(San Francisco, CA) – Anchor Brewing Company announces the return of Anchor Saison Spring Ale, a sharply refreshing Belgian-style ale with a California twist.
Anchor Saison was first released in California in March 2014 and appeared on the market nationwide in March 2015. Just in time for spring, America’s first craft brewery welcomes in the season with Anchor Saison Spring Ale.
“To me, nothing says springtime like a tangy, sharply citrusy beer,” said Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter. “We brewed Anchor Saison using two-row barley, red wheat, and Belgian toasted wheat malt with chinook and nelson sauvin hops. Inspired by the saisons enjoyed in rural Belgium, we put a California twist on this centuries-old style and chose to use a locally cultured yeast. By combining these ingredients with lemongrass, lemon peel, and ginger, we created a refreshing springtime brew that’s uniquely Anchor.”
Inspired by the saison style that originated from the rustic farmhouse ales of Wallonia, Belgium, Anchor Saison Spring Ale (7.2% ABV) is a traditional Belgian-style saison with a California twist. The distinctiveness of roasted Belgian wheat malt is enhanced by the peppery, clove-like flavors of locally cultured saison-style yeast. Flavors of fresh lemongrass, lemon peel, and ginger add a tangy crispness and herbal spiciness to this sharply refreshing, uniquely Californian saison.
The Saison Spring Ale label was inspired by the imaginative and colorful beer and fruit-crate labels from the late 1800’s depicting California scenery framed by mouth-watering images of fresh citrus. Inspired by this timeless design, Anchor’s label features an original, hand-colored 1873 lithograph of the Golden Gate as seen from Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. Masterfully illustrated by longtime Anchor label artist James Stitt, hand-drawn images of lemon and lemongrass adorn the beer’s label.
Anchor Saison Spring Ale will be available nationwide in 6-packs and on draught at select restaurants and bars, at the Anchor Brewing Taproom and the Anchor Brewing Beer Garden at The Yard in San Francisco starting in February. Find a brew near you using the Anchor Beer Finder.
Learn more about this seasonal brew by watching the new Anchor Saison™ Video.
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.