Speakeasy Ales and Lagers
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California
History and production
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers was founded in 1997 by Steve Bruce and Forest Gray. The company brands its beers with references to 1930s prohibition-era mobsters and organized crime. Prohibition Ale (an amber ale) and Big Daddy IPA are two of their most popular beers. Speakeasy beer is widely available in California, thirteen other states in the U.S., and internationally. Speakeasy beers are flavorful and range from 4.7% to 10.5% alcohol by volume. Speakeasy opened a tap room in 2013, adjacent to the brewery.
The company began regular bottling of barrel aged beers in 2013 with a one-off release of Scarface Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels, and the launch of the Syndicate Series of beers. In 2015, the brewery installed a new 60-barrel brewhouse, malt-handling system, canning line, and centrifuge. Their total brewing capacity is approximately 90,000 barrels per year. At the same time, Speakeasy released a new lineup of beers, their first ever packaged in cans, called the Session Series. The series includes Baby Daddy Session IPA, Suds Session Ale, and Pop Gun Pilsner.
On March 10, 2017, Speakeasy announced that it had ceased operations for an indefinite period after struggling financially following a 2015 expansion for which they borrowed money from Union Bank.
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