Beer #8 - Tallulah / Speakeasy

Beer #8 - W/C 20 April 2015


The 1920’s were a dry time for most Americans with a nationwide prohibition of alcohol which lasted 13 years. When expert home brewers Steve Bruce and Forest Gray started their brewery in 1997, they named it Speakeasy to celebrate the more enlightened times in which we now live. While prohibition is now over, it is interesting to note that the beer in your glass is one which most Americans cannot buy. Alcohol control legislation means that it is more hassle for breweries to distribute across state lines than it is to sell internationally. Speakeasy Ales are on tap at pretty much every good bar in San Francisco, the brewery only distributes to a handful of other states.

An American Pale Ale with a trio of exotic hops. El Dorado reached the market in 2010 and has notes of citrus, melon and tropical fruit. Calypso has been described as being quite unlike any other hop with pronounced dried apple and pear flavours. Columbus is a modern classic of American craft beers with a distinct earthy, pine resin profile.

The light caramel of the malt base is designed to showcase the hops but still provide enough body and sweetness to make Tallulah a balanced and delicious Pale Ale.

Read about Extra Pale Ales in the Beer Styles section HERE.

BREWERY // Speakeasy Ales & lagers
BEER // Tallulah
STYLE // Extra Pale Ale
ORIGIN // San Francisco, California
ABV // 5.6%
MALT // Pale, Vienna, CaraHell
HOPS // El Dorado, Calypso, Columbus
TEMPERATURE // Cool not cold. 8-12C
FOOD MATCH // Sushi, Pasta arrabbiata, Guacamole + corn chips
GLASS // Lager Glass