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Anchor Brewers & Distillers

1705 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Closed Now
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(415) 863-8350Directions★ Review
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Added on 05/08/2015

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Regular Hours
Mon - Fri
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Extra Phones

Phone: (415) 552-7094

Phone: (650) 821-8911

Fax: (415) 552-7094

General Info

Anchor Brewing can be traced all the way back to the Gold Rush, when German brewer Gottlieb Brekle arrived in San Francisco and applied for citizenship. Brekle owned a little San Francisco brewery on Pacific, between Larkin and Hyde streets that would become known as the Anchor. Every Anchor Steam Beer label says, 'Made in San Francisco since 1896,' because that is the year the old brewery on Pacific (the first of six locations around San Francisco) was named Anchor. No one knows why the name Anchor was chosen, except for its allusion to the great Port of San Francisco. Anchor Brewery inherited a long tradition of brewing what had come to be known as steam beer, one of the quaint old nicknames for beer brewed along the West Coast under primitive conditions and without ice. Today 'steam' is a trademark of Anchor Brewing and its beer among the most popular. The brewing facility is located in the Portrero Hill area of San Francisco.

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  • by  on 11/17/2015

    Perhaps one of the oldest handcrafted American beers, this classic is amber in color with a nice balance between sweet malts and caramel, and tart apple with a hint of citrus. Totally loved it

  • Must stop for Beer Nerds
    by  on 07/16/2007

    Nice, tight little tour of the brewery operation, followed by an long tasting session of current beers. As noted before, these ain't little mini-samples, you get a healthy portion of each to savor. When we called for reservations, the brewery was running a 10am as well as an afternoon tour - and our 10am was full up, so make reservations early (no walk ins!). Well worth the pilgrimage from downtown, added bonus for the morning tour, you finish up your tour and tastings in time for lunch, and just a couple of blocks over is Goat Hill Pizza. When we went, Goat Hill had Speakeasy ale on tap, so it's a natural for the beer tour of the Bay!\r The tour makes me appreciate the Anchor products I see on the shelves back home.

  • Heaven for beer-lovers
    by  on 05/17/2002

    Got the afternoon free? Call ahead and schedule a tour. The process is interesting, but the best part is a lengthy tasting session at the end of the tour. Try all the varieties -- and this isn't dainty, tiny-pour wine tasting. You oughta plan on a designated driver. You're guaranteed to come away as an Anchor Brewing devotee.


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