Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

California


Speakeasy Ales & Lagers was founded in 1997 in San Francisco's Bayview District by Steve Bruce and Forest Gray. This popular microbrewery has branded its beers with references to the 1930's Prohibition-era of mobsters and organized crime. In that time, Speakeasies served as secretive alcohol-serving establishments, and totally encompassed the American spirit of individual rights and community values. Today, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers honors this history by making unique American beers for those with a discerning palate.

Head Brewer Kushal Hall got his start at Speakeasy with a position on the bottling line and worked his way up in less than 4 years to his current position. Kushal had experience homebrewing with his father in Los Angeles, and moved to San Francisco determined to be a part of the city's growing craft beer movement. He found a home at Speakeasy Ales & Lagers and has since been concocting scrumptious new recipes for small batch brews that never fail to satisfy. His Speakeasy beers are flavorful and typically higher in alcohol, ranging from approximately 5% to 10% alcohol by volume.

At the core of the brewery is Speakeasy's original steam-fired brewhouse, designed for hands-on operation to maximize both the consistency and shelf life of Speakeasy's beers. Most of the microbrews are dry-hopped, a western U.S. tradition, and the beers are always filtered for clarity and a more focused flavor.

In addition to producing their popular flagship beers such as Big Daddy IPA and Prohibition Ale, Speakeasy offers an ever-changing array of artisan ales and lagers that are only available on draft, fresh at the local Speakeasy pub.