21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment Brewery21st Amendment Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(415) 369-0900 | map

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Photo of slander
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I knew there would be some drinking in order. Guilherme was thirsty, Andre didn't taste enough beer in Michigan before making his flight to San Fran, and I hadn't had a beer in 9 hours. We were in need of some barley-based drinks to go with dinner, and 21st Amendment seemed like a safe choice to satisfy both demands. Parking in on the street, and lucky for us, we found a spot across the street from the brewpub.

Everyone paints a vision in their head to what a visit to <insert brewery name here> would look like. I expected 21st Amendment to be big, but it was smaller and more cozy than I expected. A "U" shaped bar greets you as you walk in from the street. Just work you way around a small crowd if you want to put your name down for a table. Wait, wait , wait....get that table, examine the open-air kitchen which is beside you, and start developing a plan.

We were dissapointed to learn that we would have to place all our orders at the bar, as there were no servers in our section of the restaurant. That said, the service at the bar was accessable. There were 8 different house beers on-tap, including a Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian Abbey, and Bitter American. And let's not forget the one guest tap Trumer. Eventaully, we sampled all eight of the house beers (some good, some slighty better than average), poured in a variety of different glassware. Pours were $6.

On to food; mussels and fries for me (yum!), Guilherme gets a burger, and Andre orders chili and gumbo. I like mussels and fries when I drink beer.

We left as happy customers. And then we realized the truck parked three spaces from my car was broken into. Shattered windows and glass on the street. Holy shit, my car dodged a bullet there.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Upon walking in you see the bar which is kind of small for the size of the place. Two floors of tables for dining, and the bar can seat only about 15. It is bright an airy inside and has a typical pub feel to the place.

A large chalkboard lists the available beers, and on this trip there were 8 on draft and 4 available in cans. The drafts covered a good number of styles which was nice. There was a South Park Blond, 5 South, the watermelon beer, IPA, Back in Black, Roasted American, Harvest Moon, and Milk Stout. I had a pint of the Harvest and 5 South which were both good.

I had a blue burger that was decent. Fries were pretty good. Service was a bit slow but the bar was very full and the restaurant area was about 1/2 full. Overall my visit was pleasant and worth the time I walked to get here.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

this was kind of a random stop, but im so glad it happened. i have been enjoying their beer for years and marveling at their recent success and need to brew elsewhere. this is their somewhat humble beginnings, a smallish storefront from the street opens into a relatively expansive high ceilinged place, with the bar right in front, a small patio off the the side, and a lofted dining area above the kitchen all the way back. wood and stone and art are the decor, looks like its been there awhile, sort of quintessentially san francisco, at least as i have it in my head not being a local or anything. clean place too, well kept. the bartender was kind, and he shared a lot of samples with us. i had a smoked pumpkin beer that i really liked and the cask stout was excellent with vanilla, anise, and cocoa in it! the beer from these guys has always been good, so thats no surprise. a cool list of beers to pick from, and a nice looking food menu, but we didnt eat. good energy in here, especially in the morning as the day and the city sort of get going, it felt homey and right. very cool to visit the place where it all began for these now national players. worth checking out!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I visited 21st Amendment while in town for work. Of course I am familiar with all of their widely-distributed beers, but it was cool to come visit the mothership, as it were. It's an old school pub build-out with a couple of TVs on the wall; it's very lived-in, which I like a lot. They had 9 beers on tap plus 6 canned 21A offerings. The beers I tried were solid enough; I rarely have too many complaints about their beer anyway. It's not exactly a must-stop for amazing, undiscovered beer, but it's a cool piece of history to visit.

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Photo of Redrover
3.88/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

First thing I noticed was the small patio on side street. Only plastic glasses allowed on the patio.

There is a U shaped bar directly in front of you as you enter. There are Tables and small booths behind the bar. There is also an open kitchen at the back of the main level. Also, more dining upstairs.

They had about 7 regulars and several specials. I liked everything I tried. Note that the Watermelon Wheat seems to be the most popular beer by a large margin. They have a large blackboard that lists the beers and gives some good background information on each selection.

I also noticed that they offer growlers to go.

The service is friendly but a bit slow. However, I went before a Giant's game and the place was very crowded.

Nice mix of regulars and visitors. I had some really nice conversations with the folks I was sitting next to at the bar. Classic rock on the sound system.

I liked the food, I can easily recommend the fish and chips.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of dirtylou
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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

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Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited 21st on 19JUN06, day 2 of the Bierman family trip. Had just finished a tour of Alcatraz and the gang was looking for food before heading to our next sight-seeing endeavor. OK, I say, I know a place we can try.... We were there soon enough, and found a parking spot on the street less than a block away. Super! In we went, around the large 3-sided bar in the front/left of the place. Beyond are loads of tables and booths in the cavernous, bright, loud and raucous room. Some large paintings (of workers and/or local customers?) hung on the left wall, while the right side had large, top-to-bottom windows providing plentiful sunshine inside. The kitchen was to the rear and open, allowing lovely aromas to waft table-side. Some stairs on the back left led to a loft with more tables (and a nice view) above the kitchen. The few TVs had some World Cup soccer action going. Some great classic rock was on the music system, and the place had a real good vibe, overall. We were greeted right off and seated w/out wait. Our waiter, Leif, was quite friendly and right there for all our needs. A Maine ex-patriate, he enjoys the Bay area but said he really misses New England... On this visit we had the option of 7 biers: South Park Blonde, TBN Blonde Bock, 21A IPA, Watermelon Wheat, Amendment Pale Ale, Phoenix IPA, and Oyster Point Oyster Stout. Alewife had the Bock, while I had the Bock then a 21A IPA. We were both disappointed in the Bock, it not really having much malt oomph. The 21A, on the other hand, really did the job. Each daughter had a pizza, which they thoroughly enjoyed, Alewife scored a big-ass burger, and I had a top-shelf jerk chicken sammich. Portions were very large and tasty, though costs here were a touch pricey. Then again, considering the location, etc, it was probably in line for a city of this size. A very enjoyable experience....

Zum Wohl!!

Note: we were heading back into San Fran on our last day of the trip, 23JUN, and the girls asked to stop back in for another lunch. No prob!! Was great again, save for our server. She started off well, then seemed to forget us after bringing our food, never asking how things were or looking to refill our biers. Service on stop 1 was 4.5, only a 3.5 on stop 2... Still an enjoyable lunch!

overall: 3.98
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$


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Photo of yemenmocha
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited on 5 Feb 2013 during ’Strong Beer Month’ where nearly all the brews on offer were on the strong side.

The actual place is basic and fairly large: looks smaller and compact from the street. Bar and drinking area as you walk in: an eating area with a raised portion at the back behind the bar its self.

I had two flights of five draughts: all nine on-tap beers available on the day and a Two Rivers Cider. All in good condition, even if I wasn’t too excited by a couple of the brews.

Lass behind the bar worked hard and looked after me, to food was good too. I wasn’t expecting such a high bill though.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This is a pretty good place and a good stop before or after a Giants game.

Fairly large, open-concept restaurant with a decent sized bar. Lacks the typical San Francisco beer bar feel that I found (and liked) in most places but was still nice.

The beer is above average but nothing to write home about. Food was also above average.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a nice brewpub that is only a few blocks from the Montgomery underground stop on the MUNI. Atmosphere is nice. Modern with high ceilings and open space. Lots of wood, and an open kitchen as well. Quality of food and brews was good, with the oatmeal stout being pretty killer but the selection seemed limited. No cask, and 5 or 6 taps with no real high gravity or super interesting options. Food was good, I had some veggie spring rolls that really hit the spot, and they only cost 3 clams. Definately worth checking out, but with all the excellent beer bars in thic city, and the excellent Magnolia as well, i'm not sure if this one bears many future visits. I'd love to come here near the barleywine fest when they have their stronger brews on tap though!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

21st strikes me as a pretty typical spot for San Francisco. The decor is open with a lot of wood which provides a nice rustic touch, in a mildly urban kind of way. There is something that speaks just enough of it stretching to be a tourists spot. T-shirts, glasses, wristbands, and the like clearly waiting to be purchased. Beer nerds will be happy to know that the beer selection extends well beyond the canned beers that 21st has become famous for. Out of these other beers, the variety is wide enough to give a good drinking experience. Service is relaxed. Food is standard brewpub faire done in a way that is good enough for San Francisco diners, yet nowhere near mind-blowing, let alone anywhere near interesting or memorable. Their location is quite close to AT&T Park, if you're in for a Giants game. It's also fairly close (but a bit of a walk) to/from CalTrain and the N-line on Muni, if you're wondering how to get here. Worth a stop if you're visiting the city.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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 mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, CA
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 18,404 ratings