Name of beer
Anchor Steam Beer
Anchor Brewing Co
San Francisco, USA
What the brewer says
“Anchor Steam brand beer is virtually handmade with an exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing. The deep amber colour, the thick creamy head, and the rich flavour (remember, British readers, no ‘u’; this is an American brewery) all testify to our traditional brewing methods/ Today Anchor is one of the smallest and most traditional breweries in the world. San Francisco’s famous Amber Steam brand beer is unique, for our brewing process has evolved over many decades and is like no other in the world.”
I’ve taken to the West Coast for today’s Poet’s Day Pint (well, 355ml). That’s West Coast USA, not UK, so San Francisco, not Blackpool.
The Anchor Brewing Company has been brewing in the city since 1896, so may I start by wishing them a happy 120th birthday. So, with such a mass of experience behind them, it’s no surprise to find that Anchor Steam Beer is a nice drink.
It starts with a nice, light, balanced aroma – basically, nothing that makes you think ‘oh, this is going to be very this or that’.
So, it was a pleasant surprise to find it packs a taste punch from the off, and a good one at that.
At 4.8%, it’s a touch stronger than a session beer, but not onerously so, so go ahead and enjoy it but, like all good beers, treat it with respect. Anchor Steam Beer has a flavour to savour, whether you’re taking a sip or a good mouthful.
This was my first experience of this beer, and I can’t say the label would have made it leap off the shelf at me, had I not tried it, but it’s now on my radar should I ever come across it again.
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I’m 42, I don’t have a beard (partly because when I try it is patchy, has gaps, with ginger and grey bits) and don’t take a clipboard to the pub. So, I’m not the stereotypical real ale fan of old, in the style that I was always told to look out for...read more