It’s officially summer (hurray!).
So I figured I’d kick off the week with the story of this unique summer refresher from 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco.
Hell or High Watermelon is a wheat beer brewed with – you guessed it – watermelon.
The beer begins as a classic American wheat beer, fresh watermelon concentrate is added in during the secondary fermentation, and the beer is finished with added watermelon juice, giving the beer a subtle watermelon aroma and flavor.
Founded in 2000, 21st Amendment was “established to celebrate the culture of the great breweries of old, making unique, hand crafted beers…”
Never one to shy away from innovation (their latest beer is a red ale brewed to taste like a Pop Tart toaster pastry), this beer’s name is a nod to 21st Amendment’s commitment to this creation, come hell or high water.
As the brewery says, “In the pursuit of innovative beer, there is no obstacle too great. No journey too long. No fruit too gigantic.”
This beer also stands out not just for it’s unique flavor profile, but also for its iconic can design – Lady Liberty paying a visit to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
And it’s easy to see why she made the trek.
When you visit the brewery, your pint of Hell or High Watermelon is served with an accompanying slice of watermelon as an extra refreshing treat.
I can’t say that watermelon wheat beer is my personal favorite, but if fruit-infused wheat beers are sounding spot on as you welcome summer, look out for Kona Brewing Co’s passion fruit wheat beer, Wailua Wheat, or Ithaca Beer Co’s Apricot Wheat – two of my faves.
Whatever your summer seasonal of choice is, here’s hoping you’re enjoy one while soaking up the sun!