Category Archives: Anchor Brewing Co.

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.

UBN

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AT&T Park to Get Even More Beer-Friendly Thanks to New Anchor Brewery, Restaurant and Museum

Anchor Steam Beer at AT&T Park

If you read this blog, you know I’m a beer lover. What you might not know is that I’m also obsessed with baseball. I attend dozens of MLB games each year, and I always try to visit new ballparks during my travels. My favorite park is Fenway Park in Boston. But not too far behind Fenway is San Francisco’s AT&T Park, home of the Giants.

AT&T Park is far and away the most beer-nerd-friendly ball park I’ve ever been too. It’s easy to find a good selection of Anchor brews inside the park, which already gives it an advantage over many other parks that still focus mostly on Budweiser and Coors. And there’s even a top-notch beer bar inside AT&T Park called Public House that offers a very impressive lineup of craft beer drafts.

AT&T Park will increase its beer appeal even more in the coming years. Anchor Brewing Co. today announced along with Giants that it will begin construction in 2014 on a new brewing facility not far from AT&T Park, inside the Giants’ Mission Rock Development space. The new facility is expected to quadruple Anchor’s annual beer-production capacity from 180,000 barrels to 680,000 barrels, according to a press release from the Giants. And it will also include a new restaurant and museum, as well as a restored walkway that will let pedestrians see into the Anchor brewhouse.

From that release:

“Anchor will continue to operate its facility in Potrero Hill, but will greatly expand its operations with the development of the Pier 48 facility…Pier 48, the southern-most structure of the Port’s Embarcadero Historic District, will be fully rehabilitated and re-established as an industrial hub of the central waterfront…Anchor will offer tours of the facilities and educational seminars with a focus on the history of craft beer, the art of craft distilling and Anchor’s history in San Francisco. “

Though the new brewing facility isn’t actually inside AT&T Park, it’s within walking distance, and the brewery/museum will be a great place to swing by for a few brews before the baseball game. The actually facility won’t likely be operational until 2016 at the earliest, according to RealBeer.com, so it’ll be a while before Anchor opens the doors, but I look forward to checking it out as soon as possible.

UBN

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Meet the Man Behind Anchor Brewing’s Beer-Label Art, Jim Stitt

Anchor Brewing Co. Our Special Ale/Christmas Ale 2012

San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Co. just posted a great new video spotlighting local San Francisco artist Jim Stitt, who has hand drawn the graphics on almost all of Anchor’s beer-bottle labels since the 1970s, including the trees on its annual Our Special Ale/Christmas Ale, which are different every year.

I’m a loyal Anchor drinker, and I’ve been bringing a magnum bottle of Anchor Christmas Ale to my annual family Christmas celebrations for years. One of my favorite things about the holiday season is picking up a new bottle of Anchor Christmas and checking out the new tree. I never knew Mr. Stitt’s name, but I’ve been appreciating his art for a long time.

UBN

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In the World Series of Beer, San Francisco Beats Detroit Every Time

Anchor Steam Beer at AT&T Park

I work in San Francisco a couple of times a year, and whenever I visit the Bay Area, I make it a point to attend a Giants game—assuming it’s baseball season, of course. San Francisco is an amazing city for baseball fans and beer geeks, and its citizens genuinely care about good craft beer. That shows in the variety of great beer bars and beer shops in the city. (I left my heart in San Francisco‘s City Beer Store last time I was there. I fucking love that place.) But it also shows inside the city’s Major League Baseball venue, AT&T Park.

AT&T Park is literally home to its own beer bar, called Public House. And it’s great beer bar, at that. (It’s no The Publick House, but it’s still great.)

And you can find a vast array of craft beer inside the park as well, including at a dedicated Anchor Steam kiosk behind the center field seats.

From an AP story on the subject of beer at AT&T Park and Comerica Park, home of the Tigers:

“In a trendy, gourmet food-and-drink obsessed place such as San Francisco, a generic ‘cold beer’ at AT&T Park often doesn’t cut the mustard as a companion to the stadium’s pungent garlic fries or a Caribbean-style concoction called the Cha-Cha Bowl.

At Detroit’s Comerica Park, where only a couple of locally made beers are on tap, the die-hard Motor City fans are just fine with the unpretentious, established American beer brands.

Concessions directors at both stadiums say each facility’s beers reflect the fans – eclectic and diverse in San Francisco, and blue collar in Detroit.”

No offense to Detroit, I have a number of friends in the Motor City, and it’s great it in its own right. But in the World Series of beer, San Francisco take the trophy every single time.

GO GIANTS!

UBN

Via HuffingtonPost.com

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