One of the country’s oldest breweries, Anchor put San Francisco on the map as one of the top craft-beer cities in the country. Its roots date back to the California Gold Rush, and it’s the first craft brewery in America where beers are handmade in a traditional copper brewhouse from an all-malt mash.
Anchor’s original incarnation was a beer-and-billiards saloon near Russian Hill in the late 1800s. Up until now, you could tour Anchor’s brewing facilities and taste through products at their brewery and taproom in Potrero Hill, but there hasn’t been a true public-house vibe to Anchor’s facilities. For the first time since Prohibition, you can now mix and mingle while sipping the suds at Public Taps, opening Oct. 21 across the street from the brewery, at 495 De Haro St.
Public Taps brings Anchor straight to the people in a setting that goes beyond copper stills. The bar will be home to The Potrero Project, a collection of specialty beers brewed in Anchor’s pilot brewery exclusively for Public Taps customers. It will also offer local rotating food trucks daily and a calendar of special events.
Although it’s now part of Japanese brewing giant Sapporo, Anchor prides itself on maintaining classical beer brewing techniques and tradition while embracing radical inventiveness and state-of-the-art modern methods. The design of Public Taps is meant to reflect this ethos by combining reclaimed redwood water storage tanks, copper from Anchor’s old brewhouse, and brewing equipment and beer collections from Anchor’s archives with contemporary design.
To mark the celebratory day, Anchor will host a grand opening event on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., collaborating with neighbors and local companies to throw a truly San Franciscan affair. There, you can take a look around the new pilot brewery and bar, enjoy classic Anchor beers, get a first taste of new and limited brews, partake in complimentary Anchor Steam “Butterbeer” ice cream from Humphry Slocombe, and sample collaboration brews with Local Brewing and ThirstyBear Brewing. Get a dose of knowledge at a beer education station with Anchor brewers, witness live screen printing from San Franpsycho, and nosh on bites from onsite food trucks. The new opening is just one step forward in a generations-long history for the brewery — one that, we imagine, will continue long into the future.
Public Taps, opening Saturday, Oct. 21, 495 De Haro St., anchorpublictaps.com