21st Amendment Brewery’s acclaimed Belgian-style strong beer, Monk’s Blood, which helped spur the craft beer canning revolution, is back for a limited time. Monk’s Blood is an 8.3% alcohol, dark Belgian-style ale brewed with eight malts including Belgian candi sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean and dried local black mission figs that is aged on oak for a flavor unlike anything you’ve ever had from a can.
First brewed in 2009, Monk’s Blood pushed the boundaries of what craft beer in a can could be. “Back then canned craft beer was not widespread as it is today and we wanted to create a beer that would make people take notice and change their impression of this package,” says co-founder and Brewmaster, Brother Shaun O’Sullivan. “This was a carefully constructed beer that is meant to be enjoyed in a tulip glass and stands up to any of its bottled counterparts.”
Shaun and co-founder, Brother Nico Freccia, began their journey developing the brew as homage to the century’s long tradition of monks brewing and consuming beer as sustenance as their daily routine. “During times of fasting, the monks subsist solely on beer, which they refer to as ‘liquid bread’”, noted Nico. “Beer, quite literally, is in their blood,” he added.
In the spring of 2009, the Brothers headed to Belgium along with well-known Homebrew Chef Sean Paxton, and explored the hop fields of west Flanders where they sampled ingredients and learned traditional Trappist brewing methods in the pastoral countryside. The brothers used traditional methods and Belgian malts and combined these practices with non-traditional practices and West Coast hops to bring a bit of Monk’s Blood to California. The brew is part of 21st Amendment’s Insurrection Series, a limited edition release of a very special beer available in four-packs.
Monk’s Blood is available in cans and on draft starting March 7, 2016 in all 25 of 21st Amendment’s current distribution territories, including CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, MA, NY, IL, NJ, DC, NV, DE, MD, FL, VT, RI, PA, NH, ME, VA, GA, SC and NC. For up-to-date availability, events and promotions, visit www.21st-Amendment.com.
About 21st Amendment:
In 2000, Freccia and O’Sullivan opened the doors to the 21st Amendment brewpub in San Francisco’s historic South Park neighborhood with Freccia managing the restaurant and O’Sullivan spearheading the brewing process. In addition to quickly becoming one of the city’s favorite pubs, 21st Amendment began expanding beyond the Bay Area by helping to pioneer the movement to canned craft beer. Known for their witty names and delicious brews, 21st Amendment offers three year round selections, as well as seasonal offerings and their infamous ‘Insurrection Series’, a once-in-a-while limited edition release. Today, 21st Amendment is among the top 50 craft beer brewers in America and is sold in 25 states.