Every once in a while, you come across a beer that seems perfect and appeals to you on multiple levels. When it happens, you immediately know you’re buying that beer and savor ever sip. Fortunately for me, that happened today on a beer run.
21st Amendment’s Marooned on Hog Island literally couldn’t have been more appealing for my household. I’m a devotee of this brewery, located two blocks from my in-laws in San Francisco, and Hog Island is a super-awesome self-serve oyster farm in Northern California that wifey loves.
Marooned on Hog Island marries two great indulgences in an amazing way – 21st Amendment stout brewed with sweetwater oyster shells from Hog Island. It’s a limited-run beer brewed as part of their Insurrection series, has amazing artwork/backstory on the can (see below) and it’s crazy good.
Exhausted by the tedious work and rancid beer, deck swabs O’Sullivan and Freccia abandoned Sir Francis Drake’s Galleon. Days later, they washed up on a tiny island in Tomales Bay, where they encountered local oyster farmers John and Terry. Soon, these beer mutineers and oyster mercenaries were feasting on roast pig, fresh oysters and goblets of the captain’s finest ale. They could think of worse fates than being MAROONED ON HOG ISLAND.
The beer pours our dark as night, with no light passing through it at all. There’s a nice creamy foam crown, paired with a rich roast malt aroma and hints of brine.
Taste-wise, this is quite a unique brew. It starts out full of toasted malt flavor, and then transitions into an earthy coffee middle before closing on a saltwater and oyster metallic note. The minerals really hang around on the end note, and there’s a ton of mouthfeel.
Overall, another great brew from 21st Amendment. If you like oysters at all, this is a must-try beer.