Anchor Brewing debuts Brewers’ Pale Ale with Evolving Hop Blend

Anchor Brewing Company, one of the oldest craft breweries in the country, is introducing the Brewers’ Pale Ale with an evolving hop blend. This is a bright and fruity pale ale, with tons of bursting flavor and aroma hops from two dry hoppings focusing on Nelson Sauvin hops, but those will change. 12oz bottles and 6-packs as well as draft of Brewers’ Pale Ale will be available soon.

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Brewers’ Pale Ale (5.3% ABV) is an aromatically complex, double dry-hopped ale that’s crisp, refreshing and flavorful.  While the first version highlights the unique Nelson Sauvin hop from New Zealand, providing a deliciously fruity character, Anchor brewers will continue to experiment with different hop varieties, showcasing evolved recipes and new hop blends throughout the year.  The flavor and the way the beer presents itself will remain somewhat constant, but each new blend will have unique aromatics.“Our brewers work together to develop and constantly evolve recipes until they’re absolutely delicious and uniquely Anchor,” said Brewmaster Scott Ungermann.  “For this beer, our first step was to create just the right malt bill to showcase our favorite hops and then blend those hops within that framework.  While it took many iterations and taste tests to make a killer everyday pale ale, our brewers were up for the challenge.  The result is a modern American Pale Ale with the fresh aromatics of an ever-changing blend of our brewers’ favorite hops for a bright, crisp, delicious and perfect go-to beer.”

The first blend of Brewers’ Pale Ale has a strong aroma of grapefruit, passion fruit, citrus peels and dank piney hops.  “It’s like smelling the peel of a ruby red grapefruit—that distinct aromatic is really in this hop,” said Ungermann, referencing the Nelson Sauvin hop.  “And we surround it with a great supporting cast.  In this case, North American hops, but that will change throughout the year.”

Brewed with 2-row pale, red wheat, pilsner and acidulated malt, Brewers’ Pale Ale is a crisp and quaffable beer packed with complex hop flavor.  It pours a bright golden, straw-color with a creamy white head and nice lacing.  Not filtered to intense clarity, it has an intentional slight haziness.  It finishes fairly dry with a nice balanced drinkability, making it an excellent lunchtime beer.  Brewers’ Pale Ale is perfect to pair with fish tacos, or a nice, savory meal like a steak sandwich.

“Pale ales are definitely having a resurgence right now—people are craving their easy drinkability,” said Ungermann.  “Brewers’ Pale Ale fits right in the middle of the Anchor portfolio, surrounded by a bunch of great beers.  Forty-three years ago, Anchor brewers crafted the first American IPA after prohibition.  Liberty Ale® stands on its own as the revolutionary forerunner of contemporary IPAs and pale ales.  Now, we’re presenting a modern take on the American Pale Ale.  From the beer that started a revolution in 1975 to Brewers’ Pale Ale, with its evolving hop blend, Anchor continues to be at the forefront of innovations in pale ale.”

Highlighting the care that the brewers poured into Brewers’ Pale Ale, the label design is a hand-drawn illustration showcasing Anchor’s brewkettle and the handcrafted techniques of Anchor Brewers.

Brewers’ Pale Ale is available starting in February 2018 in 6-pack bottles and on draught at select bars, restaurants, and stores as well as at Anchor Public Taps and the Anchor Brewing Taproom in San Francisco.  You can find a brew near you by using the Anchor Beer Finder.

Learn more about Anchor Brewing at and follow @anchorbrewing on social media.

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