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Anchor Brewing Company

Potrero Hill, San Francisco
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2016
    There is no greater pleasure in this life than a frosty Anchor Steam. Anchor is historic both as an old-school brewery and as one of the first American craft breweries post-Prohibition. Read more
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • James P.
    James PantherApril 18, 2016
    I didn't know much about Anchor Brewing but the tour fixed that very quickly. Highly recommended that you take the afternoon tour so you can enjoy the tasting, but make sure you book early.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.March 19, 2016
    Established in 1896, Anchor is the only brewery to still use the term steam beer. The tours are great-lots of info, history, and plenty to drink. You won't be sorry!
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinDecember 30, 2014
    Pro tip: book a reservation for the brewery tour at least 2-3 months in advance. For $15, you get the tour and unlimited beer sampling at the end. Anchors up!
  • Savoteur
    SavoteurMay 9, 2016
    We all know Anchor Steam, but fun fact: The company also distills a ton of different spirits. In fact, Anchor was just named Whisky Importer of the Year by Whisky Magazine. Read more
  • *iVy
    *iVyOctober 27, 2015
    The only way to come in here is in a booked tour. Sadly, they don't have a taproom as other breweries, but they do have a new taproom/beer garden at The Yard at Mission Rock! It's lovely. :)
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJune 27, 2014
    Head over to the Anchor Brewing Company to try their Anchor Porter or Liberty Ale. The Brewery is known for kickstarting the craft beer movement in the US. Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagOctober 2, 2014
    You'll likely need a reservation for this tour. Book now if you’re planning a trip—they fill up 6 months in advance. Stick around for the endless samples of the seasonal California beers at the end. Read more
  • Luke A.
    Luke AndrewsMarch 23, 2014
    Fantastic brewery tour that concludes in Anchor's distinguished tasting room, where they're more than happy to pour their fine beers. They have some classy swag too!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureSeptember 30, 2014
    The tours are often fully booked up to three months in advance, so make sure to call ahead of time, especially if you prefer the afternoon time slot. Read more
  • Katrine L.
    Katrine LangeJuly 6, 2013
    A great 45 min tour and approx a 1 hour beer tasting session after (8 beer samples + a little extra). Absolutely loved it and Nick was a great guide!!!
  • Tiffane' W.
    Tiffane' W.June 6, 2013
    Best tour ever, Jaret, Nick, Luke are amazing. Employees come and grab a drink for lunch and chat you up. Plus tons of free beer!!
  • Ernie G.
    Ernie GranilloJuly 24, 2012
    As far as brewery tours go, this is one of my favorite. Have to book several weeks in advance (and do a weekday) but hey a day off to be with beer is a day well spent.
  • Alice M.
    Alice MollisonDecember 7, 2015
    Totally worth reserving ahead for a tour. If you're lucky you can sneak an extra person in by hanging out and waiting to see if someone doesn't show up.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 31, 2012
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best Daytime Drinking Option. For anyone whose first exposure to the inside of a brewery was a mammoth Budweiser plant and a sample of fizzy... Read more
  • Christine C.
    Christine CoolieoAugust 7, 2014
    Finally got on a tour here and it was totally worth the wait. It's incredible and the beer tasting is generous and so good.
  • Camille N.
    Camille N.May 4, 2015
    Nice place with a lot of history ! Great staff and tour ! You can also taste 6 differents beers include in the tour !
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MaggioOctober 4, 2013
    Awesome free tour an tasting. Book it at least 6 months in advance.
  • Anton S.
    Anton SokolovSeptember 15, 2016
    You can book tour via website. Tour includes tasting of course :-) Tre Anchor Steam, it is best beer in the world.
  • Jeffrey J.
    Jeffrey Javier-HilmoeMarch 14, 2013
    Great!!! The California larger must get!!! Just come out 3 weeks ago!!!
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KemperJuly 12, 2015
    The $15 dollar your is so worth it for a look at the brewery...and six full-size beers to taste
  • Daryl W.
    Daryl WolkeJune 17, 2016
    great happy hour tour and tasting. must book in advance online
  • Jason N.
    Jason NewbergJune 24, 2015
    Informative and history-rich tour. Tasting at the end was private and free-flowing!
  • Benjamin Earl E.
    Benjamin Earl EvansJanuary 13, 2014
    Ask them to tell you the grisly story of how one of the founders's bloody and awesome!
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 24, 2011
    On this tour you get a little bit of history and can witness the process of how this local brewery makes their beer. Afterwards they give you an hour long beer tasting session. Read more
  • KaylanS
    KaylanSJanuary 1, 2015
    The tour is fun, delicious and free! Do it🍻
  • John v.
    John vRMarch 23, 2012
    Why read about history when you can experience it and even drink it! The tour is a "must do". Cheers!
  • Nancy Pelosi
    Nancy PelosiNovember 9, 2011
    People who have the courage and creativity to start a small business are the vitality of this country--Anchor Brewing is “Making it in America” and gives a great tour!
  • Beer 47
    Beer 47December 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This is a fantastic brewery to tour but you must book in advance. Reservations: 415-863-8350, ext 0, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm Pacific
  • Colin D.
    Colin DuRantDecember 6, 2016
    One of the best brewery tours I've been on. Definitely worthwhile.
  • Christian B.
    Christian BakerApril 5, 2016
    Iconic American craft brewery. You aren't going to find anything rare for having gone to the source, but it's a necessary trip for fans of the craft.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonSeptember 25, 2015
    You NEED a reservation to get in. No casual drop ins for a growler refill or the like
  • Michele G.
    Michele GuideSeptember 28, 2016
    Such a great tour. Informative, entertaining, with a generous tasting at the end.
  • Ozgun G.
    Ozgun GAugust 28, 2014
    I don't know how many you did but probably one of the best brewery tour you can get.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WittichOctober 4, 2014
    At the end of the tour, everything is available on tap
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMarch 1, 2011
    In addition to Anchor's beer, try the hard stuff - they make Junipero Gin and Old Potrero Whiskey! Read more
  • Tristan T.
    Tristan TranOctober 27, 2014
    You need to register to a tour to visit the brewery!
  • James J.
    James JOctober 24, 2014
    Really one of the best tours I've been on. Actually made here too. So good.
  • Rick K.
    Rick KempenAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try and get to go on a brewery tour. This has to be the leading must-see brewery in The States!
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WittichOctober 4, 2014
    Save room for the six pack you'll drink in the tasting room
  • Ali A.
    Ali ArdalanMarch 12, 2013
    Try out the the California Lager, nice beah
  • Yeanne H.
    Yeanne HalimOctober 18, 2013
    Jeremiah ia an awesome tour guide!!! Best old school steam beer company!!
  • Charlotte B.
    Charlotte BordasSeptember 6, 2013
    John and Nick were so nice with us and the Anchor Steam is great !
  • DollyBakes
    DollyBakesOctober 27, 2012
    Go on the tour. It's fantastic!
  • Mark H.
    Mark HAugust 11, 2014
    One of the best brewery tours in the US!
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TauerAugust 5, 2015
    Great tour. Reserve in advance.
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WestJanuary 29, 2013
    Call ahead and book a tour, typically booked a month out.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BonaseraMay 21, 2014
    Enjoy the view in the tap room.
  • Andy M.
    Andy MarinerFebruary 7, 2014
    Best tour ever! Ask for Jon.
  • Allen O.
    Allen OakleyAugust 26, 2015
    Great brewery tour
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