Last night the brewing community gathered in Anchor's Potrero Hill factory for the debut of the brewery's new IPA. Unlike Liberty Ale, which was one of the first modern American IPAs when it was released in the 1975 and is based on one hop, the new IPA has six different types of hops in the blend for a complex, nicely balanced beer. And at a comfortable 6.5 percent ABV, it's not so boozy that you'll feel the need to lie down after drinking one or two.
Anchor's new IPA will be released in California throughout February, and in the rest of the U.S. in March through May. It'll also be on draught in some restaurants and bars in the city.
The elephant on the label is a nod to the Gold Rush saying, "see the elephant," which was synonymous with the adventure and intrigue that 49ers felt when they were going to California. There's some evidence that the British were exporting IPA around South America to California as well as to India.
Here's a nice-looking video that explains more of the history behind the beer. We guarantee that it'll make you thirsty.