21st Amendment – Back in Black

21st Amendment – Back in Black – Black IPA – 6.8% ABV – 65 IBU

Back in BlackInspired by Paul Revere’s midnight ride, we rebelled against the British style IPA, embraced the more aggressive American version and then recast it in bold, brave, defiant black. Our Black IPA is a Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of the expected.

Back in Black is our newest year-round beer available now in six-pack cans and on draft. Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character you expect with a smooth, mellow finish.


Yeastie Boys – Pot Kettle Black

As a middle-class white kid growing up in suburbia in the 80’s, I formed an instant bond with a few Brooklyn kids who had their own brand of punk-rock hip-hop, the Beastie Boys.

So when I saw this label on a bottle at Hi-Time Wine in Costa Mesa, I didn’t even think twice about buying it. Any brewery who had the puntastic sense of humor to name themselves after my childhood favorite band was alright in my book.

Later, when I got home and was putting my loot into the beer fridge, I noticed that the Yeastie Boys are based in New Zealand. So I headed over to the computer, looked up their website and saw that their blog is called “Swill Communication“, (the blog looks like it was abandoned in 2009, but the name still rocks.) Another brilliant Beastie Boys reference pun, so I was definitely on board with the brewery, but that about the beer?  Continue reading