Anchor Brewing Company Celebrates the San Francisco Original that Started the Craft Beer Movement with the Return of Anchor Steam Week

August 01, 2019

Anchor Brewing Company Celebrates the San Francisco Original that Started the Craft Beer Movement with the Return of Anchor Steam Week

San Francisco, CA (August 1, 2019) – For the fifth year, Anchor Brewing Company will celebrate America's first craft beer, Anchor Steam Beer, with the return of Anchor Steam Week on August 11-18, 2019. In 2015, the Mayor of San Francisco proclaimed the third week of August to be Anchor Steam Week, celebrating Anchor's revolutionary role in the American craft beer movement and continued commitment to brewing in San Francisco. This summer, Anchor Steam Week will feature celebrations across the country to honor Anchor's 123-year history.

"We take this week to show appreciation for the beer that got us here. Anchor Steam has been the stronghold of our brewery since the 19th century. Drinking an Anchor Steam is like drinking a glass of San Francisco history," said Anchor's Brewmaster, Scott Ungermann.

Although Anchor Steam's taste has never changed, fans can enjoy the beer in a variety of appearances today. Recently, Anchor Brewing Company released the Anchor Steam Artist Label, designed by award-winning San Francisco artist and writer, Paul Madonna. The limited-time packaging celebrates the artistic heritage of San Francisco through two of its most well-known icons, the Golden Gate Bridge and Anchor Steam Beer.

In February, Anchor Steam was inducted into the inaugural class of San Francisco Chronicle's NorCal Beer Hall of Fame for its influence on craft brewing in America. Inductees were determined based on both expert and reader voting. The San Francisco Small Business Commission also recently unanimously decided to honor Anchor Brewing Company with the Legacy Business Award, recognizing Anchor as a longstanding, community-serving businesses and valuable cultural asset to the city.

This month, Anchor Brewing Company celebrates its 40th year operating within its current brewery on Potrero Hill. In 1965, Fritz Maytag acquired and revived the struggling Anchor Brewery. Anchor Steam (4.9% ABV) was the first handcrafted beer to be revitalized in America after Prohibition, starting a revolution in beer that originated today's craft beer movement. In 1971, Fritz Maytag began bottling Anchor Steam Beer—the first bottled Anchor Steam in modern times. The distinctly flavored San Francisco original has been classically handcrafted in Anchor's copper brewhouse for 123 years and counting. Anchor Steam is created by fermenting lager yeast at warmer temperatures, which puts it in a beer style category of its own. Put simply, Anchor Steam is a refreshing, well-balanced beer that blends the crispness of a lager and fruitiness of an ale.

America can enjoy Anchor Steam Week with more cities and regions participating than ever before. Celebrations will start on August 11th across California, Georgia, Florida, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Virginia, Illinois, Missouri, Massachusetts, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. For a full list of events and special offerings happening throughout Anchor Steam Week, visit www.drinksteam.com.
Guests at all Anchor Steam Week events are encouraged to share the moment on social media by using #RaiseYourAnchor. Anchor Brewing Company will be sharing the most interesting photos and videos from around the country on @anchorbrewing throughout the week.
For more information on Anchor Brewing Company, visit www.AnchorBrewing.com or follow @anchorbrewing on social media.

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About Anchor Brewing Company
Anchor Brewing Company's roots date back to the California Gold Rush making it one of America's oldest breweries. Its Anchor Steam Beer is San Francisco's original since 1896. In 1965, Fritz Maytag acquired and revived the struggling brewery at a time when mass production of beer dominated and seemed unstoppable. Maytag started a revolution in beer that originated today's craft beer movement. An undisputed icon, Anchor is America's first craft brewery where beers are handmade in our traditional copper brewhouse from an all-malt mash. At Anchor, we practice the time-honored art of classical brewing, employing state-of-the-art methods to ensure that our beers are always pure and fresh. We know of no brewery in the world that matches our efforts to combine traditional, natural brewing with such carefully applied, modern methods of sanitation, finishing, packaging and transporting. To learn more visit www.anchorbrewing.com.


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