Anchor Brewing Co. “Liberty Ale”

Posted: April 14, 2011 in Ale

I would like to start this one off with a short history.  Anchor was started in 1896 in San Francisco CA.  In 1969 Frederick Louis Maytag III (yes the heir to the Maytag fortune) purchased the company saving it from closure.  It is one of the few remaining breweries to make the California staple “Steam Beer”, it might even be the last.  Louis had to learn the brewing process from scratch, and completely change the beer that was produced there.  Originally the beer was as tasteless as every domestic produced at that time.  He wanted a different product, so he made a better one.  During the 80’s Anchor started receiving national recognition due to the quality, and originality of the small batches it produced.  Anchor is credited as being the first of the modern microbreweries and continues to create one of the finest craft beers in the country.

Anchor has the Liberty Ale which is a beer first brewed not on the anniversary of the founding of the country but rather the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride a year prior on the 18th of April 1775.  It became a regular Anchor product in 1983.  Liberty ale has a delicate balance of hop, malt, and citrus flavors all combining to make a very drinkable, fabulous beer.  It is dry hopped, and bottle conditioned which are keeping with the true art of brewing.  As far as beer goes this is one that every single person needs to drink.  This is where it all started and you can taste the craftsmanship with every sip.

  1. sean says:

    This post makes me want to drink… I’m undecided as to whether or not that is a good thing.

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