The champagne-like bubbles, distinctive hop bouquet, and balanced character of Liberty Ale® revives centuries-old ale brewing traditions that are now more relevant than ever. First introduced in 1975, Liberty Ale® is brewed strictly according to traditional brewing methods, and uses only natural ingredients — pale malted barley, fresh whole-cone Cascade hops and a special top-fermenting yeast, and water.
The yeast used during fermentation produces many of Liberty Ale's subtle flavors and characteristics. A natural process called "bunging" creates gentle carbonation, and the practice of dry hopping (adding fresh hops to the brew during aging), revived by Anchor, creates its unique aroma.
Liberty Ale® was first brewed to celebrate the bicentennial of Paul Revere’s historic ride. As the first modern American IPA brewed after prohibition and the first modern American single-hop ale and dry-hopped ale, Anchor’s Liberty Ale® is the original craft brewed ale and the beer that started a revolution.
America’s first craft brewery took shape during the Gold Rush, when German Gottlieb Brekle transformed a beer-and-billiards saloon into a brewery in 1871. Today, as one of the most traditional breweries in America, Anchor continues to produce beer handmade from an all-malt mash in their traditional copper brewhouse. Beers such as Liberty Ale, Anchor Porter, and Anchor Steam Beer are known and appreciated throughout the world.