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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Anchor Steam Beer

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Anchor Steam Beer
Anchor Brewing Company
1705 Mariposa Street 
San Francisco, CA USA
Est. 1896

Brain Damage Quotient = 4.9 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Copper color.
Deep barley malt smell; very pleasant. Slight hops presence.
Tan colored, one finger head; tight bubble head, evaporates slowly to a cover.
Nice draped lacing on glass.
Good malty taste with soft hops taste. Smooth with no bitterness.
Medium bodied.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Anchor Steam has been around for a long time.  This word "steam"  is used to describe the process of how the beer was made. According to Anchor Brewing records, the beer was pumped to shallow bins at the top of the brewery where the cool air from the Pacific Ocean would cool the wort.  They had no other means of chilling, back in the day. 

By any means, today the word "steam" is more closely associated with a Californian common beer. This brewery has survived many close call in its 100+ years, nearly shutting down for many reasons.  In 1965, Fritz Maytag bought the company and proceeded to bring it back to life.  Now in the halcyon days of microbreweries, it is enjoying the fruits of Fritz's labors.

Don't wait to visit San Francisco to enjoy an Anchor Steam beer.  See what makes this 'common' beer, uncommon.

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