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When Fred Maytag bought Anchor Brewing in 1965, he saved what was then one of the country’s last small breweries from closure. Anchor quickly became an important building block of what would become the modern craft beer movement, re-introducing styles most Americans had stopped drinking, including steam beers, barleywines, India pale ales and porters. Bringing back the classic porter would be enough to earn a tip of the cap from modern day beer geeks, so it’s especially impressive that even today Anchor’s is still one of the best on the market. With heady notes of bitter black chocolate, roast coffee, and licorice root, this is not a soft and sweet variation on the style. This beer packs a flavorful punch, made all the more impressive by its hop bite and surprisingly clean finish. Anyone who likes porters needs to try this one, currently on draft at Garrett Hill Ale House.