21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment Brewery21st Amendment Brewery
BEER AVG
3.73/5
Based on:
53 Beers
4,021 Reviews
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 107
Visits: 234
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

563 2nd St
San Francisco, California, 94107-1411
United States
phone: (415) 369-0900

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Reviews: 107 | Visits: 234
Reviews by slander:
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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Somebenny bailed on their work conference (got a wife and cats in Bed-Stuyvesant, Jack, he came out for some lunch and he never went back). Not as easy a walk from the hotel as it looks on the map, so it’s a good thing we drove it; parking right across the street metered at $3.50 an hour. Ouch! Some SoMa/South Park Friday fun, in this nice little section of town. They’ve got trees and everything...

Blueish standalone store front with silvery logo pieces across the top gives way to this sizable cavernous space. The front wall of windows holds large panels opening upward around the center doorway; a half a hex with tall verticals to both sides and on the angles. Old cans, bottles, & glassware, a keg, a case and old neons above on the sill, in the windows running atop. More of the same windowage to the front side corner over a single table and a set of 3 low roundies, and running down the near wall. The far wall of cinder block with a large vertical draft board in the front corner at the base of the stairs with colorful logos, descriptions, ABV’s, IBU’s, and a pair of giant murals of beer people or something to the rear. Concrete floors painted and worn, and wood rafter ceiling with piping and ductwork. Track spots section, drop acorn lamps, and some gumball wall mounts lamps as well. Slight plantings, here and there.

Up front, a “U” shaped, 2 tiered raised backside, wood bar with a plank base and piping foot rail; seating for 15 all around. We sat on said backside and surveyed all that was ours. 3 upright bar towers of 3 each on both sides of the bar. glassware on all sides and booze below. More shelved booze, a shirt display, a beer board, and a single flat screen on the wall where the ends meet beneath the stairwell.

Sectioned seating area to the rear of the bar holds 5 booths below the run of the wall, and 6 tables across from them sharing a common bench piece on one side, and the same common bench theme on the flip side with 12 small tablings facing another 7 on the outer wall. 2 dozen booths & tables in all; much of it fronting the rear open kitchen like right there, with its white subway tile base.There’s a small perch above the kitchen back there; I will take my beer and go see what is to be seen. A dozen + small tables, some pushed together for the larger groups, and a small (but enough to be functional) bar. 3 flatscreens on opposite walls, a pair of dart boards, and a corner window overlooking the brewery. And that last supperesque print along the stairs is, well, I don’t know what to think about that.

Okay, so it’s not ‘strong beer week’, but ‘strong whole goddamn beer month’. Now, it’d be one thing if they had a few strong beers on, but their tap selection currently holds a 3 to 1 ratio of strong to ‘of normal strength ABV’ beers, which is really absurd in my humble only opinion that counts. So they’re strong beer lopsided and it runs like this for a whole month? That’s a big WTF? No, I do not approve but we will sample their wares just the same.

We split the sampler of 9, everything they currently had on; 2 house beers of lower ABV (Dangerous Liason, 6.1%, a nice cardamom spicy, peppery Saison; 5-South, 5.5%, centennial hoppy American Pale Ale, quite good), 6 of their strong beer month selections (Lord & Master, 8.3%, strong English blonde, big boozy alcohol; Triple Crisis, 11%, a big goddamn citrusy IPA; Red Giant, 13%, a red ale aged on California Redwood, wood, burn & vanilla Yankee candle; Lower Da Boom Barleywine, 10.5%, butter, pain, regret; Two Lane Blacktop Imperial Black, 9.4%, Imperial Back in Black, everything I love about the Back in Black amped up, excellent; Hendrik’s Russian Imperial Stout, 9.5%, roasty niceness), and a cider from someone. Dangerous Liason, 5 South, Two Lane Blacktop, & Hendrick’s Imperial Stout were the best of ‘em. Ben blended the Lower Da Boom Barleywine with the cider and named it something under his breath. “The cider makes it drinkable”, he said, and then tried backing up his nonsense with “It’s shockingly good”. No, it is not. You couldn’t bury all that butter with a goddamn bulldozer.

They’ve also got a few each cans & bottles; theirs (Bitter American, Back In Black, Brew Free or Die IPA, Allies Win The War!), and others (Evil Twin Without You I’m Nothing, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Alesmith Old Numbskull, Drakes Drakonic Imperial Stout).

Good Friday crowd, comfortable house, decent scene, all that. I just would like to have seen this place during not strong beer month. (4,565 characters)

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3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of SFWD1934
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

21A is not bad. It is within walking distance to AT&T Park so anyone that is in town to see a baseball game can alway pop in here. They are small, but keep in mind that they will have their new place in San Leandro pretty soon. (229 characters)

Photo of ericw985
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of JohnPayne23
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of Lard_City
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Very nice small microbrewery in San Francisco's SOMA area. All of their beers on tap but only one guest brew. Indoor seating was adequate, service was good, food was typical pub food of good quality but nothing special. (219 characters)

Photo of SerpentX
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Vode
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SveNss0N
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of southsidejoe8089
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of ogman
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Stopped here around 6 on a Thursday with a buddy. Very crowded, lively atmosphere. Was glad to see the garage doors open to let the breeze in, made for good ambiance. Beer list was as expected, and the one Brew Free or Die that I had was very enjoyable. First beer of any kind from these guys, as I was visiting from Wisconsin.

Seems like the kind of place I'd like to frequent after work if I lived in town. Prices weren't bad either, considering the location and the talk I've heard of downtown drink prices. (511 characters)

Photo of Geoffq
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of djgoodwi
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

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4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of AdamTebbs
4.75/5  rDev +25%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Had a blast here. Went this summer with a buddy of mine and drank Hell or High watermelon all afternoon and met a bunch of really cool people. (142 characters)

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4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of alexander_ostrofsky
2.21/5  rDev -41.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Their beer is okay, but not very creative. I wouldn't trouble myself to come here again. (88 characters)

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4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, CA
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.