I had a chance to drink my first Anchor California Lager; thanks to Anchor for distributing this beer beyond California! There is a great story on the neck label of the bottle: “Anchor Steam's® roots go back to the Gold Rush, long before icehouses and modern refrigeration made traditional lagers a viable California option. In 1876, thanks to an ice pond in the mountains and a belief that anything is possible in the Golden State, a little brewery named Boca created California's first genuine lager. Anchor California Lager® is our re-creation of this historic beer. Made in San Francisco with two-row California barley, Cluster hops (the premier hop in 19th-century California), and our own lager yeast, this all-malt brew is kräusened and lagered in our cellars. Its golden color, distinctive aroma, creamy head, balanced depth of flavor, and smooth finish make Anchor California Lager® a delicious celebration of California’s unique brewing heritage.” I have some experience with Cluster hops since I use them as bittering hops for my homebrewed Classic American Pilsners. Anchor California Lager is my first beer that I have tasted which is solely hopped with Cluster hops and I really like this beer! I recognize that lagers are not typically a favorite of BAs but for those of you who do like lagers, Anchor California Lager is worth a try. It is a tasty lager and it is always great to be able to drink some history. This beer is another solid offering from Anchor. I sometimes think that Anchor doesn’t always get the respect/love that they deserve for their great portfolio of beer. Maybe this is because they have been around so long and therefore they are no longer viewed as being sexy? In my opinion, Anchor Brewing was the beginning of the US craft beer movement with Fritz Maytag buying (and saving) Anchor Brewing Company in 1965. Cheers to Anchor Brewing for making this beer!