Anchor Brewers & Distillers Celebrates Sailing in San Francisco

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 Jun├¡pero┬« 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 Jun├¡pero 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 If you’re interested in other works by Marlon Beaver, check out

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 Jun├¡pero 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, Jun├¡pero 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 Jun├¡pero Gin: light and crisp and clean, combining a deep and mysterious spiciness with subtle delicacy. Jun├¡pero Gin won the Gold — Best Gin Show during the 2012 NY World Wine and Spirits.

To learn more about Anchor Steam Beer, please visit To learn more about Junipero Gin, please visit And, to learn more about ORACLE TEAM USA, visit

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Anchor’s Cup Recipe

› oz. Junípero® Gin

› 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

Broadway Liquors

Coit Liquors

Healthy Spirits (14th St.)

Healthy Spirits (Clement St.)

Jug Shop

Marina Supermarket

United Liquor

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


Bistro Boudin

Blarney Stone

Bubba Gumps


Chowder Hut

Comet Club

Eagle Café


Fisherman’s Grotto

Fog Harbor

Gold Dust

Jack’s Cannery Bar



Martin Macks

McCormick & Kuleto’s

Milk Bar

Mission Rock

North Star

Pier 23

Pier Market


The Brickyard

The Ramp


Valley Tavern


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

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


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.

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