Another place in an area I rarely frequent that I probably should have made it to before. From outside, the place looks like a pretty decent sized brewery. The tasting room is pretty small and certainly plays on the Speakeasy name. Minimal lighting, dark stained wood, just kind of an old-timey feel in general.
The draft list is largely their typical beers youíve seen around the Bay Area forever--Double Daddy, Big Daddy, Prohibition, Payback, etc. However, they have a few new and interesting beers, perhaps even exclusive to the tap room for a couple. In general, they make beer thatís fine but that isnít going to blow your doors off. They also had a couple of interesting bottles (barrel aged barleywine and such), but I wasnít interested in those during my visit.
Beers are pretty cheap, particularly during happy hour. The service is pretty good. If youíre not into hanging out in the dark tasting room, they do have a small patio outside which is a nice place to sit on a sunny day.
I donít know when Iíd be back here, but itís a fine enough place to stop and I would certainly have no issue doing so.
Stopped in here during SF beer week last year. My only time. I would come here more often if it was more convenient for me. They have a fairly large brewery with a nice tasting room connected, but with a separate entrance. They definitely play up the speakeasy angle, as well they should. Itís very dark inside with lots of wood and has a cave-like feel to it. The Speakeasy line up of beer isnít my favorite in the area, but they have some solid stuff. The barrel aged selections have been hit or miss, but some have been very good. The "regular" beers are ok. Pretty clean but not super exciting. The staff here is friendly and knowledgeable. I like the fact that they put a lot of work into developing the experience of a speakeasy. Iím not sure, but I think I remember them having a vintage bottle list as well. Worth asking anyway. I hope to stop in again soon.
Quite far from city centre but with car itís easy find and reach. On a Sunday by the opening time we were the only customers. And it stayed like that for about an hour. Very nice speakeasy interior with lots of great details. Decent beers and great service. I would visit again whenever Iím back in SF.
Visited on a Monday afternoon for SF beer week. Dimly lit casual smaller tasting room with bar top seating, couch or two, and a few stand up tables. Twelve taps with a couple special ones on. Service was decent, prices were fine. Could get full pours or sample size, growlers to go and merchandise. Worth a stop if it isnít too far out of your way or if you are really into Speakeasy beers.
Visited numerous times since 2007. In the old days they had music and darts and even a grill out back (though that may have been for employees only). For $15 you got a pint glass and 4 tokens to have it filled, which I always thought was excessive but of course you can bring the tokens back.
The service was always real helpful and they did informal tours periodically. Nowadays theyíre still really nice but itís much more crowded and itís harder to get any help.
They always have the regular lineup (Big Daddy, Double Daddy, Godfather, Untouchable, etc) plus a few rotating/one-offs (special dry hopped variations or barrel aged what have yous).
Cool place over all. Worth a stop if you want to hang out but realistically you can get most of their beers at the liquor stores.
A wonderful place to go for events. Big open spaces. Plenty of parking. Great staff. Often there are opportunities to try beers at events and at the tap room here that are not widely available. Itís been my experience that the best beers from Speakeasy are most often sampled here.