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Forged in San Francisco in 1896, we are proud to be America’s First Craft Brewery. As we celebrate and honor our 125 years of trailblazing tradition, we’re looking ahead to our next 125. Anchors raised and full Steam ahead.
How real do we keep it at Anchor? Well, if you want to work here, you have to start out in our “Bottle Shop” — the Anchor bottling line. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re here to do. As an Anchor employee the first and most important thing to learn is that … The Keepers of Keeping it Real
It’s a little known fact that Anchor Steam® Beer is America’s First Craft Beer dating back to a fateful moment in 1965 that changed the course of American brewing history. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s go back over 100 years to our San Francisco roots. During the California Gold Rush, local Argonauts … Welcome to Drink Steam
In 1871, Anchor’s first brewmaster—Gottlieb Brekle—transformed an old beer-and-billiards saloon into the American brewery that, twenty-five years later would be renamed Anchor. No one knows why Baruth and Schinkel chose the name Anchor except, perhaps, for its indirect but powerful allusion to the booming Port of San Francisco. Their name, together with their locale in … Drunk in San Francisco Since 1896
To see the original Anchor Brewery, you have to go back in time to San Francisco circa 1906. Bought in 1896 by Ernst F. Baruth and his son-in-law Otto Schinkel, Jr., the Brewery resided on Pacific Street between Larkin and Hyde. It was an ideal location for a brewery since a water works and hot … 120 Years of Street Cred