There is a lot of criticism out there on pumpkin beers for just being spiced beers. Personally, I love a good pumpkin ale, spice or no spice. Pumpkins are indigenous to this country so I consider it a very American beer style.

What beer should be served at your funeral?

Shephweizen. It’s my take on a German hefeweizen, and the name would be very fitting.

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M3 with Sommer

Check out this #FeaturedBeerSelfie on BeerSelfie.com #Repost @thebrewvangelista ・・・ My oh my! Can't take my eyes off of that M3 (or MMMMM3 like I'm calling it) at @bottlecraft in #LittleItaly! 😍This #ImperialStout hits the trifecta of deliciousness with its chocolatey cocoa nibs, intoxicating Ugandan vanilla beans, and toasty #coffee a la @official_mostracoffee. This beautiful #beer was brewed in collab with @3sonsbrewingco in honor of #AbnormalBeerCo's 3rd anni, making it the perf lil treat for me & @thecynicalpsychiatrist, as we are celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary today!💍 #Cheers to @heybeerme & and alllll the fine #craftbeer lovers behind this yummy concoction! 🍻 Next stop: @herbandwood for dinner as recommended by our dear @lovelybeers. 💋 #iAmTheBrewvangelista #BrewLoveIsMyTrueLove #MakeMuricaDrankAgain #sdbw @beerselfie

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Sommer is drinking M3

Brewery: 3 Sons & Abnormal Beer Co collaboration with Mostra Coffee

Style: Imperial Stout with cacao nibs, coffee, and vanilla

Distribution: Limited bottle release later this month

 

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Lead Feather with Jonny

Jonny is drinking Lead Feather

Brewery: Half Acre

Style: Black Ale

Packaging: 16 oz cans

Release: Seasonal

Distribution: Regional

ABV: 6.5%

Available September through March, big roasty malt and rival hop use create a deceivingly easy going beer with capital dark properties.

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Framboise de Amorosa with itskeriii

itskeriii is drinking a 10th anniversary Framboise de Amorosa Barrel-aged Raspberry Sour

Lost AbbeyBrewery: The Lost Abbey

Style: Barrel-Aged Raspberry Sour

Packaging: 750 ml bottle

Release: Limited

Distribution: Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington

Framboise de Amorosa begins as Lost and Found ale and is sent into freshly emptied red wine barrels. The beer spends over a year in the wood during which time it is spiked with three additions of raspberries.

 

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