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21st Amendment Brewery
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Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
563 2nd St
phone: (415) 369-0900
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Update 2013: Their game day menu is expanded and daily gumbo specials are to
die for. Beer is always good but it can be crowded
This brewpub-sports bar has been my SF Giants pre-game watering hole since the ballpark at McCovey cove opened in 2000. Only a few blocks up 2nd Street from the park. Take SF Muni N or T lines, get off at Brannan and walk up to 2nd
I fondly remember the perfect Sunday brunch bloody mary specials with a fat dill pickle wedge and full pint U.S. Ipa back.
You can get two quality brews here for the price of one at the park. Their selection of house brews on tap varies widely and leans to the lighter fare (are that many Giants fans beer wimps?). It is becoming tough to find their better creations (like Hop Crisis) on tap on game day. Be sure to tell them your beer is for 'inside" so you don't get it in a plastic cup.
Some of their beer is available in cans at the bar and some stores. Of note is Monk's Blood a dark Belgian style and more recently Hop Crisis double IPA (shhhh i smuggled some into the park)
Sometimes they have guest beer and have even had some winning homebrew recipies (bring back TASTY from 2009!)
The food is decent with some standouts like the Brew free or die chili and the margarita pizza. They've cut back the menu on game days to one page, deleting such favorites as the awesome pulled pork sliders.
It's crowded and noisy on game days. At the right tables you can get a good view of several large TVs showing whatever sports event is a priority at the moment.
Meet me here before the game...next round's on me
09-03-2011 06:19:49 |
More by heymikew
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
This place was very average - kind of forgettable. The atmosphere was nice, but very standard. The service was not great, but not terrible - they didn't seem to know much about the beer, though. The beer selection was decent - they had Hop Crisis on tap but nothing else with which I was particularly interested. I was only there long enough to try the Hop Crisis, which was fresh and served in a room temperature pint glass. I sample two different pizzas - both were good. This was probably the highlight of the place, which is not good for a brewpub.
07-05-2011 13:49:38 |
More by coreyfmcdonald
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
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.
06-04-2011 18:10:36 |
More by yemenmocha
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
For the city itself, 21st Amendment does a lot right. Its a great place to have a drink before or after a Giants game. They have their regular line up on tap as well as a guest tap selection. Although Im not a huge fan of fruit on my glass, the slice of watermelon on their Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer is a great touch (and its a good beer). Try the Monks blood too.
Open space, lots of seats at the bar. We didnt try any food but everything that went out looked good. Also, parking isnt so bad in this area of the city, which is not the case for tons of other pubs. Great, simple product that is definitely worth the visit if your in town for a game.
05-06-2011 22:40:33 |
More by NorCalgrowler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
We hit this bar on a Friday night, and I was utterly surprised how easily we were served, as well as surprised by the quality of service on such a busy night. We sat at the bar because seats opened up before we were seated in the regular sections. My wife and I both ordered sandwiches, and while we were waiting tasted beers from their tap selection. The bartender was very courteous, as well as informed on the company product. She was also well versed on the guest tap list, which led me to believe that she was a beer fan herself. The service was prompt, the food was decent, and the cost was very reasonable. I will definitely visit this establishment on return trips to the Bay area.
03-27-2011 01:14:51 |
More by GarthDanielson
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere - As you walk in theres a square bare that sits six or seven on each side with the hostess stand to the right of the bar. Midway on to the back wall are booths and tables with the back wall being an open kitchen. The brewery is tucked away in a hall that leads to the kitchen and bathrooms.
Quality/Selection - During my visit they had eight house beers on tap and five of them were imperials as it was strong beer month. Every one of their beers was a winner from their Conventioner Blonde to Monks Blood all well made.
Service - The place is full of nice people that like beer. I visited during SF beer week and had a question about an event at another place my waitress didn't know the answer so she sent over the manager who was very willing to talk beer.
Food - During my lunchtime visit I ordered the grilled chicken breast sandwich with a salad and boy did that hit the spot very good.
Overall this is an awesome spot to hit up at least once when your in San Francisco.
03-01-2011 03:01:33 |
More by armock
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This brewpub is located in San Francisco close to the AT&T park. The overall atmosphere is good with a decent size square shaped bar, multiple tables on the first floor and second floor seating. I was there during a downtime period because it was mid-day during the week and there was no game going on at the AT&T stadium so the service was good, but I'm not sure if that was simply because the place wasn't busy. Regardless, the staff was friendly and courteous and gave explanation of the different beer styles offered on tap and in bottles. The food was typical pub food. They did offer a couple of vegetarian options, one of which I tried. The food was average. The beer selection when I visited (August 2010) included the watermelon wheat beer and Hop Crisis. The prices were reasonable and the beer selection was good. I would recommend going to 21st Amendment Brewery if given the opportunity to do so.
11-16-2010 03:52:47 |
More by Chincino
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$$$
A brewpub located in the SoMa neighborhood in SF, 2 blocks from AT&T park. A very nice looking place. A large u-shaped bar with lots of tables. Standard pub menu; pizza, burgers, sandwiches, etc. They only have 7 or so beers on-tap. When I was there, only 3 of those were their own: watermelon wheat, IPA, and Hop Crisis (their DIPA). The rest were a decent selection of guest taps from Trumer, Firestone Walker and Dogfish Head.
This place obviously gets absolutely packed before, during, and after Giants game. This makes getting a beer at the bar a 10-15 minute wait. Your best bet is to go to their "beer garden", which is just a roped off area adjoining the building. You can then buy cans of their beers in the back of this area for $4 and pour it into a plastic cup.
Prices here are ridiculously high. $6 for a pint of Trumer Pils, $7 for a 13oz pour of Hop Crisis. I tried to use my AHA card, which states that you get happy hour prices all the time with the card. 1st round they wouldn't honor it because I bought guest beers and the discount "only applies to their own beers". 2nd round (I bought 2 Hop Crisis) they wouldn't honor it because "it doesn't apply to special beers". The AHA website doesn't mention either of these stipulations. Taking away "special beers" (whatever the hell that means) and "guest beers", that means the discount only applies on 2 beers: Watermelon Wheat and Brew Free or Die IPA.
This is a decent place to get a beer but I wouldn't make a special trip to go here.
10-26-2010 17:02:45 |
More by willjschmidt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
09-27-2010 00:33:40 |
More by d0ggnate
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
21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, CA
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