Anchor Brewing Debuts California Gold Rush Inspired “Go West! IPA”
(San Francisco, CA) – Anchor Brewing Company announces the debut of Go West! IPA™, an adventurous new IPA inspired by the California Gold Rush and all those who Go West! Developed by recently appointed Brewmaster, Scott Ungermann, Go West! IPA is brewed using a new, innovative brewing technology.
Bright and golden in color, Go West! IPA (6.7% ABV) is made with pale 2-row barley malt and dry-hopped with a unique blend of 4 American hops in a new, custom built tank designed to enhance the hop aroma. Anchor’s newly appointed Brewmaster, Scott Ungermann, oversaw the design and creation of this innovative dry-hopping process. For decades, Anchor has honored traditional brewing methods and the art of handcrafted beer. Under the direction of Ungermann, Anchor combined those time-honored brewing traditions with an innovative brewing technique to create Go West! IPA. The final result boasts moutherwateringly complex aromas of citrus, pine and the tropics with a spiky bitterness and clean finish that leaves you wanting more.
Ungermann previously served as Vice President of Production for Anchor Brewers & Distillers. This month, Anchor announces his new role as Brewmaster. Veteran Brewmaster Mark Carpenter now transitions to the role of Brewmaster Emeritus where he will continue to support the development of new beers, as well as brewery and industry events. Carpenter, who began his career as one of five employees at Anchor in 1971, is credited as a key figure in the American Craft Brewing Revolution. Carpenter passes the baton to Ungermann as Anchor sets their sights on new developments in 2016, starting with the adventurous Go West! IPA.
“We had a lot of fun creating this beer, brewing and tasting several prototypes looking for the perfect hop blend for our new IPA,” said Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann. “In Go West! IPA we use 100% pale 2-row malt, Apollo and Bravo hops in the kettle, and a blend of Citra, Equinox, Calypso, and Eureka! hops for the dry hopping process. To achieve a stronger and brighter hop aroma, we built a completely new, custom piece of equipment used in the cellar that continually filters the beer through whole cone hops during the dry-hopping process. This gives the beer its hop-forward, complex aroma of citrus, pine and tropical fruit. The end result is an IPA that is golden in color and light in body with an elevated bitterness followed by a hoppy zest and clean finish. This beer is refreshing and drinkable, but robust and complex enough to satisfy the never-ending quest for new and original hop character.”
The California Gold Rush compelled thousands to Go West! “to see the elephant,” a metaphor for the doggedly optimistic risk-taking linked then and now with America’s pursuit of adventure. As early as 1849, India Pale Ale, prepared by British brewers for export to India by adding dry hops to barrels of hoppy ale, was also going west to San Francisco. In 1975, Anchor, America’s first craft brewery, led the modern revival of dry-hopping handmade ales and continues that tradition with the release of Go West! IPA.
Go West! IPA is available nationwide in 6-packs, 12-packs, cans, and on draught in select bars, restaurants, and stores including the Anchor Brewing Taproom and the Anchor Brewing Beer Garden at The Yard in San Francisco. Find a brew near you by using the Anchor Beer Finder.
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.