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 (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.