21st Amendment's El Sully Mexican Style Lager
Published September 24, 2019
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    Episode 60: 21st Amendment’s El Sully Mexican Style Lager

    It’s the Two Minute Beer Review!

    I’m Andrew Burkum and it’s that time of the week again where we pick a bottle from that massive craft brew aisle hoping to find a hidden treasure.

    This week we’re going to take a look at El Sully Mexican Style Lager from https://www.21st-amendment.com/. Will this beer transport us out of our everyday lives and onto a beautiful Mexican beach? Let’s find out!!

    Named after the alter ego of 21st Amendment’s Brewmaster, Shaun O’sullivan, El Sully pours a perfect pale yellow and is just a tiny bit cloudy rather than the normal clear as water pour of most Mexican style pale lagers. The scent is slightly fruity and just a tiny bit acidic. Again, for a Mexican style lager, this one has a pretty well-developed scent.

    But what about the taste? O’sullivan has been quoted as saying it’s a “… smooth, easy drinking beer,” He goes on to say, “Having grown up in Southern California near the Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach communities where I would spend many afternoons surfing and skateboarding, I would always enjoy Mexican-style golden, lighter and refreshing beers at the end of the day. Washing it down after a plate of carne asada tacos, it seemed fitting to recreate that experience and brew and package El Sully for all to enjoy.”

    The beer hits bitter right at the front of the tongue and just a tiny bit sour on the palate but with no sweetness. This resolves to a nice, bready cereal flavor. It drinks nice and clean as expected, but there’s way more flavor than you would get out of a lot of Mexican style knockoffs. This is a pleasant surprise. O’Sullivan has truly succeeded in taking a ubiquitous beer style (here in California, anyway) and elevating it to something that maintains the spirit of the original but takes it one step further.

    As far as American Mexican Lagers go, this one is a major winner. It’s got a bit more flavor than I would have expected, a nice bitterness to round things out all the while maintaining the drinkable, thirst-quenching quality that is vital to this type of beer. If you’re a fan of one of the cheap Mexican beers that are out there right now do yourself a favor and pick up a can of El Sully and give it a shot. I’ll be surprised if you don’t discover you have a new favorite! El Sully is 4.8% Alcohol by Volume and is sold primarily in cans, so it’s perfect for keeping you properly hydrated all day long.

    Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I take a look at Captain Boomer’s IPA from Jack Russell Farm Brewing in Camino, CA. Will this one help us hunt down that white whale at last? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes.

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