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SF History Live: Anchor Brewing Company with David Burkhart

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By now, most San Franciscans are well aware that one of the city’s most cherished businesses—Anchor Brewing—closed its doors in 2023 after more than 120 years of operation. The SFHS Museum’s newest exhibit showcases some of the artifacts from the brewery, but there is much more of the story to be told. Join us for an evening with Anchor historian Dave Burkhart, who will share stories, anecdotes, and memories from his thirty-plus years of experiences at Anchor Brewing.

We all know that Anchor Brewing became famous for its steam beer—but not everyone knows that spinoff company, Anchor Distillery, also made a variety of distilled spirits, including Old Potrero Whiskey and Juniper Gin. In addition to Dave Burkhart’s extensive knowledge of craft beer, he’s also an expert on San Francisco cocktails. His presentation will include a demonstration of how to make the famous Boothby Cocktail, Bill Boothby’s version of a Manhattan, which he served at the Palace Hotel. A list of ingredients will be provided for you.

Award-winning author and historian David Burkhart joined the small staff of Anchor Brewing in 1991, where he worked side-by-side with owner/brewmaster Fritz Maytag. In his more than thirty years at Anchor, Burkhart did nearly every job at the brewery, adding Anchor Brewery historian to his many titles in 2010. His books include Earthquake Days, Cocktail.

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