Anchor Brewing Launches Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout™, the First Release in their Argonaut Collection™

March 10, 2015

Today, Anchor Brewing Company announces the release of Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout™, a dark Dublin-style brew, that marks the first release in their Anchor Argonaut Collection™.

The stouts savored in Gold Rush San Francisco were no ordinary ales. They were export stouts—dark, intense, high-gravity brews created to survive the long voyage around Cape Horn. Inspired by this unique history, Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout (7.4% ABV) is a Dublin-style brew made with English Maris Otter pale malt, two black malts, and flaked barley. Nugget and Golding hops provide a spicy, floral complement to the deep, dark-chocolaty maltiness and dry finish.

“Flying Cloud was originally brewed as part of Anchor’s Zymaster series. The beer instantly became a favorite among Anchor fans, as well as the brewers here,” said Mark Carpenter, Brewmaster at Anchor Brewing. “We used flaked barley and Maris Otter malt to create a smooth mouth-feel that sets a perfect background for the beer’s dark roasted flavor. It finishes slightly sweet but is balanced with just enough lingering spicy hop flavor. This tasty stout pairs well with rich meat dishes like a slow-roasted lamb shank. However one chooses to enjoy Flying Cloud though, we know they will be pleased by this delicious, dark Dublin-style brew.”

The average clipper took 125 days to sail from New York to San Francisco. But not Flying Cloud, which, in 1851, made the trip in 89 days, 21 hours anchor to anchor. No other ship sailed it faster until 1989. With its “extreme” design, its captain Josiah Creesy, and his wife/navigator Eleanor, the Flying Cloud is the ideal symbol for this distinctively delicious brew.

Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout first arrived on the market in January 2013 as the third release in Anchor’s Zymaster series, an experimental series that features innovative techniques and unusual flavors with every release. Due to popular demand, Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout will be released for a limited time in 4-packs as the first beer in Anchor’s Argonaut Collection.

The Argonaut Collection Sets Sail

Argonauts were the legendary heroes who sailed with Jason on the Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece. During the California Gold Rush, this ancient word was reimagined to include those hardy pioneers who journeyed westward by ship or prairie schooner in search of adventure, fortune, and a new life. In the spirit of this timeless quest, America’s first craft brewery is proud to launch the limited release of uniquely Anchor brews, the Anchor Argonaut Collection.

The Anchor Argonaut Collection marks the first time since 1971 that Anchor has released an Anchor beer in a 4-pack. To honor the spirit of adventure, The Argonaut Collection will showcase adventurous new brews for a limited time, starting with the release of Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout.

Anchor Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout will be available nationwide for a limited time starting March 2015.

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. See what we are brewing today at