My question is this: when will Anchor Lite and Anchor Ice come out? Ideally, these products would be sold in 30 racks, cost less than $15 and would feature really poorly designed packaging.
THE GRIFFIN GROUP ACQUIRES ANCHOR BREWING COMPANY AND ESTABLISHES ANCHOR BREWERS & DISTILLERS, LLC
Acquisition Continues the Legacy of a San Francisco Icon
(San Francisco, CA) - April 27, 2010 - The Griffin Group, an investment and consulting company focused on beverage alcohol brands, announced its acquisition of Anchor Brewing Company which includes its portfolio of craft beers and artisan spirits, including the award winning Anchor Steam Beer.
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.
“Anchor Brewing Company has a long history in San Francisco and The Griffin Group is ushering in an exciting era while maintaining our proud, time-honored history,” said Fritz Maytag. “Combining Keith and Tony’s passion for the Anchor Brewing Company, their industry experience and expertise only means that Anchor will be enjoyed in San Francisco for generations to come.”
“Since 1896, Anchor Brewing Company has been an icon of San Francisco’s history and culture,” stated Griffin’s Founding Partner, Keith Greggor, “I am honored to bring Anchor Brewing Company into our family of craft beers and artisanal spirits through establishing Anchor Brewers & Distillers, LLC.”
Anchor Brewers & Distillers intends to establish a “Center of Excellence” in San Francisco for craft brewers and artisan distillers from around the world. An epicenter of development, education, entertainment and innovation, all designed to further contribute to the culture and heritage of craft beer and artisan spirits.
“San Francisco is the perfect place to establish this center,” stated Tony Foglio, “Through our extensive portfolio of craft beers and fine spirits our focus will be to educate and satisfy the increasing consumer demand for authentic, quality and natural products that reflect the passion of their creators.”
Continuing the Anchor heritage, Mr. Maytag has been named Chairman Emeritus of Anchor Brewers & Distillers.
The Griffin Group operates as both boutique merchant and investment bank for premiere craft beers and artisan spirits. In addition to the Anchor Beers, The Griffin Group will assume control of the spirits brands including Old Potrero Whiskey, Junipero Gin and Genevieve Gin through the acquisition of Anchor Brewing Company. Additional affiliated companies to be held under Anchor Brewers & Distillers include Preiss Imports, a leading US specialist spirits and beer importer, and BrewDog USA, LLC, the US division of the leading UK craft beer.
The Griffin Group is headquartered in Novato, Marin County, California.
The New York Times Bay Area Blog had something of interest today: weed tasting rooms could be headed to the Bay and beyond following the November ballot initiative.
The price of Mendocino’s illicit crop has already dropped because of the legalization of medical marijuana in the state. Pebbles Trippet, a small-time grower, said that many cultivators were “worried that their way of life is going to be taken away from them,” according to The Sacramento Bee. Some locals hope that Napa Valley-style tasting rooms for pot tourists will help the local economy.
I’m not really a pot smoker, but the libertarian in me is arrousted by the idea of being able to sample 10 different kinds of “danke H.C. 420” at a tasting room conveniently located next to an ice cream shop, a McDonalds, a Frito-Lay factory outlet store, and 25 trim kids hitch-hiking their way to Golden Gate Park.
Following in the steps of Trader Joe’s ‘Simpler Times’ (and perhaps Ed Hardy beer, or Dan Akroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka??? [k, not really]) 7 Eleven is introducing their own in-store brand of beer under the “Game Day” moniker, slinging tall-boys at 2 for $4.
Apparently, 7 Eleven is the third largest retailer of beer in the United States. Trying to stake a claim in that market with a discount brand of their own seems like a smart move. On the other hand, 7 Eleven tried this in 2003 with Santiago, which failed to compete with beers like Corona.
Saw this at Papalote (I know, I know, but I like my vegan mole once in a while) today. A classy combination of stuffed animal and burrito. How adorable! Plus, the aluminum foil doubles as a DIY post-birth abortion. Stop that, anti-abortionists!
Not sure I can bother calling this a mural. But it’s commissioned, so is it a tag? I’m at a loss here.
Anyways, seeing this piece go up reminded me of discussion that went down last week about the new Reyes mural on the 23rd St. Walgreens:
#1: “Another Publica Art which intends to show no representation of humans, their condition, their spirit, intends to show no specific content outside of formalism, and intends to speak to nothing relative to the time, place, or circumstance in which it was created. gr8.”
#2: “Obviously posted by someone from Precita Eyes. What the fuck do those lame ass Precita Eyes murals “speak to”? They look like they were painted by kindergardeners and deny the proud Irish history of the Mission.”
What do we think? Is it time for a little more diversity in our Mission murals? They are sort of getting redundant.