21st Amendment Brewery
Marooned on Hog Island (Review)


The 21st Amendment Brewery is located in San Francisco , CA.


21st Amendment Brewery Marooned on Hog Island

21st Amendment Brewery Marooned on Hog Island

Marooned on Hog Island is 21st Amendment Brewery’s 2012 Collaboration beer with the Hog Island Oyster Company. A rich and chewy stout brewed with Hog Island Sweetwater oyster shells for a silky, salty finish. Available now in limited edition four-pack cans and draft.


other night I am pondering around my beer with my girlfriend and I was in the mood for something…different. I looked around and I had a few choices and then I look in the cooler for a 2nd (possibly 5th time) and I see this box in the corner. Staring at me. Begging me to pick it up. I grabbed it out of the freezer and was captured by this story…

[quote]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. Stout brewed with Hog Island Sweetwater Oyster Shells.[/quote]

Did I just read that correctly? They put oysters…in…the…beer? Well, that is for sure something different. I grabbed the pack and headed to sunday dinner…

  • ABV: 7.9%
  • Color: Midnght Black
  • Bittering Hops: Magnum, Willamette
  • Yeast: Top Fermenting Ale Yeast
  • Malts: Pale, Crystal, Rolled Oats, Carafa, Chocolate Malt, White Wheat
  • Special Ingredients: Hog Island Sweetwater Oyster Shells
 The Pour:

Dark. I’m talking DARK, with a thick one-finger, dark carmel colored head.

The Smell:

Strong dark chocolate with a fairly strong saltwater, musky aroma. You can definitely tell that there is some “sea stuff” going on here.

The Taste:

Super thick and almost chewy, you could drink this thing with a fork. Dark chocolate just like the smell and some dark roasted coffee flavor. You get the oyster shell flavor towards the end with a strong…ocean taste. In a good way though, it’s kind of salty with some mineral favor to it. All in all its what you would expect from a good stout with a little extra…ocean…kick.

The Verdict:

I am not the biggest fan of stouts but, this one was pretty good. I was REALLY hesitant at first because, you know, the whole oyster shell in the beer thing but, I’m glad I gave it a shot. It’s not something that I am going to drink everyday but, it’s good for a nice cold night sitting by a fire and slowly enjoying one or two. They are a limited edition so if you happen to run by a case you should give it a shot. You might just like it.

Keep Calm and Drink On.

~~ A tale of heroic escape, a chance encounter, and creative exaltation ~~

 21st Amendment Brewery and Hog Island Oyster Company

————Chapter One————

After too many fortnights aboard Sir Francis Drake’s galleon exploring the coasts of northern California, deck swabs O’Sullivan and Freccia were growing restless. The work was tedious, food was scarce and worst of all, the beer was weak. Captain Drake might have their heads on a platter, but they had to abandon ship.

————Chapter Two————

Freccia leapt into the Pacific with a few essentials: a musket, a blade, a cigar cutter, and a bottle of cocktail sauce. O’Sullivan rolled a few casks of the Captain’s finest dark ale overboard and belly flopped in behind them. Draped over the barrels, the swabbies bobbed through the waves.

————Chapter Three————

At last they washed up on a tiny island in Tomales Bay. They were greeted by two weathered locals named John and Terry, who raised some of the sweetest, juiciest oysters you ever ate but otherwise subsisted on rainwater and the occasional wild hog if they were lucky enough to catch one.


————Chapter Four————

With the help of a couple of ducats of lead shot, these beer mutineers and oyster mercenaries were soon straddling a roaring fire and feasting on roast pig, freshly shucked oysters and goblets of fine ale. They could think of worse fates than being?Marooned on Hog Island.

————The Moral of the Story————

When life gives you oysters, be sure to brew some killer oyster stout.

That’s exactly what Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan, co-founders of 21st Amendment Brewery did. In a food+beer collaboration with Hog Island Oyster Company co-founders John Finger and Terry Sawyer the team has created Marooned on Hog Island, the latest beer in their Insurrection Series, a limited edition, once-in-awhile four-pack release of a very special beer that rises up in revolt against common notions of what canned beer can be.

Marooned on Hog Island has an ABV of 7.9% and was brewed using Magnum and Willamette hops and top fermenting ale yeast, Pale Malt, 120L Crystal Malt, Rolled Oats, Carafa Malt, Chocolate Malt and White Wheat, along with the most special of ingredients: 450 pounds of Hog Island Sweetwater oyster shells.

       To fully appreciate the story of Marooned on Hog Island, one must view the four-pack carrier and can art. Designed by tbd, 21st Amendment’s agency, the carrier brings alive the tale of this fearless beer collaboration. Each panel of the carrier tells a chapter of the story sequentially through words and illustrations, replete with muskets, sharks, beer barrels and soggy escape artists. The top of the carrier depicts a bird’s eye view of Hog Island while the bottom of the carrier provides more of a fish’s eye view.




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