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Anchor Steam - Dry Hopped
« on: October 23, 2016, 12:18:32 AM »
When Fritz Maytag sold Anchor Steam in 2010, it was not clear what direction the brewery would go.  In hindsight, the there's been a substantial creative effort to keep the brand and beers relevant (distilling as well; their Junipero gin is a wonderful go-to), and this has included a seasonal update of the classic Anchor Steam Beer:



Anchor Steam has always been a classic local beer with a distinctive malty flavor and unique use of Northern Brewer Hops.  I have run into a few people who like this beer just the way it is and have no interest in trying the new recipe.  I like the traditional malty flavor as well and am I'm always looking for it on tap when dining out.  Although it dates to the the 1800's, I think the current recipe has been in place since 1971.  It's the most unique and most traditional beer as I can find in the SF Bay area.

The Dry-Hopped update is well thought-out, first by moving the ABV from 4.9% to 5.4% and then making it slightly more bitter.  It clear that Anchor Brewing is exploring how to keep relevant in a changing market, and that their Liberty Ale, which is a great dry-hopped beer, has really not taken off and is sometimes hard to find.  This update still has the familiar flavor of an Anchor Steam, but with the dry-hop addition of Cascade and "American Dwarf Hop Association No. 484", it is really a new beer.  The familiar flavor is there but more subdued as the hop additions stand out. No idea what that last hop is.

I like it quite a bit and find it well balanced. It's now more appropriate to serve in a glass than the bottle.  In looking for comparisons, it makes me think of some of the various seasonal pale ales put out by Green Flash.  If I could find this fresh and on tap somewhere, I'd not pass it up.

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Re: Anchor Steam - Dry Hopped
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2016, 02:54:51 PM »
I had it in a restaurant just outside of Boston. I thought it was very well done. Like you said, a nice update. It still has the caramel maltiness, but now that our palates have become accustomed to more bitterness, it seems more balanced. It's funny how years ago, even though I liked it very much I thought it was really bitter. Now it doesn't seem bitter at all.
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2016, 09:43:06 PM »
I had it over a year ago at HopCat in Indy. I loved it.
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Re: Anchor Steam - Dry Hopped
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2016, 05:18:14 PM »
Is it true that this is a limited release? If so, I need to find it before it is gone!
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Re: Anchor Steam - Dry Hopped
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2016, 08:12:37 PM »
Is it true that this is a limited release? If so, I need to find it before it is gone!

In watching how they released their "Go West!" IPA this Spring and now have it replacing their year-round Anchor IPA, my guess is that they are monitoring/tracking and will do something to make it more available.


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Re: Anchor Steam - Dry Hopped
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2016, 09:25:23 PM »
Is it true that this is a limited release? If so, I need to find it before it is gone!

In watching how they released their "Go West!" IPA this Spring and now have it replacing their year-round Anchor IPA, my guess is that they are monitoring/tracking and will do something to make it more available.

The have a beer finder http://www.anchorbrewing.com/connect/beer_finder.  Go to advanced search and select Dry Hopped
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Re: Anchor Steam - Dry Hopped
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2016, 11:17:49 PM »
Searching didn't help me find it...but did answer why I haven't seen Anchor on shelves in a while...seems they've abandoned my area...

I'll still keep my eyes open for this beer though...
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