Anchor Brewing Co., the San Francisco, Calif.-based brewer of Anchor Steam beer, announced it will end national distribution of its product and only produce beer for sale in the state of California.
The company told SFGATE.com that the state accounts for 70% of its sales, and that inflation, the company’s brewing techniques and the highly competitive craft beer market helped push Anchor Brewing to this decision.
In addition, the company announced it will no longer brew its Christmas Ale, a specialty beer it has brewed since 1975, again citing costs to brew as well as packaging requirements.
Anchor traces its roots back to 1896 when Ernst F. Baruth and Otto Schinkel, Jr., bought the brewery and renamed it Anchor Brewery. The company was resurrected after the great earthquake and fire in San Francisco in 1906, and it survived Prohibition, but it nearly went bankrupt in 1965. Longtime owner Fritz Maytag rescued the company at that time — today, Anchor Brewing Co. is owned by Japanese brewery Sapporo, who acquired it in 2017 for $85 million.