A Small Sip out of a 120-Barrel Tank
Speakeasy's head brewer, Kushal Hall, takes a swig of beer as he stands in front of two 120-barrel fermenting tanks. He gave us a tour of Speakeasy's brewing facility.
Speakeasy has fermenting tanks in three sizes. Here we see the 15-barrel fermenters and the 60-barrel fermenters.
Speakeasy uses a variety of imported specialty malts in their beers. For instance, an imported Chilean caramel malt finds its way into their Prohibition Ale.
Speakeasy is currently barrel-aging several beers in bourbon barrels, including an imperial stout and a barleywine.
Waiting for Beer
Speakeasy recently took over the second half of their warehouse, but the new space is only zoned for dry goods thus far. Here we see some stacked kegs awaiting beer. Hall estimates that they put 65% of their beer into kegs to be served on draft. The rest goes into bottles.
Sweep the Leg
Encouragement to keep the brewing facility clean comes in the form of Karate Kid-themed signs. "Sweep the leg, Johnny! Then sweep the floor!"
Base Malt Silo
Speakeasy's base malt silo
Cups Need Filling
On Friday and Saturday afternoon, Speakeasy opens part of the brewing facility to the general public. You can hang out underneath the base malt silo and drink some of their beers.
Speakeasy sends its spent grain to a local dairy farm to feed the cows. No reports on whether the milk tastes like a stout or an IPA.