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The Brewery - Featured Microbrewery of the Month

21st is 1st in the Hearts of San Franciscans
By Joanne Beckford

21st Amendment Brewery
563 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Phone: (415) 369-0900

The 21st Amendment, located in the historic South Park area of San Francisco, is a standout among micro brewpubs in Northern California. A short walk from AT&T Park and about a mile from the SF Museum of Modern Art, the brewpub has a great vibe of eclectic personalities and casual conversation; just the type of place that makes you want to kick back and stay a while.

Founded by Nico Freccia & Shaun O'Sullivan in 2000, interestingly enough the idea for 21st Amendment was first developed after the two attended a brewing science class together at UC Davis. Their dream was to create an inviting environment that would "celebrate the culture of the great breweries of old, making unique, hand crafted beers, great food, and providing a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere that invites conversation, interaction and a sense of community." Well, they've succeeded; having received "best brewpub," "best burger" and "best happy hour" recognition from the San Francisco press.

When you walk in, you are immediately greeted by the bartender and the eight rotating micro taps highlighting some of the best micros from across the country. The dining room has a very "community feel" in that most of the tables are filled with high-bench seating on one side. Ahead, the open kitchen serves as yet another reminder that 21A, as the locals call it, is an inviting environment for stockbroker, college student and everyone in-between. As you pass the kitchen and walk up the stairwell, you are greeted at the top by a "window to the world of microbrews;" the 21st Amendment Brewery. The large vats below are reminiscent of a mad scientist lab where crazy and inventive concoctions like Bitter American, Brew Free or Die, Back in Black, Fireside Chat, Monk's Blood, or the ever popular Hell or High Watermelon are created to complement the traditional menu items.

Happy Hour (late lunch menu) features crisp calamari, brew-free chili, buffalo cob salad, and delicious burgers, and pizza made with a special beer mash crust. Lest not forget, the beer; the star of the show. I recommend trying the well-liked and refreshing watermelon wheat beer.

So, if you find yourself going to a Giants game, working in the financial district, taking in the art at the museum, or just visiting the city; make it a point to stop in and say hello to Nico & Shaun. They're hitting on all 21 cylinders; tasty beer, attractive menu, and everything you would expect in a great brewpub experience.

Happy Hour is Monday - Friday: 2:30pm-5:30pm with $2.00 off House Brews (8 on Tap).

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