Anchor Brewing Company is an American alcoholic beverage producer, operating a brewery on Potrero Hill in San Francisco, California. The brewery was founded in 1896 and was purchased by Frederick Louis Maytag III in 1965, saving it from closure. It moved to its current location in 1979. It is one of the last remaining breweries to produce California common beer, also known as Steam Beer, a trademark owned by the company.Make Anchor Brewing Company part of your personalized San Francisco itinerary using our San Francisco driving holiday planner.
In 2010 the company was purchased by The Griffin Group, an investment and consulting company focused on beverage alcohol brands. The brewery became one facet of the Anchor Brewers & Distillers, LLC portfolio.
On 3 August 2017, it was acquired by Japanese brewing giant Sapporo Breweries for US$85 million.
Anchor Brewing Company reviews
While I’m not a beer drinker, I was very intrigued to learn the history and the people behind Anchor Brewing; it’s truly a great story. My husband picked this out - he did good! Pedro does an... more »
Excellent tour. Pedro was one of the best tour guides of any tour I’ve done, clearly passionate about the company and what he does, great at explaining the history. Liberal tastings, they want you to.... more »
Took the brewery tour and was very impressed. Our tour, Philip, was very knowledgeable and the tour was super fun. Beyond seeing the facility and learning how Anchor produces its beer, we got to learn a lot about the history of the company and the city of San Francisco. At the beginning of the tour you get a ~10 oz beer and at the end you can try 11 of their brews, including their current beers in experimentation. Definitely worth going whether you’re a local or visitor to SF!
Our tour guide Pedro was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and clearly had a love for all things Anchor brewing. The group size wasn't to big and felt personal. I also loved that you could try all the brews at the end. A great all round experience.
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