SoMa, 21A Ready to Party
We trek through the heart of the city this month, visiting stellar SoMa breweries while calling 21st Amendment's brewpub home.
21A, one of the oldest brewpubs in SF, opened its doors in 2000 at 563 2nd St. and has been delivering brazen and bold brews ever since. The company may have moved its headquarters across the Bay to a still shiny new brewery in San Leandro, but that hasn't stopped the brewpub from being an epicenter of amazing craft beer including specialty batches.
Some highlights to look forward to:
21A is tapping a special cask-conditioned Helles lager (kellerbier), Helles Keller. Look for Watermelon Funk, too, the sour version of Hell or High Watermelon. Perfect summer brews.
Local Brewing is serving up beer slushie versions of its popular Let's Get Tropical Blonde, plus tapping a new single-barrel sour -- a Saison aged and soured in a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel. Oh, yeah.
Black Hammer, meanwhile, is offering an enticing seasonal trifecta of wet hop beers -- all featuring 100% California ingredients:
Water - filtered, dechlorinated, SF tap water from Hetch Hetchy;
Malt - 100% CA-grown and malted by Admiral Maltings in Alameda;
Hops - 100% CA-grown organic hops from the Hops-Meister estate in Clearlake. These wet hops -- Centennial, Gargoyle and Chinook -- were picked just 18 hours before being delivered for brewing; and
Yeast - House-propagated and originally sourced from White Labs in Davis.
Shuttles run from 6:30-10:30pm, stopping at each venue roughly every 10 min., providing plenty of time to visit the neighborhood and enjoy great beer and food at each of these local breweries.