ANCHOR BREWING OPENING

anchor brewing opens it's first public tap room...  What does this mean.  Well, it used to be that you had to have a reservation to go to this historic brewery.   Now with the opening of Public Taps, you can drop by enjoy a pint or two and hang tough in poterero hill. 

We began this project about a year ago...  Anchor had been looking for an off campus location and many had believed pier 48 was going to be the location, but it turned out that the best fit for the tap room was just a stones throw away from the brewery.  Early on I walked into the space and saw a raw warehouse, i immediately thought it had potential.  for months we met and worked on bar layout and creative ideas, from there we hit the ground running.  my team, Carmen Sanches-stair and Nick Sass, set out designing the main focal point... The anchor.  we sketched, cut, hammered, folded, stapled, ect. for months making this huge piece.  once that was completed we set out to work on the benches.  They are made from the reclaimed redwood water tower that used to live on the roof of the Anchor brewery.  The wood is amazing, about 50 years old and the grain is beautiful on it, make sure you check them out.  After the benches we made the tables, and then it was onto the bottle walls.  These were really a treat to make,  as we mixed the concrete in the yard and hand pressed Anchor's own bottles into the walls to make up this moveable wal.l.  Then it was on to the vintage can wall.  Anchor brewing had these on hand, stored in a container.  My favorite can is the one with the portrait of "lindy" on it, check her out as she is prominently placed.  Then it was onto the finishing touches. 

Working for Anchor Brewing was so enjoyable.  They really let my creative brain run wild, not to mention they gave me a white jumpsuit!  My whole team and I really felt like we joined this historic family.  Be sure to check out all the fun features, including a massive anchor that we fabricated out of wood, copper, and rope, vintage can wall, cozy outdoor patio, 1950's Bonnie and Clyde Mobster mobile, phone booth photo booth by @glasscoatphotobooth and lots more.  Photo's by me and @erinconger

Here's some fun press that this project has gotten: SF Chronicle   SF Eater  Time out

Construction: @matpelbuilders
Architecture: @ehddathome

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