Brekle’s Brown, Anchor Brewing’s New Beer

The venerable beer sage Jay Brooks brings word of Anchor Brewing’s latest beer, Brekle’s Brown. Go to Brookston Beer Bulletin for the full details along with a history lesson about the beer’s namesake.

The new beer will be unveiled during SF Beer Week at Anchor Brewing’s 140th Anniversary Party taking place on February 16 at the brewery. It’s an invite only event, but you can try to win tickets over at 7×7. They have five pairs of tickets to giveaway. Just join their mailing list and cross your fingers.

If you’re not a lucky winner, here’s a list of San Francisco locations where you can sip on the limited release while supplies last:

February 17

Anchor & Hope, City Beer Store, Comstock Saloon, Public House, Shotwell’s, & Toronado.

February 18

Jack’s Cannery BarTope Lounge.

February 19

Fat Angel, Monk’s Kettle, Pi Bar & Zeitgeist.

In the East Bay the following locations will also have Brekle’s Brown, but specific days have not been listed. Call the venues for more information.

The Bear’s Lair Brew Pub, Beer Revolution, Ben & Nick’s, Bobby G’s Pizzeria, Café Biere, Jupiter, Kingfish Pub & Café, Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto & The Trappist.

RateBeer’s Best of 2011 Awards, Bay Area Roundup

Awards season is upon us and the beer world is no exception. The folks at RateBeer in Santa Rosa have finished crunching data from nearly 3 million beer reviews on their website and a few Bay Area breweries, bars, restaurants and stores can stand a little taller today. According to RateBeer “130,000 beers from over 10,000 brewers worldwide were tallied and the emphasis was largely placed on tasting commercial samples — not special batches prepared for festivals.”

There are some very familiar names in each category but a few surprises will leave beer geeks disillusioned, particularly in the bar category. Here’s how the Bay Area faired:

The Best Beers in the World 2011

#3 Pliny the Younger, Russian River Brewing

#8 Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing

#20 Supplication, Russian River Brewing

#32 Consecration, Russian River Brewing

#81 Temptation, Russian River Brewing

#83 Blind Pig IPA, Russian River Brewing

The Best Brewers in the World 2011

#8 Russian River Brewing

#30 Bear Republic Brewing Company

#68 Marin Brewing Company

#85 Shmaltz Brewing Company

The Best Breweries to Visit 2011

#12 Anchor Brewing Company

#34 Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

The Best Beer Bars 2011

#17 The Trappist, Oakland, CA.

The Best Brewpubs 2011

#5 Russian River Brewing

The Best Beer Retailers 2011

#31 City Beer Store, San Francisco.

#36 Perry’s Liquors, Livermore.

#45 Healthy Spirits, San Francisco.

The Best Restaurants for Beer 2011

#17 La Trappe Café & Trappist Lounge, San Francisco.

So what does everyone think? You can see the full results on the RateBeer website.

Congratulations to all the winners. You truly help make the Bay Area one of the best craft beer drinking regions in the country.