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  • Andrew Carroll
    This is going to be pretty cool. Heard a rumor Anchor had a big announcement. They are going big time. Aren t they quintupling their output(120,000 to 600,000)
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      This is going to be pretty cool.

      Heard a rumor Anchor had a big announcement. They are going big time. Aren't they quintupling their output (120,000 to 600,000)

      Anchor Brewing Co. announces a new brewery in waterfront Mission Rock development
      Posted on 02/19/2013 at 8:38 am by Paolo Lucchesi in Beer, Coming Attractions

      Artist renderings of the exterior of the proposed Anchor Brewing's Pier 48 Brewery.

      The Chronicle’s Andrew S. Ross reports that Anchor Brewing Co. and the San Francisco Giants have announced that Anchor is the first tenant for the $1.6 billion Mission Rock development project, just south of the ballpark.

      However, it won’t be the first time the local baseball team has played in the shadow of a brewery; Peter Hartlaub tweets that the old Seals Stadium was next door to the old Rainer Brewery (see more on Rainer here).

      Artist renderings of the interior.

      But getting back to the new Anchor brewery. Located on Pier 48, the massive new space will allow for some big Anchor expansion into new markets:

      Anchor Brewing Co. will occupy what is now Pier 48 with production and distribution facilities, a restaurant, museum and other public attractions. The 212,000-square-foot space is an addition to Anchor Brewing’s existing plant on Potrero Hill, and will quadruple the company’s output from 120,000 to 600,000 barrels a year.

      Construction won’t even begin for another year, and the brewery won’t be built until the end of 2016 (and that’s still a maybe), but still, that’s quite the opening splash for the Mission Rock development. Err, splash hit?

      P.S. Don’t forget that Magnolia’s Dogpatch brewery is still en route sometime this year.

      · Previously: Anchor Brewing plant on S.F. waterfront [San Francisco Chronicle]
      Mayor Lee toasts Anchor Brewing waterfront expansion plan

      Mayor Ed Lee Tuesday raised a cold one to the future success of Anchor Brewing’s plan to expand its operations to Pier 48, the new centerpiece of the San Francisco Giants’ intended Mission Rock development across from AT&T Park.

      Lee, along with supervisors Jane Kim and Malia Cohen, Giants CEO Larry Baer, Port Executive Director Monique Moyer, Anchor co-owner Keith Greggor and other dignitaries, had a chance to sample the brew at a news conference inside the cavernous warehouse that will house the company’s second brewery.

      Since 1896, Anchor has called six locations in the city home and Pier 48 will make number seven, Greggor said. The company intends to keep its current brewery on Mariposa Street at the foot of Potrero Hill.

      With demand for the craft beer soaring, “We knew we needed a second brewery and we knew it needed to be in San Francisco,” he said. It will allow the company to nearly quadruple its annual production, from the current 180,000 barrels to 680,000.

      The deal has been in the works for more than a year-and-a-half. The brewery, which will reuse the existing WWII-era building, will also include a restaurant, museum and educational facility.

      The brewery, which is scheduled to open in fall 2015, is a huge step forward for the city, Lee said. Pier 48 is currently used for little more than parking and storage.
       Since the plan calls for reuse of an existing structure, and not new waterfront construction, the needed approvals can come quickly, the mayor added.

      The project will be the cornerstone of the mixed-use, $1.6 billion Mission Rock development, which will include office, retail and restaurant space, as well as parks and up to 1,500 housing units.

      For the Giants, bringing in Anchor will be a nod to the past, since Seals Stadium, the team’s first San Francisco home, was in the shadow — and scent range — of local breweries.

      Don’t expect a return of the old Hamm’s beer sign, the landmark 13-foot-tall beer glass that filled and emptied with rings of lights.

      “I don’t think we could get that by” on a waterfront project today, Baer said, laughing.

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