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21st Amendment Brewery

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3.74/5
21st Amendment Brewery21st Amendment Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

563 2nd St
San Francisco, California, 94107-1411
United States

(415) 369-0900 | map
21st-amendment.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
65
Reviews:
4,697
Ratings:
17,120
PLACE STATS
Score:
87
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
260
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
7.22%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 260
Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of breardon1776
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Good vide. Low key on a Tuesday night. Busy but chill. Sitting at back table working on client work. Mostly males eating and drinking. Service was nice, and beer selection was good. About 10 on Tap and another 8 in cans. Food was slightly above average in general but less than average for what I get at other brew-pubs. Would come again for sure.

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Photo of sneer
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Stevenw7474
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Gatorcon
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of JMarimon
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of nhirsch04
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of btravers13
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of tbeaton
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of BootLeg_Pete
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of Keeling
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of melt
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I recently stopped in here on a trip to Northern California. The inside hosts a bar and restaurant, and I believe they brew some beer at this location as well as their San Leandro production facility. The bartender was quite nice and attentive when I stopped in. They had around 12 beers on tap with a wide variety of styles represented, and cans of their year round stuff for sale as well. The quality of everything was good.

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Photo of tjcamm
3.61/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of coldbrew24
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Travelled there week before Super Bowl. Close to ATT park. Decent vibe. Good bartenders. Was mildly disappointed in take-home options, but not the tap selection options as it was the beginning of beer week in SF. They brought out some great brews from the cellar, including a 2010 Lower de Boom, which was outstanding. Food was good - cheese curds and wings.

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Photo of Abragg3
4.89/5  rDev +26%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Love it here! wish i lived closer. Very relaxing, good beer, good food, amazing service.

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Photo of Claytonis
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of vikinggary28
3.84/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Went on a Friday night when AC/DC was playing down the street at AT&T park and the place was rockin', I'm talking shoulder to shoulder beer drinkin' rockers looking for a beer and a bite to eat. The atmosphere there is great and although the service wasn't great I have to give them the benefit of the doubt because the crowd was huge, I'm sure on another night things would be more expedient. Beer selection is great and the food is adequate for keeping your stomach full while your drinking. A long line waiting for restroom use wasn't pleasant but expected. Next Giants game at the ball park will merit another visit.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A must stop for anyone visiting San Francisco as it is very accessible from public transportation and has a very good selection of beers! (stay away from the gumbo!)

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Photo of TheNakedStiletto
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Daniellobo
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Jeff14
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

A must see if you're in the Bay Area

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Photo of kbuzz
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, CA
3.74 out of 5 based on 17,120 ratings.
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