San Francisco’s Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
isn’t quite old enough to drink yet, but after 18 years, it’s definitely smoking. To celebrate its 18th Anniversary, Speakeasy has released the delicious new Baby Daddy Session IPA
, which packs some serious citrus and pine hop aroma and flavor into a very drinkable 4.7% ABV beer. Not only does it taste great, it’s available in a very nicely designed can that is beach- and park-ready.
On top of the Baby Daddy release, Speakeasy threw a great 18th Anniversary party at their Bayview brewery, featuring a whole slate of special releases and barrel-aged goodies. Those included half a dozen monster beers over 9% ABV, such as Smokonut
, a smoky porter brewed with coconut; Joe’s Ale
, a gorgeous sherry-like American strong ale; the blended, bourbon-barrel-aged Syndicate ’02
; and B.B.A. Scarface
, a bourbon-barrel-aged beast of an imperial stout. They also had a porter made with Philz Coffee and the rich Black Hand chocolate milk stout on tap. Some of those are available right now in Speakeasy’s taproom, so if you haven’t tried them yet or you haven’t been to their brewery lately, get on down there.
The final bit of great news is that Speakeasy is on the cusp of a massive expansion. If you liked their beer before, you’ll have no problem getting much
more of it. The new, 60-barrel, copper-sided Prospero brewhouse is already waiting to be fired up, as is a new canning and kegging line and eight 300-barrel fermentors. There’s also a lab going in to ensure better quality control. Altogether, Speakeasy’s capacity will increase from an annual output of 15,000 barrels to 90,000. That should set them up for success for many years to come
Now stop reading and out there to enjoy this incredible San Francisco summer weather, just don’t forget to pick up a sixer of Speakeasy’s Baby Daddy cans on your way!
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
, 1195 Evans Ave, 415-642-3371.
Chris Cohen is a Certified Cicerone, a certified BJCP beer judge, and author of the Beer Scholar Study Guide for the Certified Cicerone Exam. He is opening a bar, Old Devil Moon, in Bernal Heights in late 2015.