Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #16 – Brekle’s Brown

3 11 2012

I didn’t do anything in honor of the Giants winning the World Series this past week.  Part of it was I was traveling – while watching almost every playoff game before the World Series, I only saw parts of games 1, 2 and 3 (I did watch all of game 4).  Part of it was the anticlimactic nature of the Series – the Tigers seemed screwed after losing the 1st game.

So I’ve decided to do a 2nd San Francisco style “Saturday Suds” for the World Champs – and a 2nd Anchor Steam post.  My aforementioned travel was to Denver, so as was the case with 2 weeks ago, I still have never been to San Francisco.  But Anchor Steam beers are ones I can get my mitts on here in Chicago, so this was an apt.

Brewery: Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, CA

Beer:  Brekle’s Brown

Description:  This beer is a brown ale, and it’s tasty.  I like it at least as much as the Anchor Steam flagship ale, which means it’s pretty good.  You can taste the malt, and a little bit of hops, but not too much.  There’s some “nutty” taste to it, and it has some subtle sweetness.

Here’s what the website (and the top of the bottle) describes this beer:

“Brewmaster Mark Carpenter’s unique recipe—a tip of the hat to our first brewmaster—looks to both the past and the future. It starts with a special blend of roasted malts.

For brewing and dry hopping, a single and distinctive new American hop variety called Citra creates nuanced flavors and aromas complementing Brekle’s™ Brown’s unique maltiness.

Anchor Brewing’s roots date back to the early 1850s and the California gold rush, when pioneer brewer Gottlieb Brekle arrived in San Francisco from Germany. In 1871, he purchased an old beer-and-billiards saloon near Russian Hill and transformed it into the little brewery that—twenty-five years later—would be renamed Anchor. Brekle’s™ Brown is a celebration of Anchor’s 140-year brewing legacy.”

Medium:  I bought one bottle that was 1 pint and 6 ounces.  I don’t think they make this in 12 ounce bottles, as this is the only size I’ve every seen it, though I’m not sure.  You can probably find it on tap in SF somewhere.

How it’s related to baseball:  Same as the last Anchor Beer I did – Anchor has been a sponsor of the San Francisco Giants, and this past season they opened a tap-room or biergarten behind Center Field on the promenade level of AT&T park.  There you can get a few different Anchor beers on tap.  I’m not sure if you can get this one, but from what I’ve said they do pull some of their other beers in at times.  The tap-room is a replica of their tap-room in Portero Hill, the neighborhood where the Brewery is located.

I will go to AT&T Park someday, and I’ll definitely hit up this plaza when I do!

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