We decided the 18th was a bad idea. Everyone can drink again.
July is one of the most American months on the calendar. July 4th: we shoot shit into the air, listen to any number of Sousa marches (to which we would not listen otherwise), cook meat over fire, and drink beer (Explosions? Check. Meat? Check. Beer? Check. ‘Murica!). Enter 21st Amendment Brewery Hell or High Watermelon. It is a wheat beer. It is a watermelon beer. It is a wheatbeermelon.
One of Craftstitution’s favorite summertime heat-beaters is cold watermelon. Show me a person who does not like watermelon and I just might have a certain New York bridge to sell ya. Show me a person who likes watermelon and beer, and I can show you a beer which has watermelon in it! It’s the perfect summertime beverage because it combines beer and watermelon, two things which are refreshing to start with. 21st Amendment Brewery Hell or High Watermelon quenches and soothes a thirsty soul.
Beyond the Bill of Beer
Craftstitution and 21st Amendment Brewery are alike. We both go ape over your Craftstitutional right to imbibe delicious brews. In addition to being the month of Independence, July is also of crucial historic significance for the State of California. July 24th marked the 82nd anniversary of California’s ratification of the 21st Amendment. The Sparknotes version of that article: that was the Amendment to the Constitution which nullified the 18th Amendment (the amendment prohibiting alcohol consumption). Life stinks if you can’t drink.
California was the 14th state to ratify the 21st Amendment, preceded by New Hampshire and followed by West Virginia. Utah was the swing vote on the 21st Amendment, providing the 36 state majority necessary to strike down the dreadful 18th Amendment. Just think: without the 21st we would still be unable to drink openly and brewers would not be allowed to explore endless flavor combinations. Those two facts alone are direct violations of Amendment I and Amendment IV of the Bill of Beer. Sacre bleu!
Lady on the Bridge
21st Amendment Brewery Hell or High Watermelon features Lady Liberty sitting on the Golden Gate Bridge, resting her feet in the choppy waters of San Francisco Bay. I like to think that she is just enjoying the post-Hell or High Watermelon buzz. The best way to enjoy this brew is to chill out and let it sink in.
If your brain works like mine, you might wonder if Gallagher had a hand in getting one of the biggest fruits to fit into a 12 ounce can. It is either that, or you are a rational human being who thought, ‘They chopped it up first, you dingus.’ By mallet or by manipulation, 21 Amendment Brewery amended their wheat beer with watermelon and turned it into what they call “summer in a can”.
I wish I could have 500 days of summer because Hell or High Watermelon really is refreshing on a hot day. It has a nice balance of the juicy red and ‘time to get another piece’-flavor of the rind. Combine that with a light, crisp wheat beer and you can get an idea of what awaits in the can. At only 17 IBUs and 4.9%, this wheat beer is light in taste and aftershock. The only bad thing is that 21st Amendment Brewery Hell or High Watermelon is a limited summer release. Get your mits on one before they disappear! Grab a melon and mellow out.