Speakeasy Takes Gold Medal at GABF

Denver, CO — San Francisco’s Speakeasy Ales & Lagers took home the prestigious gold medal in the Amber/Red Ale category for Prohibition Ale at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival Awards Ceremony.

“Prohibition is our founding recipe,” says Brewmaster Kushal Hall. “ We’ve been brewing this beer for 16 years, and we’re honored one of our flagship beers is recognized amongst such esteemed competition.”

A core Speakeasy beer since 1997, Prohibition strikes a perfect balance between malt and hops, with its roasted caramel notes and a clean, dry finish. Brewed with Chinook, Columbus, Cascade, and Centennial hops, this amber ale’s West Coast hop profile bursts with juicy grapefruit, pine and citrus aromas. Prohibition Ale, 6.1% ABV, 45 IBU, is available year-around in bottles and draft.

“I have to give kudos to Kushal for expecting no less than excellence from his team,” says Brandon Borgel, Director of Sales & Marketing. “Since he’s taken over, our beers have become world class and I hope this will be the first of many awards to come.”

With a new gold medal, plus the Most Creative Booth Award for their 1920s inspired hideout bar, Speakeasy’s GABF 2013 wins are an exciting addition to the brewery’s growing footprint. Speakeasy is in the midst of a significant expansion across the US that will increase production capacity to almost 50,000 barrels in 2014.

Presented by the Brewer’s Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition, recognizing the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. This year, a record number of 4,809 entries were received from 745 US breweries. Through a series of blind taste tests, Prohibition Ale was selected against 88 other amber ales that were judged.


Defiantly producing fresh batches of beer in a secret warehouse in San Francisco’s long forgotten Butchertown District, Speakeasy has been crafting beer in San Francisco since 1997.