Kegs & Legs Beers of the Week: San Franpsycho IPA & Brewers’ Pale Ale by Anchor Brewing (San Francisco)


I love beer. After now having visited over 390 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages.

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A little over a month ago, we reviewed some beers from Anchor Brewing, based out of San Francisco. They sent us a couple of their flagship beers and recently sent us bottles from their newest beers – San Franpsycho IPA and Brewers’ Pale Ale. Here’s a snippet about Anchor from our previous feature:

Enter Anchor Brewing, a brewery out of California, and one that put San Francisco on the map. You may have seen their stuff in tap houses and bottle shops, and I really like how “old school” the bottles look – simple, yet with a rustic flair and throwback to the times when Anchor was just getting started. In fact, here’s a little bit of the history of Anchor:

The rich history of Anchor Brewing can be traced all the way back to the California gold rush, when German brewer Gottlieb Brekle arrived in San Francisco with his family.

Gottlieb Brekle bought an old beer-and-billiards saloon on Pacific Street near Russian Hill for $3,500, transforming it into the American brewery that, twenty-five years later, would be renamed Anchor. German brewer Ernst F. Baruth and his son-in-law, Otto Schinkel, Jr., bought the old brewery on Pacific (the first of six Anchor locations around the City over the years) and named it Anchor. No one knows why Baruth and Schinkel chose the name Anchor, except, perhaps, for its indirect but powerful allusion to the booming Port of San Francisco.

The San Franpsycho IPA is a brand spanking new offering – a juicy IPA concoction that get’s the namesake from their partnership with their latest Spring/Summer collaboration – San Franpsycho – a local clothing company that’s been a part of San Francisco for over 15 years. The label is the view from Noriega hilltop looking down to the Outer Sunset and Ocean Beach – where the clothing company was born.

This beer was actaully just released a few weeks ago (4/13) and it’s pretty dang good. It’s refreshing and easy drinking and has the nose of peaches right at the first sniff. It’s not as hazy or fruity as you may see from breweries like Great Notion or Modern Times, and has more dankness than I was anticipating. However, it has some uniqueness to it that may hit you right.

Brewers’ Pale Ale is also relatively new – created in 2017, but only began bottling in February of this year. I smell the grapefruit and dank hops initially (though missed the passion fruit and citrus peels) and really like the look of it as the creamy white head formed on the glass. Nelson hops aren’t my favorite variety. They are from New Zealand and tend to have a pretty strong aroma – which I would echo in this beer. Some quotes from Beer Connoisseur:

Nelson is a very polarizing hop – it seems beer drinkers either love it hate it. When thrown in a kettle, it can produce a wide range of stunning flavor and aroma. Hop lovers can be dazzled, but the unsuspecting drinker may find its juicy bouquet overwhelming.

The flavor profile runs from fruity, tropical notes of lychee and mango to fresh crushed gooseberries and spicy black pepper. Many may also recognize a similarity to white wine – in New Zealand, Sauvin is shorthand for Sauvignon Blanc, a winemaking grape.

Going back for a second time, I actually pulled out some of black pepper spiciness – making this a pretty unique pale ale. It’s relatively smooth, though with some of the really light NW pales I have had recently, it doesn’t seem as extremly drinkable as those. However, it’s a very solid American pale that is right at home in any beer fridge or cooler.




About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (609) and wineries (148) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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