Anchor Steam trying to Unionize
February 8, 2019 12:52 PM   Subscribe

One of the World's Most Iconic Craft Breweries Is Unionizing Workers at San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company have announced a drive to gain union recognition on Thursday, according to members of the organizing committee. If successful, the maker of the iconic Anchor Steam beer will be one of the first craft breweries in the country to become a union shop, and the most significant.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis (20 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
 
Good for them and good luck to them.

some Anchor employees work at California’s $15/hour minimum wage.

In fucking San Francisco??
posted by rodlymight at 1:43 PM on February 8 [8 favorites]


BUILD, the DSA basebuilding network has been helping the campaign alongside SF DSA
posted by The Whelk at 1:45 PM on February 8 [6 favorites]


It's (Anchor)(steam beer), not (Anchor Steam)(beer).

I made the same mistake with (Singapore)(fried)(rice noodles), thinking at first they were (Singapore)(fried rice)(noodles). [What fried rice noodles were, I had no idea.]
posted by aurelian at 1:49 PM on February 8 [3 favorites]


Steam beer is a highly effervescent beer made by fermenting lager yeasts at warmer ale yeast fermentation temperatures.

Anchor, in addition to making Beer of the Steam variety, distills Genevieve, which is not a gin but a Jenever, however I believe can't call it that because the Dutch won't let them or something.

Great news on the unionization, if successful I will make a point of buying one or both the aforementioned libations.
posted by mcstayinskool at 2:38 PM on February 8 [3 favorites]


Yuengling, another craft brewer tried, and failed. Good luck to Anchor
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a at 2:56 PM on February 8 [2 favorites]


Should be 15 dollar an hour SF wage. Minimum wage in California depends on # of employees, but it's $10.50 or $11 this year.
posted by gryftir at 2:58 PM on February 8 [2 favorites]


FWIW, Yuengling is owned by a MAGA-hat arsehole
posted by mcstayinskool at 3:25 PM on February 8 [4 favorites]


Holy shit, the last paragraph of the article! Talk about your buried ledes!
Belden, a former musician and self-proclaimed socialist who made headlines when he flew to Syria to fight ISIS alongside a Kurdish militia in fall 2016, expressed a similar sentiment a different way. “Young working people will be able to see us and be like, ‘if these fucking drunk guys can do it, like anybody can,’” he said.
And here's a quote from the rolling stone article behind the "made headlines" link:
Belden had no military experience before joining the YPG. He lived in San Francisco, where he arranged flowers for a living. Before that, he was a self-described lumpenproletariat, a lowlife punk and petty criminal with a heroin habit who started reading Marx and Lenin seriously in rehab. Once sober, he got involved in leftist causes, marching for tenants’ rights, blocking evictions, protesting police brutality. As he prepared for the Middle East, his girlfriend thought he was going to do humanitarian work. She was “not stoked,” Belden says, to learn that he planned to fight alongside the YPG.
Dude kicks heroin, reads Marx and Lenin, gets involved in left activism, ships out to freaking Kurdistan to fight alongside anarchists, comes back, unionizes an iconic San Francisco brewery. Like, hashtag life goals y'all.
posted by Reclusive Novelist Thomas Pynchon at 3:38 PM on February 8 [29 favorites]


When visiting the US, it was a bottle of Anchor Steam that made me think that maybe I could move there. A glass of draught Gordon Biersch finally convinced me. OK it was a few glasses.
posted by w0mbat at 3:54 PM on February 8 [3 favorites]


(Correction: Anchor Brewery and the distillery formerly know as Anchor Distillery are now two separate businesses. The brewery is owned by Sapporo and the distillery is an independent business now known as Hotaling’s.)
posted by Insert Clever Name Here at 4:08 PM on February 8 [3 favorites]


Anchor brewing (thank you for the corrections people) make a California Lager that I am drinking right now that is *very* nice. Good alternative to the ultra-hopped DIPA monsters coming out from every brewer now-a-days. I really really hope this unionization drive succeeds.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 4:09 PM on February 8 [2 favorites]


Anchor Old Foghorn Ale. More a barley wine. Exquisite. Now even better with a Union Made label.
posted by njohnson23 at 5:32 PM on February 8 [3 favorites]


Dude kicks heroin, reads Marx and Lenin, gets involved in left activism, ships out to freaking Kurdistan to fight alongside anarchists, comes back, unionizes an iconic San Francisco brewery. Like, hashtag life goals y'all.

And all the while managing to be one of the best posters on weird left Twitter.
posted by Space Coyote at 6:06 PM on February 8 [2 favorites]


Like, hashtag life goals y'all.

For real. In my case, getting a regular job and trying to unionize almost sounds like a more realistic goal than looking for another soul crushing tech industry gig. Fighting ISIS is not on my agenda but uh, yea I've been inspired by these weirdos who fly to Syria to fight in a foreign war for a cool minute now.
posted by mammal at 7:29 PM on February 8 [3 favorites]


Anchor Liberty is the finest beer of all time. It doesn't get much love, but it is damn great.
posted by kdar at 6:06 AM on February 9 [2 favorites]


Anchor was the oddball in the early "microbrewery" movement since it was an established brewery prior to Fritz Maytag's purchase. It's hard to imagine something like the Sapporo acquisition happening under his ownership.
posted by tommasz at 6:59 AM on February 9 [1 favorite]


It's disappointing that so few craft breweries are unionized, so I hope they succeed. On a positive note, many breweries are employee owned, which seems like a very good way to share the wealth within a small company.
posted by monotreme at 10:55 AM on February 9 [2 favorites]


Can the union stipulate that whatever Sapporo has done to the Christmas ale has to stop? It's gone from great to mediocre.
posted by Ber at 11:35 AM on February 9 [1 favorite]


This week's Chapo (fanfare) has a long interview with Brace that serves as an excellent organizing your workplace for dummies guide.
posted by Space Coyote at 4:54 AM on February 11


We got posters
posted by The Whelk at 7:07 PM on February 11 [1 favorite]


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