Champions: Forget Wheaties—this breakfast-inspired ale will make you rethink how you start your day.
A hoppy, ruby-hued India Pale Ale, “Toaster Pastry” was released at 21st Amendment’s Grand Opening Party for their brewery in the San Francisco suburb of San Leandro, but has since joined their year-round lineup.
Lest you think that this is some sort of stunt, Toaster Pastry won a Silver medal in the Double Red Ale category at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, as well as a bronze medal in the Double Red Ale category at the 2016 World Beer Cup.
This brew serves as an homage to the San Leandro building’s origins as a Kellogg’s factory known for producing Frosted Flakes and, you guessed it, Pop-Tarts.
Each 19.2-ounce can of this bitter brew packs a mouth-smacking 74 IBUs and is sure to give drinkers a buzz-worthy breakfast at 7.6 percent ABV.
Toaster Pastry sets itself apart from a slew of other recently released breakfast-inspired craft beers—like Black bottle Brewery’s Count Chocula Stout and HefeWheaties—by drawing flavor profiles from an actual strawberry Pop-Tart.
“Biscuit malts give the beer a slightly nutty, crust-like flavor, while pale and dark crystal malts create the mouthfeel and flavors reminiscent of strawberry jam,” a 21st Amendment brewer told SFGate.