Anchor IPA brewed by the
Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, California
The California Gold
Rush lured thousands west to "see the elephant," a 19th-century metaphor for the
hopeful but risky pursuit of happiness, adventure, and fortune. As early as
1849, India Pale Ale - prepared by British brewers for export to India by adding
dry hops to barrels of hoppy ale - was also heading west, from England around
the Horn to San Francisco. Thirsty ‘49ers savored imported IPAs, but it wasn’t
until 1975 that Anchor, Americas' original craft brewery, pioneered the revival
of dry-hopped handmade ales. Now, that tradition fast-forwards to an adventurous
new brew: Anchor IPA™.
Anchor IPA™ is made with 2-row barley malt and fresh whole-cone hops, its bright
amber color, distinctively complex aroma, spiky bitterness, malty depth, and
clean finish unite to create a uniquely flavorful, memorable, and timeless IPA.
The elephant you see on Anchor IPA™ was hand-drawn by our label artist, James
Stitt. To "see the elephant" was a popular 19th-century expression that
originated with a tale that predates the California Gold Rush.
There once lived a farmer who had
heard of elephants but had never seen one. He longed for the day when he might
catch a glimpse of this rare, exotic creature. When the circus came to town, he
loaded his wagon with fresh produce and headed to market. On the way, just as
he'd hoped, he came across the circus parade, nobly led by an enormous elephant.
The farmer was ecstatic, but his horses were terrified. They reared and bucked,
overturning his wagon and scattering its precious contents in the road. "I don’t
give a hoot," exclaimed the farmer. "I have seen the elephant!"
The elephant became the universal symbol of the Gold Rush, as evidenced by the
journals, letters, and sketchbooks of the forty-niners. Whether or not they
struck it rich in the diggings, those plucky pioneers would forever treasure
their California adventure as the defining moment of their lives. Have you seen
Malts: Blend of 2 Row Pale, Munich and Caramel
Hops: Cascade, Bravo, Apollo, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Haas, and Experimental No.
Anchor Brewing Company
Anchor Brewing Company’s roots date back to the California gold rush making it
one of America’s oldest breweries. Its Anchor Steam® Beer is San Francisco’s
original since 1896. In 1965, Fritz Maytag acquired and revived the struggling
brewery at a time when mass production of beer dominated and seemed unstoppable.
Maytag started a revolution in beer that originated today’s craft beer movement.
An undisputed icon, Anchor is America’s first craft brewery where beers are
handmade in our traditional copper brewhouse from an all-malt mash. At Anchor,
we practice the time-honored art of classical brewing, employing
state-of-the-art methods to ensure that our beers are always pure and fresh. We
know of no brewery in the world that matches our efforts to combine traditional,
natural brewing with such carefully applied, modern methods of sanitation,
finishing, packaging and transporting. See what we are brewing today at