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Monday, April 26, 2010

S.F.'s Iconic Anchor Brewery Sold to Marin Investment Company

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 4:36 PM

click to enlarge Fritz Maytag revived the Anchor Brewing Co., keeping operations in S.F. - JESSE FRIEDMAN/BEER & NOSH
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  • Fritz Maytag revived the Anchor Brewing Co., keeping operations in S.F.
Noah Galuten of our sister blog in L.A. is among a handful of sources reporting this afternoon that local craft beer pioneer Anchor Brewing Co. has been sold to The Griffin Group, a Novato-based investment and consulting company. A press release about the ownership change for the S.F. brewery have cycled through sites including Beer Advocate and Brookston Beer Bulletin.

Galuten:

The company will be renamed Anchor Brewers & Distillers and plans to develop a "Center of Excellence" in San Francisco which will focus on the "development, education, entertainment and innovation" of craft beer. Longtime Anchor Brewing owner Fritz Maytag will now be given the title Chairman Emeritus of Anchor Brewers & Distillers.

More details from Brookston Beer Bulletin's Jay Brooks, including a suggestion that Anchor's new owners will continue the company's craft beer tradition, and keep production at the Potrero Hill brewery:

The Griffin Group is led by beverage alcohol veterans, Keith Greggor and Tony Foglio, two longtime San Francisco residents who have been working with Anchor Brewing Company's owner, Fritz Maytag to maintain the iconic brewery and distillery in San Francisco.
Read the press release here.

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