Anchor Brewing At A Glance
America’s First Craft Brewery
With a history dating back to the 1890s and the Gold Rush, Anchor Brewing can rightly lay claim to being America's first craft brewery.
German brewer Gottlieb Brekle arrived in Califormia with his family and bought an old beer-and-billiards saloon on Pacific Street, San Francisco and transformed it into the brewery that twenty-five years later would be renamed Anchor.
Beer that Started a Revolution
Introduced in 1975 and brewed to celebrate patriot Paul Revere’s historic actions during the America's War of Independence, Liberty Ale was the first modern American IPA brewed after prohibition. A single-hop ale (Cascade) and dry-hopped ale it lays claim to being the original craft-brewed ale and the beer that started a brewing revolution in America.
The Story of Anchor Steam
Anchor Steam® Beer derives its unusual name from the 19th century when “steam” was a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice.
While the origin of the name remains shrouded in mystery, it likely relates to the original practice of fermenting the beer on San Francisco’s rooftops in a cool climate. In lieu of ice, the foggy night air naturally cooled the fermenting beer, creating steam off the warm open pans.
Once a nickname for any West Coast beer brewed under these conditions, today the name “steam” is a trademark of Anchor Brewing and applies only to the singular process and taste of their flagship brand and a classic of American brewing.