Today is 21st Amendment brewer and co-owner Shaun O’Sullivan’s 59th birthday. Shaun is a good friend and one my favorite people in the industry. He’s a tireless champion for craft beer and very supportive of other brewers, such as with his fun collaboration projects. He’s one of the founders and organizers of SF Beer Week and through his brewpub puts on many special and educational events all year, not to mention his extensive travel schedule. His new production brewery in San Leandro recently opened, and it appears to be going great. Plus, he’s one of the few people brave enough to read the rough draft of my book, Under the Table, and even claim to like it. Now that’s a friend. I just can’t say enough good things about Sully, so I’ll stop here. Join me in wishing Shaun a very Happy Birthday.
Shaun O’Sullivan and business partner Nico Freccia in the front of their brewpub.
Shaun and me outside the Bistro after judging the Double IPA Festival.
Shaun O’Sullivan with Don Barkley of Napa Smith Brewing on the first day of SF Beer Week.
Nico with Dave Keene and Shaun at a can party at the Toronado.
Nico and Shaun in lederhosen during 21st Amendment’s Beer Bus School.
At the Brew Free! or Dine beer dinner at 21st Amendment Brewpub during SF Beer Week a few years ago with Garrett Oliver, Shaun and Gordon Schuck from Funkwerks.
But this by far my favorite, it’s hard to understand how he could have given up all that to start a brewery.