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!
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!