Drink of the Week: Anchor’s California Lager

It’s back! Anchor Brewing released the California Lager last year as the first beer in its “Zymaster” series of limited edition beers, and they struck gold on their first try with the bright, bold California Lager. It was such a clear winner that they’ve brought it back indefinitely.

Light beers these days are boring!  Every craft brewery has a Kolsch that doesn’t taste like anything.  Anchor mined California’s past for the ingredients to their lager, including California barley and cluster hops, America’s oldest hop varietal, which add a dank, persistent bitterness and hop flavor that makes the beer distinctive and powerful enough to outshine the rest.  Highly recommended for drinking out of the bottle on your roof this weekend, but otherwise available on tap at Shotwell’s.  Did you guys notice that I made a few gold rush allusions?

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41 Responses to “Drink of the Week: Anchor’s California Lager”

  1. commentariatsays says:


    • COMG says:

      …except you, of course.

      I know, I know — it’s a lonely life as a blog cop.

    • Hazbeen says:

      +1 Things slow in the “Mission Mission” since it’s lost all it’s cool factor, eh? Maybe do some stories on where to Valet park your car when going out to eat? Oh, I know! ANOTHER post on FSC Barber shop!

  2. Atlas Copco says:

    TGI FRIDAYS! Yeahhh

  3. U Suck A says:

    I’ll drink that….you buying?
    Until you buy, I drink cheaper.

    • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

      Life is way too short for bad beer.

      No beer > bad beer.

      • Double Douche says:

        Bad beer – no such thing, you fool. Bad malt likker, maybe…bad Lite beer, maybe, but no bad Beer, you soft white snob.

        • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

          You are very, very, very wrong.

          • VanGo says:

            Nope, like pizza, D.D. is actually correct. There are no bad bikes, either. One may have preferences, but only a narrow mind paints with a broad brush -like you do.

          • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

            Do you ever get bored of being so wrong?

          • Double Douche says:

            Get off the computer and go outside fatass. Dink a Budweiser and shut up about all of your lil opinions, whiteman.

          • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

            Seriously, though. I mean, obviously I can’t speak from experience, but it certainly seems like being so wrong all the time would get really dull.

            Ahh, well. Takes all types, I suppose.

          • Double Douche says:

            Dumbass, what’s wrong is you acting like you’re right. Acting, posing, wishing, wanting. It’s pathetic, and you can’t stop. Try – try not to preach, papa smurf. OK?

          • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

            Soooo… I guess the answer is no, you clearly don’t get bored of being wrong. Fair enough.

            I guess it’s kinda sad, but who am I to rob you of entertainment? Keep being wrong, I’ll keep mocking you, and we both get our jollies. Everybody wins.

          • Double Douche says:

            There you go again – unable to walk away from the only world you feel comfortable in – the Realm of Doucheblogger. You already clowned yourself – try not to get the last word this time, OK?

          • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

            Why? This is awesome! I get to laugh at you every day (sometimes twice!) Every e-mail notification is like a little gift from the internet to brighten up my day. And you’re suggesting I should stop humiliating you, and thereby rob me of joy, is really just selfish on your part. Frankly, I think you’re being a bit rude.

          • scum says:

            I smell a bromance blooming.

          • Double Douche says:

            Anyone who gets an email notification when a blog comment is posted in a thread is a Herb. You lose. Once again, I challenge you to have the strength to accept your failure and remain silent. Or are you compelled to have the last word in possibly only realm where you can get away with it. Become a Juggalo – you might have a chance succeed there.

          • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

            “Herb”? Pff. Really? So, you’re what, 12? Does your mommy know you’re babbling on the internet? Heh.

            Just keep digging yourself deeper, kiddo.

          • Double Douche says:

            Me (12 year old):FTW
            My work is done.

          • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

            Huzzah! Everybody wins!

  4. MrEricSir says:

    Is this their first lager?

  5. tk says:

    This has turned into my go-to beer since it came out. Finally my corner store started stocking it, thank God. It’s really, really good. Tastes like a lighter Anchor – the same kind of flavor, but not as filling. Highly recomended. OK ANCHOR SEND ME FREE CASE NOW.

  6. Nick Pal says:

    As far as I know. They’ve been putting out more styles lately (breckles brown, bock) which probably has to do with them changing ownership, but so far it’s led to great results.

    • Nick Pal says:

      This was in reply to Eric. Also, forgot to mention Humming Ale! People go nuts for that.

      • tk says:

        Yeah, the Humming is real good too. That slightly citrusy bite gets me every time.

      • MrEricSir says:

        Okay, that’s what I thought too. I went on their tour a few years ago and don’t recall seeing any refrigeration units for lager, it seems like this has to be a recent development.

    • Lager? I hardly know 'er says:

      They’ve been making the bock dating back into the Maytag era at Anchor. It’s not a true bock (it’s an ale), but it’s a good brew.

      Love the Humming and the CA lager; the brown misses the mark for me.

    • truth says:

      the classic anchor steam and the liberty ale are masterpieces. everything else they do is kinda whack.

      • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

        Naw. The porter is decent, and the Old Foghorn barley wine is fucking awesome.

        • Double Douche says:

          You are one of those wanker-ass fools who doesn’t understand how beer works. You think high alk and lots of color means you will be cool for liking it. Wrong. There are a lot of us out here, including Fritz himself, who get what a lager is and like to power 6 of them on a warm day while swapping out a motor under a shade tree. You just onna internet talking. No chicks are caring about what you proclaim.

          • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

            Uhh… Yeeeeah. I don’t “understand how beer works.” That’s exactly what’s happening here. It’s not that you’re trying pathetically to deflect the fact that you tolerate, or even embrace, awful beer. It’s that I don’t “understand how beer works.” Yeah.

  7. ALWAYS HIGH says:


    • LenaDumbass says:

      HA! I love it! “Parklets are, like, so cool. Wait…why is there so much valet parking now?”

  8. Hazbeen says:

    Thankfully, I haven’t visited the Mission in years. It’s so lame that even the lame people think it’s lame. How’s that for irony?

  9. Meowingtons says:

    Drink barleywine you fucking pussy.

  10. AnchorMan says:

    It is Anchor’s first Lager.

  11. bellpeppernostrils says:

    dis shit here is my juice.

  12. scum says:

    I have tried it a few times at different bars and wasn’t impressed. A decent brew, but nowhere as good as their others.

  13. Greg says:

    Hooray. Beer Knobs