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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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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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