Anchor Brewing Company has a great sense of history with an eye on the future and what it means to be an American brewer. Founded in 1896, Anchor Steam came about during the gold rush and hung around until 1965, when it was in danger of shutting down. Frederick Louis Maytag III, of the Maytag family, bought brewery in 1965 an has since created a leader in the U.S. micro-brewery industry. In 2010 Anchor was sold again, but remain committed to Anchor’s quality crafted beer. There are around 10 beers in the Anchor line, 6 of which are brewed year around. After you’ve tried their namesake Anchor Steam brew, check out the Liberty Ale appropriately named since it was first brewed to celebrate the bicentennial of Paul Revere’s historic ride. Cheers. The above video is from ReasonTV‘s YouTube feed and features Anchor’s longtime owner, Fritz Maytag. Mr. Maytag is an American icon and shows…Continue Reading
The craft brewery explosion of the 1980s is a microcosm of how pro-American business legislation can clear the way for innovation and entrepreneurial ventures. Sierra Nevada, one of the most respected breweries, was a part of that explosion, and one of the leaders of the craft brewery movement in the USA. Located in Chino, California, Sierra Nevada was founded in 1980 and currently employs around 450 workers. The company has announced the opening of a new brewery in Mills River, North Carolina in 2014. FACTORY TOUR DETAILS: Cost: FREE Reservations: Yes, call ahead: 530.899.4776 Tour Duration: 1.5 hour Factory hours: SUN-TH 12-4PM, F/SAT 12-5PM Sierra Nevada Brewery 1075 East 20th Street Chico, CA