Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Session Beer gets Bitter

No crankiness around here, just great beer big on hop flavor and low on ABVs!

This one should qualify for Lew's List, I would think. After a fun group sushi dinner at Pod in University City last night, we slowly wandered the few blocks out to City Tap House for a nightcap. Imagine my surprise and delight to find Bitter American from San Francisco's 21st Amendment Brewery on tap.

After a filling dinner of all forms of sushi, a tasty light beer like the Bitter American was just what I needed. You may recall that during the first San Francisco Beer Week last year ('09), at a cask-conditioned beer event at Thirsty Bear, I called this beer--let me see, where is it...ah, here are the words I used--

In short, our overall favorite of the evening was 21st Amendment's Bitter American (hey, I know a few of them!) paired with the Garrotxa (a Spanish goat cheese). Even at 3.6% ABV, this beer and its hop flavors shone extremely well as a cask conditioned beer.

Last night, the revisiting of this beer matched up with my original impressions of it almost a year and a half ago at the source. Bitter American joins other beers from 21st Amendment like Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, Brew Free or Die IPA, Monk's Blood, and Back in Black IPA as brands distributed to Pennsylvania.

While I heartily endorse all of these treats from San Francisco, the Bitter American's introductory timing could not have been better as we continue to suffer from oppressive heat and humidity here on the East Coast. My only complaint is that its currently only coming here in kegs.

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