Anchor Brewing Company (San Francisco, CA) has released the sixth edition in their Zymaster Series, Saaremaa Island Ale.
Each offering tells a story, and Saarremaa Island Ale is no different. This beer is inspired by brewmaster Mark Carpenter’s trip to Saaremaa Island in the Baltic Sea. The local beer had a really unique flavor, thanks to the local yeast. He returned from the trip with brewer’s yeast used to create #6.
Zymaster No. 6 is a medium-bitter pale ale with Old World hop flavor and aroma. Made with pale barley malt, it has a light body, clean finish, and overtones of freshly ground clove and allspice similar to a Belgian ale.
Anchor Saaremaa Island Pale Ale will be available in 22oz bottles and draft for a limited time.
Style: Pale Ale
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. Limited one time release.
The series at glance:
No. 1: California Lager
No. 2: Mark’s Mild
No. 3: Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout
No. 4: Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale
No. 5: Harvest One American Pale Ale
No. 6: Saareemaa Pale Ale
No. 7: Potero Hill Sour Mash IPA (Coming soon)
Anchor Brewing (San Francisco, CA) will soon introduce the seventh edition in the Zymaster Series soon.
The series, which debuted with California Lager, is a brewer driven series where the brewmaster researches, creates, and brings to fruition, a unique new offering for the brewery.
Potrero Hill Sour Mash IPA follows #6, Saareemaa Pale Ale.
Presumably, Sour Mash IPA is brewed a bit like a berliner weisse, where the brewer allows the mash to naturally sour in the tun for a day/days then completing the brewing process.
As with the previous offerings, Anchor Potrero Hill Sour Mash IPA will be available in 22oz bottles, and draft.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Anchor Zymaster Series Rundown:
The Anchor Brewing Zymaster Series kicked off a little over a year ago with California Lager. Here in 2013 the series is expanding quickly. A week ago, release #4 was revealed – Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale. Check out release #5 – Harvest one American Pale Ale.
Mark’s Mild was bottled, and plans for Fort Ross and Harvest One (above). Anchor tells Beer Street Journal official announcements to follow.
Style: Pale Ale
Availability: 22oz bottles, Draft
The Anchor Brewing Zymaster Series expands with Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale. Brewed with Yerba. This, the 4th edition in the series is also slated for bottles. Yerba lends the beer a vegetal flavor, resembling green tea. Part of the holly family.
Style: Farmhouse Ale (w/ Yerba)
Availability: 22 oz bottles, Draft.
Say that a few times after drinking. Anchor Brewing (San Francisco, CA) just released Mark’s Mild in Magnum bottles. The beer celebrates brewmaster Mark Carpenter’s 41st year at Anchor. Since becoming brewmaster, Mark has been innovating. Brekle’s Brown joined Anchor’s ranks in 2011, followed by the Zymaster Series in 2012.
This summer, the second release in the Zymaster Series hit taps. That’s not enough to commemorate Mark’s hard work right? Starting today, 1.5 liter “magnum” bottles are on sale at Anchor’s taproom. ($29.99).
Flavor? Mark’s Mild is inspired by the British Mild style,lower in alcohol, but high in flavor. This brew has a malty sweetness with hints of chocolate, nuts, caramel and toffee, and a smooth, thirst-quenching finish, proving the notion that beer doesn’t have to be extreme to be interesting.
Congrats to Mark Carpenter for a great 41 years. Here’s to 40 more. [PressRelease]
Pic via: San Francisco Brewers Guild