Sunday May 1st was a sunny day full of celebration, great food, and outstanding beer at Anchor Brewing’s Public Taps beer garden as the San Francisco-original brewery unveiled their new and incredible West Coast IPA.
Crisp, refreshingly light, and delicately flavored with essential california elements, the historically popular beer company happily served up their deliciously new offering to all their local patrons, pairing the tasting experience with a bright afternoon of live music, delectable lobster rolls, raffles, and naturally, the Warriors game on a big screen.
Their summery West Coast IPA joins the wide array of classics Anchor Brewing has proudly perfected, fitting right alongside their historic selections, such as the 1972 Porter, 1975 Liberty Ale (which notoriously ignted the IPA revolution), and their original Anchor Steam Beer first brewed in 1896!
Their uniquely seasonal Christmas Ale is also a highly sought-after hit, as the intricate spices and essences change every year along with the front tree emblem.
It truly does not get anymore authentically San Francisco than with Anchor Brewing Company, as they are not only masterfully integral to the city’s development, but to America’s culture overall, being a true trailblazer as our nation’s first craft brewery since 1896.
Persisting through earthquakes, fires, Prohibition, and more, today the prolific company is venerated all throughout the city, with many flocking to their Portrero Hill beer garden and longstanding factory for tours.
Anchor Steam’s $20 brewery tour is definitely worth the visit, because within one hour you will not only be immersed in the rich and bubbly history of the company’s development led by the most knowledgeable and courteous guide, but also get to witness the century-old immense copper kettles, or tuns, still utilized today.
Brewmaster Tom Riley has been masterfully crafting Anchor Steam beer for over 37 years.
"These beers have stories and we preserve that history," Tom Riley, Anchor Steam's Brewmaster proudly declares when asked how he envisions the future of his company, having worked there for an illustrious 37 years.
Although Anchor Steam is dedicated on maintaining tradition, Riley says,"we also know we have to branch off and have new offerings, and use new techniques. Maybe the guy that wants a pilsner or a hazy picks ours up and learns more about our company, and then goes backwards to try our other beers, which again have stories tied to them."
By continuing to utilize Anchor's precise dry-hopping process for their West Coast IPA, Riley hopes new drinkers to Anchor will taste this tradition and then learn more about their evolution and preservation of other techniques such as their "steam" brewing which works seamlessly with our city's distinctly cool and foggy climate.
Anchor Brewing Company is located on 1705 Mariposa St, while their beer garden Public Taps is just across the street on 495 De Haro St.
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