21st Amendment Back In Black Black IPA
Host city: San Jose
San Jose itself doesn't have a whole lot to offer beerwise. Fortunately for fans, it's just close enough to San Francisco and other key California craft beer addresses that it doesn't have to do much but sit back and let the beer pour in.
So what do you pick? Do you go classic and crack open an Anchor that was first brewed more than a century ago and made California Common "steam beer" famous? Do you go hyperlocal and get some organic brew from Argentinian beer and empanada joint Cerveceria de MateVeza?Or do you take the path of least resistance and get a can of 21st Amendment that you have a fighting chance of finding back home? Good choice. 21st Amendment has been kicking around since 2000 and, more recently, made its name by putting its extremely strong pub beers in extremely unsuspecting cans. Its Back in Black is no exception, with 6.8% ABV and an extremely bitter brew loaded with Columbus hops packed into its container. The dark malts make Back in Black look far more sinister than its sunnier California IPA cohorts and its potent aroma and flavor gives drinkers little reason to think otherwise.