A review of Anchor Brewing Company’s Anchor Steam Beer. This brew is an absolute delight and has such a great drinkability not matter whether you decide to pair it with a meal or drink it alone. A delightful blend of caramel, cinnamon, fresh baked bread and hints of herbal and citrus hops is sure to bring a smile on anyone craft beer drinkers face. Anchor’s Brewery is open to tours and tastings every weekend by reservation only and is located in San Francisco, California. This is a must visit if you are near by as they provide a rich history of their beer and brewery.
Anchor Brewing Company: Anchor Steam Beer
Style: California Common/Steam Beer
Appearance: Deep Gold
Aroma: First thing that hits the nose is rich caramel notes and scents of fresh bread. Hints of cereal and cinnamon emanate upward bringing a great overall balance between the bold flavors of the malts and sweetness of the caramel. A slight herbal and citrus hop aroma can be found intermingled as well.
Flavor: A wonderful blend of caramel, fresh baked bread and hints of cinnamon cover the palates for a sweet but balanced flavor. Hints of citrus, zest and tang tingle on the tongue while a slight nutty flavor pops up toward the finish.
Mouthfeel/Body: Medium body with a dry, crisp finish, leaving a little slick feeling on the palates as well. Very cleansing and refreshing.
Food Pairing: A great food pairing item for this California common would need to be a lighter grilled entree with a creamy and steamed side. Grilled salmon with a herb seasoning would really go well with the craft beer along with some steamed broccoli and simple mashed potatoes. This pairing dish is sure to bring out the best in both the beer and dinner with balance, smoothness, and richness. The grilled salmon will allow the beer to wash down the food leaving a rich and bold flavor lingering on the palates. The creamy mashed potatoes will provide a rich, but smooth flavor with the brew while the steamed broccoli will bring an overall balance to the meal and beer itself. A delicious dessert pairing would be some baked cinnamon bread that will really bring out the cinnamon flavors of the beer and allow for a great finish to the meal and evening. Grab a pack, drink, eat up and cheers!