The six beers tasted in this month's Beer Dome: La Boheme, Veedels Brau: Kolsch, 1500, Chronic Ale, Guardians, and Juicy.

19 – We Drop Anchor and Learn Beer History

This episode, after graduating from the University of Beer History with an overachieving 2.0 GPA, we pontificate about our knowledge of the original cerevisaphiles. Next, we visit a taproom and eatery owned by two southpaws who offer 30-plus, meticulously-vetted beer selections, six of which are featured in this month’s Battle Royale Beer Dome competition. Finally, we converse with two former Anchor Brewing employees who expound their perspective on the perilous pitfalls and prosperous paragons (whew!) in the beer industry. That, and our usual craic on this episode of Life in 16 oz.

Show Notes

Beer News (02:18)
Pontificating about Beer History in the U.S. (11:49)
Top Craft Beers in the U.S. and California, and more pontificating (13:10)
More Beer History in the U.S. (26:37)
California Beer History and Anchor Brewing Company (29:04)
Julio Peix, formerly with Anchor Brewing Company, Lefty’s Eatery & Taproom co-owner (41:13)
Beer Dome – Lefty’s 6 Picks – Intro (1:10:56)
Julio Peix joined by Dan Mitchell, also formerly with Anchor Brewing Company (1:25:14)
Beer Dome – Lefty’s 6 Picks – Finale (1:42:38) / / American Homebrewers Association / Dad’s Kitchen / Cider House / Lefty’s Eatery & Taproom / Anchor Brewing Company / Alaro Craft Brewery / Crooked Lane Brewing Company / Drake’s Brewing Company / Pizza Port Brewing Company / Blue Note Brewing Company / Full Circle Brewing Company

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Feature photo: Our first ever Battle Royale Beer Dome, featuring six beers chosen by Julio at Lefty’s Eatery & Taproom (see below). These beers butt heads in the categories of IPA (Heavy), Pale and Amber (Medium) and Lager (Light). The styles don’t match up for the most part, but it was fun drinking them! Tune in to find out which one of our three finalists was the overall winner of this episode’s six-way Battle Royale Beer Dome. (Life in 16 oz. photo illustration/Paul Wade)

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Pilsner and Lager (Light)

Pale Ale and Amber (Medium)

IPAs (Heavy)


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An historical black and white photo of Anchor Brewing. Several horse-drawn cargo transports await their cargo.
Horses pick up fresh cargo in 1906 at Anchor Brewing’s original location on Pacific Avenue between Larkin and Hyde Street in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo/Anchor Brewing Company)
Anchor Brewing Company building as seen from across the intersection of Mariposa and De Haro (license plates blurred).
The Anchor Brewing Company building at 1705 Mariposa, San Francisco in 2020. (HaeB via Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International)
An historical black and white photo of a San Francisco brewery.
National Brewery, San Francisco, California. It was located at the intersection of Fulton and Webster Streets. In the late 1800s the business was first co-owned by John F. Glueck and Charles E Hansen (1861-1877), later by Mrs. Elizabeth Gluck and Mr. Hansen (1877-1880), and finally Mr. Hansen alone (1880 – at least 1884). It was called the National Brewing Company from 1884 – 1916. The facility was the California Brewing Association for a few years after that, before again changing names and hands repeatedly in the following years. (data per (Courtesy photo/San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library)
Liberty Ale can, bottle, and pint glass are shown.
Anchor Brewing Company released a Christmas Ale in 1975 that quickly become the base for Liberty Ale, released in time for the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976. The ale is historically significant as it’s considered the first American Pale Ale brewed in the U.S. (Courtesy photo/Anchor Brewing Company)
"Fritz" Maytag leans on a tank inside the Anchor Brewing Company facility.
Frederick Louis “Fritz” Maytag III, former owner of Anchor Brewing Company. He purchased the brewery in 1965 as it, then known as Anchor Steam, was nearly out of business. His innovation spawned the first American Pale Ale in 1975, releasing his groundbreaking beer known as Liberty Ale. The Stanford graduate is considered a founding father of craft brewing in the U.S. Listen to this episode of Life in 16 oz. to learn more about how that all came to be. (Courtesy photo/Anchor Brewing Company)
A large number of patrons is shown seating outside Lefty's during pre-pandemic times. A large assortment of new and vintage beer signs adorns the wall along the seating area.
Lefty’s Eatery & Taproom has quickly become a neighborhood favorite in Sacramento with its 35 hand-picked beers, seltzer, kombucha and wine on tap, as seen here pre-pandemic. Julio Peix, co-owner, used his large collection of new and vintage beer signs to decorate the bar area as well as the exterior seating area. In this episode of Life in 16 oz., Julio talks extensively about the history of Anchor Brewing Company (he’s a former sales employee), shares his thoughts on the beer industry today, and reminisces with his former co-worker Dan Mitchell, a former brew technician at Anchor Brewing Company. (Courtesy photo/Lefty’s Eatery & Taproom)
Julio Peix poses while pouring a beer from a very long row of other beers on tap.
Julio Peix, formerly in sales at Anchor Brewing company. He currently owns the Cider House in Sacramento and is also the co-owner of Lefty’s Eatery & Taproom, both in Sacramento. He is the former owner of Dad’s Kitchen, also in Sacramento, whose Dad’s Burger was a Triple D winner (Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives). (Courtesy photo/Lefty’s Eatery & Taproom)
A wall loaded with three staggered rows of taps is featured behind the bar.
With a whopping 35 taps to choose from, Lefty’s Eatery & Taproom has something ready to pour for every taste, from beer to wine to seltzer to kombucha.  Oh my! (Courtesy photo/Lefty’s Eatery & Taproom)