Category Archives: Steam Ales

Anchor Steam Beer – Anchor Brewing (USA)

Another day, another classic ‘merkin brew. Anchor Brewing have some real history and experience behind them,  mastering the noble art of brewing since 1896.  Based in San Francisco, they have a fine range of beers and after sampling this one, I’ll definitely be seeking out some more.

Image of a clourful bottle of beer on a colourful cushion.
Anchor Steam Beer – just be careful when ordering two of them!

Not as punchy as many American craft ales, this beer is more subtle and nuanced. There are honey hues and aromas, with a slight hint of brandy barrels on the nose. The barrels are evident in the taste too, with undertones of wooded Chardonnay and raisins. Really quite yum. Just be careful when ordering ‘two Anchors’ ………… you could always use sign language.

Time to weigh anchor, here’s Dreadzone with ‘Captain Dread’ ………


Mountain Goat Beer – Organic Steam Ale (AUS)

‘No need to panic, it’s all organic’ ….. that doesn’t mean you can throw the skins out of the window!

Mountain Goat Beer began in ‘Dave’s backyard’ but now operates out of Richmond in Melbourne. I doubt there’s many mountains there but there might be the odd goat …. or at least goatee. I first tried their Organic Steam Ale at my good friend’s wedding, at the Jack Rabbit Winery in Bellarine.  It was just what I needed after an afternoon’s shooting ….. no pressure photographing your friend’s wedding I can assure you.


Mountain Goat Beer, Organic Steam Ale - full steam ahead!
Mountain Goat Beer, Organic Steam Ale – full steam ahead!


As steam ale is basically a lager, and this is a pretty good one. It’s a pale straw in colour and I smell hints of lemon sherbert on the nose. It’s clean, crisp and refreshing …. I had another one this evening after mowing the lawn and it went down a treat ….. restoring my faith in lager. The Sun Herald called it ‘an organic triumph’ …… sounds like a motorbike that runs on hemp-seed oil.

Here’s Black Mountain with the awesome ‘Hair Song’

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