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December 8, 2017

Taproom Reopening & Distribution Updates


“When is the tap room reopening?” We’ve been asked that question on social media, at recent events, and when you’ve peeked inside our taproom doors over the last few months. Your enthusiasm and support has been tremendous, and greatly appreciated. Thank you! We’re working hard to make beer and putting the final touches on our tap room. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we would like to open the taproom in mid-November  (if not sooner, fingers crossed!) followed by a grand reopening party. Once we clear the last few hurdles, we’ll communicate the details when a solid timeline is confirmed.

After Speakeasy was purchased earlier this year our first goal was to ramp up production of packaged beer and reestablish distribution. Although we were still brewing during our transition to new ownership, the quantity was quite small and limited to San Francisco. Now that we’re on solid ground under new ownership, we’re focused on shipping beer throughout Northern and Southern California. Resupplying our home state is the first step. As our inventory grows we’ll look to expand distribution into regions where it was found in the past. It will take some time so we appreciate your patience!

As for the tap room, the change in ownership required new licenses and permits before the doors could open, which takes time. So we embarked on months of minor remodeling to improve the taproom space and operations since there’s no better time. Don’t worry, the taproom has the same look and feel you remember, but now it’s even better. We added some lighting, new tables and seating, created more space, and more that you’ll have to wait and see. Most of the projects are finished. Right now we’re working our way through San Francisco Department of Public Health permitting.

In the meantime, we’ve begun our search for tap room beertenders. Are you interested in being a beertender? Do you enjoy talking about beer? Is it time for you to join the beer industry?  Read the job description on our career page, then send a cover letter and resume to We’ll be reaching out to qualified applicants in the next few weeks about open positions.

The tap room is close enough to opening that we’re also starting to tentatively accept reservations for room rentals and complete buyouts in December. If you’re looking for a venue to host a holiday party or special event, check out the private rentals page on our website. We have two rooms available for small parties and you can also reserve the entire space. Be one of the first people to see and enjoy Speakeasy’s new and improved tap room.

Thanks again for supporting Speakeasy Ales & Lagers. We’ll have more exciting developments as we near the end of the permitting process and solidify future plans. For example, our list of beers for the taproom opening will include some longtime favorites and new releases. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram to get the latest updates.