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Anchor Brewing producing beer for annual fest.

Anchor Brewing producing beer for annual fest

The Anchor Brewing Co. is presenting a draft of brewing history with a "spruce beer" that will be sold only in the city of San Francisco and in Colorado. The production of the brew will commemorate the 10th Great American Beer Festival to be held in Denver in early October.

Spruce beer is a revival of an old brewing tradition that was originated centuries ago in Northern Europe. Spruce beer was also a part of United States colonial history, as it was required by the Continental Congress to be part of every American soldier's rations in 1775.

According to Fritz Maytag, Anchor Brewing Co.'s president and brewmaster, spruce beer is one example of many beers popular in pre-industrial Europe and America, which were brewed at home with locally available flavors and spices.

"This tradition includes everything from root beer to wassail," Maytag noted. "Making this historic beer is a gesture of exploration and celebration. It's an essay, an attempt to reach back into brewing history to honor the 10th anniversary of The Great American Beer Festival, and to celebrate our modern brewing Renaissance."

PHOTO : ANCHOR SPRUCE BEER, produced by the Anchor Brewing Co. to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Great American Beer Festival, is now available in San Francisco and Colorado.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Sep 23, 1991
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