Anchor Brewing Company is expressing its Golden State Warriors fandom in the most appropriate way: A limited-edition Anchor California Lager with packaging that salutes the Oakland team’s “Strength in Numbers” motto and artwork in the requisite golden-state hues.
The lager is a quintessentially California brew, a historic style that dates back to the 19th century, when the Boca brewing company began brewing lagers in a tiny post-Gold Rush town near Truckee. Lagers require chilly temperatures — 35 to 45 degrees — for fermentation, so in the pre-refrigeration era, most California breweries made ales and porters instead. But Boca’s brewers used their town’s snowy Sierra location, complete with ice ponds and plentiful fresh water, to their advantage.
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By the 1880s, the Boca brewery had 80 employees and an international reputation. At its high point, the brewery was shipping 25,000 barrels of lager around the world. A devastating fire brought it all to an end in 1896.
Anchor revived the historic Boca lager style in 2013. Last year, Anchor produced its first Warriors-centric beer, a Golden Warriors/Golden Lager. This year’s California lager (4.9 percent alcohol by volume) is available at Oakland’s Oracle …read more
Source:: The Mercury News