“Like FDR’s Depression-era radio addresses, which were like a kick in the butt and a hug at the same time, our Fireside Chat is a subtle twist on the traditional seasonal brew. We begin with a rich, dark, English-style ale and then we improvise with spices until we know we have a beer worth sharing with the nation.
Fireside Chat is our early winter seasonal brew available from October through December in six pack cans and on draft. Brewed like a classic, warming Strong Ale but with a subtle blend of hand-selected spices for just the right festive flair.” 7.9% ABV Winter Warmer
Purchased from The Fort in Fresno, California
Poured from a 12 oz can into my Belgian Ale glass. The color is a deep, dark reddish brown. The head is tan and frothy, leaving light lacing throughout. Trace carbonation can be seen bubbling up the glass.
A mild potpourri of winter spice; cinnamon spice, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. There are also faint bready, toasted malts, as well as light caramel malt.
A medium bodied ale, with a pretty smooth mouthfeel – aside from some light carbonation and hop bitterness on the back end. The flavors initially are minimal; just some light sweetness and spice notes as it enters the mouth. Most of the flavors come through in the aftertaste. The malts evolve into a biscuity, bready variety, and a lingering bitterness of cinnamon and spice notes is presented to the palate. There is also a faint alcohol characteristic.
Fireside Chat is one of the better, more complete brews from 21st Amendment that I’ve tried. The profile is enjoyable from beginning to end. The spice notes are not overpowering like some others in the style, instead they are subtle and complimentary to each other. To my personal taste, I think I would like bigger, more robust malt and alcohol traits in my perfect winter warmer. This is more on the medium side, though done well. 8/10
21st Amendment Brewery – San Francisco, California