Anchor Brewing Company
Craft brewers since 1896, Anchor Brewing Company was founded by German immigrant Gottlieb Brekle who arrived in San Francisco in 1849 during the Gold Rush. After buying a saloon in 1871, Brekle established the original brewery which was later bought in 1896 and renamed Anchor. With a history of ups and downs, including periods of silence during Prohibition and various setbacks and tragedies, Anchor Brewing Company has remained in business and is one of the most innovative breweries in the country.
The Anchor Brewery is the first in the world with its own in-house distillery and that’s but the start of their unique adaptations that have lead them to the forefront of the brewing industry. Several experimental beers from an ancient Sumerian recipe dating over 4,000 years lead to the first what beer in America since Prohibition, brewed in 1984. Among their other accomplishments and worldwide praise, Anchor beers are still made in the copper brewhouse in San Francisco, in an old food storage warehouse built in 1937. A new brewery building is planned to begin construction on Pier 48 in Fisherman’s Wharf in late 2015.
This famed brewery is as based on a continuous connection with history as it is with their meticulously tended recipes. Tours of Anchor lead you through three floors of the brewhouse narrated with the history of the company, ending with a tasting session for those over 21. Children are welcome to attend regular tours, which last approximately 1.5 hours but are not allowed to participate in the tasting session. Group tours require reservations up to three months in advance.
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