Origin: San Francisco, California, USA
Style: California Common (modern steam beer)
Anchor Steam Beer has grown into an American classic. From one of the states' oldest breweries - one that weathered prohibition, and was then dogged by financial problems in the 50-60s. It eventually grew into an early microbrewery by the early 70s. The beer has a distinctive taste unlike a typical beer and has developed a solidly loyal following.
The label is pretty much unchanged since then. The slightly haphazard scroll, the cramped illustration - a little chaotic but charming nevertheless.