Craft Brewing Pioneers
Back in 1965 Fritz Maytag acquired the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, thereby saving it from closure. The history of craft brewing saw America’s brewing landscape start to change. At the same time as the American brewing landscape was shrinking in taste and size, a grassroots homebrewing culture emerged. The homebrewing hobby began to thrive because the only way a person in the United States could experience the beer traditions and styles of other countries was to make the beer themselves.
These homebrewing roots gave birth to what we now call the “craft brewing” industry, when John Mitchell pioneered North America’s first brewpub in 1982. Today’s craft brewing companies are opening in every town, offering their best brews, some with the most spectacular seasonal craft beers and food offerings that compete with some of the finest restaurants. The décor of these unique establishments trend with history, using wood, brass and steel to give it a distress grassroots vibe, while you enjoy excellent company, drink and food.