Anchor Brewing Co. with Chris Robinson Brotherhood
5.6% | Dry-Hopped Steam Beer
Anchor’s Brotherhood Steam Beer is a collaboration with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, a California-based rock band headed by the vocalist of The Black Crowes. The band’s latest album is Phosphorescent Harvest, out from Silver Arrow Records.
If any brewery knows how to make a solid steam beer, it’s this one, and Brotherhood Steam is dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Citra for good measure. This pours a bright, orange-copper color, capped by a creamy off-white head that shows great texture and retention. It’s well packaged, for sure. Crisp and almost lager-like, but with notes like lemon tea and bitter grapefruit. Where Anchor Steam seems sturdy and rustic alongside this, the collaboration is more juicy, modern—with vibrant hops that were certainly never an option for the original.