Didnít stay a really long time nor have too much beer, and yet I liked it just fine. Didnít eat either, but looking at the lunch time crowd that seemed pleased with the sandwiches that appeared good started to make me hungry.
Really liked this place. The location is very good, and its in a nice old rustic building. They had 5 or 6 of their own beers on tap, plus a guest beer -- which was a cider. I wanted to try the 21IPA, but of course, they didnít have it. The phoenix IPA was nice, as was the Oyster stout I had....which, yes, is brewed with Oysters. The watermelon wheat was ok, but kind of gross. Overall, a cool atmosphere with some interesting beers. Iíll be back.
This was one of my last place to stop on my personal brewery tour through San Fran. Loved the location right on the bus line which was perfect for me. They had 3 taps going and a few guest taps and the brews where good. They had special Watermelon wheat they had just tapped for the first try of the season. I was there in Late spring so the brewing festivals where coming. Talked with the brewer and had a nice tour. They gave me a couple free pints and I loved the pint glass they gave also. Pays to be nice. Had a small bite to eat and then off to finish my tour of Frisco by mass transit.
Oakes (800) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2006
2 taps??? Thatís it? Goddamn thatís weak. What kind of brewpub only has two of their own beers on? No excuses for that. Food was good enough but Iím going insane as every brewpub has the same damn menu. Ok, bright and woody place. The restaurant area looks like a feedlot but the bar area is pretty relaxed. Service was good. I would have liked it if they actually had some of their own beer on.
Decent brewpub, stopped by for lunch on a Sunday afternoon. Open concept, pretty cool looking spot. Ate at the bar, the food was just ok, the bartender did not seem interested at all in myself or anyone for that matter and there were only 3 mediocre at best house brews on tap (the 2 guest taps were far better). Iím sure it is a decent spot, it just wasnít on the day I decided to visit (it certainly ranked last compared to all the other San Fran brewpubs I visited).
Decent brewpub located in the shadow of "whatever they are calling the stadium this year that the giants play in". Loud crowd, decent food, mediocre service. Beers were serviceable. Worth a visit if downtown.
The basic 21st Amendment product, beer, needs improvement. The main stay is Watermelon Wheat brewed with a very heavy portion of watermelons per batch. The taste is OK but its not a beer drinkers beer. At the root is the brew master. He is an owner and it is obvious that he enjoys the limelight as brew master but I am sorry to have to say that he does not have a good taste for beer itself. If he did many of the beers brewed would not see the light of day. There is something called ego that is constantly getting the way. Taste must be fully objective and this goes for beer too. As an example the effort to see how hoppy a beer can get, before it becomes not good to the taste, needs to be rethought with a greater effort toward consistency of taste and flavor rather than an exercise in food bombast. Subtly is a goal to strive for. Perhaps a lesson learned would be a study of other brew pubs to see their progression through the early years of brewing and the efforts to focus on 4 or 5 beers of such quality taste as to be prize winners consistently. The 21st Amendment is a fun place, the people are very friendly, and the food is especially good. Now lets concentrate on 1, start with one, prize-winning beer and progress from there. Too bad Motor Oil was lost forever.
Packed with Mets fans before the Giants/Mets game on Friday. Lotsa people, sweaty, loud, and a bit tipsy. Beer is not too bad, with some interesting guest brews. Bartender was helpful, though overworked. Probably better on non-game nights.