Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale is brewed strictly according to traditional brewing methods, using only natural ingredients - water, malted barley, fresh whole hops, and yeast. Old Foghorn is based on traditional English barley wines.
Old Foghorn is highly hopped, using only Cascade hops. It is fermented with a true top-fermenting ale yeast. Carbonation is produced by an entirely natural process called "bunging," which produces champagne-like bubbles. Our "Barleywine ale" is dry-hopped with additional Cascade hops while it ages in our cellars.
We have been producing small batches of Old Foghorn since 1975. Today, it is available both on draught and in twelve-ounce bottles. The high original gravity and full flavor of this ale make it a unique product, perfect for sipping after dinner. A lot of time and tradition goes into our Old Foghorn, and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.
Because of the high original gravity, the yeast is unable to ferment all of the sugars. As a result, barley wine is high in alcohol, and is slightly sweet, due to the residual sugars. Old Foghorn also has a pleasant hop bitterness, due to the large quantity of hops used during brewing, and a unique hop aroma due to the dry-hopping and aging.
The original gravity of our barley wine is so high because only the very first running of the mash is used. Therefore, three mashes are required to produce one barley wine brew, making it very costly to produce.
THE ANCHOR BREWING COMPANY has been making beer in San Francisco since 1896. Uniquely San Franciscan, Anchor has played a significant, though small, role in California's majestic history. Anchor's beers, including Anchor Steam , are all produced in one of the most traditional and handsome breweries in the world. Each brew is virtually handmade from an all-malt mash in our handcrafted copper brewhouse, a veritable museum of the simple, traditional brewhouses of old.
At Anchor, we practice the time-honored art of classical brewing, employing state-of-the- art methods to ensure that our beers are always pure and fresh. In addition, every bottle and keg of Anchor beer is kept under refrigeration at the brewery and at the warehouse of your local distributor. We know of no brewery in the world that matches our efforts to combine traditional, natural brewing with such carefully applied, modern methods of sanitation, finishing, packaging and transporting.