Reserve your tour way in advance, awesome classic old equipment and these guys are churning out tons of beer for a small setup. In a very rural part of town. I think the breweing setup is the most awesome thing about stopping here.
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.
read Yogi_Beera's comments and put ditto marks in there for me. I added food only because I was lucky enough to have lunch served, but think that's a rarity. Couldn't have been treated better. Great stories from guide and all the beer and various combinations I could imagine.
I appreciate the tour. It was really cool. Lotís of old pictures and memorabilia. Although, I already understand the brewing process (home brewer) it is cool to see this brewery in action. Not a very long tour, but longer than others that I have been on. Tried the humming ale after the tour. They have a tasting after the tour. I am sure you could get fairly buzzed while doing that. Nice old feel to it. Lots of history here. As far as an everyday drinking place where one would go and hang out, obviously this isnít the place to go. I appreciated the tour, but after going once I ask myself "What the hell is the point going again?" Seeing the broken bottles almost made me cry. Honestly, I wish there was a way that I could get all of that wasted fucking beer, and drink for free. Tour guide was hot, but slightly bitchy. Meh...nice tour, but after you see it once, whatís the point? One amazing thing, free tour + free beer (no matter what size) = fucking awesome.
Went on the tour during RBSG09. Anchor is just what it is, and i like it. The old memorabilia in the tasting room, copper brewhouse, open fermenter room, lab technicians in white coats... there is a lot of cool stuff. The place is old school and does what it knows how to do, but the beer is all well made, with a couple of above-average examples. Samples are free, so you canít complain about value. The bottle collection of Our Special Ale is pretty sweet. This place is like a surreal walk back in time. I would definitely not want to miss this if I was in the city.
Hoser (175) Cowtown, Alberta | July 16, 2007| Updated July 21, 2007
Had a private tour with the head brewer and hung out with the brewers on a Friday afternoon. It was great to see such an iconic American brewery.
I went to the brewery in 2004 and it was a great trip to one of my favourite cities, and beers. Anchor Steam was the first beer I drank when I came to the US on vacation in 91. So I have fond memories, The tour was great, they were very enthusiastic about the brewing and beer. When I go back to SF, I will do the tour again. The tour ends in the tasting room which is styled like a lot of the old pubs downtown. The wife doesnít drink beer, so I got my fill!!