FREE Brewery Tours and Cheap Beers at Speakeasy


I only have eyes for…beer…

I always thought it would be cool to be a flapper and live during the Roaring Twenties, wearing feathers in my hair and fringe-dresses, drinking in speakeasies and smoking long cigarettes. Tomorrow night, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers presents Firkin Friday – with FREE brewery tours from 4-5 pm, the release of Snatch Racket IPA, live music, great grub from Good BBQ and La Laguna Taqueria. Most importantly, there will be $3 beers until 9 pm. I dare you to dress up in your best flapper dress, pound some Prohibition Ale and do the Charleston to your little heart’s content…

The history of beer drinking is nothing new to the Bay Area. The first brewery in San Francisco was built in 1849. Those Forty-Niners must have liked to celebrate striking it rich over a cold beer. During the economic boom, the Gold Rush gave birth to 15 breweries in San Francisco. That number doubled by the time the 20th Century rolled around. I guess the miners got a little rowdy once the gold ran out – and the authorities shut the breweries down during Prohibition (which, in case you didn’t know, was from 1919-1933).

During this dry spell hundreds of underground speakeasies continued pouring drinks to their faithful patrons. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers honors this era with their ever-so-popular (and not to mention strong) beers with catchy names like: Untouchable, Prohibition Ale, Big Daddy I.P.A and Double Daddy. This event is in celebration of the Craft Brewer’s Conference landing in San Francisco, and will continue every Friday thereafter.

How many Big Daddy's can you drink in 5 hours?

Firkin Friday – March 25th
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
1195 Evans Avenue
 [Bayview]
FREE brewery tours from 4-5pm
Cheap beers from 4-9 pm


Photos courtesy of Yelpers Phil h. and Jesse M.

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Heidi Smith - The Ultimate Scavenger

Originally from San Diego, Heidi migrated north to study journalism at SFSU and interned for the SF Bay Guardian writing music stuff. She later embarked on a study-abroad program in both Denmark and Holland, and basically never came home. For six long years, she froze her ass off in Oslo, Norway, pretending to be a viking princess, trying to figure out how to survive in the most expensive city in the world. The other two years were spent frolicking on the beach in Spain - sipping on sangria in between being tossed around Europe working as a stressed-out journalist. Heidi currently works at for a non-profit cultural exchange program, helping others experience life from a different perspective. She is thrilled to be back in SF, magnetizing the obscure, and scavenging the city for fun, free things to do.