A Tour Through Craft-Beer History in California
CRAFT BEER WAS BORN in California, and the state is home to some of the most venerable as well as avant-garde brewers around. There’s no better place to explore beer’s past, present and future than on a summer drive down the Pacific coast.
Start where it all began: Anchor Brewing ( 1705 Mariposa St., San Francisco; anchorbrewing.com ). Almost 50 years ago, Fritz Maytag bought the struggling, if storied, century-old Anchor Brewery and started a revolution. Since 1979, it’s been brewing once-rebellious, now-classic styles like dry-hopped Liberty Ale in a former coffee-roasting plant. The tour is one of the best around, through a Wonka-like wonderland of copper kettles, fermentation tanks bubbling with yeast, fragrant bushels of hops and white-jumpsuited brewers. Across the Bay, Linden Street Brewery ( 95 Linden St., Oakland; lindenbeer.com ) makes beers akin to Anchor’s in their lack of pretension, like the refreshing Burning Oak black lager. But while Anchor is now a global business, Linden Street is a tiny operation. Some of its cask-conditioned beers are available only at the brewery, where the Dock, a new tasting room, also offers bites from chef James Syhabout of local Michelin-starred restaurant Commis.
Heading south, urban grit gives way to […]