Featured Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery

21st Amendment Brewery

21st Amendment Brewery was created in 2000 in the South Park neighborhood of San Francisco. For several years, creators Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan had dreamed of starting a brewery and researched turn of the century breweries in San Francisco that existed in the early 1900s.  They appreciated how many of the establishments captured the essence of their neighborhood and acted as a popular gathering place for nearby residents. Each one was unique to that area and the beer defined the taste of the neighborhood.

Unfortunately, in 1920, Prohibition wiped out this local culture. For 13 years that social interaction did not exist and those who tried to run underground establishments were considered criminals.

The 21st amendment repealed Prohibition, but it took several years for that neighborhood community culture to grow again. 21st Amendment Brewery was created to build and support the welcoming atmosphere and sense of community that breweries offered to nearby residents. It has grown to be one of the best brewpubs in San Francisco with a large and loyal following.

Featured Beer: Brew Free or Die! IPA
ABV: 7%, IBU: 70

Just like Honest Abe, 21st Amendment Brewery believes in freedom. Freedom from the notion that IPAs should assail you with bitterness. And from the idea that a big, balanced, hoppy beer can’t possibly come in a can. They believe that those who have tasted freedom shall forever brew free.

This golden West Coast IPA is perfectly balanced with a solid malt backbone and just the right amount of hop flavor and aroma.

Food Pairings:
Turkey, Chicken, Citrus flavors

Featured Recipe:
Orange-Sesame Chicken Wings       

3 pounds of party wings and drumettes​
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 – 2 teaspoons sriracha
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons sesame oil

Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Place wings in a large bowl. Add the oil, salt and pepper. Spread wings out on the baking sheet in a single layer making sure they don’t touch. Cook for 25 minutes, turning half way through.

To make the sauce, combine all remaining ingredients except sesame oil in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Bring to a boil and continue to boil until reduced by half, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the sesame oil.

Remove wings from the baking sheet and place in a large clean bowl. Pour in enough sauce of your choice to thoroughly coat the wings. (Extra sauce can be served on the side.) Line the baking sheet with a clean piece of foil and spray with nonstick spray. Spread wings in a single layer onto the baking sheet. Cook for an additional 15 minutes until sauce caramelizes and wings begin to char.

Published 12/9/19

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