Monday, June 3, 2013

21st Amendment Hell Or High Watermelon: 10 Beers of Summer

"Fruit beer" doesn't have to be a dirty term. Hell, some of the most drinkable, refreshing, tasty brews of summer are fruit beers or even (gasp!) beers garnished with fruit. (Yes, I'm an advocate of blaspheming Bell's Oberon with a slice of orange!)

But fruit beers can be pretty divisive. As far as a lot of people are concerned, fruit and beer are two things that do NOT belong together. This beer, 21st Amendment's Hell or High Watermelon, is especially divisive, with even some people who like fruit beers giving it a big thumbs down.


I'll gladly take a few cans of this crisp wheat beer on a hot summer day, thankyouverymuch. This is a highly refreshing beverage, light and easy drinking, with a zip of Jolly Rancher-like watermelon at the end that tastes just perfect when under the hot sun. A friend considers it his boat beer; when he heads out to go fishing, this is what he brings. Good choice. Sure, your Bud Lights and Coors Lights of the world go down easy, too, but this one actually tastes good.

If you want to get it, though, you'll have to buy it in cans. Much like the fellas at Oskar Blues, Surly, and others, 21st Amendment doesn't deal in bottles. If you want their beer you're going to have to find it on draft or in a case. If that's a problem -- and there are many reasons why it shouldn't be -- better move on.

That would be a silly choice. Forget what the haters say. This beer is perfect for hot days, even right from the can. Next time the thermometer hits 99, grab a sixer and try it.

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You can read more about this beer in the Philadelphia Weekly.