Anchor California Lager Now Available Outside of the Golden State

Anchor California Lager Label

I’ve been drinking Anchor Brewing Co. beers for years. I’m a big fan of Anchor Steam and its Liberty Ale, in particular. So, a few months back, when I heard that Anchor was brewing a new beer – a recreation of an old brew – I was rather excited to try it ASAP. I was equally disappointed to hear that the new brew, Anchor California Lager, would only be available in Anchor’s home state of California.

From Anchor Brewing:

“Anchor Steam’s roots go back to the Gold Rush, long before icehouses and modern refrigeration made traditional lagers a viable California option. In 1876, thanks to an ice pond in the mountains and a belief that anything is possible in the Golden State, a little brewery named Boca created California’s first genuine lager. Anchor California Lager® is our re-creation of this historic beer.”

Last month I was in San Francisco covering Google’s I/O conference, and picked up a couple of six packs of Anchor California Lager. Normally, I’m much more of an ale guy, but I had been drinking IPAs and sour ales beforehand, and I felt like something a little lighter. California Lager fit that bill nicely, and at the time, I kept wishing that I could get the beer back home in Boston.

Yesterday, Anchor announced that I can, or I will be able to soon. California Lager will begin shipping to a number of new markets this month, and it will be available June through September 2013. The markets are as follows: Nevada, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts.

If you’re located in one of these states, I definitely recommend picking up a sixer of California Lager post haste.


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5 thoughts on “Anchor California Lager Now Available Outside of the Golden State

  1. Thanks for the post! Glad you’re a fan of Anchor California Lager. Hope you’ll join us for a tour on your next visit to SF! Cheers.

    • Thank YOU. I’ll be drinking my fair share of California Lager as soon as I can find some in Boston. I make it to SF a few times a year, and I’ve always meant to swing by your brewery. But I haven’t made it yet. I will though. It’s on my to-do list.


  2. Sherwood says:

    I have enjoyed Anchor Steam since i was illegally old enough to appreciate good beer. Years ago developed a fondness for porters and discovered Anchor Porter and it is the porter that I compare all others too. I have even packed it in to a High Eastern Sierra Nevada lake enjoying it as I cast my line upon the clear waters……………good times with great beer.

    • That sounds like a great time to me. I like Anchor Porter, but I’m really not much of a porter drinker. Another Anchor brew I drink fairly frequently is its Small Beer, which is a quality session brew.


  3. […] of somewhere between 15 percent and 20 percent, has at least three times more calories than that Anchor Brewing California Lager, which has an ABV of 4.9 […]

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