San Francisco, CA — Today, Anchor Brewing Company announces the third release in their Pacific Siren Series, Blood Orange Blonde – a refreshingly unique blonde ale made with juicy and tart blood oranges.
Blood Orange Blonde (4.5% ABV) has the delectable taste of the blood orange—deep crimson in color, with enticingly rich aroma and tangy-sweet juiciness which provides a distinctive twist to this blonde ale. Its taste combines the succulent complexity of blood oranges with a mild hop bitterness, subtle malty sweetness, and a long, dry finish.
“Blood Orange Blonde is an exciting addition to our wildly popular Pacific Siren Series,” said Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann. “This refreshing, crisp craft brew gets some of its citrusy aroma in the brewhouse, where California orange peels are added to the brewkettle. However, most of the action is in the cellar where the blood orange fruit—the Sanguinello cultivar variety—is added during secondary fermentation. The result is a fruit-forward blonde ale with a tangy citrus tartness, hints of sweet malt and honey notes and a dry orange peel bitterness at the back end.”
Blood Orange Blonde joins Mango Wheat™ and Meyer Lemon Lager™ as the third addition to the Pacific Siren Series which debuted in 2016. Lured by the siren’s song, Anchor’s first brewmaster, Gottlieb Brekle, journeyed from Germany for the goldfields of California. Instead, he found his El Dorado in San Francisco, brewing beer for thirsty miners. The brewery that Brekle built on a street called Pacific, less than a mile from the San Francisco Bay, became Anchor Brewing. His odyssey and the mythic sirens of the Pacific is the inspiration for this series of brews.
The eye-catching packaging artwork for Blood Orange Blonde stays true to its Pacific Siren Series counterparts, donning an illustrated siren inspired by a 75-year-old California fruit crate label. Fruit-crate labels have a long and colorful history in California dating to the late nineteenth century. Most such agricultural art features enticingly succulent fruit and an idealized pastoral landscape. Anchor’s Pacific Siren Series labels however—as unique as the beers themselves—feature a stunning siren.
Blood Orange Blonde is available nationwide starting in May 2017 in 12 oz. cans and on draught at select bars, restaurants, and stores as well as at the Anchor Brewing Taproom and Anchor Beer Garden at The Yard in San Francisco. You can find a brew near you by using the Anchor Beer Finder.
Learn more about Anchor Brewing at www.anchorbrewing.com and follow @anchorbrewing on social media.
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. To learn more visit www.anchorbrewing.com.