SAN LEANDRO — The craft brewing world is getting even bigger in San Leandro. Cleophus Quealy and Drakes have a new neighbor within a two mile radius: 21st Amendment‘s new production brewery at 2010 Williams Street.
The new brewery is slated to celebrate its grand opening celebration this Saturday, Aug. 29 from noon till 10 p.m., outside of the new San Leandro brewery. The grand opening celebration is free to the public and will feature food trucks, a free shuttle to-and-from the nearest BART station, live music, brewery tours and watermelon bowling.
The 2010 Williams Street brewery is an expansion of 21st Amendment’s footprint in the Bay Area; the San Francisco small brewery and restaurant was established in 2000 and features the brewery’s flagship lineup, as well as seasonal and experimental batches.
“The new brewery affords us creative license to play with new package sizes, variety packs and new recipes,” said co-founder Nico Freccia. “It also allows us to continue to deepen our Bay Area roots while expanding distribution both domestically and internationally.”
Visitors to the San Leandro brewery will find a much larger tasting room, which will feature 21 beers beers on tap after production has ramped up. Also in its future will be an outdoor beer garden, restaurant, and a “floating bar” that overlooks the brewery.
The heavy lifting of the brewing and canning of 21st Amendment’s beer is currently at a facility in Cold Spring, Minnesota, with a capacity of about 60,000 barrels annually. With their expansion into their 95,000-square-foot San Leandro brewery, the company expects to start with 100,000 barrels annually with plenty of room for expansion.
Special beers to be released at the grand opening
As part of the grand opening celebration, 21st Amendment will be debuting their Toaster Pastry beer — an homage to the Kellogg’s factory 21st Amendment’s new brewery once was. An India Red Ale, the Toaster Pastry contains biscuit malts, giving it a slightly nutty, crust-like taste. Pale and dark crystal malts give the beer a strawberry jam flavor.
The beer will be available in 19.2 ounce cans, a can size that 21st Amendment plans to continue to distribute their seasonal and year-round offerings in as well.
Celebrating the expanding San Leandro brewing scene wouldn’t be complete without a collaboration beer between neighbors, Cleophus Quealy and Drakes. Good Things — a collaboration between all three San Leandro breweries — will also be available on tap.
Grand Opening Celebration Tap and Can List
Brew Free! or Die IPA
Back in Black IPA
Hell or High Watermelon Wheat
Down To Earth Session IPA
MCA Session Stout