Sunny Hoedown Celebration for Speakeasy Beer

The Butchertown Hoedown, Speakeasy’s 14th Anniversary party, took place this past Saturday at the brewery in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco. A bevy of food trucks lined the parking lot, bands performed knee slapping music and three beer stations with new brews kept the reported 2,000 revelers happy all afternoon.

Headlining the festivity was Speakeasy’s latest creation, Butchertown Black Ale, the first installment of their new Bootlegger Limited Series. The roasty black IPA is infused with Cascade, Amarillo and Chinook hops. You can expect a new beer in this series to pop up every two months.

Not to be outdone, the new Dolores Pale Ale was also tapped for the first time and served alongside all your favorites like Big Daddy IPA, White Lighting, Betrayal Ale and Payback Porter just to name a few.

Photos © Brian Stechschulte

Libations did not stop at beer. The Broken Record and Church Key teamed up to offer three beer cocktails.  The Jefe de Jefe was part Bloody Mary, part Michelada that relied on Big Daddy for the punch. Vice Lightning combined passion fruit with the White Lightning Wheat, and for dessert, Payback Porter, root beer, sugar and a dollop of heavy cream, when shaken, became Sarsparilla Kush. Ritual Coffee also setup shop so the tired and weary could get their fix.

Once guests scored a drink they could choose to top their stomach off with a healthy dose of street food from the Rib Whip, Tacoliscious, Le Truc or Pizza Politana. The large number of food options was a big improvement over last year’s event and appeared greatly appreciated.

Le Truc

By late afternoon the fog crept back in while the last bit of twang echoed out the brewery door. Misisipi Mike and the Midnight Gamblers, Andrew Blair and Ross Warner, Whisky Pills Fiasco and Pocket Full of Rye provided the tunes. Overall, Speakeasy Beer turned the festivities up a notch at this year’s anniversary celebration.

Bay Area Breweries Fundraising for Bryan Stow

It’s great to see Bay Area Breweries hosting several fundraising events for injured Giants fan Bryan Stow. As you may know, Stow was senselessly beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after a game on March 31st. While his condition has stabilized, medical bills are piling up and the family could use some help.

“Bryan Stow saved many lives as a Santa Clara County paramedic. Now, the life he’s fighting for is his own.” – SFGate

Please show your support by enjoying a beer at one of the following events or visit to lend a hand.

Monday, April 11, 6-10pm
Fundraiser for Bryan Stow
Tied House Brewery & Cafe, 954 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA.

“Join us in our Beer Garden, starting at 6pm, for some good brews by Tied House, FireHouse, Rock Bottom, 510 Brewing and more. Meet and mingle with the brewers, enjoy some light Ballpark style appetizers, and proudly wear your team’s gear. Whether you cheer on the Giants (yeay) or the Dodgers, please join us to remind everyone that this is a friendly rivalry…all while raising money to help out Bryan Stow and his family through this tough time.

Price: $15 gets you 3 tickets for 3 pints of beer, light appetizers, and a fun place to watch the baseball game. Cash and credit cards accepted at event.”

Friday, April 15, 4-9pm
Support for Bryan Stow Fundraising Raffle
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, 1193 Evans St., San Francisco, CA.

The raffle is taking place during Speakeasy’s weekly open house when you can get a brewery tour and $3 pints.

RateBeer’s Best of 2011 Awards, Bay Area Roundup

Awards season is upon us and the beer world is no exception. The folks at RateBeer in Santa Rosa have finished crunching data from nearly 3 million beer reviews on their website and a few Bay Area breweries, bars, restaurants and stores can stand a little taller today. According to RateBeer “130,000 beers from over 10,000 brewers worldwide were tallied and the emphasis was largely placed on tasting commercial samples — not special batches prepared for festivals.”

There are some very familiar names in each category but a few surprises will leave beer geeks disillusioned, particularly in the bar category. Here’s how the Bay Area faired:

The Best Beers in the World 2011

#3 Pliny the Younger, Russian River Brewing

#8 Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing

#20 Supplication, Russian River Brewing

#32 Consecration, Russian River Brewing

#81 Temptation, Russian River Brewing

#83 Blind Pig IPA, Russian River Brewing

The Best Brewers in the World 2011

#8 Russian River Brewing

#30 Bear Republic Brewing Company

#68 Marin Brewing Company

#85 Shmaltz Brewing Company

The Best Breweries to Visit 2011

#12 Anchor Brewing Company

#34 Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

The Best Beer Bars 2011

#17 The Trappist, Oakland, CA.

The Best Brewpubs 2011

#5 Russian River Brewing

The Best Beer Retailers 2011

#31 City Beer Store, San Francisco.

#36 Perry’s Liquors, Livermore.

#45 Healthy Spirits, San Francisco.

The Best Restaurants for Beer 2011

#17 La Trappe Café & Trappist Lounge, San Francisco.

So what does everyone think? You can see the full results on the RateBeer website.

Congratulations to all the winners. You truly help make the Bay Area one of the best craft beer drinking regions in the country.