I've visited breweries in Japan, China, Belgium, Russia, and the US. Anchor Brewing is one of the most beautiful facilities I've visited because of the Art Deco architecture, the shiny copper kettles surrounded by blue tiles, and the view of the SF skyline and Bay Bridge from the kettle room.
Also, this was the first time I had seen shallow fermentors in production. The aroma of barley and hops wafted down the corridor as the real VIP's were led in and out of this room on a private tour.
The food was themed with beer ingredients:
- water (steamed char siu baos)
- yeast (pretzels made with beer yeast and a Gruyere fondue)
- barley (seared scallops on a potato slice - unfortunately, I can't remember the barley in this one)
- hops (hops-infused mini cupcake with a browned butter cream).