Anchor Brewing Company
Wanna know what San Francisco tastes like? The take a sip from a bottle of Anchor Steam lager, made right here in San Francisco since 1896. Brewery tours are a bucket list item, where you can see everything from the massive steam beer tanks, to the fermentation room and maybe even an appearance from OG brewmaster Mark Carpenter. The brewery’s Anchor Bar is a pot of gold at the end of the tour, but make sure to book well in advance.
Sapporo may have bought this historic brewery responsible for the first craft beer in America in 2017, but it still is—and always will be—a favorite staple of the San Francisco beer scene, as proven by the fact that it’s been around for 125+ years. The brewery offers public tours and tastings, but if you want to drink your beer without 60 minutes of learning beforehand, head to Public Taps (an indoor/outdoor space across the street from the brewery), where you can get beers exclusively brewed for the space. Definitely try some of those, but don’t shy away from ordering the classic Anchor Steam Beer as well. Yes, we know you can get it at pretty much any grocery store in the Bay Area, but it tastes even better fresh from the keg.