The spirit of Mexico is never far away for Brewmaster Shaun O’Sullivan, co-founder of 21st Amendment Brewery. O’Sullivan, Sully to his friends, spent his younger carefree years in Southern California, surfing and skateboarding. When the sun set, he would head to the local Mexican restaurant for a plate of carne asada and a Tecate, Pacifico or Modelo. El Sully is the beer that Irish-blooded O’Sullivan created to pay homage to that time in his life. Still a fun-loving guy, he mashed up his nick name with the Spanish pronoun “El”. Viva El Sully!
El Sully’s super-cool Mexi-can was created by Victor Melendez, a graphic designer originally from Mexico City. He created the Mexican-inspired font and dressed the can in a colorfully striped poncho. It’s fun and “pays respect to our neighbors to the south,” says O’Sullivan. “The bright colors really stand out and exemplify what this beer is all about.”
The beer itself? Fantastico! Straw-colored with tight, white bubbles, El Sully is crisp and light-bodied with a touch of hoppiness. The easy-drinking 4.8% lager is brewed with pilsner and Vienna malts, flaked maize and Mexican lager yeast. “It’s what other Mexican lagers dream of when they go to bed at night.” says O’Sullivan. “It’s fantastic and refreshing. El Sully is perfect when you don’t want a big IPA, rather something more accessible. I love IPAs, but sometimes you want a beer you can enjoy ice cold, in the summer sun, with your amigos. This is that beer.”
Lime or no lime? O’Sullivan says, “Go for it!”