Most beer lovers recognize Anchor Steam as the quintessential and/or original S.F. beer brand. But not everyone knows they can book a a tour (up to two months advance notice often required) to see the brewery and learn how their world-class beer is made. Anchor has also been one of my favorite clients over the past few years (we’ve photographed everything from their holiday party/Christmas Ale releases to their brewmaster portraits) and we took a few hours last Tuesday to surprise Natalie (Orange Crush Production Lead/Staff Photographer) on her birthday with a fun afternoon trip. I am a big fan of Anchor’s role in San Francisco’s history and consider the brewery my ‘hometown beer.’ We enjoyed tasting nine of the currently available Anchor brews and picked up a number of fun factoids to impress our friends. I was introduced to Anchor California Lager® for the first time on the tour, and my life will never be the same again.
The brewery currently produces 165,000 bottles of beer per day, but that amount will grow even more when they move into Pier 48 in a few years. We’re hoping that that will mean they will have the capacity to make some sour and/or barrel-aged brews!