Anchor Steam Brekle's Brown, All Malt Single Hop Brown Ale. Anchor Brewing Companys roots date back to the early 1850s and the California gold rush, when pioneer brewer Gottlieb Brekle arrived in San Francisco from Germany. In 1871, he purchased an old beer-and-billiards saloon near Russian Hill and transformed it into the little brewery that twenty-five years later would be renamed Anchor. Today, we celebrate 140 years of San Francisco brewing tradition and the legacy of our Anchor brewers with Brekles Brown, our classic all-malt, single-hop brown ale. Brewmaster Mark Carpenter's unique recipe for Brekles Brown a tip of the hat to our first brewmaster looks to both the past and the future. Marks special blend of roasted malts, inspired by the all-malt brown ales in Anchors brewing archives, gives Brekles Brown its coppery brown color and its unusual depth of flavor richness and complexity without heaviness. For brewing and dry hopping, Mark has chosen a single, American hop variety called Citra. The subtly entrancing flavors and aromas of this distinctive new hop perfectly complement the unique maltiness of Brekles Brown.