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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Day 304 Drink: 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States. While running for the office during height of the Great Depression a key campaign plank he ran with was repeal of Prohibition. FDR delivered on this promise as President. During his four terms in office he also delivered a series of Fireside Chats, radio conversations with the American people that addressed everything from the economy to World War II.

The 21st Amendment Brewery takes its name from the Constitutional amendment that ultimately repealed the misguided Volstead Act. It is fitting that the brewery puts an image of Roosevelt on the label of its winter seasonal.

21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale is a 7.9 percent alcohol by volume brew that pours a nut brown color. The 45 IBU are surrounded by a solid malt base. The spices are in the background of this brew and emerge as the beer warms a bit. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the two primary flavors I picked up, with another flavor I found it difficult to identify.

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