SAN FRANCISCO — Anchor Brewers & Distillers will be celebrating San Francisco’s sailing traditions throughout September as the city hosts the 34th America’s Cup. As a part of Anchor Brewers & Distillers’ planned activities, Anchor Steam® Beer has been named the official beer and Junípero® Gin has been named the official gin to San Francisco’s hometown team, ORACLE TEAM USA, 34th America’s Cup Defender.
“Sailing is part of our history and life on the San Francisco Bay,” said Keith Greggor, CEO and President of Anchor Brewers & Distillers. “As the manufacturer of San Francisco’s original beer and gin, we wanted to help the entire city celebrate the world’s most esteemed sailing event taking place right here in our home town.”
In addition to serving Anchor Steam Beer and Junípero Gin at a variety of ORACLE TEAM USA Events, Anchor Brewers & Distillers will be inviting all of San Francisco to “Raise Your Anchor” at select bars, restaurants, beer and spirits stores, and at the historic Anchor Brewing Taproom.
Anchor has commissioned local artists in the “Raise Your Anchor” campaign to celebrate sailing traditions in San Francisco. Capturing sailing on the San Francisco Bay and the history of Yacht America, Anchor will be offering a commemorative magnum of Anchor Steam Beer illustrated by long-time friend Jim Stitt, who has been handcrafting Anchor labels for 38 years. Available for sale at select retailers and the Anchor Taproom, this unique offering is ideal for celebrations, as well as a one-of-a-kind collectible for both Anchor Steam Beer and San Francisco Sailing Fans.
As a member of SFMade, Anchor Brewers & Distillers partnered with fellow SFMade artist Marlon Beaver to design a limited edition t-shirt. Depicting the icons of the City, Marlon’s drawings and interpretative designs are San Francisco Originals. With aquamarine ink silkscreened on a navy v-neck t-shirt, Marlon’s design sails amongst skylines, yachts and trophies all anchored on the Bay. The artisan designed shirt will be available for sale in the Anchor Taproom and at SteamGear.com. If you’re interested in other works by Marlon Beaver, check out CityArtApparelco.com.
Finally, Anchor Brewers & Distillers is highlighting the Official Beer Cocktail of ORACLE TEAM USA, The Anchor’s Cup. Developed in collaboration with Russell Davis, 2012 Nightclub & Bar Bartender of the Year, this beer cocktail creates a new sailing cocktail ritual, inverting a shot mixture of Junípero Gin and The Kings Ginger Liqueur into Anchor Steam Beer with a splash of fresh orange juice. The Anchor’s Cup is best enjoyed sipped with an Anchor Steam Beer Back.
Anchor Steam Beer is a San Francisco original dating back to 1896. It derives its unusual name from the 19th century when “steam” was a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. Today the name applies only to the singular process and taste of Anchor Brewing’s flagship. Anchor Steam Beer owes its deep amber color, thick, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor to a brewing process like none other.
Made by hand in the classic “distilled dry gin” tradition since 1996, Junípero Gin is San Francisco’s original craft gin. Utilizing more than a dozen botanicals in their natural state, Anchor Distilling has achieved a distinctive, intriguing complexity in Junípero Gin: light and crisp and clean, combining a deep and mysterious spiciness with subtle delicacy. Junípero Gin won the Gold – Best Gin Show during the 2012 NY World Wine and Spirits.
To learn more about Anchor Steam Beer, please visit AnchorBrewing.com. To learn more about Junipero Gin, please visit AnchorDistilling.com. And, to learn more about ORACLE TEAM USA, visit oracle-team-usa.americascup.com.
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Anchor’s Cup Recipe
½ oz. Junípero® Gin
½ oz. The Kings Ginger® Liqueur
3 oz. Anchor Steam® Beer
Splash of Orange Juice
1. Pour Junípero Gin and The Kings Ginger Liqueur into shot glass
2. Place rocks glass over shot glass and invert
3. Add Anchor Steam Beer and a Splash of Orange Juice
4. Remove shot glass, sip Anchor’s Cup and enjoy with an Anchor Steam Beer back
Participating “Raise Your Anchor” Retailers
Healthy Spirits (14th St.)
Healthy Spirits (Clement St.)
Participating Bevmo locations:
San Francisco 201 Bayshore Blvd.
San Francisco 3455 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco 1301 Van Ness
San Mateo 342 E. Hillsdale Blvd
Redwood City 1745 El Camino Real
San Bruno 1282 El Camino Real
Burlingame 1462 Burlingame Ave
Menlo Park 700 El Camino Real
San Rafael 760 Francisco Blvd
Novato 104 Vintage Way
Greenbrae 2020 Redwood Highway
Albany, 836 San Pablo Ave
Danville, 155 Diablo Rd
Emeryville, 5717 Christie Ave
Livermore, 4454 Las Positas Rd
Milpitas, 1210 Great Mall Dr
Orinda, 6 Camino Pablo
Pleasanton, 5765 Johnson Dr
Pinole, 1220 Fitzgerald Dr
San Ramon, 2425 San Ramon Valley Rd
Walnut Creek, 2924 N. Main
Walnut Creek, 2220 Oak Grove Rd
Participating Mollie Stone Stores:
Burlingame, 1477 Chapin Ave
Greenbrae, 270 Bon Air Shopping Center
Palo Alto, 164 S. California Ave
San Bruno, 22 Bayhill Shopping Center
San Francisco, 4201 18th St
San Francisco, 2435 California St
San Francisco, 635 Portola St
San Mateo, 49 W 42nd St
Sausalito, 100 Harbor Dr
Participating “Raise Your Anchor” Bars and Restaurants
Jack’s Cannery Bar
McCormick & Kuleto’s
About Anchor Brewing Company
Anchor Brewing Company’s roots date back to the California Gold Rush making it one of America’s oldest breweries. Its Anchor Steam® Beer is San Francisco’s original since 1896. In 1965, Fritz Maytag acquired and revived the struggling brewery at a time when mass production of beer dominated and seemed unstoppable. Maytag started a revolution in beer that originated today’s craft beer movement. An undisputed icon, Anchor is America’s first craft brewery where beers are handmade in our traditional copper brewhouse from an all-malt mash. At Anchor, we practice the time-honored art of classical brewing, employing state-of-the-art methods to ensure that our beers are always pure and fresh. We know of no brewery in the world that matches our efforts to combine traditional, natural brewing with such carefully applied, modern methods of sanitation, finishing, packaging and transporting. See what we are brewing today at www.anchorbrewing.com.
About Anchor Distilling Company
Anchor Distilling Company aims to provide the bridge between discerning buyers and the world’s finest spirits. A privately owned distiller and importer, Anchor boasts an artisanal portfolio with more than 300 specialty products from nearly 20 countries. All products are from multigenerational, family-owned companies and are sought by connoisseurs for their superior handcrafted artisanal qualities. From a distilling perspective, Anchor is dedicated to creating very small batches of traditionally distilled spirits. For more information, please visit http://www.AnchorDistilling.com.
About ORACLE TEAM USA
When ORACLE TEAM USA won the 33rd America’s Cup in February 2010, not only did team owner Larry Ellison succeed in his goal of bringing the America’s Cup “home” to the United States, but also his team became the Defender of the 34th America’s Cup. Led by CEO Russell Coutts and skipper Jimmy Spithill, ORACLE TEAM USA is comprised of the best international sailing, design, build and support talent to defend the trophy on San Francisco Bay in September 2013.