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21st Amendment Brewery
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
563 2nd St
phone: (415) 369-0900
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
11-12-2012 19:55:21 |
More by DoubleJ
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in on a Saturday night about 7:30 and there was a wait of about 20 minutes for larger groups but we were two and got a seat quickly. The beer selection was better than most eateries since they brew their own. They also had guest brews which I found to be better than their own brew. Not that their brews were bad, just average is all.
I had their burger and my wife got a salad with chicken. I have never seen food served so quickly, anywhere, ever! I don't know what system they have but seems like everyone got their food in five minutes or less. I guess that's what three working cooks will get you.
My burger was done just right and the salad was chopped to just the right sizes. Overall, I really enjoyed the experience and might be back before I leave on Thursday.
10-15-2012 17:20:33 |
More by ExtraStout
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I like 21st Amendment's beer selections quite a bit and I also enjoy their physical brewery. The location is more restaurant and less brewery, but that certainly doesn't make it any less fun to visit. The food is pretty delicious, although I personally enjoy their brunch menu quite a bit more than their lunch/dinner options. They have a number of 21st Amendment beers on tap in addition to a variety of other selections they rotate through seasonally. Great bar to stop in before a Giants game since it's so close to AT&T park.
10-09-2012 02:50:33 |
More by PatDugan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
21st strikes me as a pretty typical spot for San Francisco. The decor is open with a lot of wood which provides a nice rustic touch, in a mildly urban kind of way. There is something that speaks just enough of it stretching to be a tourists spot. T-shirts, glasses, wristbands, and the like clearly waiting to be purchased. Beer nerds will be happy to know that the beer selection extends well beyond the canned beers that 21st has become famous for. Out of these other beers, the variety is wide enough to give a good drinking experience. Service is relaxed. Food is standard brewpub faire done in a way that is good enough for San Francisco diners, yet nowhere near mind-blowing, let alone anywhere near interesting or memorable. Their location is quite close to AT&T Park, if you're in for a Giants game. It's also fairly close (but a bit of a walk) to/from CalTrain and the N-line on Muni, if you're wondering how to get here. Worth a stop if you're visiting the city.
08-30-2012 17:15:06 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
05-24-2012 23:48:39 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
went here on a friday with a group of friends. the place was packed. was seated in a timely manner. the waiter was accommodating. unfortunately, they didn't have their famous "watermelon wheat" on tap, so i tried their fireside chat. i also had their back in black. the beer is awesome on tap, by the way. i had the jerk chicken. there wasn't anything over the top, but i also enjoyed it. the onion rings and calamari had too much saturated. they are a brewery, so i won't knock them for having a bad spirits or wine selection. anything on the desert menu rocks. however, i think that was distorted by the beer kicking in
friendly staff when it is manageable
selection other than beer
can get crowded
02-09-2012 10:39:31 |
More by StoicBeast
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Been here many times before and after Giants games. It is located two blocks from the stadium, so a great place to have a beer or three before heading to the game.
Selection is usually about the same. They do mix it up and have 1-2 different beers every time I stop in, which is nice. Quality is pretty good, definitely above average all around, with numerous offerings being very good. Beers are a bit pricey but to be expected in SF, I suppose. Their IPAs are generally excellent, with some of the stronger ones leading the pack. Every February they brew beers for Strong Beer Month, along with Magnolia, and these are usually excellent. Worth going out of your way for, for sure.
My experience with the atmosphere is skewed as I am there 95% of the time around a Giants game, so the crowd is mostly Giants fans and it is pretty crowded. They open the outside alleyway on nice gamedays, and this is a welcome addition.
The bar is nice, horseshoe shaped, with numerous seats, but it does get crowded. Tables dot the rest of the place, with a second level and an upstairs bar that is quite nice as well. If it's really crowded, check out the upstairs bar for possibly quicker service. Definitely worth it.
Overall, definitely worth checking out. They make some pretty solid beers with some definitely standing out. Located in the south of Market neighborhood, two blocks from the ballpark. About a 10-15 minute walk from the BART station (Montgomery). Recommended if you are anywhere in the area.
11-17-2011 07:14:41 |
More by colonelforbin
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
21st Amendment is located in a relatively nice, central area of SF, near the ballpark. I was happy to visit one evening during my recent trip to check out what they were doing.
The atmosphere was okay but there wasn't anything special about it and, to me, was trying to be too much of everything. By being so open, yet modern, yet full of wood, etc, it lacked the sense of intimacy that the best bars and pubs have.
I was satisfied by the relatively friendly if slightly inefficient service but the beer selection lacked a bit. The house beers were all a bit dull and weren't the best beers I found in CA.
Overall, it's probably worth stopping by if you are at a Giants game but I wouldn't go out of my way.
11-03-2011 06:38:32 |
More by dgilks
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
10-04-2011 15:48:51 |
More by Gavage
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