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21st Amendment Brewery

Not Rated.
21st Amendment Brewery21st Amendment Brewery
Based on:
55 Beers
14,453 Hads
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 108
Visits: 239
Avg: 3.87
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: 108 | Visits: 239
Photo of mactrail
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

I used to always go here when I was in SF, but I believe I'll start skipping it. The place always seems to be jammed, and the noise level is crushing. The food is actually very good and not too expensive for San Francisco, but it's not a very enjoyable place to eat.

Beers are on the hoppy side, and I have not had many draft brews that have impressed me at all. The canned beers they have started doing are the much better way to get a taste of the brewery. The bar area has just a few pleasant little tables as well as the strategically placed bar. The girl servers have always been helpful, though often harried. I have to mention the awful bathroom, truly a stench like a real English dive bar full of Saturday night drunks.

Directly across the street to the west is a narrow street called South Park which opens up into an actual park. It's an intriguing classic San Francisco enclave that runs a long block to the west.

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Photo of WesM63
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I visited 21st Amendment during a work trip to San Francisco in May of 2013.

A: Atmosphere is typical bar/eatery. Lots of chatter, Giants game on tv. Assorted crowd of college kids, business men/women and couples.

Q: Quality was above average. All of the beers were full of flavor and tons of brewery only beers. Actually, nearly all the beers on tap were brewery only beers. (Exceptions being Hell or High Watermelon and Brew Free or Die IPA)

S: Service was above average. The lady barkeep was polite and very cordial asking me promptly what I would like to try next and if I wanted food, etc. The only downfall to this is while both lady barkeeps were extremely nice, the second one was much more chatty with someone she know personally at the end of the bar. This did on occasion keep people waiting on beer. (I should mention I sat at the bar)

S: As mentioned previously. in addition to the canned beers they had tons of brewery/restaurant only releases. At least 7-8 in addition to the canned beers you see everyday as well as a couple guest ciders.

F: Food was above average bar food. I had the El Cubano (Pork and Ham Panani) which was a delicious sandwich and large portion.

V: Value was pretty reasonable. Pints were in the normal $6/$7 range with the food being slightly higher priced, $12-13 IIRC.

O: Overall, this is a great place to visit. It's 2blocks from AT&T park and 2blocks from the Courtyard Marriot. I was pleasantly surprised as I was expecting the draft list to be comprised of their canned beers maybe 1-2 brewery/pub only beers. That was not the case at all, in fact it was the other way around. 7-8 brewery/pub only beers and 2 canned beers (Hell or High Watermelon and Brew Free or Die IPA) on tap. None of the beers were over the top must haves, but all excellent none the less.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited on 5 Feb 2013 during ’Strong Beer Month’ where nearly all the brews on offer were on the strong side.

The actual place is basic and fairly large: looks smaller and compact from the street. Bar and drinking area as you walk in: an eating area with a raised portion at the back behind the bar its self.

I had two flights of five draughts: all nine on-tap beers available on the day and a Two Rivers Cider. All in good condition, even if I wasn’t too excited by a couple of the brews.

Lass behind the bar worked hard and looked after me, to food was good too. I wasn’t expecting such a high bill though.

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Photo of litheum94
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited the brewpub today, and since it was my fourth visit and first time eating there, I figured this was a good time to post a review.

My wife, daughter and I paid a visit after spending the day at the Academy of Sciences, and we stopped in for an early dinner and some drinks. I wouldn't say that it is exactly kid friendly, since they don't have a kid's menu, but my daughter was welcomed and they altered their quesadilla to fit her tastes. My wife and I shared the carnitas quesadilla and we had no complaints about it at all. It was very good.

The beer, as expected was good. Between the two of us, we tried the 5 South Pale Ale, Ugly Sweater Winter IPA, and Roasted American. Ugly Sweater was a little above average, but the other two were very good. I liked the 5 South so much, I refilled my growler with it.

Now, the complaints. In regards to the growler, it cost $18 to refill it. That's far too much for a growler refill for a non-special beer, and I can't say I'll be refilling mine again, unless it's something amazing.

My other complaint was the service. Our waitress didn't seem to have a clue. Her attitude was one of apathy, and she had a lot of trouble getting our order straight. When she first came to us, I asked for a ginger soda, a pint of Roasted American, and a sample of the Ugly Sweater and the 5 South. It took her going over the order three times to repeat it correctly, and then when she came back , she brought the first two drinks, but only one sampler. I enjoyed it, and based on the description of the beers on their drink list, I was pretty sure it was the 5 South. When she came back around, I asked what I had, and she told me it was the Ugly Sweater. I was skeptical, but ordered a pint of it anyway. When the beer came to the table, it was clear that what I had a sample of was not the Ugly Sweater. It wasn't the end of the world, but when you work in a brewpub, you should know what beer you're serving.

Other than those two aspects, our visit was a good one, as my other visits were. The atmosphere was nice, and the beer is good enough that I'll pay another visit when I'm in the area.

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Photo of stratelectric
2.79/5  rDev -27.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

I happened to have some spare time while on the central coast of CA for work, so decided I'd take the drive North to San Fran and check out some beer spots. My first concern was parking. Parking in San Fran is not always easy. To my suprise there was plenty of street side parking available, when we showed up on a Saturday evening (12/8/12) around 4:30PM. Bring your quarters to feed the meters! Upon first entering, I thought, wow, this would be a great place to watch a game. Plenty of TVs in the bar area (both upstairs and downstairs). Not a lot of standing room, so I made my way to the hostess station to grab a table. There were 3 workers standing there talking to each other so I stood and waited....and waited...and waited. 8 minutes went by before they looked at me and said, it will be one minute sir. Now growing impatient and irritable, I decided to walk upstairs and see if the staff was any more accomodating up there. They were. We were quickily sitting down, with cold drinks in our hand in no time. In the short time we were there I had 3 drinks. "5-south" typical west coast style IPA. Big Hops, refreshing taste. And two "Leuven Life" (Their APA. it was too good to only have one). Given the opportunity I would go back, but there are certainly too many other brew/bar/eateries around make a special trip. Total score: 3 out of 5 stars. Slightly above average.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I knew there would be some drinking in order. Guilherme was thirsty, Andre didn't taste enough beer in Michigan before making his flight to San Fran, and I hadn't had a beer in 9 hours. We were in need of some barley-based drinks to go with dinner, and 21st Amendment seemed like a safe choice to satisfy both demands. Parking in on the street, and lucky for us, we found a spot across the street from the brewpub.

Everyone paints a vision in their head to what a visit to <insert brewery name here> would look like. I expected 21st Amendment to be big, but it was smaller and more cozy than I expected. A "U" shaped bar greets you as you walk in from the street. Just work you way around a small crowd if you want to put your name down for a table. Wait, wait , wait....get that table, examine the open-air kitchen which is beside you, and start developing a plan.

We were dissapointed to learn that we would have to place all our orders at the bar, as there were no servers in our section of the restaurant. That said, the service at the bar was accessable. There were 8 different house beers on-tap, including a Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian Abbey, and Bitter American. And let's not forget the one guest tap Trumer. Eventaully, we sampled all eight of the house beers (some good, some slighty better than average), poured in a variety of different glassware. Pours were $6.

On to food; mussels and fries for me (yum!), Guilherme gets a burger, and Andre orders chili and gumbo. I like mussels and fries when I drink beer.

We left as happy customers. And then we realized the truck parked three spaces from my car was broken into. Shattered windows and glass on the street. Holy shit, my car dodged a bullet there.

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Photo of excalibur
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

We took the excellant public transportation to this place and then walked several blocks. This pub is in the south beach area. It is a large building with rather cold looking concrete walls and steel beams overhead. We visited in the late afternoon and it was crowded but we were seated quickly. Unfortunately the bar was fully occupied so we got a table. I think sitting at the bar is the best place to get a feel for the place and to converce with the bartender. The beers we had, Brew Free Or Die 7% & 70 IBU and Back in Black 6.8% & 65 IBU were good. Unfortunately the beer selection was somewhat limited with about 6 or so drafts when we were there but now I see that they have many more beers and they look interesting. We had the ubiquitous calamari and there were many burgers on the menu and some vegetarian options that looked good.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in on a Saturday night about 7:30 and there was a wait of about 20 minutes for larger groups but we were two and got a seat quickly. The beer selection was better than most eateries since they brew their own. They also had guest brews which I found to be better than their own brew. Not that their brews were bad, just average is all.

I had their burger and my wife got a salad with chicken. I have never seen food served so quickly, anywhere, ever! I don't know what system they have but seems like everyone got their food in five minutes or less. I guess that's what three working cooks will get you.

My burger was done just right and the salad was chopped to just the right sizes. Overall, I really enjoyed the experience and might be back before I leave on Thursday.

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Photo of PatDugan
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I like 21st Amendment's beer selections quite a bit and I also enjoy their physical brewery. The location is more restaurant and less brewery, but that certainly doesn't make it any less fun to visit. The food is pretty delicious, although I personally enjoy their brunch menu quite a bit more than their lunch/dinner options. They have a number of 21st Amendment beers on tap in addition to a variety of other selections they rotate through seasonally. Great bar to stop in before a Giants game since it's so close to AT&T park.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

21st strikes me as a pretty typical spot for San Francisco. The decor is open with a lot of wood which provides a nice rustic touch, in a mildly urban kind of way. There is something that speaks just enough of it stretching to be a tourists spot. T-shirts, glasses, wristbands, and the like clearly waiting to be purchased. Beer nerds will be happy to know that the beer selection extends well beyond the canned beers that 21st has become famous for. Out of these other beers, the variety is wide enough to give a good drinking experience. Service is relaxed. Food is standard brewpub faire done in a way that is good enough for San Francisco diners, yet nowhere near mind-blowing, let alone anywhere near interesting or memorable. Their location is quite close to AT&T Park, if you're in for a Giants game. It's also fairly close (but a bit of a walk) to/from CalTrain and the N-line on Muni, if you're wondering how to get here. Worth a stop if you're visiting the city.

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Photo of slander
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of StoicBeast
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

went here on a friday with a group of friends. the place was packed. was seated in a timely manner. the waiter was accommodating. unfortunately, they didn't have their famous "watermelon wheat" on tap, so i tried their fireside chat. i also had their back in black. the beer is awesome on tap, by the way. i had the jerk chicken. there wasn't anything over the top, but i also enjoyed it. the onion rings and calamari had too much saturated. they are a brewery, so i won't knock them for having a bad spirits or wine selection. anything on the desert menu rocks. however, i think that was distorted by the beer kicking in

good beer
friendly staff when it is manageable

selection other than beer
can get crowded

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Photo of colonelforbin
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Been here many times before and after Giants games. It is located two blocks from the stadium, so a great place to have a beer or three before heading to the game.

Selection is usually about the same. They do mix it up and have 1-2 different beers every time I stop in, which is nice. Quality is pretty good, definitely above average all around, with numerous offerings being very good. Beers are a bit pricey but to be expected in SF, I suppose. Their IPAs are generally excellent, with some of the stronger ones leading the pack. Every February they brew beers for Strong Beer Month, along with Magnolia, and these are usually excellent. Worth going out of your way for, for sure.

My experience with the atmosphere is skewed as I am there 95% of the time around a Giants game, so the crowd is mostly Giants fans and it is pretty crowded. They open the outside alleyway on nice gamedays, and this is a welcome addition.

The bar is nice, horseshoe shaped, with numerous seats, but it does get crowded. Tables dot the rest of the place, with a second level and an upstairs bar that is quite nice as well. If it's really crowded, check out the upstairs bar for possibly quicker service. Definitely worth it.

Overall, definitely worth checking out. They make some pretty solid beers with some definitely standing out. Located in the south of Market neighborhood, two blocks from the ballpark. About a 10-15 minute walk from the BART station (Montgomery). Recommended if you are anywhere in the area.

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Photo of dgilks
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

21st Amendment is located in a relatively nice, central area of SF, near the ballpark. I was happy to visit one evening during my recent trip to check out what they were doing.

The atmosphere was okay but there wasn't anything special about it and, to me, was trying to be too much of everything. By being so open, yet modern, yet full of wood, etc, it lacked the sense of intimacy that the best bars and pubs have.

I was satisfied by the relatively friendly if slightly inefficient service but the beer selection lacked a bit. The house beers were all a bit dull and weren't the best beers I found in CA.

Overall, it's probably worth stopping by if you are at a Giants game but I wouldn't go out of my way.

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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Upon walking in you see the bar which is kind of small for the size of the place. Two floors of tables for dining, and the bar can seat only about 15. It is bright an airy inside and has a typical pub feel to the place.

A large chalkboard lists the available beers, and on this trip there were 8 on draft and 4 available in cans. The drafts covered a good number of styles which was nice. There was a South Park Blond, 5 South, the watermelon beer, IPA, Back in Black, Roasted American, Harvest Moon, and Milk Stout. I had a pint of the Harvest and 5 South which were both good.

I had a blue burger that was decent. Fries were pretty good. Service was a bit slow but the bar was very full and the restaurant area was about 1/2 full. Overall my visit was pleasant and worth the time I walked to get here.

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Photo of heymikew
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Update 2013: Their game day menu is expanded and daily gumbo specials are to
die for. Beer is always good but it can be crowded

This brewpub-sports bar has been my SF Giants pre-game watering hole since the ballpark at McCovey cove opened in 2000. Only a few blocks up 2nd Street from the park. Take SF Muni N or T lines, get off at Brannan and walk up to 2nd

I fondly remember the perfect Sunday brunch bloody mary specials with a fat dill pickle wedge and full pint U.S. Ipa back.

You can get two quality brews here for the price of one at the park. Their selection of house brews on tap varies widely and leans to the lighter fare (are that many Giants fans beer wimps?). It is becoming tough to find their better creations (like Hop Crisis) on tap on game day. Be sure to tell them your beer is for 'inside" so you don't get it in a plastic cup.
Some of their beer is available in cans at the bar and some stores. Of note is Monk's Blood a dark Belgian style and more recently Hop Crisis double IPA (shhhh i smuggled some into the park)
Sometimes they have guest beer and have even had some winning homebrew recipies (bring back TASTY from 2009!)

The food is decent with some standouts like the Brew free or die chili and the margarita pizza. They've cut back the menu on game days to one page, deleting such favorites as the awesome pulled pork sliders.

It's crowded and noisy on game days. At the right tables you can get a good view of several large TVs showing whatever sports event is a priority at the moment.

Meet me here before the game...next round's on me

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This place was very average - kind of forgettable. The atmosphere was nice, but very standard. The service was not great, but not terrible - they didn't seem to know much about the beer, though. The beer selection was decent - they had Hop Crisis on tap but nothing else with which I was particularly interested. I was only there long enough to try the Hop Crisis, which was fresh and served in a room temperature pint glass. I sample two different pizzas - both were good. This was probably the highlight of the place, which is not good for a brewpub.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Nice beer choices but service was atrocious on my visit, and not excessively busy. Cool location near the stadium as well as places to eat. Thirsty Bear not far away too. I've had many of their bottled beers and enjoyed those, but the non-bottled stuff here was alright. Some guest taps too, and it was a bit frustrating that the bartender knew nothing about the guest tap I ordered (just basic info, not playing stump the server here ok). Will definitely give them another shot on next San Francisco visit.

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Photo of NorCalgrowler
4.14/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

For the city itself, 21st Amendment does a lot right. Its a great place to have a drink before or after a Giants game. They have their regular line up on tap as well as a guest tap selection. Although Im not a huge fan of fruit on my glass, the slice of watermelon on their Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer is a great touch (and its a good beer). Try the Monks blood too.

Open space, lots of seats at the bar. We didnt try any food but everything that went out looked good. Also, parking isnt so bad in this area of the city, which is not the case for tons of other pubs. Great, simple product that is definitely worth the visit if your in town for a game.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

We hit this bar on a Friday night, and I was utterly surprised how easily we were served, as well as surprised by the quality of service on such a busy night. We sat at the bar because seats opened up before we were seated in the regular sections. My wife and I both ordered sandwiches, and while we were waiting tasted beers from their tap selection. The bartender was very courteous, as well as informed on the company product. She was also well versed on the guest tap list, which led me to believe that she was a beer fan herself. The service was prompt, the food was decent, and the cost was very reasonable. I will definitely visit this establishment on return trips to the Bay area.

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Photo of armock
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere - As you walk in theres a square bare that sits six or seven on each side with the hostess stand to the right of the bar. Midway on to the back wall are booths and tables with the back wall being an open kitchen. The brewery is tucked away in a hall that leads to the kitchen and bathrooms.

Quality/Selection - During my visit they had eight house beers on tap and five of them were imperials as it was strong beer month. Every one of their beers was a winner from their Conventioner Blonde to Monks Blood all well made.

Service - The place is full of nice people that like beer. I visited during SF beer week and had a question about an event at another place my waitress didn't know the answer so she sent over the manager who was very willing to talk beer.

Food - During my lunchtime visit I ordered the grilled chicken breast sandwich with a salad and boy did that hit the spot very good.

Overall this is an awesome spot to hit up at least once when your in San Francisco.

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Photo of Chincino
3.83/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This brewpub is located in San Francisco close to the AT&T park. The overall atmosphere is good with a decent size square shaped bar, multiple tables on the first floor and second floor seating. I was there during a downtime period because it was mid-day during the week and there was no game going on at the AT&T stadium so the service was good, but I'm not sure if that was simply because the place wasn't busy. Regardless, the staff was friendly and courteous and gave explanation of the different beer styles offered on tap and in bottles. The food was typical pub food. They did offer a couple of vegetarian options, one of which I tried. The food was average. The beer selection when I visited (August 2010) included the watermelon wheat beer and Hop Crisis. The prices were reasonable and the beer selection was good. I would recommend going to 21st Amendment Brewery if given the opportunity to do so.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

A brewpub located in the SoMa neighborhood in SF, 2 blocks from AT&T park. A very nice looking place. A large u-shaped bar with lots of tables. Standard pub menu; pizza, burgers, sandwiches, etc. They only have 7 or so beers on-tap. When I was there, only 3 of those were their own: watermelon wheat, IPA, and Hop Crisis (their DIPA). The rest were a decent selection of guest taps from Trumer, Firestone Walker and Dogfish Head.

This place obviously gets absolutely packed before, during, and after Giants game. This makes getting a beer at the bar a 10-15 minute wait. Your best bet is to go to their "beer garden", which is just a roped off area adjoining the building. You can then buy cans of their beers in the back of this area for $4 and pour it into a plastic cup.

Prices here are ridiculously high. $6 for a pint of Trumer Pils, $7 for a 13oz pour of Hop Crisis. I tried to use my AHA card, which states that you get happy hour prices all the time with the card. 1st round they wouldn't honor it because I bought guest beers and the discount "only applies to their own beers". 2nd round (I bought 2 Hop Crisis) they wouldn't honor it because "it doesn't apply to special beers". The AHA website doesn't mention either of these stipulations. Taking away "special beers" (whatever the hell that means) and "guest beers", that means the discount only applies on 2 beers: Watermelon Wheat and Brew Free or Die IPA.

This is a decent place to get a beer but I wouldn't make a special trip to go here.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I had the chance to stop by 21st Amendment yesterday for a couple of beers. This wasn't my first visit, but it has been a while since I don't live in San Francisco. Living outside of the city, I am familiar with only the beers that occasionally make it my way (San Diego) in cans. Having said that, it was nice to try some of their other offerings. They had a saison, biere de garde, IPA, blonde and a few others. The blonde was solid and refreshing. The IPA (Gigantes) was also pretty good. I didn't try the food, but it all looked really good. This would definitely be a place I would love to frequent, should I actually live near them. The service was friendly and attentive. Their location is very nice, as well. Worth your time if you're considering dropping by.

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2.25/5  rDev -41.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

I have been going to the 21A for about 6 years each time I am in town for the annual Oracle conference. When I first found this place I thought it was one of the best brewpubs I had ever visited. Not sure if its a case of the bloom is off the rose, but I have not found the beers that memorable over the past 2 years. Its a small place, so their selection is rather small with 5-6 drafts and a few guest beers, but I will still take quality over quantity, but the beers seemed less than average. The Gigantee IPA and Brew Free or Die IPA were OK, but not great. The Red was good, but in general the selection (Conventioneer, RIS, Red, BFD IPA and Gigantee - wont even talk about the Watermelon wheat) of beers is nothing I would go out of my way to get

The food is pretty good and consistent. The prices for beers and food is high with drafts averaging $6 and an entrees about $20. Two beers and the entree salad set me back $38 with tip.

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21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, CA
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