Anchor Brewing announced a new series this week. The Zymaster Series will debut in February, with more coming throughout the year. Don’t go looking up the word Zymaster, it’s made up.
Zymaster n [Gk zyme leaven + master — more at ZYMURGY]
1: a new word coined by Anchor Brewing to describe a brewmaster with hands-on experience throughout the a-to-z process of creating a new beer, from the research and selection of the raw materials and development of a recipe to brewing, fermentation, cellaring, and finishing
2: a unique series of beers from Anchor Brewing, rooted in its exceptional respect for the ancient art and noble traditions of brewing and featuring extraordinary ingredients, innovative techniques, and unusual flavors
The 1st release is California Lager
Anchor Steam Beer’s roots date back to the sundry and mysterious adaptations and improvisations of brewers to the primitive conditions they faced during the California gold rush, long before icehouses and modern refrigeration made traditional lager beer a viable California option. Early attempts notwithstanding, it wasn’t until the winter of 1875/76 that a California brewer succeeded– thanks to the ready availability ice in the mountains near Truckee–in creating what might be called the first true California lager. The inaugural brew of the Anchor Brewing Zymaster Series is our attempt to re-create such a beer.
Malts: California Barley
Availability: Draft only
Arrival: First release arrives Mid February, during San Francisco Beer Week 2012