21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant

By CraftBeer.com

21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant, founded nearly 13 years ago by Shaun O’Sullivan and Nico Freccia, has become a craft beer destination and is now one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the country.

In addition to their San Francisco brewery, which is only 500 square feet, 21st Amendment has a canning facility in Cold Springs, Minnesota that has helped them grow from 1,000 barrels in 2008 to nearly 14,000 barrels in 2010, and the company predicts 25,000+ barrels in 2011.

The team at Hop Cast spoke with Owner and Brewmaster Shaun O’Sullivan while at the San Francisco-based brewery to get the scoop on their newest releases, possible plans for expansion and more.

Hop Cast Episode 133 – 21st Amendment Brewery

First Canned Collaboration Beer

21st Ammendment is setting records with their canned craft beers and now they have broken a new one: creating the first canned collaboration beer—Allies Win the War!—with Ninkasi Brewing Company. O’Sullivan and Ninkasi Brewmaster Jamie Floyd were once co-workers at Steelhead Brewing and have come together again to produce this “ale brewed with dates.” In true collaborative form, ingredients from both California and Oregon (Ninkasi’s home state) were used in the brew. 

According to the brewery, “Allies Win the War! is 21st Amendment Brewery’s first ever collaboration beer, a traditional English-style Strong Ale aged on native California dates and dry hopped with all-Northwest aroma hops.”

Brew Free! or Die While You Fly

Not only can you find 21st Amendment’s beer in more than 20 states nationwide, you can enjoy Brew Free! or Die on all Virgin American flights. Brew Free! India Pale Ale is the brewery’s top selling brew at the pub and described as a beer, “brewed with some serious west coast attitude. This aromatic golden IPA starts with a sucker punch of six different hops to the nose, quickly balanced by a solid malt backbone. This IPA starts big and finishes clean leaving you wanting more.”

O’Sullivan and the 21st Amendment team are obviously on-board with Julia Herz’s plea for making craft beer available to airline travelers. Check out: Airline Shakedown—Yearning for Crafts On Board.


Meghan StoreyMeghan Storey, the Brewers Association’s Web Editor, has been lucky enough to work in the world of craft beer for the past three years. She holds a degree in Print Journalism from the University of Mississippi, and has recently relocated to Nashville, TN. She loves to introduce friends to new craft beers and food pairings. Since beginning work on CraftBeer.com she can be found adding beer to just about everything she cooks.