Working in the dynamic environment at one of America’s craft brewing pioneers lends itself to having a unique cast of characters – new and old alike – who call Anchor home. The brewers may be the “magicians,” but there’s an entire team here at Anchor who are dedicated to upholding our high standards of craft brewing. In our series of “Anchor Profiles,” we sit down with one of the interesting folks from the Anchor team, hand them an Anchor brew to loosen the lips, and ask them a few questions to help you get to know the people behind the hand-made beer.
I was born in Orange County (don’t call it the OC), and have gone back and forth between northern and southern California a few times—at this point, anywhere near a beach feels like home. These days I live out in the Sunset with my boyfriend (who also works at Anchor because we are awesome).
What do you love to do in the Bay Area (or about the Bay Area)?
My all time favorite thing, especially on lazy weekends, is to ride bikes down to Highway 1 and ride along the coast—stopping in to the Riptide or any other yet unexplored bars for drinks along the way, of course. I also love catching old flicks at the Castro theater, or rifling through one of the many used bookstores the city has to offer.
How did you first become interested in craft beer?
Right after college I worked at this small, slightly terrible brewpub that was basically just a pitstop on the way to Yosemite. I’d never paid much attention to beer until then—I knew I liked Newcastle but that was about it—and suddenly I had to learn all our different styles, to explain our varieties to customers, and I was pretty fascinated by all the combinations our tiny brewery was able to churn out. I used to drag my roommate to BevMo to pick up random bottles of craft or imported beer—one of New Belgiums’ Lips of Faith series, big bottles of Belgian ales like Piraat—and we’d bring them home and sip them and share and get excited about how good everything tasted. We usually had no idea what we were drinking or what we were talking about, but it was great fun, and definitely my intro to good beer.
When did you start working at Anchor and what do you do?
I started working for Anchor in September 2013 and I work the front desk—this entails tour booking, answering emails to the general public, and gently breaking the news that we don’t have an open taproom. Basically, if you’ve ever called or emailed Anchor, you’ve probably talked to me.
I have one hundred fantastic beer memories—that’s one of the greatest things about beer, isn’t it? It’s so conducive to fond memories and great times. Lately, though, one of my favorite things is grabbing an end of the week beer in the taproom with a couple coworkers. Sometimes someone will have a bottle of something rare (beer from Argentina someone on the tour brought us, barrel aged imperial stout left as a thank you), and we’ll share this new and unfamiliar beer and forget about whatever may have been difficult in the week. I don’t want to say that it’s magic, but it is definitely magic.
What do you love most about working in the beer industry?
The beer business feels like such a family. It’s such a welcoming industry, and I absolutely love it. I also feel an overwhelming sense of pride in being part of such a big part of craft brewing history—I love talking beer and history with people who come through or call in, and it’s great to meet so many people who are as into beer as we are. It really is an intensely fun place to be.
What is your favorite Anchor beer?
Steam is my absolute favorite. I love all of our beers, but Anchor Steam is my go-to beer. I wish I had a clear memory of my first drink of Steam, but I don’t. It’s just a staple for me–this comforting brew that has always been there for as long as I can remember. I can’t think of anything that feels like home more than Anchor Steam.