A Closer Look at Anchor Brewing’s Plans in Mission Rock

Anchor Brewing's Plans in Mission Rock by AT&T Park

Back in January, the San Francisco Giants announced they were converting a section of their parking lot into a “pop-up” venue featuring a coffee shop, food service, retail stores, and most importantly — an Anchor Brewing Co. beer garden.

The land being used is along the opposite side of McCovey cove, next to the Lefty O’Doul Bridge. The project came out of a need to use the land, while the Giants ownership group and Anchor seek approval on their Mission Rock mega-development.

If things go as planned, Anchor Brewing Co. would open a massive new facility at Pier 48:

Anchor Brewing Co. will occupy what is now Pier 48 with production and distribution facilities, a restaurant, museum and other public attractions. The 212,000-square-foot space is an addition to Anchor Brewing’s existing plant on Potrero Hill, and will quadruple the company’s output from 120,000 to 600,000 barrels a year.

So while they wait on permits and development, why not start serving some beer in the same AT&T Park neighborhood? The Yard at Mission Rock is now open, and just like its fellow businesses there, is built out of recycled steel shipping containers.

Jon Page from All About Beer got an early preview of the pop-up village a few weeks before the San Francisco Giants season began.

Anchor Brewing Co.’s beer garden at The Yard in Mission Rock

Photo by Jon Page

Anchor will be pouring their core beer line-up, in addition to introducing a new “Yard Series”, which will be one-offs brewed exclusively for the Mission Rock bar. The first ale in the series is a “very Cascade-focused” double IPA, and hopefully it is baseball / Giants themed.

With room for more tap handles in the converted shipping container, than their own Potrero Hill taproom, Anchor sounds excited at the capability to serve everything they brew. They will also be using the opportunity to gauge consumer feedback on their Yard Series experimental ales at the beer garden.

There are plenty of bars (and 21st Amendment) close to AT&T for a pre-game drink, but nothing in the other direction where The Yard at Mission Rock is located. I think Anchor Brewing Co. will make a killing out there, if from nothing else, all the people who pay to park nearby and want a beer on their way into the game.

Mission Rock artist rendering / photo: Steelblue

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