Made in San Francisco
Anchor Steam® Beer – “Made in San Francisco since 1896
Anchor Brewing, located on Potrero Hill at 1705 Mariposa Street, has played a significant role in San Francisco’s history. This rich history can be traced back to the Gold Rush, when German brewer Gottlieb Brekle arrived in SF, which eventually led to ownership of a little San Francisco brewery on Pacific, between Larkin and Hyde, and which would one day become known as Anchor.
In 1896, Ernst F. Baruth and his son-in-law, Otto Schinkel, Jr., bought the brewery and named it Anchor. No one knows why they chose the name Anchor, except, maybe, for its indirect but powerful allusion to the great Port of San Francisco.
Anchor Brewery inherited a long tradition of brewing what had come to be known as steam beer, one of the quaint old nicknames for beer brewed along the West Coast under primitive conditions and without ice. Today “steam” is a trademark of Anchor Brewing.
To learn more about this legacy, as well as other interesting facts about early San Francisco, check out http://www.anchorbrewing.com/san_francisco/. Tours of Anchor Brewery are held twice every weekday and can be reserved at http://www.anchorbrewing.com/about_us/tourinfo.htm. Enjoy!