Forest Gray and Steve Bruce launched Speakeasy Ales & Lagers in 1997 among the forgotten warehouses of SF’s Butchertown District, making bold flavored (and high ABV) craft beer in small batches. Today their Big Daddy IPA is the best selling IPA in San Francisco! 2015 ushered in a major expansion with the installation of a new 60 barrel brewhouse enabling 90,000 barrels of annual production…that’s a whole lot of beer! We love the prohibition themed beer art that cloaks Speakeasy’s Hunters Point tasting room and every bottle of beer they craft. Try their Prohibition Ale (if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t already) and bourbon barrel aged Scarface Stout! Cheers!
Ahh…Russian River Brewing. Pliny the Elder. Pliny the Younger. This is the stuff of craft beer legend. We endeavor to pay homage to the Beer Gods in Santa Rosa, California as often as possible. By way of background, Russian River Brewing was born way back in 1997 when Korbel Champagne took a shot at beer making on their Guerneville, Sonoma County estate. Korbel’s boots on the ground consisted of Vinnie Cilurzo (formerly of Blind Pig Brewing Company) who in addition to being the Brewmaster also marketed and delivered the beer! Vinnie and his wife Natalie bought out Korbel in 2002 and the rest, as they say, is history!
FreeWheel Brewing Company was founded in 2012 in sunny Redwood City, California. FreeWheel partner and brewmaster Malcolm McGinnis brings English-style cask-conditioned ales to Silicon Valley including replicas of Shropshire, England’s Iron Bridge Brewery’s beerskis. Here you will find an intimate brewpub with consistently excellent session ales and equally succulent Cali-fresh food. We recommend the beer flight to sample all their hand-made (and pumped) brews and the bacon blue cheese burger with avocado!
This truly is one of the best breweries we’ve enjoyed! It feels just like being back home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but in SoMA SF. The parallels abound! Cellarmaker Brewing Company was founded by Connor Casey and brewmaster Tim Sciascia, both Marin Brewing Alumni. What we love about this place: wall-to-wall hipsters, location/vibe and impossibly good craft beer. They say it best: “Our limited output and choice to abandon the common concept of a set production schedule (and flagship beers) will allow us to constantly experiment with different hops, grains, barrels and yeasts. Get excited!” Done. And. Done!
Welcome to Hermitage Brewing Company! Hermitage was established in 2009 when Tied House closed for biz and the brewing equipment was relocated to south 7th Street in San Jose, California. This place may be a bit off the beaten path but more than makes up for it with incredibly high quality craft beer and taproom recommendations. Check out the Maltopia Scotch Ale and Ale of the Imp! #bestbreweries