I took the B Man to the Anchor Steam Brewery here in San Francisco! Man, was it hard to get in. You have to purchase a ticket for $15 each and they only have tours Monday-Friday at 10 am and 1 pm. Um...when do you have free time in the middle of the week? Well, B Man had the day off and I took the afternoon off to go!
Anchor Brewing began in 1896 and survived prohibition and made some changes throughout the years and settled in its current location in Potrero Hill in 1977.
Waiting for our tour to begin.
Viewing the beginning of the process in the huge copper vats.
What makes Anchor Steam so unqiue is their cooling process. From their website:
UNIQUELY ANCHOR BREWING The fermentation of Anchor Steam® Beer takes place in our shallow, very wide, open fermenting pans, cooled entirely by filtered San Francisco air moving through the fermentation room. These fermenters are an important part of our unique brewing history and represent a marked difference from the vertical tanks found in other breweries in America. Except for the occasional hot day, we still simply use the naturally cool air from San Francisco's foggy coastal climate.
Which you can see here:
And since it was December, they had their Christmas beer out! Every year, Anchor brewing makes a unique formula, no two years are the same! AND the Christmas labels change yearly too, the same artist draws a new painting that is used for the label.
All of the types of beers they brew
All the different Christmas labels.
And then at the end of the tour, they took our picture and posted on their instagram account!
Shout out from their instagram account after they posted the picture from that day!