Anchor Brewing, San Francisco’s largest manufacturer, announced last week that it will construct a world-class facility at Pier 48 as part of the $1.6 Mission Rock Project, which is being developed by the San Francisco Giants.
The new facility at Pier 48, along with the company’s current operation in Potrero Hill, will allow Anchor to quadruple its annual production capacity from 180,000 barrels to 680,000 barrels.
“Anchor Steam Beer is a San Francisco original since 1896 and Anchor Brewing has already called six San Francisco locations home during its rich history,” said Keith Greggor, co-owner and CEO of Anchor Brewers & Distillers in a recent press release.
Pier 48 is the southern-most structure of the Port’s Embarcadero Historic District. As part of the Mission Rock Development Project, the once maritime warehouse will be fully rehabilitated and re-established as an industrial hub of the central waterfront. Project officials say that Anchor is the first major tenant to sign on to the project.
The new 200,000-sq-ft Anchor facility will feature production facilities for brewing, distilling, packaging, storing, and shipping; a restaurant, museum and educational facility in the headhouse of Pier 48; and a restored walkway around the entire pier apron that will connect pedestrians to the Portwalk and allow views into the Anchor brewhouse.
Anchor will offer tours of the facilities and educational seminars with a focus on the history of craft beer, the art of craft distilling and Anchor’s history in San Francisco. Construction, beginning late 2014, will feature the use of green and sustainable materials. The project has yet to release an architect or contractor name.
Anchor says expansion will create approximately 200 new jobs, 75% of which are production-oriented positions that employ a diverse work force.
The Mission Rock Project is a new, mixed use urban neighborhood currently being developed by the San Francisco Giants. The Anchor Brewing facility will cover 22% of the overall project site.
“As a longtime partner of the Giants, we are delighted to welcome Anchor Brewing to the waterfront and to partner with them on what will become an exciting place for San Franciscans to live, work and play,” said Larry Baer, Giants President and CEO in a new release.
In addition to Anchor Brewing’s new facility, the mixed-use Mission Rock Project will include more than eight acres of parks and open space, 650-1,500 residential units, 1-1.7 million sq-ft office space, parking structure to serve ballpark and Mission Rock patrons, and up to 250,000 sq-ft of retail, restaurants, and public amenities. In total, Mission Rock is expected to create 4,800 construction jobs and 6,400 permanent jobs. San Francisco-based architecture firm Perkins + Will is providing master planning on this project.
The Mission Rock Project is one of several development projects on Port Property. The Port of San Francisco, which will celebrate its 150th anniversary in April, is currently implementing a long range master plan which focuses on expanded maritime use and increasing public access to the City’s historic waterfront.Anchor Brewing Company’s roots date back to the California Gold Rush making it one of America’s oldest breweries. Its Anchor Steam Beer is San Francisco’s original since 1896. For more information, visit: www.anchorbrewing.com.