This is release #1 in Anchor Brewing’s new Zymaster Series debuting this year. The series allows an Anchor brewer to follow the brew process from start to finish from researching styles, selecting ingredients, a brewing, fermentation, cellaring, and finishing.
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