Anchor Liberty Ale

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I was excited to find out that this month's selection of the beer club I belong to was Anchor Liberty Ale. I am a huge Anchor Brewing fan. It is my opinion that it is the best domestic brewery. My favorite beer is Anchor Porter, I also enjoy their Steam Beer. It had been a while since I'd drank a Liberty Ale.


You may recall the following post that I submitted shortly after visiting the brewery.

"Don't let the humble advertising mislead you, Anchor is the best domestic brewery. They do not use unitanks for their brewing. Instead they use open fermentation. But first let me back up a little with my story. I spoke with Mark Carpenter who arranged for Phil Rogers to give us a tour. Mr. Rogers is in charge of training and overseeing the regular tour guides during tour season. Due to my poor navigating skills Jeremy and I arrived about an hour late. Mr. Rogers needed to head out to another appointment in ten minutes. He however was extremely kind to us and gave us over an hour of his valuable time.


He gave us a brew or two while we waited. I was able to experience Anchor Porter on tap at the Anchor Tap Room! What an awesome experience. Then he took us out onto the brewfloor while they were brewing. One of their top brewers opened the brewpot for us, allowed to stick our heads into the Mash Tun and the Lauter Tun. Then after leaving the copper kettle brewroom we proceeded into the cleanroom. In the cleanroom there were thousands of gallons of beer in open fermentation right before our eyes. Stainless tanks not more than a few inches deep held fermenting Anchor Steambeer. Then we proceeded to the hop storage area. There Mr. Phil Rodgers allowed us to see, feel and smell the differences between various hop varieties. From there we went to other fermentation areas, the basement with the conditioning tanks, and then the bottling line.


Afterward we were able to visit and share a pint with a half dozen brewery employees most of whom were brewers. I was able to ask technical questions about the beer and they graciously provided satisfying answers.


I am leaving out so much of the story. I could probably write a book about the experience and still not be giving the full picture of why of Anchor Brewing is the best brewery in the U.S.


Much of their process reminded me of how I brew my own beer. They use natural conditioning to carbonate their beer. They then keep it under pressure while they process and bottle the beer. Their method of homogenization is superior in that is it very quick and not done in the bottle therefore preserving the true character of the brew.

Liberty Ale

If you ever find yourself in San Francisco be sure to visit Anchor Brewing! "


Liberty Ale was first introduced on April 18th, 1975 to commemorate the bicentennial of the famous ride by Paul Revere. If it had been five months later it could also have marked 6,000 years of mans existence on earth. But that is another discussion.


According to Anchor's site "Before it became a permanent year-round product, variations of our Liberty Ale formula enjoyed brief tenures as Our Special Ale."


Liberty Ale's appearance is golden honey, with a lacy fine head that quickly dissipates. Its hop bouquet like its taste was amazing. It's very clear that this brew is dry hopped with very fresh whole hops. Extremely crisp and refreshing the Cascade hops pretty much jump out at you. This is just one of Anchor's amazing brews. I highly recommend it. A nice one to try at home if you homebrew.

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