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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
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Heidi Smith - The Ultimate Scavenger

Heidi works for a non-profit cultural exchange organization helping others experience life from a different perspective. She likes magnetizing the obscure and scavenging the city for fun, free things to do. She is a world traveler, a freelance writer and a spontaneous chef. She is also said to be part-mermaid.