21st Amendment Brewery was founded at the dawn of the Millennium, in 2000, by Shaun O’Sullivan (former Assistant Brewer at Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley, California) and Nico Freccia. They’ve grown by leaps and bounds over the years and in 2015 transformed the old Kellogg plant in San Leandro to an impressive state of the art East Bay brewery!
And in case you’re wondering, “What’s in a name?”, 21st Amendment takes theirs from the 1933 Amendment to the United States Constitution that stuck a fork in Prohibition, which lasted nearly 13 years in America. CHEERS!
Southern Pacific Brewing Company was founded in 2012 by Chris Lawrence, who converted a 10,000 square foot former machine shop near the old Southern Pacific Railroad that ran down Harrison Street in the early 20th Century into a shiny “new” 15 barrel brewery.
The brewing equipment cast aside when Potrero Brewing Company went belly up was been given a new lease on life under Head Brewmaster Andy French. French brews “clean, dry, true to style beers.” We’ll drink to that! CHEERS!
Southpaw BBQ brings together plenty of southern comfort, finger lickin’ good bbq and a few house brewed beerskis. Head Brewer Phil Cutti cut (lol) his beer teeth at SF Brewcraft in the mid-90s, where Steve and Mike Bruce (founders of Speakeasy Ales & Lagers) sharpened his brewing skills. Beer flight on deck = Big Bad Leroy Brown, Sour Brown Ale and Pale Ale. Not pictured here but definitely our favorite on this warm summer day in San Francisco is the staff brewed Lemongrass Hefe…get it while it’s hot (outside)!
This efficient 7 barrel brewing system is tucked into the corner at Southpaw BBQ, allowing them “to bring beer crafting into an accessible community setting.” We’ll drink to that! CHEERS!
We just can’t resist hopping into Cervecería de MateVeza whenever we’re in neighborhood of Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco. Aside from brewing incredibly high quality and tasty craft beer, this Woods Beer outpost has three things going for it – location, location, location…right on the corner of 18th & Church on Mission Dolores Park!
Time for a beer flight – on deck we have Morpho (“gruit” style brewed with yerba mate, hibiscus and bay leaves), Punalum’u Porter, Ginger Pale Ale (we have a winner!) and Tropical Wheat!
The crawler was invented by Oscar Blues Brewery and Ball Corp. to keep craft beer fresher longer. This baby cranks out 32-oz cans of the good stuff like they’re going out of style (not that that would ever happen)!
Our trip is not complete without a roadie to go…
Forest Gray and Steve Bruce launched Speakeasy Ales & Lagers in 1997 among the forgotten warehouses of SF’s Butchertown District, making bold flavored (and high ABV) craft beer in small batches. Today their Big Daddy IPA is the best selling IPA in San Francisco! 2015 ushered in a major expansion with the installation of a new 60 barrel brewhouse enabling 90,000 barrels of annual production…that’s a whole lot of beer! We love the prohibition themed beer art that cloaks Speakeasy’s Hunters Point tasting room and every bottle of beer they craft. Try their Prohibition Ale (if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t already) and bourbon barrel aged Scarface Stout! Cheers!
This truly is one of the best breweries we’ve enjoyed! It feels just like being back home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but in SoMA SF. The parallels abound! Cellarmaker Brewing Company was founded by Connor Casey and brewmaster Tim Sciascia, both Marin Brewing Alumni. What we love about this place: wall-to-wall hipsters, location/vibe and impossibly good craft beer. They say it best: “Our limited output and choice to abandon the common concept of a set production schedule (and flagship beers) will allow us to constantly experiment with different hops, grains, barrels and yeasts. Get excited!” Done. And. Done!