If the current craft beer "revolution" has a defined starting point, you might say Aug. 2, 1965, was that moment.
On that date, Fritz Maytag, heir to the Maytag washing machine company, bought a stake in Anchor Brewing Co. From there, the company he built started many of the innovations that are now key parts of the craft beer culture.
It all started when Maytag heard the maker of his favorite beer, Anchor Steam, would soon be closing and he wanted to see the brewery before it shut its doors. When he walked out those doors, he owned a 51 percent stake in Anchor.
"Financially they were in terrible trouble," said Maytag. "So they were willing basically to sell it for a dollar to somebody who would take the responsibility off their shoulders."