Drinks: 21st Amendment Fireside Chat

by Skip on December 17, 2010

in Drinks

21st Amendment Fireside Chat Box. Photo by Dan Schumacher

21st Amendment Fireside Chat Box. Photo by Dan Schumacher

Red Brick Brewery‘s Brown Ale was the last beer I bought based on its packaging, and I was unfortunately rewarded with its delicious taste. I say ‘unfortunately’ because that event may have fostered the notion that a well-packaged beer would be a tasty one. However promising 21st Amendment Fireside Chat looked on the counter, it was ultimately one of the most disappointing beers I’ve ever tasted.

21st Amendment Brewery's Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale - Cans and Box. Photo by Dan Schumacher

21st Amendment Brewery's Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale - Cans and Box. Photo by Dan Schumacher

Comment if you think I am totally off base, but I am of the opinion that because packaging is an essential aspect of a product, a company that pays attention to its details might be more likely to use that detail-oriented approach on the product’s insides. I will not go so far to say that the folks at 21st Amendment did not pay attention to Fireside Chat’s insides, but there was a clear disparity in the packaging and the beer.

21st Amendment Brewery's Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale - Poured. Photo by Dan Schumacher

21st Amendment Brewery's Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale - Poured. Photo by Dan Schumacher

After two (albeit brief-yet-rambling) paragraphs, it’s time to discuss the Fireside Chat. I kept opening the cans in hopes that the rich brown spiced ale would yield anything more than wimpy, over-spiced, under-carbonated crap. The only notable aspect of Fireside Chat is the aftertaste of cooked  broccoli water once the dominant cinnamon and clove notes subside. That sour, vegetal flavor killed Fireside Chat for me, more so than the body or bullying spice notes. The combination of light body and maltiness reminded me much more of Doppelbock than ale.

I’ll give 21st Amendment another try at some point, just not soon.

Skip produces The Gourmetro. He wrote a beer column for Birmingham Magazine, and as much as he loves beer, he tends to take it without broccoli. Check out his published works on Aisle 9, and talk with him on Twitter.

21st Amendment Brewery's Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale - Cans 21st Amendment Brewery's Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale - Cans and Box 21st Amendment Brewery's Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale - Poured 21st Amendment Brewery's Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale - Box 21st Amendment Brewery's Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale - Box (side)

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