San Francisco’s only rock and roll beer festival, The Bay Brewed, is back for a fourth year of pairing outstanding local beer and local music! Taking place at The Chapel on March 29, 2015, this year’s festival offers performances by four great San Francisco Bay Area bands and unlimited tastings from ten San Francisco breweries all day long thanks to the SF Brewers Guild. Between now and the festival, we’ll be previewing each of the participating breweries, giving a bit of history and talking about some of our favorite brews from all of these great San Francisco beer makers.
The elder statesman of San Francisco breweries, Anchor Brewing Company has been brewing delicious beer in the city since 1896 – that’s nearly 120 years of experience, and it shows. Anchor’s current lineup, which features the brewery’s ubiquitous flagship Anchor Steam, a smooth Belgian-style Saison, the ever popular California Lager, and the highly underrated Liberty Ale, among a host of others, is a powerhouse in the industry of craft beers, which it helped introduce to America nearly fifty years ago.
The folks at Anchor – which began its most recent renaissance in 1971 before moving into its current home on Mariposa Street in Potrero Hill six years later – made waves in early 2013 when they announced the construction of a new brewery at Pier 48 (directly across McCovey Cove from AT&T Park) that would allow the company to quadruple its production. That new brewery is still yet-to-be-realized, but this baseball season will see the opening of the new Anchor-run beer garden at “The Yard at Mission Rock,” an 18,000-square-foot pop-up food and retail village in Lot A at the ballpark.
Come to The Bay Brewed to sample some delicious Anchor beers on March 29 at The Chapel is San Francisco’s Mission District.