Dog(patch) Days, Homage to Anchor
The Drink SF Beer shuttle heads to Dogpatch where a wonderful surprise awaits -- a limited-release tasting event at the historic Anchor Brewing Company. This special Meet the Brewers night also features the FREE Drink SF Beer shuttle -- which will be looping between these Dogpatch breweries:
It all starts at 6pm, and we're honored to be holding this special Meet the Brewers night at SF's legendary Anchor Brewing. Yes, we've heard the news, but this month, we are focused on paying homage to this brewery's pioneering contributions to the craft beer industry, when Fritz Maytag kept Anchor and Anchor Steam alive, and arguably single-handedly kick-started the craft beer revolution in 1965, right here in San Francisco.
By 1977, Anchor and a dozen employees were brewing beer styles nearly lost to the American palate -- pale ale, porter, barleywine -- using traditional techniques like open fermentation and dry-hopping. That year, Anchor outgrew its 8th St. brewery. After a long search, Maytag purchased an old coffee roastery, built in 1937, on nearby Potrero Hill. On August 13, 1979, Anchor brewed its first Steam beer at its new Mariposa Street home.
Almost 38 years later to the day, it's this home that will host this month's Meet the Brewers night, August 16, and we invite you to pay homage, too.
Come chat with the Anchor team, enjoy special samplers -- including limited release brews and the freshest Anchor Steam you've ever tasted -- and check out a Beer Education Station, featuring different ingredients you'll be able to touch, smell and taste such as unique varieties of whole-cone hops and a wide range of malts. Inspect Anchor's in-house yeast strains, see the traditional brewing process first hand, and mostly, join us as we give a well-deserved nod to our friends at Anchor.
Of course, that's not the only thing happening this night.
Harmonic will be pouring a super fresh batch of Skydog IPA, a West Coast-style IPA loaded with citrusy Amarillo and Cascade hops.
Triple Voodoo has a stylistic counter to Harmonic's Skydog with its Beach Fuzz IPA, a New England-style IPA hopped with Nelson, Citra and Mosaic.
Triple is also tapping Shadow Boxing Imperial Stout, a pitch black imperial stout with notes of cocoa, dark roast and coffee. This brew features a beautiful oatmeal richness and large assertive flavor that "lingers for eternity." We think that's worth testing out ;)
Meanwhile at Smokestack, Magnolia will have two barrel-aged beauties to tempt you:
Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Promised Land is an imperial IPA brewed with CTZ, Simcoe, Cascade and Citra, that lounged in a pinot noir barrel for 5 months. Despite its 150 IBUs and 10% ABV, the hop bite has mellowed, and the beer is dangerously drinkable, lulling you with wine and malt notes.
Unlimited Devotion is an English strong golden ale aged in a Silver Oak Winery cabernet barrel (Magnolia's play on a Belgian strong golden, but made with English ingredients, notably its English ale yeast). Brewed with barrel aging in mind, this beer spent 9 months in the barrel, picking up a slight rosy hue and a nice nuanced apricot-like tartness mainly on the nose. Still golden and finishing dry with subtle cabernet and barrel notes, it's another easy drinker despite the 7% ABV.
Free shuttles will be operating nonstop from 6:30-10:30pm, stopping every 5-10 minutes at each Dogpatch brewery, making it easy for you and your friends to ‘hop on, hop off’ at any stop. No need to reserve a seat or purchase tickets. You can even download the Chariot app on iTunes or Google Play, register, then track the shuttle in real time.