Iím sure it has something to do with planning my last trip to San Fran around a tour of the Anchor Brewery but what a place. The tour group I was with was diverse and kinda quirky and the history, explanation and beer was WORLD CLASS.
03/22/12 Tour visit: A wonderful experience on my San Francisco visit. Tour guide (Daniel) was excellent and very informative. Enjoyed seeing the "hops room" and the bottling line. Loved the ambiance and history of this place. Tour was casual and not rushed. It ended with eight (8) four (4) ounce tastings of their solid beers.......all free! Must make a reservation months in advance!
Friendly and a landmark for all that love the microbrewery beer. If Maytag hadnít saved Anchor Brewing Co. the microbrewery industry would perhaps not have started whebn it did.
The building is quite strange compered to other breweries Iíve been to but so much culture. Perhaps the guides needs to learn a bit more but they sertanly are friendly.
I am very glad I booked a tour on my trip to San Francisco. The tour was informative and friendly. You get to see the brewing process in action, fermenting tanks at the basement level, and even the bottling line. I was very impressed with the causal family atmosphere among the employees. I expected a large "corporate" operation from a brewer that distributes around the world. I still canít fathom how they brew enough beer to satisfy the demand. The beer sampling at the end was awesome and a lot of fun. I felt at home discussing beer with the guide. I left Anchor feeling mildly buzzed and happy and enjoyed a walk around the scenic area.
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.
Itís a thorough tour on the history of Anchor (which has a good story to it), the brewing process, and the specifics about each beer. You get a really good look at things (loved seeing the tubs of fermenting beer with all that yeast on top!). After that you get an hour of free tasting. Itís Anchor, so thereís only so many beers to try, but at least theyíre good. Itís really good for a first time visit, but itíll definitely be the same if you go a second time.
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.
Stopped in for the tour the day the sale was final. Just missed Fritz and his wife doing their final walkthrough. Tour was informative and would be a great introduction to beer making for someone unfamiliar. Molly the tour guide knew her stuff and led a very engaging tour. Free tasting afterward was nice with samples of Summer, Steam, Liberty, Humming, Porter and Foghorn. A really cool old brewery with a nice tour.
Well I havenít been back since good olí Fritz sold out, but based on when I was there, this is a solid place. Good brewery tour, fairly generic but educational for the ignorant. Lots of great beers on tap - the majority of Anchorís small but high-quality lineup. Steam, Porter, Liberty, Old Foghorn, Small Beer, and Summer Beer were on tap I believe. Iím bummed I was too late to be able to buy a bottle of Our Barrel Ale, but fortunately I was able to tick that beer later. I canít comment on prices since I was there as part of an event that was pre-paid. Staff is very friendly though. The neighborhood (Potrero Hill I think is what youíd call it) is not great, but this is an excellent San Francisco institution. Great feel to it. Iíll come back if they let me.