Get a glimpse at centuries-old craft brewing traditions, a taste of San Francisco history, and a flight of selected Anchor beers.
We offer two guided public tours each weekday, by reservation only. You’ll get a brief history of our company and a walk through three floors of our brewery. And yes, there’s a tasting session immediately to follow. Together, the brewery tour and the beer tasting last for about 1.5 hours.
We take reservations up to three months in advance and cost $15 per person. The charge will take effect immediately upon your booking confirmation. Included in the price is a walking tour of the brewery, education about Anchor Brewing and beers as well as a tasting in our taproom at the conclusion of the tour. Tours are available each Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. as well as Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. excluding holidays. You may have up to four in a party, depending on available space. Tastings are only available to those who take the tour. Due to popular demand, we are not able to accommodate you for a tour without reservations. Tours can be searched for and booked via the website only. Children are welcome on the tour, but you must be 21 to taste beer afterwards. There is no public parking area, besides street parking, and public transportation is strongly encouraged.
We love our building. It was built in 1937 for a San Francisco food company. We bought it forty years later, managing somehow to keep our impending move a secret for the next two years. Our first brew in our new home was August 13, 1979, but we kept brewing at our old location until we were sure we had it right in the new one.
In 2013, we announced plans to develop a new brewery at what is now Pier 48 with production and distribution facilities, a restaurant, museum, educational center and other public attractions. The 212,000-square-foot space is an addition to Anchor Brewing's existing brewery. Construction is planned for the end of 2015 with the first priority to establish brewing and production facilities at the new site. As the additional mixed used space becomes developed around the new brewery, we will phase in the other guest experiences such as daily tours, the restaurant and other amenities.