A staple of the San Francisco brewing community, it only seemed fitting for Speakeasy Ales & Lagers’ 17th anniversary party to be a culmination of the SF beer scene: fresh-brewed beers, food trucks, sausage and Wes Burgers.
Over 1,500 people gathered to the sold-out ticketed party on Saturday, June 28 at the brewery’s Bayview home, which rolled up its warehouse doors and turned their parking lot into a mini-festival.
Partygoers were given a commemorative Speakeasy 17th anniversary half-pint glass upon entry that allowed them limitless tastes of the brewery’s year-round offerings and four special releases for the party: Blind Tiger, Harvey Milk Stout, Untouchable IPA and Baby Daddy Session IPA.
VIP ticket-holders received a commemorative poster and special access to the taproom for barrel-aged beer tastings. The proceeds from the events’ sales went to SF Made, an organization that supports local manufacturing in SF.
Among the rare offerings from Speakeasy was the Harvey Milk Stout; a creamy and soft 5.9 percent alcohol beer released in the spirit of SF Pride weekend. The beer was in high demand, at times divvying the beer pouring lines into separate lines between those who wanted the stout, and those who wanted anything else.
The brewery’s anniversary imperial IPA, Blind Tiger, was also a treat, blending Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial hops, coming in at over 100 IBUs and 9 percent alcohol.
“It’s easily the hoppiest beer we’ve ever brewed,” said Cindy Le, media and marketing coordinator for Speakeasy. Le described the beer as boasting “resinous citrus fruit flavors,” and said the beer will be available in select retailers in the Bay Area, along with their Syndicate No. 02.
The second release of Speakeasy’s Syndicate Series barrel-aged beers, Syndicate No. 02 was available in wax-dipped 22 oz. bottles to partygoers. Le said the beer was a blend of “imperial stouts, barley wines and other strong ales – aged in American spirits barrels for up to two years.”