21st Amendment Brewery
Active Beers: 57
Beer Ratings: 12,450
Beer Avg: 3.72
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 104 | Display Reviews Only:
2.25/5 rDev -42.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
I have been going to the 21A for about 6 years each time I am in town for the annual Oracle conference. When I first found this place I thought it was one of the best brewpubs I had ever visited. Not sure if its a case of the bloom is off the rose, but I have not found the beers that memorable over the past 2 years. Its a small place, so their selection is rather small with 5-6 drafts and a few guest beers, but I will still take quality over quantity, but the beers seemed less than average. The Gigantee IPA and Brew Free or Die IPA were OK, but not great. The Red was good, but in general the selection (Conventioneer, RIS, Red, BFD IPA and Gigantee - wont even talk about the Watermelon wheat) of beers is nothing I would go out of my way to get
The food is pretty good and consistent. The prices for beers and food is high with drafts averaging $6 and an entrees about $20. Two beers and the entree salad set me back $38 with tip.
09-23-2010 15:55:07 | More by breyton490
2.39/5 rDev -38.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1.5 | $$$
Biggest dissapointment in SF.
Spent Ten bucks on a cab ride to a brewpub with only 2 of thier own beers on tap. UGH!
Pam had a golden type lager which was bland and the other house beer was an Amber I think. Didn't even try that one, got a Big Daddy IPA instead, which was good, but not as good as I remember it.
Beers seemed kinda steep too.
The place was mobbed, a baseball game had just got out and there was broken glass on the floor, dirty tables, and couldn't get back to the bar. No apparent waitstaff where we were sitting.
A previous visit 4 years ago, they were the new place around and they had more on tap, although mediocre.
Cool building, didn't try the food nor look at the menu.. Who were we kidding?
I'm sure this place deserves higher marks on other occasions, but not this time.
Left half the Lager on the table and walked to the Thirsty Bear.
06-11-2005 22:58:52 | More by brewandbbq
2.79/5 rDev -28.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
I happened to have some spare time while on the central coast of CA for work, so decided I'd take the drive North to San Fran and check out some beer spots. My first concern was parking. Parking in San Fran is not always easy. To my suprise there was plenty of street side parking available, when we showed up on a Saturday evening (12/8/12) around 4:30PM. Bring your quarters to feed the meters! Upon first entering, I thought, wow, this would be a great place to watch a game. Plenty of TVs in the bar area (both upstairs and downstairs). Not a lot of standing room, so I made my way to the hostess station to grab a table. There were 3 workers standing there talking to each other so I stood and waited....and waited...and waited. 8 minutes went by before they looked at me and said, it will be one minute sir. Now growing impatient and irritable, I decided to walk upstairs and see if the staff was any more accomodating up there. They were. We were quickily sitting down, with cold drinks in our hand in no time. In the short time we were there I had 3 drinks. "5-south" typical west coast style IPA. Big Hops, refreshing taste. And two "Leuven Life" (Their APA. it was too good to only have one). Given the opportunity I would go back, but there are certainly too many other brew/bar/eateries around make a special trip. Total score: 3 out of 5 stars. Slightly above average.
12-09-2012 20:01:42 | More by stratelectric
3/5 rDev -23.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
This was my first dinner during my week here for work in San Fran.
Easy to get to and find, I like the area. The atmosphere on walking in is nice and laid back. The clientelle there didnt seem like the usual crowd, there were actually a couple of pricks at the bar by themselves that were flat out miserable but Im not going to hold that against the restaurant.
I ordered a sampler for tasting to start and didn't realize an option was to pass I ones I wasnt interested in. That was a bit frustrating but thats okay. The waitress at the bar was by far the weakest part of the place. She had no care whatsoever of anyone at the bar or knowledge or even what they offered. The other bartender was considerably better.
After the sampler, I had the pale (not too good), the winter warmer (pretty good) and the DIPA (great). The food was not nearly as good as they made it out to be.
I like that they have guest taps but I wanted the watermelon on tap- pretty ridiculous not to have it. Ill have to grab at a store to try it out I guess.
Food was pretty weak as well. The burger and chips looked really good but tasted pretty beat up. The gorgonzola salad was actually the high point and the steamers were among the worst I ever had. I should have realized when asking opinions I wasnt going to get anything honest- they just said everything was wonderful.
Worth a visit, but expected a lot more. There are many better brewpubs out there, just not on the elite list.
12-07-2008 19:44:23 | More by marcpal
3.03/5 rDev -22.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
This place was very average - kind of forgettable. The atmosphere was nice, but very standard. The service was not great, but not terrible - they didn't seem to know much about the beer, though. The beer selection was decent - they had Hop Crisis on tap but nothing else with which I was particularly interested. I was only there long enough to try the Hop Crisis, which was fresh and served in a room temperature pint glass. I sample two different pizzas - both were good. This was probably the highlight of the place, which is not good for a brewpub.
07-05-2011 13:49:38 | More by coreyfmcdonald
3.05/5 rDev -21.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place I guess you could say is just an average brew pub/brewery. Nothing special. I can't remember what I ate but it wasnt anything amazing and the beer was ok. I didn't have anything amazing when it came to beer as well. Its kinda a far walk from public transportation (BART) and probably gets jamin during and after a giants game since its down the street.
Anyway its nothing special and I wouldnt recomen it unless your just in the area or after a game. Nothing to go out of the way for...
05-26-2008 05:16:15 | More by PeprSprYoFace
3.13/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
11-07-2012 02:36:52 | More by excalibur
3.13/5 rDev -19.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
A lively bar, with wodden tables/benches and a medium sized bar, with an upper level. Didn't try the food, which seemed reasonably priced. The beer was a bit pricey for what we got. They offered samplers for $1.50 each, which were about 5-6 oz. Selection wasn't good - they only had 5 beers on tap and were out of their Watermelon Wheat. There was no wait staff and we had to get up to get our own beers. If you're in the area, the Thirsty Bear is a much better bet IMO. This place is pretty crowded during Giants home games.
07-24-2005 08:48:43 | More by baiser
3.15/5 rDev -19.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Welcome to a brewpub.
In San Fran's South Beach neighborhood, just a block or so away from AT&T Park, 21st Amendment has that oh-so familiar feel of a thousand American brewpubs these days. The horseshoe bar up front, the exposed concrete walls and wood rafters, the oddball art on the walls (in this case two portraits of rather strange looking folks) and so on. The open kitchen is a nice touch, but it's not enough to make the ambience any better than familiar.
They had six brews on tap--mostly the usual suspects of American and English ales, but there was a Watermelon Wheat brew up for the summer; unfortunately, the idea of the brew was better than its realization.
From my visit I couldn't identify an x-factor that makes this place memorable. It's inoffensive and just so pretty much across the board, but given the quality of the other brewpubs in San Francisco (Magnolia, SFBC, Thirsty Bear), this place ranks low on my list for the city.
06-15-2006 23:33:24 | More by benito
21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, CA
88 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.