Our Beer of the Month to start off 2014 comes from up the road in San Francisco. It’s 21st Amendment’s Sneak Attack Saison. This unlikely winter seasonal was first released last year and was given heavy Beer of the Month consideration back then. Having enjoyed many a glass of this brew once again this winter, it seemed I had no choice but to grant Beer of the Month status to Sneak Attack. And so I did.
Saisons are traditionally a summer beer style, the name coming from the French word for “season” with this lighter, often yeastier style of beer brewed for the consumption of summer farm workers in the French countryside. Sneak Attack is not all that yeasty, but brewed with cardamom, has great tangy, spicy flavors with slight lemon note and a lightly herbal finish. This flavorful and refreshing winter seasonal is ironically perfect for this hot and nearly rainless Northern California winter. It almost makes you forget California’s severe drought conditions.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a 21st Amendment Beer without the fun, historically inspired can art. The bare-chested George Washington stoically crossing the Delaware River in his swim trucks to surprise the British is one of 21st Amendment’s best labels from a brewery that comes up with plenty of clever ones.
Sneak Attack Saison: In many ways, the perfect beer to celebrate our California “winter”.