It’s not just a brewery, to me it’s the Mecca of craft beer. Maybe because it’s so far away, yet within a day trip where I live, is why I find visiting Sierra Nevada to be a pilgrimage. It’s like going to the source of where the craft beer revolution started. And yes, you could really argue the Mecca of craft beer is Anchor’s brewery. Except its current location is not where Fritz Maytag transformed a dying brewery into one the transformed the American brewing landscape. But then, you can also say that about the current Sierra Nevada brewery location and Ken Grossman’s pioneering work. Maybe because Anchor’s Brewery is a short trip for me to San Francisco that makes it seem more accessible, and therefore seemingly less mystical.
I’m rambling. I do that when attempting to be profound about something I feel reverent about. Somehow, Sierra Nevada feels like where the craft beer revolution all started, even though logically, you could argue Anchor is the place. I just can’t quite express why into words. So I’ll stop rambling and just show you a bunch of pictures I snapped on the Sierra Nevada brewery tour. It’s been over three years since I first made this pilgrimage. I just hope I don’t have to wait another three years to come back.