Maker: 21st Amendment – San Fransisco, California
Style: Red Ale
ABV: 7.6%
IBU: 74

Notes – The first can out of their new brewery, 21st Amendment comes in swinging with this delightful imperial red ale themed after some of the most nutritional snacks you can have for breakfast. Does it taste like a pop tart or toaster struddle? Sort of but that is in the eye of the beholder. I can see it but its certainly not how the beer came across my palate. It was tasty though and would please either the malt or hop head if I were to recommend it. Either which way it was fantastic and all I wanted to do was eat pop tarts with it. You might see a follow up to this brew with a thorough pastry pairing.

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Stibinger Brothers Beer is becoming a major entity in the craft beer scene here in New Jersey. Although they haven’t begun production, they are still researching, sampling, and marketing to find out what consumer are looking for in a beer product. We have been following the Stibinger Brothers for quite some time. It’s great to see how far they have come from the bottle of home brew I had almost two years ago. Continue reading “STIBINGER BROTHERS PEOPLES CHOICE II”


Some of you may be wondering who are the Stibinger Brothers. Barbers by day brewers by night, Adam and Gabor have been turning out short batches of hand crafted brews for locals in Morris and Sussex county for a little over a year now and are truly perfecting their craft. A few weeks ago they invited me out to their private tasting at NJ Bar and Grill West and to sample their latest version of their Red Ale.

Adam and Gabor’s grandfather Sandor established Alex’s Barbershop in 1961 and still remains in its same location 50 years later.  Adam and Gabor decided they wanted to do something special for their clients to commemorate the shops 50th anniversary. After conducting an in house survey of their clients, they found that 90+ percent of there clients are avid beer drinkers, with a 50/50 split between craft beer drinkers and corporate beer drinkers. With their extensive backgrounds prior to taking over the family barbershop and their love for great beers,  they started crafting recipes for their clients. Within this time their clients have tested various recipes from a Hungarian Pilsner, 3 versions of Red Ale, Belgian Tripel Unfiltered, and 2 versions of White Ale, and many more to come.

Gabor doing some quality control, making sure the Red Ale is carbonated and ready to go.

Adam too was making sure the beer was proper.

Let the pouring commence.

To get an understanding of the beer. Adam and Gabor prepared a sheet with all you would want to know about the brew. Tasting notes, ABV, IBU’s also the hops and malts that were used in the brewing process.

From Adam’s notes; This beer pours a silky tan head, the blend of specialty malts give this beer a roasted caramel flavor with notes of sweetness. The hops give off a piney, floral and citrus scent which is not overwhelming and really balance out the beer. I found it to be a smooth drinking beer, medium mouthfeel, lightly carbonated with a pleasant dry finish. I had their first version of their red ale months back and I must say the new version is a big step up. Great job guys!

They were also taking orders on their T-shirts.

Adam and Gabor were getting great feed back left and right. All that came had nothing but great things to say about their latest brew.

Once again they had a questionare. All this research is key as it helps them find out what their customers really like.

Adam taking in more feed back from a patron.

In the following months the brothers will be filing for the appropriate license’s. Stibinger Brother’s will have draft beer in limited locations, and small batch private allocation big bottles of special recipes. In the meantime they will be taking their new recipes to select local bar/resturants for private tasting. To stay up to date with Stibinger Brother’s progress email them at info@stibingerbrothers.com and you’ll be put on there contact list.