SF Beer Week 2012 – Part 2

–Welcome back to part two of our San Francisco beer week coverage. Way after the fact, but still a story worth telling–

Rise and shine the date of “The Event” at Anchor Brewing Co.  After a late wake-up call and some breakfast we walked a brisk 2.5 miles to the Brewery for the award ceremony and caught up with Ryan.  Anchor is a really old school brewery that can be traced back the California gold rush in 1849.  With giant copper kettles, brewers in Maytag style work coveralls, open fermentation vats, and a massive amount of history, it’s definitely a West Coast mecca.

The event was more or less informal, there was an award presentation where everyone,

all 200 of us, gathered around to listen, but most of the event consisted of drinking massive quantities of unlimited beer, chowing down on legit catered BBQ food, and self-guiding yourself around the brewery.  I really can’t say enough positive things about Anchor beer.  Everything on tap – Steam Beer, Liberty Ale, Anchor Porter, Double Barrel, Old Foghorn Barleywine, Brekle’s Brown, Anchor Bock Beer, and Zymaster Series California Lager was fresh and delicious.  There is really something to be said about drinking fresh beer at the source.  Bravo Anchor Brewery and bravo Pacific Gravity for snagging this win.  This award hasn’t been presented to our club since 2006 and Bierkast helped add 3 metals & 9 points to the club total, which put us in 4th place in the club for the year.

After the event was over we managed to stumble and cab it to a San Francisco staple, 21st Amendment.  We met up with Mike’s friend, Jason, and shared some more beer and food.  Details are a bit fuzzy at this point for all of us I think.  Running on very little sleep, overstuffed bellies and perhaps a bit too many pints, it’s amazing we managed to string together coherent sentences.  It’s also amazing that we managed to make it Rogue’s pub after we were done at 21st Amendment.  More beer tasting and then a Rauchbier, which just didn’t hit the spot (sorry Brett!).  Nobody was able to drink it, but we all appreciated the style and where it came from.  It was time to head back to the Hotel and wrap the night up.

After another late wake-up call it was time to get on the road again and head back to LA.  We would, of course, be making a few stops along the way.  We started off with a detour through Santa Cruz again where we stopped off at Seabright Brewery , a small surf-themed brew pub.  The food was great, and the beer was refreshing.  Well-crafted ales and lagers perfect for an afternoon burger by the sea.  I had a Jalapeño, Chipotle Beef burger, and paired it with an Irish oatmeal stout.  I like spicy food and stouts, what can I say.  Before we could relax too much we had to pay the check and head out.  This would be the longest leg of our journey.

In a few hours, we arrived at Firestone Walker pub. I ordered a much needed salad and half pint tasters of Walker Reserve & Velvet Merlin.  In hindsight, I wish we would have stopped off at the Firestone Walker brewery, but the pub served its purpose for us all.  The food was top notch, and the beer delivered.  Before we knew it, we were back in LA and the trip was over.  I’m really looking forward to the next trip up to San Francisco.  I’ll definitely be going back to Anchor Steam.

Cheers!

–Kip B.
Co-Founder:
Los Angeles Ale Works™
Founder/Contributor/
Web Master:
Bierkast™

**Special Thanks to Brett Padelford for the amazing Anchor Steam shots!

About Kristofor Barnes

Kip is the founder of Bierkast and co-founder of Los Angeles Ale Works. Picking up home brewing after college, he has since become an accomplished award winning home brewer, LA Beer Blogger, and author of the Beer Lover's Guide to Southern California. Kip is a graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Cinema Television. He lives in Inglewood, CA with his sciency wife Katie. Follow him @bierkast or #FollowTheLAAW @laaleworks

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