The first time I ever had this ale was with my poor aunt. They were living in San Fransico at the time and I had gone for a visit. I asked/begged to get to go on an Anchor Steam tour. She agreed, which is nice because my aunt is sooo a wine drinking and sooo not a beer drinker.
We signed up for a private tour, which was free (don’t know if it is anymore…this is like 13 years ago). We toured the brewery and at the end we went to the tasting room. Now, I had been on many a beer tour, and when you go to these tasting rooms, they give you just that…a taste. But oh no, this being the private tour, we got FULL pints. Full pints of beer at 9:30 in the morning. Hmmm. And not just one pint, six. Starting with the lightest and making their way up to what they called Old Foghorn. Which is a beer but like no beer I had ever tasted, it was a based on barely wine.
Oh and did I mention that it’s 8.8% alcohol.
Now even though it was early, I felt some sort of obligation to drink all of the beer. I mean we signed up for this tour and the guy pouring the beer kept watching us for reaction. My poor aunt seemed to feel this obligation as well. She was a trouper and tried all of the beers but really only took a few sips of each. I for some reason not only drink all of mine but some of hers. Oh my. Did I mention I didn’t eat anything before we went on the tour. Poor choice.
Needless to say we went to eat right after that. I think I ate my weight in sourdough bread just to counteract the beer. Which it eventually did.
Now, this beer is not for your Bud Light drinkers of the world. It will put some hair on your chest. But I really like the flavor and if you have never tried it, and you are into a variety of beers, you might want to give it a go. Only draw back is that it’s pretty pricey.