21st Amendment Brewery

21st Amendment Brewery21st Amendment Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(415) 369-0900 | map

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Photo of Budinetz
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Went here on a night when the Dodgers were playing the Giants. People were decked out in born teams garb. Myself and friends had just experienced beer that was out of this world. One of those beers was hell or high watermelon wheat ale. I never thought that this beer would become as amazing as it is at this current time. I'm honored to say that craft beer has influenced my life on a level that I never thought would exist.

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Photo of beerinator
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited this place on my brewery tour of Southern California... And it had the best beer of any of the brewery's I visited. That list included, Sierra Nevada, North Coast, Anderson Valley, Anchor and a few others...

The Double Trouble IPA, is something that dreams are made of. Its very reminiscent of a Stone Product. The regular IPA is drop dead gorgeous. At the time of my visit, they had a Double IPA, a barleywine and a Strong Dark Belgian on tap, including a lager, an ipa and a brown.

I dropped in on this place twice, and both times I was treated to a tour of the facilities... Supposedly they're the only brewery on the west coast with a disco ball... It's pretty sweet! Also be sure to ask about the artwork on the walls, there is a good story behind them.

Visit 21st Amendment! Disco in the brewery!

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Photo of Offa
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of rowew
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for lunch on a weekday, got there right at opening. Just a few blocks from the ballpark. We sat at the bar, and the place quickly filled up with the lunch crowd. Service was good, the sampler was nice with about 5 of their own beers, 1 cider, and a couple guest beers. Everything was from the area, with the guest taps being Drake's and Trumer. I enjoyed all the beers - there was a nice schwarzbier that was great. We also ordered some light food - and everything was very high quality. The interior was spacious with high ceilings, but it got a bit tighter once it filled up. I would definitely make a point to come back.

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Photo of mjl21
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Been going here for a while and it is time to add my two cents for a Beerfly review.

They did a nice job with the 21A space. When you walk in there are a few tables scattered around and usually have people stopping in for a drink. The beer board is on the wall to your immediate left. They typically have a good selection of their beers available and they do a great job of rotating them out. The bar itself is horseshoe shaped and not very large. They do have a full liquor license. There is plenty of seating available downstairs and they also have a cool upstairs are with tv's and a mini bar. Often when the Giants are in town they close down the alley next to their building and set up tables and a mini bar.

The food is pretty good. It seems that they have a few different menus depending on whether the Giants are in town. If there is a Giant's game the menu is more limited to expedite the food. The burger is good and the roast pork loin sandwich is also tasty. The fries are a tad limp and I usually end up getting the side salad.

As previously mentioned, they do a good job of rotating their beers out. For the ladies they almost always have the Watermelon Wheat on tap. For the past few months it seems that the 21A IPA is only available in cans which is too bad because it is so much better on tap. If they are pouring the Friday IPA I say skip it as it is light on hops and flavor. Other usuals include South Park Blonde and Bitter American. Some selections that are good but not always available are Hop Crisis, Double Trouble DIPA and Darkness. They also have started a program where they do a collaboration brew with someone from a different brewery. I had the Transcontinental IPA which they did with Stone and thought it was quite good.

The service is always quick. The servers carry hand held ordering pads so orders are placed fast and they can swipe your credit card quickly if you need to catch a game.

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Photo of rgrace99
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Made a trip for dinner out to 21st Amendment with the wife while on a trip to San Francisco for a conference. Nice open space with an open kitchen and an upstairs loft area. Fairly noisy but not too loud that we couldn't have an easy conversation. They had about seven of their beers on tap, two IPAs, an Imperial IPA, an Oktoberfest, a Stout , a Blonde and one other I can't remember now. My wife ordered the Octoberfest which came in a large 20oz mug while I had the Imperial IPA which actually came in the proper glassware, very nice version of the style, great hop aroma and very well balanced flavor. Service was prompt and efficient, food was very good, especially the brownie we had for dessert. Definitely a place I'd recommend and return to.

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Photo of mitchfor3
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a really nice establishment. The general details have been covered by others, so I will just add my own experience.

Sampled the margherita pizza and the BBQ chicken pizza, both made with "beer mash crust" and the margherita pizza selected as one of their "signature dishes." The margherita deserved this title - it was delectable - the thin crust was crispy and delicious. The BBQ chicken pizza was good, but not as good as the margherita and I probably would not order it again. While I did not get to sample it, the fish and chips looked delicious, fried in beer batter. Mmm!

Service was excellent, despite the fact that the place was packed in the hour prior to the Giants game. For optimal service, try visiting here right as a baseball game is starting. The place completely cleared out around gametime.

The beer here was very fresh and delicious. I knocked down the selection score only because there were no guest taps with the exception of a pomegranate cider and there were only 5 house taps.

Prices: $4.75/pint regular price. Growlers $12 + $3 deposit. $9/sixer of cans when in stock. Pizzas $8-9 for personal size, entrees in the $13 range.

Overall - recommended. Really enjoyed my experience here.

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Photo of joedon
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Based on previous BA reviews, I was expecting a lot at 21A. I was not disappointed. In fact, 21st Amendment exceeded my expectations. Very friendly, albeit upscale, atmosphere. Not at all the Yuppie sort of place I was afraid of.

Service was good despite the fact that the place ended up packed on a Sunday afternoon while I was there.

Started with the Pale Ale which was outstanding. One of the best I've had.
Ordered the Mexicali pizza for my meal which was also great; spiced beef, jalapenos and avocado on a pizza!

Finished with the "opening day" IPA which was good but not quite as noteworthy as the pale.

Prices were good for a San Francisco establishment.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of AngusOg
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Visited on a Monday afternoon for lunch.
Seemed like a fun place. Probably helped that i had some friendly and entertaining patrons sitting near me at the bar. Service was friendly and attentive which is always important to me when gauging a place. Food was very good, though i just had a burger and salad. I was happy they had alot more choices than just their standard canned offerings. I would highly recommend the "Love Boat" if you ever have the chance. Ended up drinking several pints of it after my 5 beer sampler flight. I heard it gets crowded before and after Giants games, as it is just a few blocks from the ballpark. Enjoyed my experience, would recomend.

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Photo of DaveDLD
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

i went to 21st amendment last weekend while i was in san francisco. it was my first visit, and it was on monday afternoon. i went around 2 pm. the location was very easy to find right up the street from the ball park. it probably gets busy before or after giants games. i ordered the crab and artichoke dip and the chili. both were very good, but it's small portions. i first had a glass of the watermelon wheat. i was not in love with it but it was nice to try. next i got the sampler of all the beers. my favorite was the bitter american. the friday ipa was ok but not as good as some ipas i've had. overall a pretty good place to go. it's a little bit expensive but i think they're supposed to have a good happy hour during the week.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I love this place. I've been coming here for years and find there beers and food stellar. It might get a little crowded, the service might be a little slow at times, (order from the bar and you'll never have a problem.) But they always have an interesting beer or two on tap, and will never dissapoint if your just looking to hang out, have A good beer and enjoy San Francisco. Anything less is just unheard of. Gets very crowded but manageable if you order from the bar before a baseball game....I love it.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This is my favorite bar before a giants game to grab a brew and some good food. The beer selection is fantastic with multiple beers on rotation so it is a little different by season. Rustic feel to the bar that highlights the beer but is an enjoyable and warm atmosphere

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Photo of Mikey440
4.23/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located down the street from [email protected] Park, great place to go to before and/or after a Giants game. That said it can get crowded so get there as early as you can!

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

I will first say: I want this place at home. It had a great atmosphere to it, kind of a warehouse meets moderinst feel to it, with exposed steel and wood and raw concrete floor, and stainless steel and white rectangular tile in the kitchen. Walking in the front door, bar is up front, which I think is the best for a good bar, keeping the dining area insulated from the ins and outs of the busy bar area. Kitchen is beyond the dining area, and stairs lead to an upper, probably private-ish level. Lots of light entering the space, both from spacious high ceiling and lots of glass running from front down the side along a clean alley. The kitchen directly abutting dining area is completely open, and watching the chef work is pretty fun (most of the prep is done behind the open kitchen, i'm guessing, as it wasn't a large kitchen). Also, the bathrooms were the coolest of all the san fran brewpubs I visited.

I had the fish and chips place, with locally caught cod or something like that, and greens (spinach) in the middle. The fries were really good, and place presentation was nice. It was pretty good, but wanted more fish. My fiance had the 'Jerk Chicken,' which was very good, and went well with the stout. Actually, the beers went very well with what we were having. Later, we wanted desert, so we ordered the creme brule and the strawberry peach crisp, both served in small round bowls on square platters, with sliced strawberries on all four sides. I enjoyed the dinner, but the desert was specacular. Both were increadably good, and the plating was worthy by Iron Chef standards.

The quality of brews was very high, as I enjoyed all I had. The pale ale was a little weak, but very drinkable, and all the rest I had were quite good. And while they were good, there were only 4 or 6 to choose from (I reviewed 4, but I think there were 6). And the pale ale was too close to the IPA to really be another beer, so it was almost like there were just 5. That, and they didn't offer 1/2 pints to sample. The service was pretty good for the most part, at least until the place flooded with bball fans watching the Cal game. Overall, a very quality establishment, one I'd be overly happy to have in my neighborhoood.

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Photo of Shaw
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A nice place near Pacific Bell Park. I love that smoking is banned in California restaurants. (Sorry, smokers.)

A big, warehouse-type place. Very tall ceilings and lots of natural light from windows with murals on the brick wall. I sat at the bar. Nice bartender. It wasn't crowded on a Tuesday afternoon in August, though there was a private function going on upstairs.

I didn't try any of the food, just all their brews! They serve their samplers in fairly large glasses. Of particular note is their Double Trouble IPA for all you hopheads. Wow! I asked the bartender what hops are in them. He didn't know, but went and asked one of the brewers. Turns out they use Warrior, Cascade and Tomahawk. A great IPA in the West Coast style.

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Photo of axisjones
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Brewbacca first took me here as a casual dinner and brew before the group moved onto to Toronado, and as that, it is perfect.

21st Amendment is a stone's throw from the ballpark and that vibe carries over into the brewpub. It is spacious, with very high cielings and a mezzanine in the back. The bar is a rectangle right in the front with the dinner area behind. The look is modern and clean with massive paintings on the walls and a wood interior.

The service is top notch, prompt, always fun. They showed us around the facilities and made us feel at home.

Their beer selection is pretty good, mostly house brews. This brewery is pretty consistent in their quality, which is at a high level. They are known for their watermelon wheat which is a refreshing unique take on the american wheat style. Most choices are solid, so far I haven't seen anything high octane though. I would love to try an imperial something here. I haven't dipped into the guest beers, but seeing as how they have to service the ball park crowd, I think its wise to go 21st.

The food is downright awesome. It pairs perfectly with their beer and is a damn good meal on its own. The dishes are diverse and the menu changes regularly. The steak dishes are exceptional.

21st Amendment is a great way to start off a night out in the city. good meal, good starter beers, good vibe. Recommended.

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Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Bright spacious wood and cinderblock warehouse style, small bar, a mezzanine I didn't explorer. Blinding sun during happy hour if your on the bar side facing the door.

8 beers on draft, a mix of seasonals and regulars, plus spirits and their canned offerings (which weren't available in draft).

Avg. San Fran beer prices. Got pretty crowded around 7ish, but the friendly bar tender kept up just fine.

Small pub menu, some sandwich, mini pizzas, burgars and a few bigger entrees. I had their pizza of the day, bbq with these Red Jalapenos that were so hot I can't believe they were actually jalapenos.

No music at all. Good beer people though, and really good beer!

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Photo of Mark
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

This nice downtown S.F. pub is right up the street from Pac Bell Park, home of the Giants. The bar is horseshoe shaped and accomodates plenty of people. There is a kitchen opposite the bar, and a loft is above that. Some tables and dart boards are in the loft. High ceilings add a nice uncluttered feeling. A nice feeling pub, we liked a lot. Good beer and decent food though we only had an appetizer. About 5 or so beers on tap and a cask offering. It was dry when we were there. Prices for pints are a bit stiff, $4.50 for imperial pours, five bucks for cask. Despite the high prices this is our favorite pub in S.F. It's a quiet location when the Giants are on the road and parking is easy. Has a very neighborhood feel. A must visit for Bay Area advocates.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a very unpretentious brewpub. It is basically one large room with a high ceiling. The times I visited, it was very busy, and because of its location it attracts the baseball crowds. There was a very good selection of microbrews on tap. The service was prompt and friendly, despite the crowds. The beers were good and the food was very good. I will definitely visit this place again when I am back in San Francisco.

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Photo of Alexmc2
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3

I stopped by here on my way back to Monterey from UC Davis. It was very quiet when I was here, though I happened to show up during happy hour, you can't beat $3 house brews. The bartender wasn't particularly knowledgeable, though one of the brewers stopped in and talked beer for a little while. Selection is fairly typical of a brewpub. I particularly liked the Bitter American, which is a low ABV, yet very hoppy session beer, you can easily have three and still feel fine. I didn't try any food, though the black bean soup looked nice. I am a bit jealous of those in the Bay area that you've got this place around.

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Photo of armock
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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 t0rin0
4.15/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I got to visit this place on a spur of the moment trip to sf. I didn't realize it but I've walked right by this place a hundred times going to the new ball park. The restaurant is very open and well lit and theres a bar right in the middle of the place. The hallway leading to the restrooms is lined with empty keg shells.

The bartender was real nice and informative and since it was happy hour me and my friend got a pint of everything they had on tap and split it. The holiday spice beer was probably the most interesting brew they had but they were all really good. The double trouble DIPA was my favorite.

We also split some bbq chicken wings for $3.00. The only catch was that it was a really small plate. In the end we ended up paying about $24 for half a dozen pints of beer, a pint glass, chicken wings, and tip. Not sure what it would have costed if we had showed up an hour later though.

Overall a very enjoyable place with nice people and great beer.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The atmosphere in this place is great. The decor uses a lot of wood and the ceiling is open to the rafters. Lots of prohibition style decoration which is to be expected by the name. I was there during happy hour on a Thursday afternoon and there was a pleasant local crowd of about 15 people there. The bartender knew a lot of the names and it felt very welcoming even to an outsider. Happy hour had $3 pints, which was nice. The place is pretty big so it doesn't feel cramped at all. There were about 20 tables in the back that were not being used when I was there, and about 5 tables around the bar that were sparsly populated. The service was great. The bar tender actually came around from the bar to serve us and tell us about the beers. Not overly talkative, but certainly cordial and willing to interact with us as much as we wanted.

If I was a local I could see myself hanging out here to have a good beer. The selection seemed to be a bit minimal. They offered 5 house brews and several good bottles. It was definately a respectable selection, but they did not have everything a BA might want. I stuck to the house brews and enjoyed their IPA very much. The food looked and smelled good, but I didn't have any so I cannot comment much further. It's a bright and airy place and it is a lot of fun to drink there. I will certainly go back when I am in the area again.

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Photo of NorCalgrowler
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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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21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, CA
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