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21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment Brewery21st Amendment Brewery
BA SCORE
88
very good

182 Ratings
Ratings: 182
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Active Beers: 59
Beer Ratings: 13,171
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

coreyfmcdonald, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

yemenmocha, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of NorCalgrowler
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

NorCalgrowler, May 06, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

GarthDanielson, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of armock
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

armock, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Chincino
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Chincino, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of willjschmidt
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

willjschmidt, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of d0ggnate
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

d0ggnate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of breyton490
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

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.

breyton490, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%

Stopped in here for the first time yesterday (Friday) evening around 7:30pm. We stayed until about 9:30pm.

21st Amendment was absolutely packed! Luckily, my party had been there for 45 minute and had already secured a table on the second floor, right in front of the TV (the Giants were playing the Padres in a crucial series). They had already placed food orders, and told me that I should just order my beer at the bar - the waitress wouldn't be back for awhile.

The guy manning the upstairs bar was very nice and helpful. I thought I wanted the Hendrick's RIS, but before letting me order it he insisted that I taste a sample. "It's really sweet," he told me. What an understatement! I ordered a Hop Crisis instead. He poured it into a 13oz. chalice and gave me $2 off for presenting my AHA card. Nice!

Since it was tough for me to break into the group's conversation (a bunch of architects discussing architecture), I spent a good deal of time just observing my surroundings. High ceilings with exposed wooden rafters, plain concrete walls, plain wooden tables, and dim light; 21st Amendment definitely goes for the trendy, warehouse feel. Most of the patrons were young businessmen and women - not surprising for SOMA. It felt sort of gimmicky (as one friend put it "Disney"), but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

And finally, the beer. I must say the selection was pretty weak. There were only seven beers on tap, and two of them were Brew Free Or Die! IPA and Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat. The remaining five, other than Hop Crisis, were either bland and forgettable, or in the case of Hendrick's RIS, revolting. We were all pretty disappointed.

I don't think I'll be back here unless they come out with something amazing. The prices were too steep and the beer wasn't that great.

ThreeWiseMen, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of tdawgydog
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

All of the beers were great. Watermelon wheat was surprisingly tasty. I'm not even a fan of watermelon!! Jamaican Jerk Chicken was excellent, Juicy and very flavorful. Porter was super sweet almost sickly, If I had a complaint , this would be ti.. Friend had the sliders as an app and loved them (asked me to specifically mention them) We were stuffed when we left. The price of the "sampler flight" was a little outrageous as they charge you anywhere between 2 - 3.50 for a 4oz sample of each of their homemade brews. With 7 - 9 beers on tap this can get pricey. None the less we had a great time and left very satisfied. The Saision was def my favorite of all the brews that I tasted.

tdawgydog, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Stopped in here for a couple beers yesterday after a long drive up from Southern California.

The place is quite nice, actually. A u-shaped bar is visible right after entering the door and there are some tables right near the entrance as well. Behind the bar are some more tables and the kitchen, and then there is an upstairs bar at the back (same beer list at both). The tables and bars are all nicely stained and "natural" looking wood.

I took a seat at the bar, and although it took a minute to get served, the bartender was quite nice. I ordered a sampler of all the available house beers and she told me that if there were any that I just couldn't drink to set them up on the ledge of the bar and she wouldn't charge me for them (which turned out to be useful for a couple of the beers).

I didn't order any food, but it all sounded, smelled, and looked good.

The only downside to this place is, it's fairly expensive, especially some of the beers (which are pricey but not very good).

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Decent across-the-ballpark brewpub. A touristy bar, most seats are in the restaurant. Very busy at lunchtime, because of the above, and an hour or so before a game. I can jut imagine a post-game crush. Outside of the IPA, I found their beers to be just OK. If you are in this area, City Beer Store is the go-to place. More or less an verage brewpub for America.If you go, sit at the window.Service was above average here, and people were a little wealthier looking, a little busier looking, than the other bars about town.

Sammy, May 28, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

One of the best places to get a drink if you're around the ballpark. Their regular beers are pretty good, and occasionally they'll do something a little daring, and worth paying attention to.
Atmosphere is like a less obnoxiously decorated TGIFridays. A vast, open space packed with tables. During strong beer month, you'll still be up against the walls. This place is popular, and gets really busy on weekends.
The food is typical pub fare, and reasonably priced.
I wouldn't go out of my way to go to 21A, but it's nice to stop in every once in awhile and see what's going on.

DaveHS, May 25, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.86/5  rDev -1%

Visited during SFO beer tour 4.3.10 early pm.

Located a few blocks from the San Francisco Giants new stadium in China Basin, the brewpub featured a U-shaped bar near the front door with a few small tables by the windows, and a large dining area with a number of booths behind the bar by the open kitchen, with a balcony with two large big screen TVs. The help was very nice and attentive. Unfortunately, the beer selection, while keeping up with the high quality of beer produced by 21st Amendment, was quite small, 5 tap offerings and 3 cans, offered at average prices ($4 per can and $6 per pint). A pretty extensive food selection, appeared to be good pub grub. I was hoping for a bit more extensive beer menu, but if you are going to a Giants game and looking to down some quality suds, this place makes infinite sense.

jdense, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of katan
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

I've stopped here several times in the last year on business trips - about time to review it.

The storefront of the 21st is probably not more than 30ft wide. You have to ask yourself, is this it? It just shows how a well managed brewpub like this can do.

You enter into the front, which has some unreserved seating. There is a U bar which separates you from a sit down dining area. Very lively joint with lots of SOMA yuppies winding down their day with a beer.

The tap list rotates frequently, with things like the watermelon wheat being a mainstay. Just in 2 days 2 beers dropped and 2 came in, including a new guest tap and a collaboration with midnight sun. Awesome. I've had their Double Trouble DIPA, Brew Free or Die, a Belgian Gold, a smoked porter, and other things that I can't exactly remember.

Staff memebers are always friendly, welcoming. Service is quick, but it can be hard for them to stay on top of you when it gets very busy.

I've had the calamari here several times - flakey breading and very fresh. Not ruberry - solid. It is half of why I come here.

Extra points this week for having the Stone 09 Vertical on tap - I love that stuff.

katan, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

rolled in here feeling pretty good after a morning of recovery and disc golf. $3.50/hr to park on the street? bartenders very nice but we were right on the guess that beers would be $6 per. small brewhouse for how much they're pushing out. strong beers on in conjunction with magnolia, tried some pretty cool stuff. 10+ taps, looks like a cool little upstairs area. got a bowl of 7 buck soup, it was pretty good, but it was 7 bucks. good selection of beers just really expensive. i mean, i get it, its sf.

olympuszymurgus, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
3.94/5  rDev +1%

stopped in here before dinner at Boulevard.

located in a quiet (at least this particular night) side of town, near at&t park

relatively calm inside on a Monday night - grabbed 2 seats at the bar and watched the bears defeat the vikings. i had a few beers - their IPA and black IPA, both very solid. My girlfriend did the watermelon wheat and Monk's Blood

prices were a little high - only about 8-10 taps, all of which looked at least interesting if nothing else.

atmosphere was nothing special - a lot of people were eating but it looked to be just standard brewpub fare

dirtylou, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%

Dropped in here tonight (2 Dec 2009) for a couple of beers after dinner in Chinatown.

Jam packed on a Wednesday night, there was a private party going upstairs and a 20 min wait for a table. Fortunately found a couple seats at the bar after a 3-4 min wait.

Good friendly crowd, 8 house beers on tap, no guests. Six of the beers were Belgian stlye/inspired. Claudia was our bartender, she was friendly, efficient and happy to talk to us about the beer scene in San Francisco.

Did not have any food but seemed to be pretty standard burgers/sandwiches.

Only downer of the night is we passed who we thought was a sleeping bum near the corner of the building, turns out paramedics were called not long after we passed him with barely a second glance.... get used to that too easy in this town....

Would definitely return. They are having a Monk's Blood canning party this Friday. Value between $$ and $$$ as beers were $6-8 for 12 oz pours.

htomsirveaux, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Located on the corner of an alley, part of the window front wrapped around onto the alley, but the entry was on 2nd Street. Round tables and standard chairs lined the windows with the blonde wood, "U"-shaped bar straight ahead. The m.d.s. was to the right of the bar and overlooked a sea of restaurant tables and chairs which culminated in the kitchen all of the way aft. Paintings along the left wall depicted owners and brewers. A flight of stairs to the left of the kitchen led to a second floor meeting facility. Bartender was busy, but how many times must I ask for a glass of H2O? A chalkboard to the extreme left of the bar listed both "House Beers" and "Guest Brews". I had the Grilled Veggies Personal Pizza for lunch.

Beers: Bitter American-3.6; Fat Bavarian-5.2' 21A IPA-7.2; Double Trouble Imp. IPA-9.7; Holiday Spiced Ale-7.0; Oyster Point Oyster Stout-4.9.

woodychandler, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%

This is a great brewpub with some great beer.

The atmosphere is good: place itself is attractive and characterful, inside and out, being an old commercial building that has been renovated with mixed industrial, modern, and original architectural elements giving character and very suitable for a good urban brewing establishment. The location is good in the city's old industrial area on the edge of downtown, an area that has picked up a lot (and been somewhat gentrified) in recent years.

Beer quality is excellent. overall, the beer here seems consistently very good to excellent. It also does a good job of varying from the norm in beer character or approach, with plentyof beers that cater more to popular "West Coast" tastes and yet beers that break this rut, leaning to England or the East Coast.

Service is good. It seems nothing unusually good, but is efficient and prompt.

The beer selection is excellent as well. It's not very large or extremely varied, at least at any given time. However, the styles that they produce provide good variety. Some are simply unusual and others, as I mention above, break out of the norm for the standard West Coast styles.

Food is good. It's not as good as it should be, being San Francisco, I've had better, and it is not unusual or imaginative. The choices are also somewhat limited. However, it certainly is well above par for brewpub food and everything I've had is good, with no flops.

Prices are reasonable, especially since it's San Francisco.

Offa, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of gabeerfan
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

First, this place is bigger inside than it looks from the street. Large, U-shaped bar immediately upon entering and a large dining area and an upstairs area for seating too.
Maybe because school is starting back or something, but it took a while for our server to come get our drink order, which was de rigeur for each place we went during our visit in CA. There were about 8 beers on tap. Of course, the Watermelon Wheat and IPA were on along with a couple Belgian-style beers and a black IPA. All the beers were good to great and our BMC drinking friends enjoyed the beers too.
Food was good, I had the fish and chips, but the burgers looked good too. Being in downtown S.F., the prices were pretty reasonable. Beers were $5-6 and the fish and chips were $14.95.
Overall, a very good place for dinner and beer, but go to City Beer Store if you want a 6 pack of cans. They are about $3 cheaper outside the brewpub.

gabeerfan, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of TheEremite
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

This is pretty much what we should all expect of a brew pub. It is a good place to hang out in the evenings, they draw a decent crowd, they have good food, great beer and it's reasonably priced. It's not a world class beer destination and you won't find a huge bottle list filled with tons of rare beers, but it's definitely a must stop if you're in SF for more than a few days (or at a Giants game). Their guest beer selection is pretty limited, but all their house beers are pretty good to great. Give it a shot.

TheEremite, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%

I'm giving the Atmosphere a 5 because I love baseball! What better location than 2 blocks from one of the coolest ballparks in the majors?
We went thorough the doors during the 7th inning and by the time the game was over it was shoulder-to-shoulder. Very neat. So time your visit well.

Both their IPA and Black IPA were tasty, and their double IPA was nice and clean with quite a kick in the teeth.

The watermelon wheat is a fun novelty beer. Not quite my cup of tea, but they sure sold a lot of it while I was in there.

Anyways, it's a not-to-miss destination the next time you're in San Francisco.

DaveFL1976, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of braddo
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Great atmosphere and all around good beer. They have even made the move to cans, which is more and more common these days. With all the benefits of canning, can you blame them? Great food menu for a brew pub but a little pricey. 2 meals, 3 beers = $60. Whatev, its vacation!
Went on a week night so not a huge crowd. Can't knock 'em for that. Truey enjoyed the experience.

Sampled:
Back in Black Dark IPA (Draught) - WOW! I love this beer. My first dark IPA and I wish I could get more if it.

Double Trouble Imperial IPA (Draught) - Super bitter and high octane. Put an instant smile on my face after the three mile walk from the wharf.

Brew Free or Die IPA (can poured into a pint glass) - Bitter beer at 75 IBUs. Very hoppy aroma and piny.

http://www.burrstreetbrewblog.com/2009/03/san-francisco-beer-week.html

braddo, Apr 10, 2009
21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, CA
88 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.