Anchor Brewing Celebrates the Return of Drink Steam Week, Commemorating the San Francisco Original that Started the Craft Beer Movement

July 25, 2018

For the fourth year in a row, Anchor Brewing Company will celebrate America’s first handcrafted beer, Anchor Steam® Beer, with the return of Drink Steam Week taking place August 12-19, 2018. Back in 2015, the Mayor of San Francisco proclaimed the third week of August to be Drink Steam Week, celebrating Anchor’s revolutionary role in the American craft beer movement and continued commitment to brewing in San Francisco. This summer, Drink Steam Week will consist of celebrations across the country to honor Anchor’s profound 122-year history.

“Drink Steam Week is a nationwide tribute to Anchor’s flagship and the pioneer of the American craft beer movement, Anchor Steam,” said Anchor Brewing Company CEO and President Matt Davenport. “Founded in 1896, Anchor has held steadfast to its traditional brewing techniques and high quality standards, including the unique process of open fermentation, using whole-cone hops, and brewing in a manually-operated, classic copper brewhouse. Anchor Steam Beer is the foundation of both Anchor Brewing and the craft beer movement, and that’s a legacy we can come together to celebrate.”

Although Drink Steam Week originated in San Francisco, beer fans can join the festivities from coast-to-coast with more cities and regions participating than ever before. For a full list of events and special offerings happening throughout Drink Steam Week, visit

While festivities span the country, Anchor will also be celebrating where it all started—the brewery. Beer fans are encouraged to join a brewery tour and tasting to get a glimpse at centuries-old craft brewing traditions, a bit of San Francisco history, and a generous tasting of select Anchor beers. Tours are available daily, reservations are required and can be made at

Celebrations will also extend to Anchor Public Taps, the pilot brewery and bar located just across the street from the iconic brewery. As an exclusive offering to honor the heritage and legacy of Anchor Steam Beer, Unfiltered Steam Beer will be on tap for the duration of Drink Steam Week. It’s the Anchor Steam Beer fans know and love, but unfiltered. When asking an Anchor Brewer how they like to drink Anchor Steam they’ll say, “straight from the cellar tanks.” This beer is Anchor extending that special experience to its fans.

Guests at all Drink Steam Week events are encouraged to grab an Anchor Steam and share the moment on social media by using #RaiseYourAnchor and #DrinkSteam. Anchor Brewing will be sharing the most interesting photos and videos from around the country on @anchorbrewing throughout the week. Below is a list of official Drink Steam Destinations around the country:

San Francisco
Café Du Nord, Four Deuces, Gold Cane, Grant & Green Saloon, Hotel Utah, Kilowatt, Mission Bowling Club, The Page, Vesuvio, Zeitgeist

Kingfish Pub & Café, Make Westing, Somar Bar & Lounge, Telegraph Beer Garden, The Avenue

North Bay
Bar Bocce, BooKoo, Finnegan’s Marin Restaurant & Bar, Gestalt Haus

San Mateo
Alpine Beer Garden, Boulevard Café, New England Lobster Market & Eatery, Old Princeton Landing, Sam’s Chowder House

Beach Hut Deli, The Depot, Hilltop Tavern, Socals Tavern, Tank House BBQ & Bar

Los Angeles
Akbar, Brennan’s Pub, Diablo, Johnny’s Bar, Mohawk Bend, San Francisco Saloon

San Diego
Beach House Grill, Slater’s 50/50, Small Bar, Tower 23—JRDN, Waterbar

Docs Hollidays, Imperial Bar & Lounge, Mellow Fellow, Our Bar, The Eddy, The Stick

74th Street Ale House, Columbia City Ale House, Double J Saloon, Henry’s Tavern, Hilltop Ale House, Treehouse Café

Hopleaf Bar, Moody's Pub, Oyster Bah, Pacific Standard Time, Shaw's Crab House, Slightly Toasted

Rosati’s Pizza (Hoschton location), Rosati’s Pizza and Sports Pub (Cumming & Atlanta locations), W.H. Stiles Fish Camp

Casey’s Upper Deck, Celtic Ray, Kapow, Roque Pub, West End Trading Company

Bottlecraft, Humboldt Steel Corporation (Portsmouth & Norfolk locations), No Frill Bar & Grill, Water Street Grille, Whole Foods Market—Oyster Point Pub

New York City
B Bar & Grill, Finnerty’s, Fresh Salt, Old Stanley’s

Long Island
Corks & Taps, Momo’s Sports Bar, Rudi’s Bar and Grill, Swiftway Beer

Coolidge Corner Clubhouse, Doyle’s Café, Eastern Standard

Cape Cod
Epic Oyster, JD’s Woodfire Grill, Impudent Oyster, Jailhouse Tavern, The Bog Pub


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