21st Amendment’s Monk’s Blood: Back On Shelves Today
San Francisco, CA – 21st Amendment Brewing’s acclaimed Monk’s Blood beer is officially back on shelves in your area today, as part of the brewery’s limited edition Insurrection Series.
Back in 2009, owners Shaun and Nico knew that Monk’s Blood had to be their first specialty offering in a can – pushing boundaries and doing something totally different at that time – and here was where their Insurrection Series of specialty released premium four-packs originated.
Designed to be a strong, dark Belgian-style ale, Monk’s Blood is made using five malts, Belgian Candi sugar, a healthy dose of West Coast hops finished with a Port infusion of French oak and vanilla beans. Alcohol is 8.3% by volume. The beer pairs wonderfully with meats, creamy cheeses, desserts – or just by itself, in a brandy snifter, with a good book by the fire. It is available in limited release cans and on draft in local bars now through the end of May.
About The Monk’s Blood Name:
The name “Monk’s Blood” is homage to the monks of Belgium’s monasteries who have been brewing some of the world’s great beer for centuries. A monk’s daily routine would include a ration of lower alcohol beer at lunchtime (single) and a stronger beer with the evening meal (double). Special celebrations would feature an even stronger golden ale (tipple) or the premium beer—a strong, dark ale. During times of fasting, the monks subsist solely on beer, which they refer to as “liquid bread”. Beer, quite literally, is in their blood. The most sublime of the monk’s premium brews is dark like blood, rich and nourishing. Blood is what carries the stuff of life. There is also a certain unexpectedness in the pairing of the words “monk” and “blood”.
About 21st Amendment:
In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun 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 17 states. In 2014, 21st Amendment will bring their brewing process back home to its Bay Area roots with the opening on a new 95,000 sq. ft. facility in San Leandro, CA.