Marooned On Hog Island Oyster Stout. It's Here!
~~ A tale of heroic escape, a chance encounter, and creative exaltation ~~
21st Amendment Brewery and Hog Island Oyster Company
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.
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.
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.
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.
In celebration of their joint creation Hog Island Oyster Co. and 21st Amendment Brewery are holding a series of Release Parties. Guests, and the public, are invited to shuck, slurp, and swill with the brew masters and oyster mercenaries till the stout runs dry.
- Friday, November 30, 5-8 pm. Oysters, pig roast & oyster BBQ at 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco. 563 2nd Street, San Francisco
- Thursday, December 6, 5-8 pm. Meet the brewers at Hog Island Oyster Bar, Napa, Oxbow Public Market. 610 First Street, Napa
- Friday, December 7, 12-5 pm. Steamers and Stout at Hog Island Oyster Farm. 20215 Shoreline Hwy, Marshall, CA
- Tuesday, December 11, 5-8 pm. Island Creek Oyster Bar, Boston.
- Wednesday, December 12, 6-9 pm. Percy Street Barbecue, Philadelphia.
- Thursday, December 13, 3-5 pm. Blind Tiger, New York. Meet the brewers.
- Thursday, December 13, 6-9 pm. Pony Bar – East Side, New York.
- Thursday, December 13, 9:30 pm. The Ginger Man, New York.
Marooned On Hog Island will be available on draft and in cans wherever 21st Amendment beer is sold and at all Hog Island Oyster Co. locations through the month of December. 21st Amendment’s seventeen distribution territories include CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, MA, NY, NJ, DC, MD, DE, PA, VA, GA and NC. For up to date availability, events and promotions, visit 21A’s website at www.21st-Amendment.com.
About 21st Amendment Brewery Hey, we’re Nico & Shaun. We live for great beer. When we opened the 21st Amendment Brewpub in San Francisco in 2000, we vowed to do things differently. To us, the 21st Amendment means much more than just an end to Prohibition. It means the right to brew beer, the freedom to be innovative, and the obligation to have fun.
When we opened the 21st Amendment Pub in San Francisco in 2000, we vowed to do things differently. To us, the 21st Amendment means much more than just an end to Prohibition. It means the right to brew beer, the freedom to be innovative, and the obligation to have fun.
About Hog Island Oyster Co. “On a mission to grow great oysters and have fun doing it!” In 1983 three young marine biologists set out on a quest to reinvigorate California’s half-shell oyster market. They began with a five-acre lease on Tomales Bay, $500 dollars borrowed from their parents, and a not so seaworthy boat, “The Flexible Flyer.” Today, Hog Island Oyster Co. is one of the premier sustainable aquaculture farms on the West Coast, certified sustainable by the Food Alliance.org. Owned and operated by two of the three founding partners, John Finger and Terry Sawyer, Hog Island has grown into a community of friends and family, farmers, and chefs who are all wildly passionate about cultivating and serving the freshest oyster experience possible.
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