Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco

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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.

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.
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  • 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 »
  • Anchor Brewery is a great stop when visiing San Francisco. Their brewery is relatively small, but it boasts a great history, as shared by our wonderful tour guide Denny. His vast knowledge of Anchor.....  more »
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  • 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.
  • Winsor gave us a stellar tour on Monday - after working in the beer industry for almost a decade I can't believe I've never taken a tour before this one. Even though he said this was one of his first solo tours, I thought he was very funny, knowledgeable, and generally just created a positive atmosphere. My partner and I had a great time - we will definitely be sending our friends your way. Thank you for such wonderful hospitality, Cheers!
  • Highly Recommended. Awesome tour and our guide was great. I enjoyed a good story and good beer - both of which are on display during an anchor beer tour.
  • Brewery tour was excellent! Had Denny for our guide and he was both funny and KNOWLEDGEABLE about all history for the brewery and surrounding area! Highly recommend!

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