All US microbreweries owe Fritz Maytag and Anchor Brewing a debt of gratitude.
Their beers are generally very good (although I donít like their summer wheat beer or the Small beer.)
Anchor Steam, Liberty Ale, and Porter are all classics and hold up well against any of the extreme beers of their style.
Anchor is not a trendy brewery - I wouldnít expect a sour or a Belgian style Tripel from them any time some - nor would I want one.
I respect their integrity, and thank them for leading the micro-brewery revolution so long ago.
a great San Fransisco experience. untill i went to Anchor i thought the great tradition of great essentially micro brewed beers was an east coast thing. Anchor shattered my perception of the west coast beer culture and in a good way
Tour, August 2008. Up the stairs, past several well kept, low key offices, through the glass doors is the Anchor tasting room, where the tour starts. The guide was very personable and well spoken, taking us through the whole building, past what looked like free staff taps, though they are likely just water with anchor tap handles, through the bottling room. Donít miss a chance to stick a head in the hop room, which is as aromatic an experience as can be. The tasting was free, booked in advance, and the beers were wonderful when served this fresh. I did not know that only one business day is devoted to brewing most of their diverse line of beers: the other days are all for steam beer. A worthwhile visit.
Probably the best brewery tour out there! This is a really cool brewhouse and thereís mojo oozing from the walls. I would consider this a must see for any beer fan in San Francisco. Itís probably a must see for anyone, really.
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)
asedzie (12) San Francisco, California | January 19, 2008| Updated May 2, 2008
Live in the neighborhood and stopped by to say hi on a friday afternoon. Stopping by without a reservation way in advance was definitely a no no, but the folks inside were really neighborly and invited me in to have drinks with the employees at the bar overlooking the gorgeous brewing equipment. Lots of fun chatting with these guys and tasting the beer fresh from the brewery.
Did the tour and it was great. Strangely enough, the smells of the hand brewing process alone have made me a loyal drinker of Anchor products.
Hoser (178) 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.
The wife and I took a 1 PM tour on a Friday. Located on the southern part of San Francisco on the number 19 bus route, this place wasnít really near anything else, but was a cool looking building nonetheless. We came in, and the tour started out with the basic brewery tour info: the four basic ingredients of beer and the history of the brewery. The history was very interesting, actually. The tour itself was pretty standard, yet it was one of the better tours I have been on. Our guide seemed to know his stuff, and he wasnít boring like some guides can be. At the end of the tour, we got to sample the six beers that they had on tap: Steam, Summer Ale, Bock, Porter, Liberty Ale, and Old Foghorn. I usually love Anchor beers, but these were even better at the brewery. The value is a "10" because it was free, and they gave us a lot of time to sample all of the beers and go back for seconds on something we liked. Reservations are a must, so plan ahead, because if you are in the San Francisco area, you should definitely stop at Anchor.
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.