Anchor Brewing Company
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- 70%Budget Travelers
- 69%Nightlife Lovers
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Member Reviews (13)
- Anchor Brewing CompanyCommunity ManagerMember ofFoodiesLocal CultureBackpackers+ 4First to ReviewFeb 06, 2014
I wrote this while I was traveling home at the end of 2009:
I can equate the end of a year to airline travel. It's liberating and fun, but also a little bittersweet. You're going someplace new while, in turn, you're also leaving something behind. At the gateway between here and there, now and then, it's always nice to have someplace to sit and think.
I normally don't eat or drink at airport bars, seeing as they usually charge too much, but I thought I'd give it a go here. Anchor offers a great selection of beer, my favorites being the Liberty Ale and Porter. The food was decent and the service was great. The server was an older woman giving off a familial charm. Very comforting.
It's the transitional state of things. And like airline travel, the end of a year is best ushered by pissing away your money thoughtlessly on sandwiches and getting a little too drunk.
C'est la vie.
(Happy New Year!)
- Anchor Brewing CompanyMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsStudents+ 1Nov 15, 2013
A historic company, they brewed the first modern IPA in 1975 and are still producing it: The Liberty Ale. A must stop brewery in your California adventure. The tours are incredible and everyone there knows what they are talking about. Just make sure to call ahead, tour reservations are usually backed up for weeks!
Recommended Beer: Anchor Steam Beer (or Liberty Ale).
- Anchor Brewing CompanyMember ofFoodiesOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 2Jul 31, 2013
If you like beer, a tour of SF's historic Anchor Brewing Company is a must. The tour is really interesting - you learn all about the process of making a "steam beer" - which was fascinating. Best part is the tasting room at the end...
- Anchor Brewing CompanyMember ofFoodiesLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 11Jul 22, 2013
Free beer?! That goes in our favorite budget category without question. Not only are the tour guides extremely knowledgeable, but you get to try up to eight beers at the end. The understandably popular tour fills up months in advance, so call far, far ahead of your visit.Recommended for:Budget Travelers
- Anchor Brewing CompanyMember ofFoodiesLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 3Aug 31, 2012
What an incredible local resource. We should all be grateful to the Maytag heir who bought the brewery, kept it going, and made it far more popular and successful than ever. Amusingly, I read a 1930s semi-fictionalized account of life in SF in the 1890s and it made many references to "steam beer." If you have a chance to do the tour, do it! The tour was very informative and fragrant, and standing next to the idle bottling machinery I felt like Shirley Feeney. Plus you get to sample their many varieties!
- Anchor Brewing CompanyFirst to ReviewOct 20, 2013
I came here for the kick-off party during Beer Week a few years ago and had a blast. Lots of free beer, food and some big wigs in the brewing industry. That being said, the actual brewery doesn't have too much in the way of charisma (I'm comparing it to the Sam Adams factory in Boston, so maybe that's a little unfair). A lot of wide open space with winding pipes. I haven't been on a schedule tour, but I've heard they're decent. Be warned though: it's on the outskirts of SOMA and a bit of a walk from public transportation.Recommended for:Local Culture
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Aliases: Anchor Steam