Sometimes after a long week at work, the only thing that gets me through the hours of 1:00-5:00 PM on a Friday is the anticipation of a relaxing evening on my balcony. Nothing beats lounging in a big deck chair, listening to the lively sounds of early summer, and having a conversation with my boyfriend Kyle. And sometimes he brings beer!
This week, Kyle and I indulged in a beer that I had been eyeing for awhile. I honestly don’t know if I would have ever picked it up myself, for a few reasons. First, the packaging is so intriguing that I wasn’t sure if I was more interested in the beer or the box it comes in. Second, the idea of watermelon in a wheat beer just sounded a little odd. However, I do love to try new and odd things so I was happy to dive in.
Isn’t this box interesting? There is a note on the can about putting craft beer in cans because it is better for the beer and better for the environment than bottling it. It makes me wonder if eco-friendliness might be one of the reasons they chose the recycled cardboard box as outer packaging. Typically a six-pack of cans is bound together by one of those plastic six-ring holders. This box provides a recyclable solution (that is less dangerous for wild animals if it happens to lose its way on the journey to the recycling plant) and it offers even more brand space for the company, which in this case is 21st Amendment Brewery.
Watermelons and the U.S. Constitution. How American on Independence Day weekend!
This beer is light and refreshing and is good for enjoying on the porch at 6:00 PM on a summer night. It is an American (duh) wheat beer, which is brewed with watermelon concentrate. After brewing, the ale undergoes a second fermentation with the addition of fresh watermelon. It definitely smells and tastes like watermelon, which is pretty cool, if fruity wheat beers are your thing.
21st Amendment Brewery is located in San Francisco, CA. After checking out their website, I am excited to try some of their other brews. If you prefer a bitter ale or a strong dark beer, this might not be the one for you. However if you love a good wheat beer (or if you’re into cool packaging), this beer may find a place in your standard rotation for summer barbecues, picnics, and trips to the river or beach. Overall, the Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is so unique that it is definitely worth a try.