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Anchor Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout returns to Argonaut Series

Anchor Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout

Anchor Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout returns to the brewery’s lineup once again. Flying Cloud is an export stout, brewed stronger to hold up over a long journey. You’ll also remember it at Zymaster Release #3.

A ship and a journey is where Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout gets its name. In 1851, the Flying Cloud ship sailed from New York City around Cape Horn (the southern most part of Chile) to San Francisco in just 125 days, 21 hours. Let’s assume the beer made it all the way too.

The stouts savored in gold rush San Francisco were no ordinary ales. They were export stouts – dark, intense, high gravity brews created to survive the long voyage around Cape Horn. Inspired by this unique history, Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout is a Dublin-style brew made with English Maris Otter malt, two black malts, and flaked barley. Nugget and Golding hops provide a spicy, floral complement to the deep, dark chocolatey multi nice and dry finish. The average clipper took 125 days to sail from New York to San Francisco but not Flying Cloud, which, in 1851, made the trip and 89 days, 21 hours, anchor to anchor. No other ship sailed it faster until 1989. With it’s “extreme” design, it’s Capt. Josiah Creesy and his wife/navigator Eleanor, the Flying Cloud is an ideal symbol for this distinctly delicious brew.

The 235 foot Flying Cloud clipper ship was built in Boston, Massachusetts for $90,000 dollars. Anchor Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout will be available in 12oz bottles, and draft. (And will make it to the east coast if FAR less time.)

This release kicked off the brewery’s Argonaut Collection last year.

Style: Export Stout
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Return: March, 2016

7.4% ABV

  • Jaques

    Chili? Mmmm… I love eating chili in Chile, especially the southern-most part of Chile, aka Cape Horn.

    • drinkingego

      Yeah, we get it. You are better, smarter, and more educated. On top of being a better proofreader than everyone.

      I haven’t even brought up how funny you are. I don’t have enough time to tackle that aspect.

    • j

      you forgot to point out “kicks of” smh

  • Manfred Spindle

    I always wondered why Anchor did not produce a regular Stout offering. I tried the Zymaster release and all I can say is: classic Anchor. Love the new label as well.