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Beer Available At Anchor Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Anchor Our Special Ale (2005 and later) 94, Anchor Summer Beer 31, Anchor Liberty Ale 95, Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red 91, Anchor Zymaster Series No. 1 California Lager - Part 1 72, Anchor Brekleís Brown 87, Anchor Steam Beer 78, Anchor Zymaster Series No. 4 Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale 86, Anchor Zymaster Series No. 3 Flying Cloud Stout 91, Anchor Zymaster Series No. 2 Marks Mild 75, Anchor Porter 99, Anchor Bock Beer 92
t0rin0 (968) Riverslime, California | July 6, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Never wanted to go through the trouble to schedule a tour months in advance but RBSG 2009 made it easy for me. The place is not open to the public (unless you sign up for the tour) so there isnít a whole lot of "ambiance" to rate but between it being comfortable and private, and that Aussie girl that was working the bar itís a cool place.
Itís hard to knock the selection too because while Anchor only makes a handfull of beers theyíre pretty much all available at the bar, and for free after you do the tour.
No food here minus some pretzels and they dont let you bring in outside food but there was a taco truck right outside when I went. Worth a stop once.
Braudog (696) Hampton, Virginia | April 14, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
April 2008. Our friends Chris and Meredith from thebeergeek.com were able to secure a private tour for just the four of us. We went at the end of the business day on a Friday and virtually had the run of the place to ourselves. OK, so we didnít get the promised vertical tasting, but we did get a great tour, got to play with their fresh hop leaves and had a generally great time. Great brewery. Definitely take time to visit during scheduled tour times. (Brewery #462, 4/11/2008)
KyotoLefty (420) Kyoto, Japan | August 1, 2009
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
We couldnít book at tour slot, so we just showed up to look around and see what happened. Watching our sad faces as the tour left, an office lady there told us just to join them. The best brewery tour yet for me: 20 minutes looking at the beautiful brewhouse with straightforward explanation, then straight to the tasting room for all those great Anchor beers. Fabulous. Would go time and time again.
BrewDad (411) Olympia, | February 12, 2006
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
This was one of my places to stop on my personal brewery tour through San Fran. My wife was on a business trip and I tagged along for some fun and beer drinking. Took the tour and that was a blast and when Fritz Maytag stopped and talked he was awesome. Loved the location right on the bus line which was perfect for me. We got to try a new special brew they had just brewed a special for the anniversary of the place. We had so many samples it was good I was on a bus at the end. No food which I could have used made the rest of the trip tough. Anchor Steam you where awesome!!! A great tour but no food.
nbutler11 (316) Phoenix, Arizona | November 25, 2010
10 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 1/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 2/20
Nice building. Stopped by twice without realizing that this place only does tours and you have to book them 2 months out. At least put a sign up! I went back the second day and was greeted by a very snotty woman who seemed offended by the idea that they would have a tap room open to the public. Catch a clue! I donít care if I get a happy ending on the tour -- Iím not going back.
bytemesis (293) Sunnyvale, California | August 14, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Finally made the trek this afternoon thanks to my Godmother in-law, who knows the president of the company. :) Great tour, extremely engaging tour guide. Following the tour you get 4 oz pours of up to eight of their beers, all served in a pretty cool tasting room. And its all free! Highly cool - recommended!
DYCSoccer17 (288) Woodland, California | August 15, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 16/20
I canít believe I have never rated this place. Iíve been here many times (RBSG once), and I have been here to judge homebrew competitions and homebrew club of the year parties. This place is brimming with history. Clean, immaculately clean. Most beers are available to sample. Nice tour, and a gorgeous view of the city. Yes, itís a pain to reserve a tour, but itís a good time.
swoopjones (274) Buffalo, New York | February 27, 2007
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Had tour twice now. Once in 1995 & once in 2006. Didnít know much in í95. Class act all the way. They went above & beyond. Tasted some Anchor Steam right out of the vat. Stayed after hours with the tour guide & the brewers, Highly recommended.
Schlenkerla (259) , Austria | January 2, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Most impressive are the huge mash tun and the brew kettles. The brewery tour is decent. Unfortunately no special brews were available in the tasting room. A must visit though, due to the historic value of this brewery. We visited on the day when Maytag announced to sell the business, so was a bit sad.
ElGaucho (220) Minnetonka, Minnesota | December 20, 2005
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been on countless brewery tours and overall, this was the best. Why? Because you can smell, touch and taste hops in the hop room. Because the tour and explanation of the brewing process made sense. Because they give you a ridiculous amount of beer at the end of the tour, 6 (approx. 8 oz, maybe 10 oz) glasses of beer. We even got to see Fritz Maytag in his office. Usually when I go on a brewery tour, it is on a weekend when they are not brewing, so the fact that this tour was during the week made it better, although it was disappointing that the bottling line was shut down for the day when we went through. Although it seemed like a fairly good sized operation, hearing that they only produce 85,000 barrels per year surprised me. They are still a fairly small brewery. Now that I see them distributed nationally, I can see them outgrowing his facility in the near future.
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