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Anchor Brewing
Founded By:
Ernst F. Baruth + Otto Schinkel, Jr.
Curated By:
James Clay
California, United States Anchor map
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It’s a bold claim, but Anchor have every right to make it. The iconic west coast brewhouse has a storied history stretching back to the California gold rush. As a brewery whose first premises burnt down in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, Anchor can consider themselves something of an elder statesman in an era of energetic young upstarts.

Today’s brewery is an enterprise with a true legacy, producing flagship beers from their traditional copper brewhouse using time-tested methods and practices. Anchor have been refining and perfecting their processes for decades, laying claim to the first post-Prohibition American IPA, and the first modern use of dry-hopping too.

Core beers like Anchor Steam, Liberty Ale, and Anchor Porter were all rolling off the bottling line by the end of the 1970s. Yes, the flares and flower power seventies. And those aren’t dusty old relics. They’re world-class beers that continue to inspire generations of craft brewers all over the globe. America’s most traditional brewery - true pioneers, pushing craft forward.

Anchor Brewing Beer - Available Now

California LagerLager24x35,5cl Btls NRBListed4.9%
Christmas Mag 2018 Vintage1.5Ltr MagnumSeasonal6.9%
Liberty AleAmerican Pale Ale24x35,5cl Btls NRBListed5.9%
PorterPorter24x35,5cl Btls NRBListed5.6%
SteamCalifornia Common Beer24x35,5cl Btls NRBListed4.9%

Our Anchor Brewing Range

California Lager

California Lager

Style: Lager
ABV: 4.9%

Anchor Steam's roots go back to the Gold Rush, long before icehouses and modern refrigeration made traditional lagers a viable California option. In 1876, thanks to an ice pond in the mountains and a belief that anything is possible in the Golden State, a little brewery named Boca created California's first genuine lager. Anchor California Lager is our re-creation of this historic beer. Made in San Francisco with two-row California barley, Cluster hops (the premier hop in 19th-century California), and our own lager yeast, this all-malt brew is krausened and lagered in our cellars. Its golden color, distinctive aroma, creamy head, balanced depth of flavor, and smooth finish make Anchor California Lager a delicious celebration of California's unique brewing heritage.

Liberty Ale

Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.9%

First introduced in 1975, Liberty Ale is brewed with a top-fermenting ale yeast, responsible for many of the subtle flavours and characteristics. Dry-hopping imparts a unique aroma to the ale.

Liberty Ale


Style: Porter
ABV: 5.6%

A unique dark brew which uses specially roasted malts, a top-fermenting yeast and only fresh whole hops. All this combines to produce a rich and intense flavour with subtle notes of chocolate, toffee, and coffee.


Style: California Common Beer
ABV: 4.9%

The classic of American brewing tradition since 1896', Anchor Steam has a bronze colour with a thick creamy head. The palate is full and malty with a beautiful bitter hop aroma.