Anchor Brewing

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A spin on a classic: Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer debuts in September 

Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer

Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer is on the horizon from one of America’s oldest craft breweries.

The base beer for Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer is Anchor Steam, for which the brewery is most well known for. The San Francisco based business has touted Anchor Steam since 1896, and is the only brewery allowed to call the style “Steam Beer.” Anchor trademarked the name in 1981. You’ll find it called California common elsewhere. Steam/Cali Common is brewed by fermenting lager yeast at warmer temperatures.

In a world full of hop choices, the brewery is giving the beer a bit of a new spin by dry-hopping this release; the final result having a stronger hop aroma then you’ve ever known from the classic Anchor Steam Beer.

San Franciso’s famous Anchor Steam brand beer is unique, for our brewing process has evolved over many decades and is like no other in the world. To give this classic brew a radically different traditional twist, we created Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer. Made with its now special recipe, this brew is dry-hopped with a blend of new and traditional hops. The result weds the rich maltiness of Anchor Steam with the alluring fragrant happiness of our ales.

Anchor Steam brand derives its unusual name from he 19th century when “steam” seems to have been a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. The word “steam” may have referred to the pressure of natural carbonation developing in the beers. Today the brewing methods of those days are a mystery, and for many decades Anchor alone has used the quant name “steam” for its unique beer.

 Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer will debut in September in 12 ounce bottles and draft, through December, 2016.

Style: Steam Beer
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Sept – Dec.
Debut: September

5.1% ABV

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Anchor Odeprot India Pale Ale

Anchor Odeprot India Pale Ale

Anchor Odeprot India Pale Ale

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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

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Anchor Orange Splash Lager

Anchor Orange Splash Lager

Anchor Orange Splash Lager

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Anchor Mango Wheat, a can potential

Anchor Mango Wheat

Anchor Mango Wheat looks to join a specialty series of cans from the San Francisco, California brewery.

The can design and layout (and beer, of course) started last year with Anchor’s Meyer Lemon Lager. (Note the similar artwork.) New Mango Wheat features mangos as the spotlight fruit, in a wheat beer base.

Anchor Mango Wheat will be a 12 ounce can offering. The brewery has not yet announced this offering.

Style: Wheat Beer (w/ Mangos)
Availability: 12oz Cans
Release: TBA

4.5% ABV

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Anchor Go West! IPA, a bottle & can potential

Anchor Go West! IPA

Anchor Go West! IPA is coming to bottles and cans in 2016.

America’s first craft brewery is adding citrus and tropical hops in order to create a new IPA worthy of the west coast.

The California Gold Rush compelled thousands to Go West! “to see the elephant,” a metaphor for the doggedly optimistic risk-taking linked then and now with America’s intensified pursuit of happiness. As early as 1849, India Pale Ale – prepared by British brewers for export to India by adding dry hops to barrels of hoppy ale – was going to go west, from England around the horn to San Francisco. In 1975, Anchor, America’s first craft brewery -led the modern revival of dry-hopped handmade ales. Fast-forward to Anchor Go West! IPA, made with 2-Row barley malt and dry hopped with a unique blend of for American hops. It’s mouthwateringly complex aromas of citrus, kind, and the tropics; spiky bitterness; gleaming golden color; and clean finish United can read this singular 24 karat IPA. Go west where the impossible is possible.

Anchor Go West! IPA is a 12 ounce bottle, and 12 ounce can offering. The brewery has not yet announced this beer.

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 12oz Cans, Draft.
Release: TBA

6.7% ABV

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Anchor Barrel Ale, a Tribute to Fritz Maytag [Released]

Anchor Barrel Ale

Fritz Maytag saw an opportunity in 1965 and took it. Anchor Brewing, whose roots date back to 1849, was in danger of closing. For a few thousand dollars, Maytag purchased 51% of the brewery, starting what would be a craft brewing revolution in America.

Anchor Steam was bottled in 1971, and by 1975, Anchor Porter, Liberty Ale and Old Foghorn Barleywine had joined the lineup.

In 1977, Maytag purchased an old coffee roastery on Old Potrero Hill, where the brewery still resides today. Anchor Distilling produces Old Potrero Rye Whiskey (named for the hill), which is a great seque into Anchor Barrel Ale.

Anchor Barrel Ale, a tribute to Fritz Maytag, is a blend of four different Anchor beers, aged separately in Old Potrero Rye Whiskey barrels. The resulting barrel-aged beers are then blended together.

In 1965, Fritz Maytag’s first of 45 years at the helm, we sold 882 barrels of one beer. Seven years later, as we prepared to launch a second brew, Anchor Porter, new-hire Mark Carpenter asked him why. “I want us to be known for much more than making Anchor Steam,” Fritz replied with a grand gesture. “Because one day there will be hundreds of little breweries like ours all over America.” Mark was incredulous. And ultimately, of course, it would be thousands not hundreds. but Fritz saw what no one else did, igniting a revolution in brewing that originated today’s craft-beer movement. Anchor Barrel Ale – aged in our used Old Potrero Rye Whiskey barrels and on their staves – is Anchor’s tribute to pioneer brewer, trailblazing distiller, and visionary Fritz Maytag. Cheers!

Anchor Barrel Ale is now available in 12 ounce bottles and draft, a part of the brewery’s Argonaut Collection.

Style: American Strong Ale (Barrel Aged. Rye Whiskey)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: Late October/November, 2015

6.3% ABV