At Anchor Brewing, we’re lucky to be so near the San Francisco Bay, one of the world’s most impressive natural waterways and one of California’s most important ecosystems. San Francisco Baykeeper, a local nonprofit, works nonstop to keep it that way. Only Baykeeper confronts polluters and stops harmful actions with their unique expertise in law, science, advocacy, and field investigations, helping achieve decades of legal and policy victories for a cleaner Bay.
To celebrate their accomplishments and 30th anniversary, we’re introducing a collaboration beer that’s as fierce as Baykeeper’s commitment to preserving our Bay. Baykeeper IPA is a bright and delicious San Francisco-style IPA, overflowing with juicy and fruit-forward hop layers that finish crisp and dry.
Teeming with lime, orange zest and papaya aromas, Baykeeper IPA has a slightly spicy, yet slightly sweet taste that finishes with a delicate bitterness. Mosaic, Cascade and Amarillo Cryo hops were used to amplify the fruity and piney hop aromatics in this slightly hazy brew. Anchor takes a balanced approach to the bitterness while ramping up the hop intensity in Baykeeper IPA, making it a tasty San Francisco-style IPA.
Because this brew is a celebration of the Bay, Anchor turned to its neighbor across the Bay for some of the malt used in Baykeeper IPA. Based in Alameda, Admiral Maltings makes small-batch, hand-crafted, organic malts produced using tried-and-true malting techniques. For Baykeeper IPA, Anchor used Admiral Gallagher’s Best from the local maltster. In addition, Anchor used 2-Row Pale, Acidulated Malt, Golden Naked Oats, and Toasted Rice, combining to create an exceptional malt profile. The beer pours a deep golden color with a creamy, fluffy head.
Watercolor artist Jenna Rainey hand-painted the label on Baykeeper IPA, which features Baykeeper’s patrol boat charging through the water underneath the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Since 1989, Baykeeper’s patrol boat has regularly monitored the San Francisco Bay, the treasure of the Bay Area, to identify and investigate pollution. From there, Baykeeper strategically uses advocacy, public education and legal action to secure smart solutions that stops pollution and restores water quality so that native wildlife and recreational sport can continue to flourish.