history of Anchor Brewing can be traced all the way
back to the Gold Rush, when German brewer Gottlieb Brekle
arrived in San Francisco with his wife Marie and infant son
Frederick. Brekle applied for citizenship in 1854, and his
brewing and business acumen would soon lead to his ownership
of a little San Francisco brewery on Pacific, between Larkin
and Hyde, which would one day become known as Anchor.
Anchor Steam® Beer label says,
"Made in San Francisco since 1896," because that
is the year German brewer Ernst
F. Baruth and his son-in-law, Otto Schinkel, Jr., bought
the old brewery on Pacific (the first of six locations around
the City over the years) and named it Anchor. Baruth
and his previous partner, Henry C. Kroenke, had been co-owners
of the American Brewery on Green Street. Schinkel,
just twenty-six years old, was employed as their driver. No
one knows why Baruth and Schinkel chose the name Anchor,
except, perhaps, for its indirect but powerful allusion to
the great Port of San Francisco.
Brewery inherited a long tradition of brewing what had
come to be known as steam beer,
one of the quaint old nicknames for beer brewed along the
West Coast under primitive conditions and without ice. Today
"steam" is a trademark of Anchor Brewing.