Giants draft Anchor Steam for Mission Bay

The Giants are not only two-time World Champions over a three-year span, they’ve always found new ways to make going to China Basin a year-round experience.

So it comes as no surprise that the team announced plans to expand nearby Pier 48 to include long-time San Francisco brewery Anchor Steam as part of their Mission Rock Development Project.

The brewery will continue to operate their current facility in Potrero Hill but greatly expand their operations with the development of the Pier 48 facility.  The plans are for Anchor Steam to expand production from 180,000 to 680,000 barrels.

In the extensively refurbished space, Anchor will build out production facilities to brew, distill, pack, store, and ship its line of products. The location will also include a restaurant, museum, and educational facility.

A restored walkway around the entire pier apron will connect pedestrians to other areas of the waterfront and allow views inside the Anchor brewhouse.  Tours of the facilities and educational seminars will be offered with a focus on the history of craft beer, the art of craft distilling and Anchor’s history in San Francisco.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2014 and using green and sustainable materials, it will set the standard for a modern urban brewery.

Although the Anchor brewery is the centerpiece, the project will also include more than eight acres of parks and open space, 650-1,500 residential units, 1-1.7 million square feet office space, a parking structure to serve the ballpark and Mission Rock patrons, and up to 250,000 square feet of retail, restaurants, and public amenities.

The Anchor expansion will create approximately 200 new jobs, 75 percent of which are production-oriented positions.  In total, Mission Rock is expected to create 4,800 construction jobs and 6,400 permanent jobs.

Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement:

“… making sure our homegrown companies stay and grow right here in San Francisco remains my top priority and I want to thank Anchor Brewing and the San Francisco Giants for driving the engine of economic growth, bringing jobs and revitalizing our world class waterfront.”