21st Amendment Brewery
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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.
09-27-2010 00:33:40 | More by d0ggnate
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.
09-23-2010 15:55:07 | More by breyton490
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.
09-11-2010 16:08:24 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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.
08-31-2010 14:04:45 | More by tdawgydog
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).
07-30-2010 18:47:31 | More by womencantsail
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.
05-28-2010 17:38:20 | More by Sammy
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.
05-25-2010 03:25:58 | More by DaveHS
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.
04-04-2010 00:01:32 | More by jdense
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.
03-12-2010 03:52:53 | More by katan
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.
02-16-2010 08:39:52 | More by olympuszymurgus
21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, CA
88 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.