Anchor Steam Brewery. FREE tour and samples.

4 06 2009

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This is another one that’s been sitting on my local San Francisco “to-do” list for over a decade that I can now finally cross off.

Every single drop off all Anchor Steam beer is brewed in their single location located in Potrero Hill. They offer free tours that usually book up 6 weeks in advance, although I cruised in without even having to show an ID so you might be able to crash this party if you’re feeling lucky.

After the tour there’s a generous sampling party, we got to take in

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Some Anchor Steam beer.

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Some Liberty Ale.

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Apparently Anchor Steam also makes their own whiskey named after their Potrero Hill location?! I had no idea.

Sadly, they do not offer any tours or samples of that product… which is probably a good idea for everyone involved.

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A Porter beer sample.

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A Barley Wine beer sample.

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A Small beer sample

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And another Anchor Steam sample for the road.

Anchor Steam has a very clean and sheen tasting room. The protagonist from Office Space does the tours and seems a lot happier to be behind the counter instead of filling out TPS reports. Anchor Steam has been in San Francisco in one shape or another for well over a century, so they have more history than most museums put together. It’s a San Francisco institution that’s definitely worth checking out if you know you’re going to be in the city.

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