In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan founded the 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco’s historic South Park neighborhood. Fifteen years later, 21st Amendment is sold coast to coast, offering a lineup that consist of nearly a dozen different beers. The newest addition to their year-round portfolio is Toaster Pastry, an homage to the brewery’s former life as a toaster pastry factory.
The beer pours a slightly hazy amber red color with golden orange highlights. The thick two finger off white head shows great retention. Once the head dissipates a moderate amount of lacing remains a top the beer as well as along the sides of the glass.
Aromas of biscuity malts, caramel and toasted bread definitely makes you think of a toaster pastry. Hop notes of pine, grapefruit and tropical fruits are in no short supply. There is a hint of strawberry, but it is mostly overshadowed by the hops.
The palate is flooding by the hops found in the bouquet. Grapefruit, pine, pineapple and lemon notes are all notable. There is definitely a sweetness that carries hints of strawberry jam. The biscuit malts make an appearance along with notes of caramel and toast. You can pick up on the typically flavors of a toaster pastry but the flavors are balanced with the hops to create a surprisingly drinkable beer.
21st Amendment did a great job paying homage to the toaster pastry while maintaining their dignity as a brewery. Try this one with Munster, roasted duck or strawberry cheesecake with graham cracker crust.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints