Up the California coast about 70 miles north of San Francisco lays Fort Ross; a historic fort built by the Russian American Company over 200 years ago as a home base for Russia’s fur trade. This commercial company, commissioned by Russia’s tsarist government, managed all Russian exploration, trade, and settlement in the North Pacific. Fort Ross was mainly an agricultural base and was the site of California’s first windmills and shipbuilding.
Today, Fort Ross is one of California’s 280 state parks. The 4th beer in our Zymaster Series of special brews, Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale, received its name and story from this beautiful place, and it was also the location of our most recent Employee Volunteer Day.
Anchor volunteers spent a sunny afternoon helping park rangers with a variety of projects; collecting fruit from the orchard, removing invasive plants from the beach, and clearing trails. It was fun and rewarding work! That night, the Anchor crew camped 5 miles north at Salt Point State Park, enjoying dinner and beers around the campfire together.
The event was the fourth volunteer day for Anchor employees in collaboration with the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF).
Anchor’s partnership with CSPF was launched in February 2013 with the release of Anchor California Lager®. California’s state parks system, Anchor’s history, and California’s first genuine lager were all born in the second half of the 19th century, and as a tribute to our shared history and traditions, a partnership seemed natural to us. Anchor employee volunteer days in state parks are a result of this partnership.
In addition to organizing state park volunteer days, Anchor supports CSPF by donating a portion of proceeds from sales of Anchor California Lager to the foundation, as well as by providing beer for CSPF fundraising events. It is our collective hope that the partnership will help to inspire others to preserve and enjoy the Golden State’s natural treasures, and raise an Anchor to its innate beauty.