Anchor Small Beer
(Always drink responsibly. Seek help when alcohol affects your life and the lives of those around you. For readers of a legal drinking age.)
Moving took much longer than anticipated today, so we missed the appropriate dinner hour to go out to a restaurant in our new city of residence. Also, because of a few hangups here and there, we don’t have internet at the new digs yet. We came back to our old place to do this beer post, hence the familiar background. In addition, the camera was being fidgety and didn’t want to focus on the Anchor Small Beer label, but I’m proud of my little Canon EOS Rebel T3 anyway because it captured the beautiful bubbles and head so well.
Now that the excuses are out of the way, I can talk about the beer. Anchor Brewing began during the Gold Rush, and despite changing hands and locations over the years, it has remained true to what is now thought of as California craft style and it is considered one of the first microbreweries. In 2010 it was sold to the former executives of Skyy Vodka, but so far their plans for expansion have been fruitful and more is expected to come. Anchor Small Beer is the weakest from this brewery (and the weakest I’ve tried for a post) at 3.3% ABV. The process by which it is made is based on “small beer” principles, whereby two distinct ales are made from the same mash – the first being a stronger barleywine for sipping, and the second run a lighter, less expensive “small beer.” Anchor Small Beer is steeped from the Old Foghorn mash and at 30 IBU the hops are notable making this, flavor-wise, right up my alley.