Anchor also recently unveiled another fruit-forward beer, that while not officially part of the Pacific Siren Series, is sure to be a hit in the San Francisco area. Orange Splash Lager is a collaboration with fellow hometown icon the San Francisco Giants. The brew will be available at AT&T Park and throughout the Giants' designated Major League Baseball geographic territory.
"We believe it's the first time that a craft brewer has collaborated with a Major League Baseball team, or probably any major sports franchise, to create a beer together that is really about both of us," said Ungermann. "The concept was to make a beer not just for the Giants but really with the Giants."
Ungermann knew from the very beginning that one aspect was key: creating a beer that is orange.
"The simple idea we had was to make a beer that's orange, to match their orange logo," he said. "We wanted to see how well we could hit that hue, that specific Giants' orange, with the color of the beer."
Ungermann was able to achieve that goal by using specialty malts, which created an orange hue in the beer. Orange peels and natural orange flavor were added to create what Ungermann says is a beer with a slightly citrusy flavor but still drinks like a lager.
That sort of subtly is the same idea that permeates the Pacific Siren Series Meyer Lemon Lager and Mango Wheat releases.
"We really felt like we could make a series or collection out of this fruit beer theme by taking fairly traditional beer styles and adding fruit in some way that is interesting and gives us a beer with a fruit aroma but that's not over the top sweet or super fruit forward," he said.