About the Anchor Brewery Tour

Take a tour of Anchor brewery, America's first and oldest craft brewery. Discover the tools, ingredients, skills and techniques used to produce Anchor's range of beers, handmade in their traditional copper brewhouse. Your personal guide will show you around the building, explain traditional brewing methods, and give you the opportunity to taste 12 different draught beers during an open tasting session

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About Anchor Brewery

Dating back to the California gold rush, Anchor is America's first and oldest craft brewery. With a rich history that can be traced back to 1849, the story of Anchor is a compelling example of how the art of brewing was pioneered in San Francisco. Now located inside a beautiful art-deco building in Potrero Hill, Anchor's traditional copper brewhouse produces a variety of different beers, including their flagship Anchor Steam® Beer.

Anchor Beers

With a variety of ales, IPAs, a lager, a porter and a Christmas brew, there's an Anchor for everyone. Their flagship Anchor Steam® Beer derives its unusual name from the 19th century, when “steam” was a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. The origin of the name likely relates to the practice of fermenting the beer on San Francisco’s rooftops. In lieu of ice, the foggy night air naturally cooled the fermenting beer, creating steam off the warm open pans. Today the name “steam” is a trademark of Anchor Brewing and applies only to the singular process and taste of their flagship brand - San Francisco’s original Anchor Steam® Beer.

About the Tour

Your experience will begin in the Anchor taproom. Taste the flagship Anchor Steam® beer and listen to your guide give an overview of Anchor's history and impact on craft brewing. Your guide will then take you through the brewhouse as they share details about the brewing process, and Anchor's presence in San Francisco. Your tour will wrap up back in the Anchor taproom, where you'll have the opportunity to sample 12 Anchor brews on draught during a generous open tasting session. Anchor's beautiful copper brew kettles and classic art deco architecture provide the perfect backdrop for visitors to enjoy a famous Steam Beer with friends and family in lovely San Francisco.

Important Information

After purchasing your ticket, please call Anchor to reserve your preferred tour time (note that walk-ins can only be accomodated Monday through Thursday if space permits). Tours are conducted in English and are 90 minutes long. Tours are open to people of all ages, but only those of legal U.S. drinking age (21+) can imbibe. Please bring your printed ticket and your ID. Please wear closed toe shoes. Note that the brewing process operates Monday-Friday only.

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