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Two Local Exhibitions Showcase Anchor Brewing History & Design

Posted by at 10:45 pm | Category: Events 1

If you live in the Bay Area, or will be visiting this fall, two local exhibitions offer unique opportunities to learn about Anchor Brewing history and the inspiration behind the newest hand-drawn label for Anchor Christmas Ale.

Established in San Francisco


The Society of California Pioneers is presenting an exhibition called Established in San Francisco: Four Iconic California Brands. It features Levi Strauss & Company, Tadich Grill, Shreve & Company, and Anchor Brewing, “each a pioneer in their industry and all still in business.” The Society’s John Hogan and Anchor historian Dave Burkhart curated the Anchor display. It features a brief history of the brewery accompanied by rare photographs and artifacts from the Anchor Brewing Collection.

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10-5, admission is free (suggested donation $5). The museum is in the Presidio Main Post, in an 1890s redbrick barrack between the Walt Disney Family Museum and the Commissary. The show runs thru October. For more info, visit www.californiapioneers.org.

Design in Action

Jim-Stitt-with-Dave-Burkhart Jim Stitt (left) with Anchor’s Design & Graphics Production Manager and Brewery Historian Dave Burkhart

Longtime Anchor artist Jim Stitt and his original artwork for Anchor Brewing’s 2015 Christmas Ale are featured in a show called Play: Design in Action, which “examines play as a dynamic and essential element of the creative process for the design arts.” Presented by the SF chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the show is free and open to the public M-F 9-5, on the 6th floor of SF’s historic Hallidie Building, 130 Sutter Street. It runs thru November. For more info, visit www.archandcity.org/exhibitions/.

View 40 years of Jim Stitt’s unique, hand-drawn labels for Anchor Christmas Ale here.


Readers Comments (1)

We’ve loved Jim Stitt’s fine art with all its care, attention, and meticulous detail just as much as the wonderfully special and tasty Christmas Ales! The level of quality on the labels continues to speak volumes to the artistry, science, and passion found inside each bottle!!

It’s been a truly beautiful collaboration that I look forward to enjoying each year!!

With a huge smile and cheers to Jim & all the talented and kind folks at Anchor Brewing!!

It’s always a Happy Holiday when the first magnum of Anchor Christmas Ale is enjoyed with friends!!

Thank you for honoring Jim, this fine tradition, and evoking memories of Christmas Ales, close friends, and good times past with the hopes of many, many, more to come!!

All The Best,
Chris Young

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